“Kashmir Saivism” is something of a misnomer if used to refer simply to the Trika/ Pratyabhijna system of Kashmir Saiva philosophy. For at least three other non-dualistic systems are often identified: Nandikesvara Saivism, Rasesvara Saivism, and the Visistadvaita Saivism of Srikantha. This volume, although entitled “Kashmir Saivism”, does not deal with Nandikesvara and Rasesvara-Saivism beause of their paucity of significant philosophical materials. And Srikantha’s philosophy has been dealt with in a separate volume of this Encyclopedia (volume 15), because of its affinity to Bedhabheda. For the most part, this volume follows common parlance and maps a lineage, mostly Pratyabhijna but also diverse, including such authors as Sivananda, Abhinavagupta, and Jayaratha.
Karl H. Potter is professor of Philosophy and South Asian Studies at the University of Washington is Seattle, and is General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies. Series containing 28 volumes.