Abhinavagupta is famous for his voracious thirst of knowledge. In order to study he took many teachers (as many as 15, or even more!), both mystical philosophers and scholars. He approached Vaiṣṇavas, Buddhists, Śiddhānta Śaivists and the Trika scholars.
Amongst the most prominent of his teachers he enumerates four. Vāmanātha instructed him in dualistic Śaivism, Bhūtirāja in the dualist-cum-nondualistic school. Besides being the teacher of the famous Abhinavagupta, Bhūtirāja was also the father of two eminent scholars.
Lakṣmasṇagupta, a direct disciple of Somānanda, in the lineage of Trayambaka, was highly respected by Abhinavagupta and taught him all the schools of monistic thought : Krama, Trika and Pratyabhijña (except Kula).
Śambhunātha taught him the fourth school (Ardha-trayambaka). This school is in fact Kaula, and it was emanated from Trayambaka's daughter.
For Abhinavagupta, Śambhunātha was the most admired guru. Describing the greatness of his master, he compared Śambhunātha with the Sun, in his power to dispel ignorance from the heart, and, in another place, with "the Moon shining over the ocean of Trika knowledge".
Abhinavagupta received Kaula initiation through Śambhunātha's wife (acting as a dūtī or conduit). The energy of this initiation is transmitted and sublimated into the heart and finally into consciousness. Such a method is difficult but very rapid and is reserved for those who shed their mental limitations and are pure.
It was Śambhunātha who requested of him to write Tantrāloka. As guru, he had a profound influence in the structure of Tantrāloka and in the life of its creator, Abhinavagupta.
As many as twelve more of his principal teachers are enumerated by name but without details. It is believed that Abhinavagupta had more secondary teachers. Even more, during his life he had accumulated a large number of texts from which he quoted in his magnum opus, in his desire to create a synthetic, all inclusive system, where the differences of different scriptures be resolved by integration into a superior perspective.
Read more about this topic: Abhinavagupta
Other articles related to "masters, master":
... The 2005 Rileys Club Masters professional non-ranking snooker tournament took place between 14 and 20 February 2005 at the Wembley Conference Centre, London, England ... Ronnie O'Sullivan won his second Masters title beating John Higgins, whom he also beat during O'Sullivan's other title win in 1995, 10–3 ... season there was no qualifying event for the Masters ...
... The Masters power their city with a form of atomic energy that appeared to uneducated and casual observers as a "pool of fire." It is loosely inferred by the ... The most visible artifacts of the Masters were the Tripods immense machines that walked the world outside their cities on three long legs ... Among the facts inadvertently revealed to Will by his Master was the crew size four individuals ...
... Each man who held the position of Grand Master of the Knights Templar was the supreme commander of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (also ... While many Grand Masters chose to hold the position for life, abdication was not unknown ... Some masters chose to leave for life in monasteries or diplomacy ...
11–4 9–4 5–4 4–2 3–3 52–39 Indian Wells Masters A 1R 2R A 1R 1R A 2R 2R 3R 3R A 5–7 Miami Masters A A 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 3R 2R 3R 4R A 6–9 Monte ...
... Traditional masters, however, only consider a style to be "true silat" if it can be used in battle ... By focusing their energy, masters were said to be able to attack an opponent without physically touching them, strike a vital point from afar, or ... Some masters might also have knowledge of herbalism or bone-setting ...
Famous quotes containing the word masters:
“The President has paid dear for his White House. It has commonly cost him all his peace, and the best of his manly attributes. To preserve for a short time so conspicuous an appearance before the world, he is content to eat dust before the real masters who stand erect behind the throne.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
“Best masters for the young writer and speaker are the fault- finding brothers and sisters at home who will not spare him, but will pick and cavil, and tell the odious truth.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
“Today as in the time of Pliny and Columella, the hyacinth flourishes in Wales, the periwinkle in Illyria, the daisy on the ruins of Numantia; while around them cities have changed their masters and their names, collided and smashed, disappeared into nothingness, their peaceful generations have crossed down the ages as fresh and smiling as on the days of battle.”
—Edgar Quinet (18031875)