Kashmir Shaivism: The Hidden Geography of Consciousness Explained by Tantric—George Barselaar Ep#13

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another episode of Potential Paradigms. Today is a deep episode and we are going to be looking at the spiritual and philosophical tradition of Kashmir. Shaivism often synonymous with tantra , and some even consider it the distillation of the various schools of philosophy of the Indian subcontinent. Over the last few decades, Kashmir Shaivism has become quite popular in the West and perhaps over the globe, but this was not always the case. The tradition of Kashmir Shaivism has been in hiding for the past few centuries because of the several invasions that happened in India. Because of this, it has been quite challenging for the scholars to weave together the intricate web of Kashmir Shaivism because several of the earlier manuscripts of this oral tradition became extinct. Fortunately for the world luminary philosopher Sage, by the name of Swami Lakshman Joo was around. Swami was a descendant in an unbroken chain of masters in the oral tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. . He took it upon himself to protect this tradition and freely distribute its knowledge across the world. Over the last 30 years with the revival of Kashmir Shaivism, there is probably not a single book that does not mention his name, so it’s with great delight that introduce our guest today. *Guest Biogarphy* George Barselaar, who has been a long-term devote of Swami Lakshman Joo and a practitioner of Kashmir Shaivism George took a keen interest in yoga from an early age, which inspired him to learn transcendental meditation, which eventually led him to Swami Lakshman Joo in the Valley of Kashmir, where he spent nine years with him before his passing in 1991. Since then, George has deeply been involved in publishing several of the works of the teachings of Swami Lakshman Joo in the form of many books, which we will be talking about today. George has a deep knowledge of Kashmir Shaivism, but at the same time an ordinariness about him, which made it a joy to spend some time with him. . This episode is perhaps a great introduction to Tantra and Kashmir Shaivism, , but we also looked at the history of this tradition and the very many, mystical aspects of this tradition, including the secret of breath, the various Gods and Goddesses, the Kundalini Shakti, the 118 worlds or realms, cataloged by the photographers and preceptors of this tradition. And last but not the least, we also look at the various means and methods that a seeker can use to realize the truth of their own reality. So before we return to this episode, I would like to request that you like this video and subscribe to the channel. And also let us know how you feel in the comments. Or leave us a review at iTunes and Spotify.

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00:00 Introduction
02:50 Beginning with Sacred Invocation  
05:01 The Philosopher Sage Swami Lakshman Joo
08:01 Revival of Kashmir Shaivism
13:14 Uniqueness of Kashmir Shaivism
17:33 Levels of Reality   
22:12 Means  to realize the Supreme Reality
27:14 Enlightenment in Kashmir Shaivism
30:02 Embrace of Shiva & Shakti
33:33 Sacredness of Creatoin
38:16 Purpose of Creation & Suffering in the world
47:23 Practice in  Kashmir Shaivism
50:28 Chamatkara — The Intoxication of Realization
52:03 Breath of Enligthenment – Secret of Kashmir Shaivism 
58:04 Breath & Gaps in Dreams & Deep Sleep
01:03:24 Behind Waking, Dreaming & Deep Sleep
01:08:27 Enlightenment & Samadhi  in Shaivism
01:17:10 Oral transmission of Swami Lakshman Joo
01:23:06 Paradox of Practice & Neo Advaita
01:30:31 Freedom to Create (Svatantrya Shakti )
01:43:25 Devotion in Kashmir Shaivism
01:52:17 Hidden realized masters 
01:56:08 The Power of Shakti – Kashmir Shaivism’s Perspective
02:01:23 Mystery of Paramasiva – Beyond Shiva
02:02:48 The 118 Worlds – Cosmology of Kashmir Shaivism
02:04:49 The 118 Worlds
02:08:29 Breath & the unravelling of the Cosmos
02:12:44 Secret of Speech :Language Mysticism
02:25:58 Holographic Universe & The Goddess Within
02:33:42 The 12 Kali’s
02:39:29 Karma Yoga : Meditation in Action 
02:43:08 Cosmic Exploration :118 Worlds & Beings in Kashmir Shaivism
02:56:16 Types of Spiritual Aspirants
02:59:47 How to study Kashmir Shaivism?
03:03:32 Conclusion

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