On consciousness. An Outline of Abhinavagupta’s soteriology in the Mālinīvijayavārttika, 2
By Xicoténcatl Martinez-Ruiz, Lancaster University UK, Religious Studies Department.
London, April 2008
The purpose of this paper is to analyse how Abhinavagupta’s concept of
consciousness plays a central role to articulate both, the theoretical congruence and
the plausibility of Trika śaiva soteriological project; as it is expressed in
Abhinavagupta’s works. In the most general sense I use the word soteriology in this
context as the path or liberative method to the highest goal in life and the sudden
arousal of the highest goodness called liberation (mokṣa). This method and its goal
stand for “the benefit of humanity” (jana),3 without restriction of caste or gender.