About the Workshop
Parāprāveśikā, a sublime foundational scripture of the non-dual Śaiva Tantra of Kashmir, popularly known as Kashmiri Śaivism or simply Trika, is a preliminary text that contains the essence of the entire philosophy in a nutshell, leading a student/seeker to explore and enter the mysteries of the Supreme Śakti. This Prakaraṇa Grantha is composed by Ācārya Kṣemarāja, an illustrious disciple of Mahāmaheśvara Ācārya Abhinavagupta. Ācārya Kṣemarāja also penned Pratyabhijñāhṛdayam, Śivasūtravimarśinī and many other crucial scriptures of Trika (non-dual Śaivism of Kashmir). Parāprāveśikā explains the fundamentals that are essential to understand and imbibe the tradition as a whole. In this Grantha, Ācārya with great expertise and ease fuses various ways of Sādhanā, spiritual practices, prevalent in this non-dual tradition. Through a careful study of this text, a student can understand the undercurrents of Kula, Spanda and Pratyabhijñā way of Sādhanā as a complete system in a most effective manner. Although this is an introduction to the non-dual Śaivism, it comprises all of the basic and advanced aspects of this philosophy.
Kashmir Śaivism is a system of philosophy known as the Trika system, or threefold signs of Śiva, Śakti and the bound individual Nara. the three energies of Śiva, Parā (non-dual), Parāparā (dual cum non-dual) and Aparā (dual) representing the threefold activities of the world. In his book, Kashmir Śaivism – the Secret Supreme, Swami Lakshmanjoo Maharaj, tells us that Trika is intended for any human being without restriction of class, colour or creed. Its purpose is to enable the aspirant to rise from individuality to universality. Trika Śaivism is composed of four schools of practice and philosophy, the Pratyabhijñā system, the Kula system, the Krama system and the Spanda system. All the four schools are based on sacred scriptures called Āgamas, the sacred teachings that exist within Lord Śiva. In the Kashmir Śaiva Darśana or Trika philosophy the ultimate reality, Paramaśiva or Parabhairava, encompasses everything, manifest and unmanifest, and is of the nature of everything. There is only one conscious reality, and because of Its divine, blissful and independent nature, it creates the universe, evolving into the triad of all forms of diversity, unity in diversity and absolute unity. This is the doctrine of higher non-duality or supreme non-dualism (paramadvaya) which is beyond both, duality and non-duality. This ultimate reality is a union of transcendence and immanence, Śiva and Śakti. Śiva is of the form of Śakti and Śakti is of the nature of Śiva, they are Samarasa (equanimous). The ultimate is always in the state of Sāmarasya or union. This Darśana gives us the right understanding of Pūrṇa Ahaṃ, 'the absolute I' – 'the conscious or pure I' which encompasses everything.
The workshop aims at studying the scriptures using Dhāraṇās, – holistic meditative inquiry, creative contemplation, meditations with reading and reference to supporting scriptures from texts such as Vijñānabhairava, Spandakārikā and Iśvarapratyabhijñāvimarśīnī, which are all in line with teachings of the lineage. Ideally, the workshop will lead to experiential knowledge of reality based on sound and careful reflection on your experience influenced by the wisdom of the scriptures the guidance of the teacher.
The workshop also focuses on:
- Giving a broad outline of the subject matter and scope of the Parāprāveśikā and
- Understanding the fundamentals of non-dual Śaiva Tantra of Kashmir in the light of the Parāprāveśikā.
Ācārya Dr. Nihar Purohit is a great practicing expert in the field of Śaiva Tantra of Kashmir. Having a background of Engineering and Marketing, he has studied Kashmir Śaivism at the department of S.V.D.V., Banaras Hindu University. During the course of study he did Śāstrī (Hon.), Ācārya (Hon.) and Vidyāvāridhi/Ph.D. He studied various texts through traditional method with various traditional scholars like Shri Prannath Kaul and Prof Makhanlal Kokiloo, direct disciples of Swami Laxman Joo, the last living master in the lineage of Kashmir Śaivism.
He has also studied Tantra philosophy under the guidance of many great scholars like Prof. Navjivan Rastogi, Pt. Ramji Malaviya. Eminent pandits like Pt. Hemandranath Cakravarty, Prof D.B. Sen Sharma and Pt. Vrajvallabh Dwivedi, the direct disciples of M.M. Gopinath Kaviraj; Prof. Kamalesh Dutta Tripathi, Prof Kamalakar Mishra and Prof Kamlesh Jha, direct disciples of M.M. Rameshwar Jha. He has studied notable core texts such as Spandakārikā, Paramārthsāra, Iśvarapratyabhijñākārikā and portions of many other important texts. The title of his doctoral research is “Pūrṇatā: A Foundational Paradigm of Trika Darśana and Yajurveda”. He has presented his research and has delivered lectures on Kashmir Śaivism at many seminars and workshops, making maximum use of his gift for teaching scriptures from the original Sanskrit texts and commentaries. He also conducts meditation sessions to make the scriptural teachings more applicable to day-to-day life.
He has taught scriptures of Kaśmīraśaivāgama at Dharmāgama Dept., S.V.D.V., Banaras Hindu University and also serves as a faculty at Kashmir Shaiva Institute, Ishwar Ashram Trust. He is also a member of Academic council of Muktabodha Indological Institute. Being engaged in thorough research and teaching work, he is contributing profoundly to the field of Indian Knowledge Systems.
- General: Rs. 2360/-
- Student: Rs. 1770/-
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Last Date for Registration: April 3, 2021
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Participants, especially youth, are encouraged to join as the workshop will help them to develop the keen interest and insight in the ancient scriptures, apply the learnings and assimilate them in their daily lives.
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