Mantras in the Śaiva Yoga Practices,
In the spiritual philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism, the practice of Mantra repetition allows one to directly experience the fundamental truth that the universe exists immersed in pure Consciousness. In this tradition, Mantras are made of phonemes whose essence is the Goddess Śakti in the form of sound vibrations which create the universe.
On this Retreat you will learn the principle Mantras of the Kashmir Shaiva system according to the traditional methods (upāya-s) of Śaiva Yoga. Retreat topics include both the theoretical and experiential dimensions of Mantra based on ancient Sanskrit texts written by the greatest enlightened master of Shaiva Yoga: Abhinavagupta. These teachings are translated and explained by Sanskrit scholar Boris Marjanovic, Ph.D. Boris has been translating and practicing the teachings of Abhinavagupta’s texts over the last 40 years. His knowledge will initiate you into teachings and practices that are otherwise unavailable in modern languages.
The main topics and practices of the Retreat
- The Nature of Matra
- The Potency (vīrya) of Mantra
- The Mantra: ahaṃ
- The haṁsa (so’ham) Mantra
- The hŗdaya bīja or Heart Mantra
- The Mantras of the three Goddesses: Parā, Parāparā, and Aparā
- The Vedic praṇava Mantra: OṂ
- The Tantric praṇava OṂ Mantras
- Japa or Mantra repetition as explained by Abhinavagupta
- Ajapa-japa: Uninterrupted repetition of Mantra
- Question and Answer sessions with Boris
Boris Marjanovic, (2010). The Wheel of Time (kāla cakra), Includes, translation of chapter 6 of Abhinavagupta’s Tantrāloka. In the process of being published.
Boris Marjanovic, (2010). Stavacintāmaṇi by Nārāyaṇa Bhaṭṭa with the Commentary of Kṣemarāja, Indica Books, Varanasi, India.
(2006). Gaṅgā Laharī by Panditarāja Jagannātha. Indica Books. Varanasi, India.
(2005). Abhinavagupta’s Commentary on the Bhagavad-gītā. Rudra Press, USA.
(2002). Abhinavagupta’s Commentary on the Bhagavad-gītā. Indica Books, Varanasi, India.
Hemendra Nath Chakravarti (2012). Abhinavagupta’s Tantrāsara. Rudra Press, USA.
Boris Marjanovic, (2011). Scriptural vs. Spiritual Knowledge, Hrvatske Indije III, Zbornik u cast Radoslavu Katicicu, Sekcija za Orjentalistiku Hrvatskoga Filoloskog Drustva i Filozofski Fakultet Sveucilista u Zagrebu, Zagreb 2010, pp. 349-363.
(2006). The Means and Practices of non-dual Kashmir Shaivism. Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute. Pune: 2007, pp. 175-197.
(2005). Creative Process as Diversification of the Power of Consciousness. Journal of Indian Intellectual Traditions, Vol. II No. 2.
Boris Marjanovic (2017) Introduction to Abhinavaguptas Tantrāloka. Lectures delivered at the Mysore University.
(2017) Pratibhā in the Context of the Descent of Power (śaktipāta) as Understood by Abhinavagupta in Chapter 13 of the Tantrāloka. Paper presented at the Conference on Kashmir Philosophy with special reference on Abhinavagupta at the University of Jammu.
(2017). International Tantra Workshop. Manipal University, Udupi, India
(2010). The Origins of Sphoṭa Theory of Language. Lecture delivered at the Club of University Professors, Zagreb, Croatia.
(2008). Principles of Nondual Shaivism of Kashmir. Lecture delivered at the Seoul National University, South Korea.
(2006). Rituals and Enlivening of Mantravīrya. Paper presented at the Conference on non-dual Shaivism of Kashmir, Shri Nagar, Kashmir.
(2005). Nandikeśvara-kāśikā. Paper presented at the Sanskrit Conference at the University of Pune.
(2004). Creative Process as Diversification of the Power of Consciousness. Lecture delivered at the CASS, University of Pune.
Stanly scholarship at the University of Iowa for the summer in India.