Bodhapancadasika by Abhinavagupta XII & XIII
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.
12. & 13. When, because the grace of Lord Siva is showered
upon you, or due to the teachings or
vibrating force of your Master, or through
understanding the scriptures concerned with
Supreme Siva, you attain the real knowledge
of reality, that is the existent state of Lord Siva,
and that is final liberation. This fullness is
achieved by elevated souls and is called liberation
in this life (jivanmukti).
Yogis understand that samsara is only a trick, that there is
actually no span of time. They know that if there were a span of
time then differences of time would not exist. If time really
existed then twenty four hours for the mosquito would be the
same as it is for humans and the same as it is for Lord Siva.
In this universe of 118 worlds all varieties of creation are in the
grip of time (kala), and this time is controlled by the Lord of Death
(Yama). When there is time there is death. When there is time
there is birth. When there is the kingdom of time there is everything:
there is pain, there is pleasure, there is sadness, there is
happiness, there is joy, there is sex, there is the absence of sex,
there is detachment, and there is attachment. In this world you
are caught in the grip of time to the extent of your own capacity.
Now sometimes, in some places, on some occasions it happens
that the grace of Lord Siva is showered on a person. When that
grace of Lord Siva is showered on you, or when your God Consciousness
is vibrated by the vibrating force of the teachings of
your master, then you come to understand that there is no time.
Then you realize that a trick is being played on you by Lord Siva.
Otherwise, you will not realize that you are just like a football
being played in this world. When one is filled with ignorance, he
has the false understanding that he is the player. He thinks that
he himself is playing. This is a false notion! He is not the player,
he is the one being played.
When you come to know that this is a trick, you have nothing
to do. But how do you come to know that this is a trick? You come
to know by the grace of Lord Siva; you come to know by the grace
of your master; you come to know by the grace of the scriptures
If you say that you can come to know that this is a trick from
lectures or from reading, I say that this is not real knowledge. It
is attached knowledge. Real knowledge exists when you know
Retirado de Self Realization in Kashmir Shaivism The Oral Teachings of Swami Lakshmanjoo
Foreword by Lance Nelson