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06/14/2022 - Important news: Read here!

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  1. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, finished in Russian up to the stanza 82 in Abhinavagupta's Paramārthasāra. Since the whole scripture contains 105 stanzas, she is, little by little, approaching the end of it. She is doing an excellent job with this. Her translation is permitting Russian-speaking visitors to drink from the Nectar of Wisdom contained in sublime Paramārthasāra. Congratulations!
  2. Another important news: My private satsaṅga-s by Skype started to become public. I began explaining my book "Trikamukhyamatāni" (Main Tenets of Trika Shaivism) last Saturday and already published the first video on my YouTube channel: Trikamukhyamatāni playlist is here.
  3. Currently I am working on my translation of Tantrāloka. I am polishing many things there and I will add another chapter soon. I translated by now around 37% of the entire scripture (very loooooooooooooooooooooooong indeed). If I had been Abhinavagupta, I would have written something much shorter in order not to demolish the weak intellects of most people in this foolish world. Therefore, my work will take some time (ages, maybe :D). The intellects of most people are weak because they try to satisfy every desire they have, because they give themselves over to stupid emotions the whole day, because they do not think by themselves but they rather blindly follow others' opinions, because they live inside a nut their entire lives and at the same time aspire to reach Heaven, because they are mostly frivolous and trivial, because they worship their bodies as if these ones were the eternal Truth, because they are based at the end on violence, because their supposed sense of self-importance is false, because they are completely lost despite they pretend to be "in control", and so on and on. For all those reasons, they are not ready to understand such a lengthy/complex scripture like Tantrāloka. Anyway, I continue with my efforts for the 0.00001% of the world population.
  4. Although Amazon.com is the central headquarters for all my books, they are also available at: Barnes & Noble, Ebay, Booklooker, Betterworldbooks, MercadoLibre, and many more (search "gabriel pradiipaka" on all those websites).
  5. Enjoy!

05/31/2022 - 23rd anniversary: Read here!

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ANNIVERSARY: 23 YEARS!

  1. We —all the collaborators, disciples and I— are extremely happy with a new anniversary of our beloved website. 23 years giving free stuff without the least advertising!
  2. To keep a big website running is expensive in efforts and money. We have managed to do it for 23 years by now without pestering you with annoying ads. By the way, right today I received another email from another advertising company suggesting me to put ads on our website. No way they will convince me because I dislike ads in all of their forms.
  3. Total yearly visits are around 1 million. This is a healthy number if you consider the topics being dealt with here. Obviously, if I published pictures of naked women, I would get 1 million visits per day! Such is the nature of this foolish world.
  4. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, finished in Russian up to the stanza 78 in Abhinavagupta's Paramārthasāra. Massive effort!
  5. The Sanskrit Directory contains now 200 links to relevant websites! To filter 200 links I needed to check 2000+ websites, of course, which has been exhausting to me. Hopefully it was worth the effort. My first goal is to reach 300 links, the number of links the directory had many years ago. I continue my work on that.
  6. I published the first volume of my Tantrāloka collection in English (the Abhinavagupta's Magnum Opus). To translate such a long scripture is a very hard work. For now, I am publishing the first three chapters in this first volume. The entire Tantrāloka contains 37 chapters.
  7. Although Amazon.com is the central headquarters for all my books, they are also available at: Barnes & Noble, Ebay, Booklooker, Betterworldbooks, MercadoLibre, and many more (search "gabriel pradiipaka" on all those websites).
  8. Happy anniversary! Enjoy!
 

04/11/2022 - A promise is a promise: Read here!

