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‘A SPIRITUALITY OF PLEASURE, ‘Deciphering Vijñānabhairava verse 68’.

Dupuche, John R. (2013) ‘A SPIRITUALITY OF PLEASURE, ‘Deciphering Vijñānabhairava verse 68’. International Journal of Tantric Studies, Vol. 9 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1084-7553


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This heavily coded śloka from the tantric literature of Kashmir Shaivism has been misinterpreted and misused, to the detriment of the reputation of tantra in the West.
This paper studies the original text and ancient commentaries, and elucidates the several levels of meaning of this arcane verse. It also looks at the various translations and commentaries in English, French, German, which do not bring out the full meaning of the text or contradict each other or gloss over problems or bend the verse to suit their agendas.
As a result, this paper concludes that, far from being disreputable or trivial, the sloka describes a spirituality of pleasure in every-day life which is profound and important for our age.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Kashmir Shaivism, spirituality, pleasure, tantra, Vijnanabhairava, fire, poison
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220209 History of Ideas
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220406 Studies in Eastern Religious Traditions
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Rev Dr John R. Dupuche
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2014 01:33
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 01:33
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1343

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