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Ekabhumi is IN THE NEWS! It’s truly an honor to be involved in this project, and to be associated with two eminent scholars!

It’s all been a whirlwind of last-minute activity to make the artwork happen. The award will be given by India’s Vice President 🤩 The article, by R Ramanand, gives some background on this ancient Kashmiri award, which is being revived for our age.

Here is an announcement about the event, by the author:

Dear Sadhakas and Bandhus,

We joyfully announce the esteemed Vice-President of India, Srila Sri Jagdeep Dhankar, will confer the inaugural Rajanaka Puraskar upon Dr. Mark Dyczkowski and Prof. Navjeevan Rastogi for their outstanding contributions to Kashmir Saiva Philosophy. The ceremony, graced by the Honorable Governor of Kerala, Srila Sri Arif Muhammed Khan, is in collaboration with the Ishwar Ashram Trust of the revered Swamiji Lakshman Joo Maharaj. Join us on the auspicious Mahasivaratri, March 8th, 2024, at Ktdc Samudra Hotel in Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram.
Kind regards,

Dr. R. Ramanand

Director, Abhinavagupta Institute of Advanced Studies
F.No.2-48/IKS Research Center/2023-24/165
Division of Ministry of Education Government of India

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Being reborn in the nectar


Dr. R Ramanand

There is an unforgettable moment in Indian history. A moment when we solidified the great idea that this nation has a single spiritual-cultural existence since the Vedic period. An amazing moment when a young yogi from the southern end of India combined the cultural existence of India with Advaita Darshan. Proud Malayalees remember Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharyar’s Dharmmadhwani who lit the light of Atma Darshan in all four directions of India. What is considered to be the peak of the short but glorious life of Acharya Swami’s is that they went to Kashmir and climbed the Sarvajnapeetam. Even when it is said that it is a place that has remained as a platform of all knowledge, it is evident within us that it is the place that has remained. If there was such a place on earth, it would be called Kashmir.

In the book Kalhanan Rajatharangini, it talks about Kashmirapuram which resides in the form of Saraswati-Sharada. Kashmir had a golden age which we are consciously forgetting. Shankaracharyar, who was born in the southern tip of India, climbed the Sarvajnapeetham in the northern tip of Kashmir, summoned the greatness of Kashmir. The power that went to destroy the hypocrisy that India is the creation of colonialism lies in the ascension of Shankaracharya’s Sarvajnapeetha. A thread of Advaitam connects Kashmir and Kerala in such a way that no one can ever deny. But Kashmir and Kerala are not only connected by the thread of Shankaradvaitham. It is also with the golden thread of Sivadvaitham.

Kashmir Shaivam is thinking about the beginning, development and its structure of the Shiva-powered universe through 36 principles. Principle-thinking in the true sense. When we hear ‘Shivan and Shaivam’, we feel that name as a religious system. But the way of Kashmir Saivam is not just leading us down a religious and faith-based path. We are being nurtured through a philosophical thinking project just like the wisdom techniques like Samkhyam. But as seen in Samkhya Darshan, Kashmir Saiva Project is not only doing it intellectually.

തത്ത്വചിന്തയെ ക്രിയാപരമായി കണ്ടുകൊണ്ടുള്ള സാധനാ രീതികളെ ഉള് കൊള്ളിച്ച് ശിവം എന്ന ശുദ്ധബോധം ഞാന് തന്നെയാണ് എന്ന അനുഭൂതി ഉള്ളില് നിറയ്ക്കാനുള്ള ശാസ്ത്രപദ്ധതിയാണ് ശൈവം നമ്മുടെ മുന്നില് തുറന്നുവയ്ക്കുന്നത്.

It is said that there is no philosophy that cannot be implemented in India. When philosophical thought is put into action, it will naturally take the structure of rituals and rituals. All philosophies that exist here have this trait. So they are considered religion. In that sense, Kashmir can be considered as a Saiva religion only. In this sense, practicality of Kashmir is seen in the hands of Kashmir. So they are called tactics.

At a time when India and special Kashmir were paradigm as the philosophical capital of the world, the influence of Kashmir Shaivatantra has been all over the world. As an advanced thought scheme and a very practical scheme of action that gives a spiritual experience to the Sadhaks, the thought and order of Kashmir Shaiva has made a profound impact on the people.

The Kashmir of Kerala

Organic project

One thing to be proud of is that the Kashmir handicraft project has been able to have a small impact on the spiritual realm of Kerala. Kerala’s thirteen very famous Shakteya Kavu, Mannumpurathukavu of Kasargod Nileshwaram, Madayikavu of Kannur, Kalarivathukkal Kavu, Mamanikkunnukavu, Thiruvancherikavu, Kaliamvallikavu, Kozhikode Pisharikavu, Tiruvalayanattukavu, Palakkad Kodikkunnathukavu, Malappuram Angadippuram, Pathanamthitta Panayannar Kavu, Trivalla Muthoott Kavu, etc. have started the Kashmir Project. Based on what will remain. It’s also amazing that perhaps the dodashakali concept of order itself is seen in these thirteen caves.

