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Shivadrishti

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Śivadṛṣṭi (शिवदृष्टि):—Somānanda’s Śivadṛṣṭi expounds a form of absolute idealism: the denial that material things could exist independently of consciousness understood as the sole original principle.

Central to this philosophy is a critique of the notion that our thoughts represent physical objects that exist independently of consciousness. The argument is that what appear as external, physical objects really depend upon consciousness. In other words, their intrinsic natures are conscious.

The Śivadṛṣṭi of Somānanda is the earliest work of the pratyabhijñā school It has been publisyhed as Noi. LIX of the Kashmir Series of Texts and Studies.

The Śivadṛṣṭi has been commented upon by Utpaladeva), the direct disciple of Somānanda.

Unfortunately, Utpaladeva’s commentary, in the form in which it has come down to us (a single manuscript), does not go beyond the second half of the fourth chapter.

Shiva Drishti.

Shiva means auspicious and a drishti is a focal point, either a physical point of reference such as the horizon or a mental focus.

Together they mean “focusing on the divine” or “seeing the good.”

In tantric philosophy our perspective (darshana) colors the way we see the world, like lenses placed over our eyes.

This perspective is formed through our interactions.

We make schemas about the world that help us perceive new information and react accordingly.

Becoming aware of our darshana is the first step in recognizing the cause of our suffering.

If we continually see the world from a negative viewpoint, we will always see the glass half empty.

Shiva drishti is how we can choose to see the glass half full.

We can choose to look through the lens of goodness.

Auspiciousness is present within each of us, when we learn to lie down in one’s true self and truly reside from a place of goodness there isn’t room for anything else. Often times we feel enclosed by suffering, overwhelmed and pressed up against it.

Shiva drishti is the ability to pull back our awareness and view things from a bird’s eye view. Allowing ourselves to feel complete spaciousness, setting a clear intention for goodness and then sticking to it. Aligning intention with action in order to become not just benevolent (good thinking) but beneficent (good actions). We can learn to enhance the good instead of proliferating negative thought patterns and actions.

The Śivadṛṣṭi by Somānanda.

This important text (along with its commentary), is the first philosophical presentation of non-dual Śaivism and foundation stone of the Pratyabhijñā school.

Source

http://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/%C5%9Bivad%E1%B9%9B%E1%B9%A3%E1%B9%ADi/index.html