Archives for: April 2012

Shaiva Siddha Nagarjuna

- A brief analysis by śrī Balajinnātha Paṇḍita Several great persons under the name nāgārjuna have appeared in India. The most prominent one among them is the famous teacher and great author of the mādhyamika s… more »

Kashmiri Shaivaite analysis of other Darshanas - 3

The animation of ordinary beings, like people of this world, does also move up and down, through all these four varieties and our functioning in them is known as the four states named Jagrat, the waking one, Svapna, the dreaming one, Sushupti, the sleep… more »

Buddhist Deities and Mantras in Hindu Tantras

Two papers by Prof Gudrun Bühnemann may be of interest to some of our readers. 1. Buddhist Deities and Mantras in the Hindu Tantras: Tantrasarasamgraha and Ishanashivagurudevapaddhati 2. Buddhist Deities and Mantras in the Hindu Tantras: Srividyarnav… more »

Vaiśākha Paurṇāmī

During the paurṇāmī of vaiśākha, one who has obtained pūrṇadīkṣā in śrīkrama worships mahātripurasundarī in sṛṣṭikrama using hādi saptadaśī mah&#25… more »


- ऊर्ध्वाम्नाय काशी सुमेरु पीठाधीश्वर जगद&#… more »

From the pen of Balajinnāṭha Paṇḍita

Svātantrya darpaṇa of Balajinnāṭha Paṇḍita is a work dealing with Kashmir Shaivism, but is considered to represent navya śaiva śāstra. A few verses from across this work, which present an overview of othe… more »

Kashmiri Shaivaite analysis of other Darshanas - 2

Philosophy is known in India as Darshana. Darshana means a direct revelation, a direct experience, an independent enlightenment, not depending on any mental faculty of thinking, understanding and reasoning etc. Such instrumental aids of knowledge did no… more »


This has been a week of much travel. I happened to speak at a gathering of mostly śaiva upāsakas and someone raised a question about ādiśaiva. As promised, here is a short piece on this topic. The kriyāpāda of candrajn&#2… more »


Navanāṭha Siddhas

Navanāṭha Siddhas are popular throughout Yogic and Tantric literature but there seems to be very little clarity on who they really are. Also, there is no consensus on the list of these nine Siddhas. According to Mahārṇava tantra, t… more »