grimesj at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed May 6 02:17:28 CDT 1998
> I would like to know more about the significance of "kulam" in
>advAitam. Specifically, the deeper connotations of "kulam".
>e.g. >all of creation; divine creative energy; power of consciousness
>The only meaning that I was aware of was that of "family".
> Also, I understand that "kulam" is a very important concept in
>Kashmiri Shaivam. Is their idea of "kulam" different from the advAita
>conception? If so, how?
A wonderful wonderful book speaking about kula in the Advaita tradition is
The Guru Tradition (Gurukula) (Bharatiya Bhavan Book) - talks by the
Sankaracarya of Kanci on the subject.
Kulam is very important in Kashmiri Shaivism as you say. See Pandey's
Abhinnavagupta book for a thorough study of the term.
Both traditions employ the term and though there may be different nuances,
in a general sense I believe they use the term in a similar manner.
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