Retreats offered by Kevala Celebration Center:
YOGA | HEALING | AYURVEDA | TANTRA | DETOX | SILENCE |AWARENESS| KUNDALINI | KASHMIR SHAIVISM | ASCENSION | SELF-REALIZATION | SAMPOORNA SHAKT I SADHANA
Kashmir Shaivism is a powerful and transformative non-dual, yogic philosophy that originated in Kashmir in the ninth century. It provides great tools for the spiritual seeker.
Kevala Celebration Center will invite the leading exponents of Kashmir shavism and spread and protect the tradition.
What are the ideas and beliefs of Kashmir Shaivism?
Kashmir Shaivism is more than an intellectual system. It springs from the direct visionary experience of the sages. It proclaims that Supreme Consciousness is the underlying stuff of the universe. It begins in that experience and its goal is that experience. Kashmir Shaivism is a saving knowledge. It will transform you.
Some of the basic principles of Shaivism are:
- Everything is Consciousness. Nothing exists that is not the manifestation of Supreme Consciousness
- Consciousness incorporates the formless (Shiva) and form (Shakti)
- Consciousness is characterised by awareness
- Consciousness forms the universe by contracting into material existence and individual souls
- An individual can experience the state of expanded Consciousness through the spiritual awakening catalysed by a Self-realised master
- Through practice in a number of pathways or means, an individual can become steady in the state of expanded Consciousness while living his/her ordinary life
History of Kashmir Shaivism
The fertile valley of Kashmir was a centre of learning for millennia. In this ambiance, the philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism arose and flourished between the 9th and 12th centuries. The first Shaivite works, written in the early ninth century, are attributed to Vasugupta, who wrote the Shiva Sutras. Somananda, who lived at the end of the ninth century, wrote the Vision of Shiva (Shivadrishti), and his disciple Utpaladeva, wrote the Ishvara-pratyabhijnakarika.
Abhinavagupta, the most famous sage-philosopher of Kashmir Shaivism, lived from the middle of the 10th century into the 11th. Credited with giving Kashmir Shaivism its modern shape, he wrote more than 60 works, including Malinivijayavarttika and Tantraloka, as well as a number of profound commentaries. Ksemaraja, Abhinavagupta’s closest disciple, wrote, among other treatises, thePratyabhijnahrdayam. Maheshwarananda, writing in the 12th century, composed the Maharthamanjari.
The modern tradition of Kashmir Shaivism
After the 12th century, Kashmir Shaivism effectively ‘disappeared’ or went underground due to changing political and religious circumstances. However, in the last century it has returned to prominence under the inspiration of two great teachers.
The first stream of modern Kashmir Shaivism was established by Swami Lakshmanjoo (1907-1991) of Shrinigar, Kashmir. He began his Shaivite studies at a young age, mastered Sanskrit and learned the texts under the guidance of local scholars who were in touch with the oral tradition. Lakshmanjoo built a reputation as a scholar and as a yogi.
The second stream of modern Kashmir Shaivism was inspired by Swami Muktananda Paramahamsa (1908-1982) who toured the world teaching the principles of Shaivism. Muktananda’s approach to Shaivism was grounded heavily in sadhana and spiritual experience. Muktananda had a significant impact on thousands of spiritual seekers, transmitting the experience of Shaivism through Shaktipatawakening. There is no doubt that he achieved the widest dissemination of Shaivite learning in history, both in his own work and in the still growing impact of his students.
Kashmir Shaivism Retreats:
Kevala Celebration Center offers Kashmir Shaivite study and practise, offering ongoing study groups, courses and the Shiva Process, a method of Self-inquiry based on the principles of Shaivism.
Maha Yogi Dr Pradeep Ullal says Kashmir Shaivism gives the fullest and most intelligent account of shaktipat and shivapat, the spiritual awakening and realization. Once Shaktipat is received, one has the experience of Consciousness itself, and that is the essence of Shaivism.”
The teachings and practices at Kevala, including the unique Shiva Process Self-Inquiry, all have their source in Kashmir Shaivism. In study groups, particular focus is given to the primary texts of Kashmir Shaivism: the Shiva Sutras, Vijnanabhairava, and others.
At kevala, Maha yogi Dr Pradeep Ullal focuses on the transmisions of shaktipat rather than the prose and texts.