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  1. A promise is a promise. I am rebuilding the link directory (Sanskrit Directory) with a brand-new software we bought. In the past we used two softwares: Jade and phpMydirectory. Now, we are using "Link Directory Pro".
  2. The previous Sites of the Year (from 2004 to 2014, except two of them which were discontinued) were duly added. I am still NOT scoring websites with stars (I will do it soon as this new software naturally evolves). For now, I am only marking very-high-quality websites with a "featured" mark. Anyway, the visitors can score the websites "with stars" inside the "redirection page".
  3. You can access the Sanskrit Directory by clicking on कड़ियाँ in the above navigation bar.
  4. If you want your Sanskrit-universe-related website on the directory, you can send me an email with your suggestion. I will check it out and decide. I will be adding more and more websites during this week (and the next too maybe). Therefore, you will see new sites appearing day after day. And yes, I am also planning for the future to add the "Site of the Year" feature to the directory. I am very glad with all these announcements!
  5. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, finished in Russian up to the stanza 66 now in Abhinavagupta's Paramārthasāra. Incredible efforts! Congratulations!
  6. Although Amazon.com is the central headquarters for all my books, they are also available at: Barnes & Noble, Ebay, Booklooker, Betterworldbooks, MercadoLibre, and many more (search "gabriel pradiipaka" on all those websites).
  7. Enjoy!

03/16/2022 - Another book: Read here!

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  1. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, finished in Russian up to the stanza 58 in Abhinavagupta's Paramārthasāra. Great effort, as usual! Congratulations!
  2. I updated the Parabhairavayoga Gallery with 141 pictures of the last year! Check them out!
  3. A brand-new book in Spanish is available now for people: "Tres himnos en honor de Śiva y Guru" (hard cover version). The Kindle version is in the works and coming soon.
  4. Although Amazon.com is the central headquarters for all my books, they are also available at: Barnes & Noble, Ebay, Booklooker, Betterworldbooks, MercadoLibre, and many more (search "gabriel pradiipaka" on all those websites).
  5. Enjoy!
 

02/22/2022 - New book: Read here!

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  1. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, finished in Russian up to the stanza 50 in Abhinavagupta's Paramārthasāra. Enormous efforts made by her here as this scripture is very tricky for translators. Congratulations!
  2. A brand-new book in English is available now for people: "Three hymns in honor of Śiva and Guru". This book contains three hymns that the participants must recite while they are worshiping: Śivamahimnaḥ stotram, Śivamānasapūjā and Gurugītā. It is indeed recommended for a wide range of spiritual seekers from different spiritual traditions.
  3. Although Amazon.com is the central headquarters for all my books, they are also available at: Barnes & Noble, Ebay, Booklooker, Betterworldbooks, MercadoLibre, and many more (search "gabriel pradiipaka" on all those websites).
  4. The Spanish version of "Three hymns in honor of Śiva and Guru" is coming soon! Tamás István Énisz is editing it. Stay sharp!
  5. Russian readers cannot buy from Amazon.com the paper versions of my books (because it is not shipping to Russia from there). Instead, they should buy them from Amazon.es (from Spain). Kindle versions (electronic versions) of my books are, of course, available from Amazon.com.
  6. Enjoy!

12/12/2021 - SOMETHING NEW: Read here!

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  1. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, finished in Russian up to the stanza 23 in Abhinavagupta's Paramārthasāra. The Yogarāja's commentary included in this page is particularly difficult to understand. So, she was making vigorous efforts to translate that commentary into her native language so accurately as possible. Congratulations!
  2. And now more great news for the Spanish-speakers, because a new book in Spanish is available: "Parabhairavayogasaṁsthāpanapracodanam: Principios Fundacionales del Parabhairavayoga (Spanish Edition)". This book is very important. It contains the 92 principles my Parabhairavayoga is based on. I must specially thank Tamás István Énisz for having edited this beautiful book.
  3. Although Amazon.com is the central headquarters for all my books, they are also available at: Barnes & Noble, Ebay, Booklooker, Betterworldbooks, MercadoLibre, and many more (search "gabriel pradiipaka" on all those websites).
  4. A new book in Spanish is coming soon! Tamás István Énisz is editing it. Stay sharp!
  5. Additionally, I am also writing a nice little book about Haṭhayoga. I guess it will be available in January/February (next year).
  6. Enjoy!

11/20/2021 - MORE GOOD NEWS: Read here!

