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This eleventh century Sanskrit text of kshemaraja epitomizes the teachings of the Kasmir Saiva philosophy, and was meant to aid aspirants to higher consciousness who were untrained in intellectual and dialectical exercises. Dr Taimni's elucidatory translation adheres to this approach and, avoiding technicalities, guides the non-specialist reader to the core of illuminating truths presented in just twenty brief aphorisms. It shows that everyone can break through the limitations of normal consciousness and experience the infinite joy and power of the supreme reality.
Pratyabhijna Hridayam, although not well known, is one of the masterpieces of occult literature. To give the student some idea of the scope and philosophical grandeur of what is sought to be considered within the scope of only twenty aphorisms contained in this treatise, we may take first a bird's-eye view of the panorama of inner realities which are hinted at in this valuable treatise. This will enable the student to appreciate more easily the value of this short treatise as a masterly exposition, in an extremely condensed form, of the essential knowledge which an aspirant needs for treading the path of practical occultism. And it will also enable him to develop the capacity of drawing out by his own mental effort and intuitive insight the vast stores of occult knowledge which are merely hinted at in the aphorisms. For this reason it is a book eminently suited for those who are learning the art of meditation so that they can dive deeper into the inner realms of knowledge and draw out from within what cannot be expressed through the medium of language.
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