Even the constitution seen in these powerful caves fully incorporates the Kashmir Saiva scheme. It can be seen that the goddesses mentioned in the body goddess chakras thotra, who enjoy the imaginations of goddesses in their own bodies, are consecrated even in the temple, which is the model of the body. But unfortunately, it is doubtful whether the people or the authorities who practice the glory of the Kashmir Shaiva scheme properly are convinced. It is amazing that a project that can be said to be almost gone in Kashmir is being seen so accurately in Kerala.

Three important things in the Kashmir system are transgression, narration and worship. What happens in the transmission is a transmission from the higher consciousness or the force path itself. Infection is the relation between the common sense or the parasite which rises gradually. A common man reaches it through worship and narration. Considering that worship is nuclear, narration is powerful and contamination is possible respectively, the temple project using methods is in the form of worship in Kerala. But it should not be said that the narrative based on this project, that is, the discussion of theories related to order and the study of them, is not happening properly. The sad reality is that there is no investigation here as to whether a philosophical project is behind these action projects.

There is no benefit in worship without knowing the meaning. Of course, the study of physical sciences has to take place. But only through this scheme, it is possible for the Sadhakar to establish a relationship with the Paras. Even though there is a system to convert a person into Shiva, we have to remember how pathetic this approach is that we take towards it. Orderliness is the sum of Kashmir Shaiva Plan. This system accepts all kinds of philosophies in the Shaiva Chinthapathi, including the thirty-tharuthattavams, Shadadhwa, and Kundalini knowledge. That’s why this project is a practical expression of Kashmiri Shiva thinking entirely.

The Trikadarshana project is also a victim of the nightly attacks on Indian intellectual traditions by colonialism. It is doubtful whether this Darshan has received the respect it deserves in India. But the Trika Shaiva philosophy is a subject that has been taken seriously in foreign universities like Oxford, Chicago and London universities and in the academic world of foreign scholars. All the physiological scholars who mentioned the number are foreigners because of that.

Modern science and society think deeply about consciousness in this era. It’s not a wonder that ‘this conscious philosophy’ is being discussed abroad. But Indians should know this Vishwa Darshan at least in this elixir time.

Rajanaka award

Being reborn again

Abhinavagupta Institute of Advanced Studies, Government of India, is an institution that conducts research in the Kashmir Shaiva Darshana Project under the IKS Division, initiated with the idea of promoting Indian wisdom traditions under the Union Ministry of Education. One of the goals of the institution is to deepen the unbreakable relationship between Kashmir and Kerala.

This coming Mahashivaratri, Abhinavagupta Institute of Advanced Studies is presenting the first Rajanaka Award. The degree of Rajanaka is an honorary name given by the kings of Kashmir to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in various fields like philosophy, poetry, music. This is the award received by great personalities like Rajanaka Ruyyakan, Rajanaka Jayarathan, Rajanaka Kshemarajan, Mahamaheshwara Rajanaka Abhinavagupta.

Dr with years of research in Trika Shaiva strategy. Mark Ditchkovski, Dr. The award is presented to Navjeevan Rastogi. Dr. who has done extensive research in tactics and strategist. Mark Ditchkovsky has spent nearly forty years in India and Nepal. Dichkovsky, disciple of Ishwaraswaroop Swami Lakshmanji Maharaj, Dr. She is engaged in research at Oxford University under Alexis Sanderson. He is the author of several books, including notable studies in the world of strategy and tactics.

Dr. who made fundamental contributions to the research focused on Kashmir Shiva Darshan and Acharya Abhinav Gupta’s thoughts. Navjeevan Rastogi was a teacher at Lucknow University for a long time. Dr. K. C. Was Pandey’s disciple and colleague. He is the author of many books, including on order philosophy. In 2024 India will be honored by Padmashree.

In the changed socio-political situation of Kashmir, this award has been forgotten. This award presentation is resuming in the Amrit period of Abhinavagupta Institute of Advanced Studies today.

The award consists of one lakh and one rupees and a certificate of fame for world-famous painter Ekabhoomi Charles Eli, a platinum-made artist matching Kerala’s Kali and Kashmir’s Bhairavan.

India’s Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar is giving the awards. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan will be present on the stage. The program is held at KTDC Samudra Hotel, Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam. The award ceremony which starts at two in the evening will last till four o’clock.


The author is the Director of Abhinavagupta Institute of Advanced Studies, accredited by IKS Research Centre under the Ministry of Education, Government of India