The Doctrine of Recognition

A Translation of the Pratyabhijñāhrdayam with an Introduction and Notes, by Kṣemarāja

By Kṣemarāja
Translated by Jaideva Singh

Subjects: Tantra
Series: SUNY series in Tantric Studies
Paperback : 9780791401514, 168 pages, May 1990
Hardcover : 9780791401507, 168 pages, May 1990

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The Doctrine of Recognition

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"In this world there are some devoted people who are undeveloped in reflection and have not taken pains in studying difficult works, but who nevertheless aspire after the enlightenment that blossoms forth with the descent of Sakti. For their sake the doctrine of recognition is being explained briefly. "--Ksemaraja

The word pratyabhijna means recognition. All individuals are divine, but they have forgotten their real nature and are identified with their psycho-physical mechanisms. This teaching is meant to enable them to recognize their real nature. It offers the spiritual practice through which they can realize their true Selves.

This book occupies the same place in Saiva or Trika literature that Vedantasara does in Vedanta. It avoids all polemics and gives a succinct form for the main tenents of the Pratyabhijna system.

Ksemaraja lived in Tenth Century Shrinagar. He was the brilliant student of the great Abhinavagupta who was a peerless master of tantra, yoga, philosophy, and poetics. In addition to Pratyabhijnahrdayam, Ksemaraja wrote Spandasandoha, Spandanirnaya, Svacchandoddyota, Netroddyota, Vijnnabhairavoddyota, Sivasutra-vimarsaini, Stavacinmanka, Parapravesaika, and Tattvasandoha.