VERSE 91 LALITASHASRANAMA TATVASANA
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“Tatvasana: Whose seat is constituted of the Cosmic Elements (the thirty-six Tattvas).”
“Resplendent, perfect, enjoying great happiness because He rests in his own Self, abundantly provided with willpower, consciousness and instruments of action, full of limitless Shaktis, free of all dualistic thought-constructs, pure, peaceful, free from appearance and disappearance, it is in Him, Paramashiva, the supreme tattva, that the world of 36 principles appears.
– Abhinav Gupta of Kashmir Shaivism
“TATTVA” which essentially means the essential reality finds its expression through these 36 means. A tattva is that which, by virtue of its reality, enables conscious agents to subsume the categories within it.
SHIVA which is essential transcendental conscious reality can manifest itself through these divided realities and manifested play of its own Nirakar self. The 36 Tattvas are essentially classified in Kashmir Shaivism and can be divided into 3 main types:
36 tattvas chart: wikimedia
Mother Parashakti/ Lalitatripurasundari seats herself at these SHIVA TATTVAS and transmigrates the saadhak’s spiritual journey across these conscious realities until he comes to the harmonious fusion of SHIVA-SHAKTI within. With the disciplined chanting of Lalitashasranama and surrendered devotion, she brings into percept awareness the aware principles of our existence and blesses with grace the sannidhi of a wholesome presence.
May all know the samadhi of these 36 tattvas in all abidance!