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  1. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, finished in Russian up to the stanza 15 in Abhinavagupta's Paramārthasāra. She has been working for months! Keep it up!
  2. And now more great news for the Spanish-speakers, because two new books are now available: "Libro de Canto" and "Libro de Canto para el Ritual de Adoración". The former contains all the chants that are approved to use in our Parabhairavayoga community, while the latter includes all the chants to use during a Yajña or Ritual of Worship, such as we perform it in our community as well. I must specially thank Tamás István Énisz for having edited the books.
  3. Two new books in Spanish are coming soon! Tamás István Énisz is editing one and I am revising the other. Stay sharp!
  4. Additionally, I am writing a long new book in English (several volumes). It will arrive next year! Expect a Spanish version too after that.
  5. Enjoy!

06/30/2021 - VERY GOOD NEWS: Read!

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  1. Our collaborators from Brazil, Paulo y Claudio, translated the stanzas 87-91 in Abhinavagupta's Paramārthasāra. Congratulations on such great efforts, friends!
  2. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, finished in Russian up to the stanza 3 in Abhinavagupta's Paramārthasāra. Congratulations for her too!
  3. And now great news for the Spanish-speakers: My first book in Spanish is already a reality: "Principios Fundamentales del Shaivismo Trika"; on paper and also in digital Kindle format. It took me several days of hard effort to translate the English version into Spanish. I must specially thank three people for the making of this first edition in Spanish of the "Principios Fundamentales del Shaivismo Trika": István Tamás Énisz for having edited the book, Balázs Zubák for having supervised the edition, and Diana de Santiago for having revised everything regarding Spanish language in this important text. Thank you very much!
  4. In this book I describe in Sanskrit poetry (with meter) the 25 main tenets of the system it is my specialty: Trika Shaivism, also known as Non-dual Shaivism of Kashmir, or simply Kashmir Shaivism (plainly). The present text consists of twelve introductory stanzas, twenty-five stanzas describing the twenty-five principles, two stanzas like a kind of epilogue, and a final stanza. In total, 40 stanzas written in meters Ārya and Āryagīti, non-strict, for the delight of the readers.
  5. The book on paper contains 366 pages, while the Kindle edition 266. Enjoy!

06/04/2021 - ANNIVERSARY: 22 YEARS!

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ANNIVERSARY: 22 YEARS!

  1. We, all the collaborators, disciples and I, are very happy with this new anniversary of our free and ad-free website! We are celebrating another year on-line!
  2. This year, like the last one, I have been very busy with my books. Anyway, soon I will publish something big here... as a matter of fact, two big things, if everything goes as planned! I announced the first big thing before, if my memory serves me well, but the second big thing will be a surprise.
  3. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, finished translating into Russian the entire Spandanirṇaya (a lengthy and very important scripture)! In the process, she had to update the Russian translation of Spandakārikā-s (Spandanirṇaya is its main commentary) too. It has been a very long journey indeed. She has begun to translate another scripture into Russian now: Abhinavagupta's Paramārthasāra. Congratulations for your great efforts, Natalia, and keep it up!
  4. Happy anniversary! Enjoy!

04/14/2021 - New collection: Read here!

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  1. The first volume of the five volume "Spirituality" collection is here!
  2. I am very happy to present you, dear visitor, this series of books about Spirituality in general. The whole collection acts like a kind of handbook for all the spiritual aspirants who are desirous of attaining the goal of life: Liberation from never-ending suffering. These books are being published in several volumes. In them, from volume to volume, I, little by little, increase the depth and difficulty of my teachings. Why? In order to give you a very systematic spiritual knowledge by including more and more Sanskrit, more and more quotes from different scriptures accompanied with my detailed explanations, and such. I am making this great effort for two reasons: To reconnect spiritual aspirants with their own Self and to make Trika Shaivism knowledge up to date and fully alive. These books are therefore a complete encyclopedia of Spirituality. Systematizing this divine spiritual knowledge in my usual consistent manner, I explain at first everything in a very simple way. Next, I start to gradually increase the difficulty. On that account, my teachings will be understandable to spiritual aspirants of different degrees, since the complexity will increase from volume to volume in a gradual way.
  3. I also continue with the translation of my books into Spanish: Svādhyāya -Chanting book- (completed and now under review). Yajñagītapustakam -Chanting book for the ritual of worship- (completed and now under review). Trikamukhyamatāni -Main principles of Trika Shaivism- (completed and now under review). Parabhairava-yoga-saṁsthāpana-pracodanam -Foundational principles of Parabhairavayoga- (42 % completed so far - in full process of translation right now).
  4. Enjoy!

