By David Peter Lawrence
This publication deals the 1st released translation of the contemplative guide Virupaksapancasika written circa the 12th century CE, and the observation on it, Vivrti via Vidyacakravartin. those past due works from the Pratyabhijna culture of monistic and tantric Kashmiri Saiva philosophy specialize in capability to deindividualize and divulge the primordial, divine crucial natures of the human ego and body-sense.
David Peter Lawrence situates those writings of their medieval, South Asian spiritual and highbrow contexts. He is going directly to have interaction Pratyabhijna philosophical psychology in discussion with Western non secular and psychoanalytic conceptions of id and "narcissism," and likewise demonstrates the Saiva tradition's robust obstacle with ethics. The richly annotated translation and thesaurus remove darkness from the texts for all readers.
"I imagine this can be a really good ebook, packed with unique insights into the magical dimensions of the divine-human topic and the cosmicization of the human physique. i do know of no different ebook approximately South Asian philosophy or comparative theology that so deftly addresses the subjects of subjectivity and embodiment and is ready to relate them to modern debates within the fields of spiritual stories, psychology, and philosophy. There are few actual comparativists operating at the present time. David Lawrence is unquestionably considered one of them, and he's some of the most gifted." -- Jeffrey J. Kripal, writer of Esalen: the USA and the faith of No faith -- This textual content refers back to the Hardcover edition.