Tantraloka

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Tantrāloka is the masterwork of Abhinavagupta on Kashmir Shaivism, who was in turn the most revered Kashmir Shaivism master.

Subject[edit]

On account of its size and scope it is a veritable encyclopedia of nondual Shaivism, a treasure text containing the synthesis of the 64 monistic āgamas and all the schools of Kashmir Shaivism.

Chapters[edit]

The work contains both ritualistic and philosophic aspects, spanning over 37 chapters.

Tantra[edit]

Chapter 29 is entirely dedicated to the so-called kula-chakra - a tantric practice which includes ritualized sexual activity. Abhinavagupta also wrote a condensed version of Tantrāloka named Tantrasāra.[1]

Translation into Other Languages[edit]

The whole work has been translated into Italian by Raniero Gnoli.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Trika Saivism of Kashmir, Moti Lal Pandit, page 30