03/22/2021 - New translations: Read here!

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  1. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, has translated the first ten aphorisms of the third chapter in Spandanirṇaya (the famous Kṣemarāja's commentary on Spandakārikā-s) into Russian language. Since she has so far translated into Russian 42 aphorisms out of 53, she will be finishing her translation of the whole scripture sooner than later. Great effort!
  2. This week or the next one the first book of the upcoming collection of five volumes (for now) will be published at Amazon (and other on-line bookstores). In the meantime I am translating all my previous books in English into Spanish. I already finished three books: Trikamukhyamatāni, a chanting book, and the chanting book for the ritual of worship. They are in revision now and will be published during this year (sooner than later, I hope). I am currently translating Parabhairavayogasaṁsthāpanapracodanam into Spanish. All this work with books prevents me from publishing more often here, on my website. Hopefully, this will change in the future, when I finish my Spanish translations. It is about time then.
  3. Enjoy!

01/25/2021 - More translations: Read here!

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  1. Our collaborators from Brazil, Paulo and Claudio, have translated into Portuguese up to the stanza 86 in Abhinavagupta's Paramārthasāra. This book is a complete mini-encyclopedia about Trika Shaivism. Everybody who is interested in this philosophy should read it. Massive effort! Congratulations!
  2. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, has translated the second chapter of Spandanirṇaya into Russian. This chapter deals with the emergence of natural knowledge, i.e. it explains the theoretical and practical aspects of Śivavyāpti (inherence in Śiva). Huge effort!
  3. The first book of the upcoming collection of five volumes (for now) is being edited. It will be published sooner than later, I hope.
  4. Enjoy!

12/15/2020 - Tantric Sex: Final volume published!

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  1. "Tantric Sex - Volume 2 (the final volume)" has been published on Amazon!
  2. Tired of the constant association of Tantra with sex alone, tired of so many distortions in the original teachings, etc., I decided to help alleviate the situation, a little at least. To do so, I decided, first, to translate the whole 29th chapter of venerable Tantrāloka into English, in which Abhinavagupta, its author, speaks about Tantric sex as a part of the complex Kula ceremony (Kula is one of the four schools of Trika Shaivism). Next, I began with the hard task of translating from Sanskrit the complete Jaryaratha's commentary on this very chapter. Finally, I added my own explanations when necessary. Many times, I did not need to explain anything at all since Abhinavagupta and Jayaratha were clear enough, but at other times I needed to add explanations of different extensions according to the complexity of the subject under discussion.
  3. In this final volume there is also a complete glossary of all the Sanskrit words which required an extra definition.
  4. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, has translated the first chapter of Spandanirṇaya into Russian. Right now she is in the process of translating the second chapter. Expect a future update of this. Enormous effort!
  5. And right now I am about to finish the first volume in English of a new collection of four or five volumes (the topic will be a surprise!). Also, I plan to translate my books in Spanish in the future. Oh yes, it will be a great effort on my part.
  6. Enjoy!

11/16/2020 - Special news: Read here!

