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Body and Cosmology in Kashmir Saivism

Distinguished Dissertations

By (author) Gavin D. Flood
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 1993
Dimensions: h 230mm
ISBN-10: 0773499741
ISBN-13: 9780773499744
Barcode No: 9780773499744
"Kashmir Saivism" refers to monistic Hindu Saiva traditions which developed from the 9th to 11th centuries B.C. This book places the idea of the "body" in the Saiva world of religious meaning by showing how Siva, equated with pure consciousness, is thought to become embodied in the universe through a process of emanation. The text seeks to show the importance of the body - thought to contain pure consciousness, and the cosmos, in the yogic and ritual paths of transformation; these paths lead the monistic Saiva to the recognition of his identity with supreme consciousness and the awareness that his body is coterminous with the universe.

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