Pratyabhijnahrdayam: The Secret Of Self-Recognition Sanskrit Text With English Translation, Notes and Introduction is a book by Jaideva Singh. This translation in English is an important study of Saivism in Kashmir. This is a short Tantra. After Somananda, Abhinavagupta, who was the illustrious disciple of Kshemaraja, wrote two commentaries on it. One is short and the other an extensive one. This book is the translation of the second Vivarana.
The book is a mystical-philosophical literature of India and one the most-difficult texts of Kashmir Saiva School, which has been beautifully translated by Jaideva Singh in lucid English language. The main theme of the book is Ultimate Reality. Jiva is Shiva, meaning by identifying oneself with Shiva one forgets him/herself. The methods of self-discipline that leads to the realisation of the Ultimate Truth and how it is centered above all in theory and practice of the mantra, has been explained here. It serves as a good introduction to Pratyabhijna philosophy.
Pratyabhijnahrdayam: The Secret Of Self-Recognition Sanskrit Text With English Translation, Notes and Introduction is in paperback. It was published by Motilal Banarsidass Publishers as 8th edition in 2013.
- It is the revised and enlarged translation.
- It has a scholarly introduction with notes.
- It also makes available one of the major-mystical texts of Indian tradition, to readers interested in philosophy and spirituality.
- It has glossary of technical terms and indexes.
About the Author
Jaideva Singh (1893-1986) was a great scholar in philosophy, music and Sanskrit. He is an ex-principal of Y D College Lakhimpur Kheri and he was also a chairman of U P Sangeet Natak Academy. He received the award Padma Bhushan from the Government of India, in the year 1974. His other works include Siva Sutras, Pratyabhijnahrdayam, Spanda Karika and Vijnana Bhairava. This book is a masterpiece of Jaideva Singh.