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Tantrāloka (Tantraloka): Chapter 34 - stanzas 1 to 3 - Non-dual Shaivism of Kashmir
Svasvarūpapraveśa - Normal translation
This is the only set of stanzas (from the stanza 1 to the stanza 3) of the thirty-fourth chapter (called Svasvarūpapraveśa).
This work was written by the great Master Abhinavagupta and is a compendium of Tantra in all its facets. Tantrāloka is the most important and voluminous work of the greatest Trika Master. Abhinavagupta was also the teacher of eminent Kṣemarāja and lived about 975-1025 AD in Kashmir.
This treatise whose name is Tantrāloka is a complete encyclopedia of Tantra. Since it is a very advanced text in Trika Shaivism, there is no surprise if a neophyte finds it difficult to understand. To start to understand it, the level of the reader must be the one of a real disciple in Trika Shaivism. If this requirement is not met, then there will be a lot of confusion and constant disappointment. Because in spite of my great efforts to explain the things so easily as possible, to study this treatise requires some spiritual caliber. In this system, sometimes it is not possible even to write about certain topics due to the extreme limitation of the words. Because in the end, all this knowledge has to do with 'states', and it is extremely difficult to write about 'states' in a precise way. Abhinavagupta has done his best to accomplish this formidable task of writing about what is superior and intangible. Anyway, despite his incredible skills to carry out this, he is not revealing everything. It is not because he is all the time hiding things from the reader, but because he is sometimes hiding and on other occasions he just cannot write about some extremely subtle topics because of the limitation of the words.
Goal of life is Liberation. Man has searched for freedom always in human history, but according to Trika Shaivism that is not real Liberation. Real Liberation does not mean that your body should be free from some prison and things like that. Real Liberation amounts to attaining His Svātantrya or Absolute Freedom. When the Great Lord's Svātantrya is achieved, then you see unity in all the things, i.e. you stop seeing duality as before. All is forever identified with Svātantrya, with Him, and that is the end of the story called 'you in bondage'. From this point on nothing will get in your way, because if something apparently gets in your way, that is Svātantrya again. This constant awareness of unity in all is real Freedom. There is no other attainment greater than this!
Keeping the above in mind, now read Tantrāloka and experience Supreme Delight, dear Śiva.
Important: All that is in brackets and italicized within the translation has been added by me in order to complete the sense of a particular phrase or sentence. In turn, all that is between double hyphen (--...--) constitutes clarifying further information also added by me.
Stanzas 1 to 3
अथ श्रीतन्त्रालोके चतुस्त्रिंशमाह्निकम्।
Atha śrītantrāloke catustriṁśamāhnikam|
उच्यतेऽथ स्वस्वरूपप्रवेशः क्रमसङ्गतः।
यदेतद्बहुधा प्रोक्तमाणवं शिवताप्तये।
तत्रान्तरन्तराविश्य विश्राम्येत्सविधे पदे॥१॥
Ucyate'tha svasvarūpapraveśaḥ kramasaṅgataḥ|
Yadetadbahudhā proktamāṇavaṁ śivatāptaye|
Tatrāntarantarāviśya viśrāmyetsavidhe pade||1||
ततोऽपि शाम्भवीमेवं तारतम्यक्रमात्स्फुटम्॥२॥
Tato'pi śāmbhavīmevaṁ tāratamyakramātsphuṭam||2||
अन्तेऽभ्युपायनिरपेक्षतयैव नित्यं स्वात्मानमाविशति गर्भितविश्वरूपम्॥३॥
Ante'bhyupāyanirapekṣatayaiva nityaṁ svātmānamāviśati garbhitaviśvarūpam||3||
कथितोऽयं स्वस्वरूपप्रवेशः परमेष्ठिना।
Kathito'yaṁ svasvarūpapraveśaḥ parameṣṭhinā|
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