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Shri Netra Tantram

Tantra quotes, texts

by Abhinavagupta

Wise people admit as dhyana [the state of meditation] as that in which the yogin remains concentrated on the all-pervading, imperishable Reality which lies beyond the act of meditation and in transcendence of the function of the intellect. (8,15)

The mind, and working with the mind, is utterly a waste of time with respect to becomming enlightened. It will not help one bit. It has its value within a psycho-therautic paradigm, but with respect to getting FREE (jivan-mukta) it is of no benefit at all. The mind is the trap. YOU are essentially already free and you are way beyond the mind, so any attempt to become free by working with the mind and releasing emotions, and other mind stuff, is futile with respect to becomming enlightened. It is also very, very important to not that the Self is "
beyond the act of meditation". You have to give up meditation become enlightened. Yet you have to meditate to have any hope of ever getting enlightened! How do you resolve this paradox? I use to say that the meditation practice is like a train and the Self is the town you want to go to. You have to get of the train at the right statiion or else you will miss the goal of the journey.

That transcendental state is said to be samadhi in which the yogin has the realization that the same Self obtains within all beings in the entire world as within himself and that he is Shiva and unique. (8,18)

This is Unity Consciousness. It is one of the highest samadhis. It is still unstable and varies in intensity. Above it we have sahaja samadhi which is permanent and stable. Sahaja samadhi is characterized by the same oneness with Shiva/The Self in and as everything.

That Essence is not likely to get clarified unless it is made understood through the help of the Shakti. [For its understanding] it needs to be clarified through initiation, etc. Those who just talk about it but are not able to realise it as the Transcendent Shiva, are simply worshippers of the Self and do not reach the transcendent state of Parama Shiva. (8, 29-30)

Shakti is the mother of enlightenment. She is the mother of devotion. Shakti is the mother of spiritual grace. Getting enlightened without Shakti is very difficult but with Shakti it is a breeze; you may even reach it within this lifetime! The second half of the verse is very important: You can make a virtue out of appearing as a great yogi or claiming your method takes you to the Self, but in reality you are deluding yourself and merely performing a ritual worship of a Self of which you know nothing.

He becomes nirabhasa [non-reflective] when he comes to the realization that neither he is there nor does anyone else whoever is in existence. That is known as the Supreme State of Shiva, the highest Lord. (8,40)
Neither I am nor is there anyone else and hence there is none to meditate on. Now being completely absorbed in the state of delight, my manas [mind] has become the same. (8,40)

Again, this is Unity Consciousness. Ultimately all objects of worship vanish and merge into the Self. Yet you may still, because of the bliss in it, choose to engange in bhakti - at which state it is parabhakti, or nondual devotion. Parabhakti is constant love-bliss in which you are in love with the Self in and as everything and this very Self is in love with you. Constantly. Everything radiates devotion to you and you radiate devotion to everything.

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