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The Esoteric Yoga of Abhinavagupta

By Boris Marjanovic

From July 16 to 22, 2018

The main theme of retreat:

In the process of perception of any objects
there are sixteen moments [known as] tutis,
which in the movement of the breath
occupy two and a quarter finger spaces.
TÂ 10: 187cd-188ab.

As much as the moments diminish and the
differentiation becomes less, that much
nearer the consciousness becomes,
until one attains the state of Lord Shiva.
The reality of Lord Shiva is said to be
nearest of all. TÂ 10: 214-215ab.


In this week-long retreat we will read selected sections of the Tantrâloka and identify, explain and
practice some of the yogic techniques described by Abhinavagupta. At the end of the retreat, each
participant will be able to adopt those practices most suited to their individual preferences.

One of the most remarkable features of Abhinavagupta’s philosophy is the presentation of numerous
yogic practices in almost all of his works. These practices can belong to any of the three upâyas or
‘means’, under which they are usually grouped. Abhinavagupta’s Tantrâloka, for example, is written
in such a way so that the higher means are presented in the earlier chapters leading to the lower means,
culminating in rituals practices, in the following chapters. The idea is that those unable to make use of
practices of the higher means will find those that they are capable of practicing among the lower ones.
Although we find many yogic practices in each chapter of the encyclopedic Tantrâloka, often they are
not clearly described; they are either just briefly mentioned or make reference to other texts for a full
description. Ultimately, the textual tradition is dependant on the oral tradition, which requires a teacher
to explain the subtlety and the purpose of each practice.


Boris Marjanovic, Ph.D., has spent the last thirty years studying and
teaching Indian philosophy and Sanskrit in wester universities after
having spent over fourteen years in the ancient Indian city of Varanasi,
training in the traditional manner with some of the best pandits living
today. He is one of the few people capable of reading the original Shaiva
texts written in Sanskrit. His work is not only rooted in scholarly studies
but also in attaining refined experiential knowledge through the practice
of various meditative techniques. In the last 20 years Boris has translated
and published several books: Abhinavagupta’s Commentary on the
Bhagavad-gîtâ, Stava-cintâmani with Kshemarâja’s Commentary,
Abhinavaguta’s Tantrasâra and Jagannâtha Panditarâja’s Gangâ-laharî.
He brings this wealth of knowledge and experience to this seminar.


Participation limited to 9-10 people.

Cost of the retreat: 390 € per person
by entering 150 € to the account:
TRIODOS BANK ES86 1491 0001 2110 0855 3826
(Concept: Tantraloka retreat + Name and Surname)
Send receip to info@qcentro.org

Center of Experimentation
(Molinos, Teruel, SPAIN)


A small and peculiar retreat space in the countryside.
Mountain shelter type accommodation, bring: sheet, sleeping bag or duvet,
toilet towel and indoor slippers. Order and cleaning shared among all.
Please read carefully the
‹‹Life Conditions››

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