Bodhapancadasika by Abhinavagupta XI
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.
11. If you do not understand that there is actually no
span of time, this misunderstanding is also the independence
(svatantrya) of Lord Siva. This misunderstanding
results in worldly existence (samsara). And
those who are ignorant are terrified by worldly existence.
If the notion of time were correct, then there would not be this
difference of time where your one human day is equal to one hun-dred years in the life of the mosquito.
This difference of time is
also the independence (svatantrya) of Lord Siva. If you want to
ask the question, “Why?” I will answer you by saying that you
should not delve deeply into it. The “why” cannot be understood.
And if it is not understood, that too is the svatantrya of Lord Siva.
In this worldly existence (samsara), ignorant people are terrified
and cry out because of this independent, free will of Lord
Siva. They do not know of its existence, and they do not know that
they do not know. They do not even feel that they do not know. If
they did feel that they did not know, they would know. As soon as
they felt that they did not know, they would know. What terrifies
them is j u s t not knowing and not knowing that they do not know.
This is pure ignorance. This is that ignorance where those who
are ignorant do not know that they are ignorant.
Retirado de Self Realization in Kashmir Shaivism The Oral Teachings of Swami Lakshmanjoo
Foreword by Lance Nelson