This book is the first consistent theological treatment of the subject of Hindu thought known to itself as Trika or Triadiam and popularly as Kashmir Saivism. Few Indic theologies equal it in architectonic power and mystical profundity. Its highest category and goal is consciousness or Light whose foremost characteristic is Freedom. This goal can be attained through four ways (upayas). The theology of these ways pertains to Gnostic or knowledge oriented Triadism whose prime theologian is Ahhinavagupta the emperor of Indic speculation.
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