Tantric Sound: The Nondual Śaivism of Kashmir’s Manifestation and Liberation In Sanskrit Words, Deities, Tattvas, and Ćakras
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Comparative Studies Honors Theses; 2008
The Hindu Tantric sect the nondual Śaivism of Kashmir, perceives sound as all-pervasive throughout manifested reality, as a symbol of the universe’s cosmic structure, and as a means to a soul’s liberation. Sound, created in the process of speech, and formed through reciting Sanskrit words, is vital in all religious aspects within Kashmir Śaivism- in prayer, ritual and meditation. Even more specifically, the characters that make up the religious texts themselves are derived from sacred representations of deities and also represent different vibrational energies in the body, and therefore when correctly recited, are vehicles to instantaneous liberation. I will then explore sound as the Trika in 1) deities, 2) speech, 3) male and female bodies, 4) within the individual body’s ćakras, and 5) in the written script of Devanagari, or the Sanskrit letters, themselves.
Pressey Research Scholarship