Bodhapancadasika by Abhinavagupta X
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.
10. In this world you will find varieties of creation and
destruction, some of which are created in the upper
cycle, some of which are created below, and some of
which are even created sideways. Attached to these
worlds smaller portions of worlds are created. Pain,
pleasure, and intellectual power are created according
to the status of being. This is the world.
You find varieties of creation and destruction in this world.
And there is also variation in these varieties. Variation means
that the varieties of creation and destruction do not correspond to
each other. For instance, our period of twenty-four hours is the
span of a mosquito’s life. That is, twenty-four hours for a human
is equal to one hundred years for the mosquito. Now the greatest
span of a human life is one hundred years. It is said that six
months to a human is equal to twenty-four hours for those gods
residing in the worlds of the ancestors (pitri-loka). This is how
time expands. Our six months is equal to their twenty-four hours.
And this expansion of time continues all the way to Lord Siva
where the blinking of His eyes is equal to the lifetime of one hundred
years of Sadasiva.6 This is the variety we come to know in
this universe of one hundred and eighteen worlds.
This is variation in the varieties of creation and destruction,
and these varieties are according to time. You cannot, therefore,
depend upon time. Time only appears, it does not exist.
This is why Abhinavagupta, in this verse, says that in these
one hundred and eighteen worlds there is an infinite variety of
creation. And moreover, in this world pain, pleasure, and intellectual
power are all created according to the status of being.
For example, a mosquito cannot meditate. Whereas, on the
other hand, Lord Siva can. Intellectual power, therefore, is also
created with variations. A mosquito has intellectual power
according to its existence and Lord Siva has intellectual power
according to His existence. And, this intellectual power is also a
trick, part of Lord Siva’s play. This is the world.
Retirado de Self Realization in Kashmir Shaivism The Oral Teachings of Swami Lakshmanjoo
Foreword by Lance Nelson