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The Ubiquitous Siva: Somananda's Sivadrsti and His Tantric Interlocutors - AAR Religions in Translation (Hardback)
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The Ubiquitous Siva: Somananda's Sivadrsti and His Tantric Interlocutors - AAR Religions in Translation (Hardback)

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John Nemec examines the beginnings of the non-dual tantric philosophy of the famed Pratyabhijna or "Recognition [of God]" School of tenth-century Kashmir, the tradition most closely associated with Kashmiri Shaivism. In doing so it offers, for the very first time, a critical edition and annotated translation of a large portion of the first Pratyabhijna text ever composed, the Sivadrsti of Somananda. In an extended introduction, Nemec argues that the author presents a unique form of non-dualism, a strict pantheism that declares all beings and entities found in the universe to be fully identical with the active and willful god Siva. This view stands in contrast to the philosophically more flexible panentheism of both his disciple and commentator, Utpaladeva, and the very few other Saiva tantric works that were extant in the author's day. Nemec also argues that the text was written for the author's fellow tantric initiates, not for a wider audience. This can be adduced from the structure of the w

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199795451
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 744 g
Dimensions: 234 x 163 x 34 mm


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This praiseworthy work will guide many scholars in this field. * Religious Studies Review *
The Ubiquitous Siva is a wonderful addition to Saiva and Tantric studies. * Caleb Simmons, Religion *

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