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Bodhapancadasika by Abhinavagupta IX

Fifteen Verses of Wisdom

TODAY I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT A SHORT
text entitled “Fifteen Verses of Wisdom” (bodhapancadasika) by
Abhinavagupta, the great master of all aspects of Kashmir
Saivism. These fifteen verses provide a brief exposition, and capture
the essence, of the doctrine of Kashmir Saivism.

9. This Lord Siva, who is completely independent

(svatantra), has the diversity of creation and destruction

existing in His own nature. And, at the same time,

this diversity is found existing in its own way as the

field of ignorance.

  

This is why our masters have taught us to meditate, to find out

what the rock truly is. When you meditate then the rock will

become universal.

When there is nothing then there is no problem. When there is

only yourself then there is a problem. When there is only the

other person then there is a problem. But when you come to know

that you are universal then there is no problem. This is why meditation

has been expounded in Saivism, in order for you to realize

the reality of God Consciousness.

Creation and destruction (sristi-samhara) also take place

together. In this way there is creation and destruction in the cycle

of action, and creation and destruction in the cycle of knowledge.

Creation and destruction in the cycle of action is just what takes

place in the world of ignorance. For instance, there is a mountain.

It is created and it exists in the realm of action. The results of this

action are that after one thousand centuries this mountain will

become dust. It will fall and crumble. This is creation and

destruction in the cycle of action.

Now, you have to transform this action, the activity of this created

thing, into knowledge. Then action will become universal. In

that universality there is knowledge, pure knowledge (purnajnana).

So, in this creation and destruction, when action is created,

knowledge is destroyed, and when knowledge is created,

action is destroyed.

For instance, I perceive a mountain, it is in action. It is gradually

crumbling into dust. If I perceive it in knowledge, the knowledge

of God Consciousness will transform this perception making

it universal, and I will not feel that it is in action. The reason

being that after one thousand centuries, this mountain will

become dust. I will feel that it has taken the formation of dust. I

will not feel that it is destroyed. So it was not in action, it was in

knowledge. In universality a rock is God and dust is also God.

Knowing that there is no difference between the dust and the

rock is knowledge. In the beginning the dust was rock and it had

the shape of rock. After two thousand centuries the shape of the

rock changed and it became dust. And yet, when there is real

knowledge, there is no difference between these two, the rock and

dust. That is God.

So the variation of creation and destruction take place in this

way so that there is no effect at all, no effect in either way. If the

variation of creation and destruction were only in action, and not

in knowledge, then creation and destruction would actually take

place. But whenever, after many lifetimes, real knowledge dawns,

you will find out and you will recognize that from the very beginning

nothing has actually happened. You were already there.

Though real knowledge appeared to be destroyed, it was not

destroyed. This is the trick, the play of Lord Siva – to make knowledge

appear as if it has been destroyed.

So what is the purpose of action? It is completely independent

and it is play. The purpose of this action is play.

It is said,

At the time of reaching the superstate of God Consciousness,

pleasure and pain have no value. Pleasure is the

same, pain is the same, death is the same, life is the

same. At that moment bondage and liberation are the

same. Existence and nonexistence are the same. Becoming

a rock and becoming intelligent are the same.

In verse nine, Abhinavagupta explained that the varieties of

creation and destruction are residing in Lord Siva’s own nature.

Lord Siva creates, protects, and destroys this universe. Lord Siva

also, in His own nature, conceals and reveals Himself. In the next

verse he says: (ver item X).

 

Retirado de Self Realization in Kashmir Shaivism The Oral Teachings of Swami Lakshmanjoo
JOHN HUGHES
Foreword by Lance Nelson

 

Uma resposta

  1. Olá amigo muito bom o texto. Em outras palavras para se chegar a criação e conhecimento real é necessário a destruição de algo que já não é real e assim caminha o presente. Espero ter entendido. Pelo menos me esforcei..he,he. Um grande abraço, espero sua visita. AldaizAzevedo

    fevereiro 20, 2011 às 6:01 pm

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