New course on Spanda Kārikā-s of Vasugupta

with Dr Dimitrios Vassiliadis


Upon completion of the course on the Yoga Sūtra-s of Patañjali, the Athens Center for Indian and Indo-Greek Studies starts a new course on the Trika philosophy with the study of the Spandakārikā-s of Vasugupta and the  Spandanirṇaya of Kṣemarāja.

The course is open to those who have basic knowledge of the Indian philosophy. The lectures will be held every Thursday from 12:00 to 13:30 at  Shakti Yoga Studio (17-19, L. Fotiadou str., Mets, Athens).

The course starts on Thurdsay, 30 March 2017 at 12:00 hrs.

For further information and registration, please send an  e-mail to info@shakti.gr or to indogreekstudies@gmail.com

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After revealing the Śiva Sūtra-s,  Vasugupta (9th century CE) and his students wanted to write an illustrative commentary on them, and thus prepared the Spandakārikā-s. The text consists of a number of philosophical verses (kārikā-s) focused on the nature of the primary pulse (spanda) the divine consciousness (Śiva).

Spanda is the power (Śakti) of Śiva through which he is aware (vimarśa) of himself. This is a pulse of consciousness that takes place within the same consciousness. With the power of the spanda, Śiva may express, preserve and withdraw all creation without doing any movement himself.

The Spanda kārikā-s were commented by Kallaṭa, a student of Vasugupta  (Vṛtti),  Bhaṭṭotpala (Spandapradīpikā),   Rāmakaṇṭha (Vivṛti), and Kṣemarāja (Spandanirṇaya) and became the fundamental text of the Spanda School of Kashmir Saivism while they  exercised a great influence on the subsequent formation of the Nāda Yoga schools.