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  1. My wife and collaborator, Natalia Ambikā, has translated a big portion of Spandanirṇaya into Russian since her start in May. She reached up to the aphorism I.21 by now. Great effort!
  2. Right now I am writing another book that is the first volume of a collection of three or four or five (still not deciding). When I finish with this first volume, I will upload the eight chapter of Tantrāloka (already fully translated in English and partly in Spanish). It is a massive chapter with more that 450 stanzas, hence the delay. My task writing books forces me to reduce my time updating this website, unfortunately. Anyway, now you have more Russian translations to quench your thirst for Trika knowledge!
  3. Enjoy!

10/05/2020 - Another book: Read here!

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  1. "Tantric Sex - Volume 1 (out of two volumes)" has been published on Amazon!
  2. Tired of the constant association of Tantra with sex alone, tired of so many distortions in the original teachings, etc., I decided to help alleviate the situation a little at least. To do so, I decided, first, to translate the entire 29th chapter of venerable Tantrāloka into English, in which Abhinavagupta, its author, speaks about Tantric sex as a part of the complex Kula ceremony. Next, I started with the hard task of translating from Sanskrit the complete commentary by Jayaratha on this very chapter. Finally, I added my own explanations when necessary. Many times, I did not need to explain anything at all as Abhinavagupta and Jayaratha were clear enough, but at other times I needed to add explanations of different extensions according to the complexity of the topic under discussion.
  3. Every volume of this collection of two consists of around 500 pages. In the second volume there is also a complete glossary of all the Sanskrit words requiring an extra definition.
  4. Although I finished already the second volume, its edition is still in the works. It will be published as soon as possible.
  5. May you have so much delight reading this book as I had writing it!
  6. Enjoy!

07/02/2020 - New book: Read here!

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  1. "Yajñagītapustakam: Chanting Book for the Ritual of Worship" has been published on Amazon!
  2. I am very happy to present for the first time a chanting book for the 'Yajña' or 'Ritual of Worship'. This small book contains all the mantra-s to successfully perform a 'standard' ritual of worship in the Tantric way. Additionally, I have included information about what to do in every portion of the ceremony. This kind of Worship is exceedingly permeated by the very core of Tantricism, including philosophical viewpoints as well as inner experiences.
  3. This standard Tantric ritual of worship is using the Śrīyantra. Why? Because this yantra or diagram (lit. machine) admits any deity. You can use it for worshiping Parabhairava or any other deity of your choice. That is why it is a 'standard' Tantric ritual of worship.
  4. What makes Tantric ritual unique is that during the act of worship, the practitioners go through the spiritual path, rendered outside as the ritual itself and experienced inside as the Reality behind.
  5. To fully learn how to perform the ritual, check this video where we are carrying out the full ceremony.
  6. Enjoy!

06/29/2020 - Tantrāloka: Chapters 6 and 7

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  1. Now, a great announcement: Chapter 6 (part 1 and part 2) and chapter 7 in Tantrāloka are completely translated and published. This amounts to 323 new stanzas totally translated. Near 30% of the whole book is already finished then!
  2. The chapter 7 was extremely difficult to translate. Till now it is the most difficult chapter I have translated. It contains only 71 stanzas but, due to its difficulty, I had to read practically vast portions of the commentary by Jayaratha in order to understand what Abhinavagupta meant to say by all that.
  3. I am translating the chapter 8 beforehand as well. I reached the stanza 120 out of 452 by now!
  4. For you to have an idea of the size of my translations, take into account that Bhagavadgītā (using the same meter as Abhinavagupta here, in Tantrāloka... though Abhinavagupta uses longer meters now and then) contains 700 stanzas. So, with chapters 6 and 7 I translated almost half of Bhagavadgītā. And the total of stanzas I have already translated and published in Tantrāloka amounts to 1728... that is, it is almost 2.5 Bhagavadgītā-s... and I translated them into Spanish too! I mentioned all that for some of you to be patient while I am translating. Yes, it would be fantastic to finish Tantrāloka in one week, but this treatise is extremely long and complex. Without reading the commentary to some extent it is impossible to translate.
  5. Enjoy!

06/12/2020 - GOOD NEWS!: Read here!

