hariḥ oṁ


From the last post above...
A bit finer now in understanding
pure awareness = samādhi ( and samādhī)

· sa = name of viṣṇu or śiva; it is also another name ( neuter gender) for meditation and for knowledge;
· it is rooted (√) in san which = procuring , bestowing

· ​mā = to measure out ( among other possible definitions)
· dhi = to hold, to delight, to nourish. It is worthy of note that dhī ( now used in the feminine gender) is intellect, meditation, devotion; it is also understanding , wisdom

We have pure awareness that = samādhi ( and samādhī )

· It is that level of awareness that is held and measured out (or resides) in śiva;
· it is that intellect (dhī) that resides in the knowledge of śiva.
· It is viṣṇu or śiva that is bestowing (san) this delight, this evenness of awareness.

Now where did I get the term evenness? It is samā within the term samādhi. What is this evenness? It is undifferentiated awareness. And we have mentioned
that undifferentiated awareness = pure awareness = samādhi.

This term samādhi is aligned to yoga and patañjali’s yogadarśana - all well and good and a beautiful word that depicts pure awareness.

There too is another term that is quite revealing… It is used by Kṣemarāja¹.
It is śuddhavijñānakevalatā and used in the svacchanda tantra ( some write śrīsvacchandatantram ).
This term ( for me) is a nice fit with my views and experience:

  • śuddha = pure
  • vijñāna =consciousness
  • kevalatā = isolation

This is the isolation of pure consciousness; that is, this awareness is not co-mingled with any thing else. It is resting in itself. Perfectly balanced.

Hence pure awareness = samādhi = śuddhavijñānakevalatā

iti śivaṁ

1. Kṣemarāja was abhinavagupta-ji’s disciple