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  1. Good news!!!!: Trikamukhyamatāni - 'Main Tenets of Trika Shaivism' is now available in Kindle version at Amazon (the paper version is hopefully coming in a couple of days). As I explained in advance on the previous news, Trikamukhyamatāni is a ~350 pages book where I explain, in simple terms, the basic teachings of Trika Shaivism (a.k.a. Non-dualistic Kashmir Shaivism). I wrote the book totally in Sanskrit verse by using non-strict Ārya and Āryāgīti meters. It contains 27 stanzas by which I explain the '101' about Trika Shaivism. Of course, there is also the transliteration and translation of every stanza, plus long explanations in prose of their meaning.
  2. Additionally: I finished translating into English the chapter 6 in Tantrāloka. Now I am 'slowly' translating it into Spanish (a super boring task). I mitigate the massive boredom by already translating the chapter 7 (I translated the first 25 stanzas by now).
  3. Enjoy!

06/01/2020 - ANNIVERSARY: 21 YEARS!

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ANNIVERSARY: 21 YEARS!

  1. We, all the collaborators, disciples and I, are very happy with this new anniversary of our free and ad-free website! We are celebrating!
  2. This year I did not publish a lot 'yet' because I was working on more books: (1) A ~350 pages book where I explain, in simple terms, the basic teachings of Trika Shaivism (a.k.a. Non-dualistic Kashmir Shaivism) is coming soon this month on Amazon; (2) A ~700 or 800 first volume (editing in process) where I explain Śāmbhavopāya (the highest type of practices) in Parabhairavayoga (a Non-dualistic Kashmir Shaivism-based Yoga I founded in 2016); (3) A ~1000 pages (divided into two volumes of ~500 each) book that is finished and in process of revision now, and that it will be published this year... it will be a surprise for all of you! I wrote the first two books in full Sanskrit from beginning to end. There are transliteration and translation, obviously. There is a fourth little book (less than 100 pages) about one of the rituals we perform in Parabhairavayoga, containing a brief explanation of the ritual itself and, of course, all the mantra-s and diagrams for you to be able to chant like us.
  3. As you can see, I never rest. If I am not working on the website, then I am writing books (~2200 pages of pure knowledge and mantra-s in all those four books). But for the rest of the year, I plan not to write more books (I will continue next year if this body is still alive!). I want to apply my efforts on the website itself. And I am in full process of translating the 6th chapter in Tantrāloka (I already translated into English 107 stanzas out of the 252 the chapter contains). I am devoting many hours to this extremely difficult chapter where Abhinavagupta is also speaking about astrology and mythology. So, I have to study astrology and mythology even more in order to be able to follow his teachings. With Abhinavagupta, due to his magnitude, everything is always uphill. This Master is not for the faint of heart, who just give up at the least obstacle. With Abhinavagupta, practically every stanza is an obstacle, I am not joking. OK, wish me luck!
  4. And now some statistical data. Remember that this website deals with topics that are not very popular in this childish world: (1) ~3000 visits daily. (2) The main countries visiting 'Sanskrit & Trika Shaivism' in 2020 are, in this order: United States, India, Russian Federation, Brazil, Spain, Hungary, Finland, China, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain and Argentina.
  5. Happy anniversary! Enjoy!

05/25/2020 - MORE GREAT NEWS!: Read here!

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  1. More good news!!!! "Foundational principles of Parabhairavayoga" is now available in Kindle version too. This ~700 pages book contains the 92 foundational aphorisms of Parabhairavayoga (a Non-dualistic Kashmir Shaivism-based Yoga Gurujī founded in 2016) in Sanskrit, plus a short commentary also in Sanskrit written by Gurujī. All Sanskrit is obviously translated into English. Additionally, Gurujī has composed a complete explanation in English of the meaning of every aphorism and its respective commentary. The book also contains several charts and a vast glossary for readers to enjoy.
  2. Both the hardcover version and the Kindle version are now available in Europe too. Check this out: Kindle version in United Kingdom, hardcover version in Germany and United Kingdom.
  3. Enjoy!

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