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Kashmir Shaivism and the Transformation of Life


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Six part online series featuring Swami Lakshmanjoo's revelation of "Fifteen Verses of Wisdom" the Bodhapancadashika.

Includes: You will receive a PDF file with instructions how to access 6 downloadable video and audio classes (Total time 8 hours), including instructions to meditation as taught by Swami Lakshmanjoo. Annotated Transcript of the complete online series (127 Pp  document in PDF format). Audio of recitation of Sanskrit verses (MP3) along with Sanskrit text (PDF) and slides (PDF).


For Students of Spirituality Who Aspire to Learn the Basic Tenets of the Profound Philosophy Known as ‘Kashmir Shaivism'.

In this 6 part online course Swami Lakshmanjoo takes us on a journey of discovery and rediscovery. He reveals to us the reality of this world and our place in it. We learn that this universe, which is filled with infinite diversity, is not different or separate from the supreme light of Consciousness called Lord Shiva. We also learn that in actuality we are that Lord Shiva. Our great journey, therefore, is a journey of rediscovery filled with joy and excitement. This journey may seem long and the way uncertain, but great preceptors like Swami Lakshmanjoo have gone before us. To help us on our way Swamiji draws us a mystical, spiritual map filled with his personal insight and experience.

This online series is designed for students of all levels and all ages. It is shaped around the original audio recordings of Swami Lakshmanjoo’s revelation of Abhinavagupta’s seminal text, the Bodhapancadashika “Fifteen Verses of Wisdom”. This text is a brief but revealing collection of verses about the nature of reality and our place in it. Swamiji was interested in explaining these verses because they address the fundamental reality of non dualism as taught by the tradition known as Kashmir Shaivism.

The study course is led by by John and Denise Hughes, and George Barselaar. John, Denise and George all lived in Kashmir for a number of years with the sole purpose of studying and learning Kashmir Shaivism at the feet of the last living exponent of this important yet hitherto hidden tradition, the philosopher/saint Swami Lakshmanjoo.

Each of the nine classes lasts one to one and one half hours and includes original audio lectures on the Bodhapancadashika “Fifteen Verses of Wisdom” from the oral Teachings of Swami Lakshmanjoo, along with clarifications and discussions from the course leaders addressing salient questions posed by participants of the live webinar. The audio material is supported by visuals, powerpoint slides, pictures and text that help the student by providing tools for understanding.

According to the many positive testimonials we received, one of the biggest benefits of this course on Kashmir Shaivism was its application to a persons everyday life.



“Thank you very much for the just concluded and enlightening Webinar series!  I grew up in Srinagar and had heard about Swamiji, but never had the good fortune to either meet him in person, or to listen to his commentaries while growing up.  You, through your assiduous work, have allowed people like myself to go back in time and relive moments, as though in the presence of dear Swamiji.  Kudos to you all!
The series was very well conducted and the topic chosen, the Bodhapanchadasika, was simple, yet profound. I look forward to more seminars from the Academy.  I am sure, having spent a number of years with Swamiji, you folks are in the best position to select the next topic.”

- Dr. Jatinder Bhan



“I was very pleased and delighted with all of the classes, learned immensely from the materials and the downloads especially the audios of Swamiji and subsequent commentaries.  It was like a mini retreat.  Or, maybe I could say, it was analogous to the concept of Yoga in action in the sense that Swamiji’s birthday retreat (on one end of the year) and Swamiji’s Mahasamadhi Havan and retreat (on the other) were like our daily meditations early and late.  Then the webinar was like the "Yoga in Action" strengthening the practice in between. 

Jai Guru Dev”

– Bruce Catalano


“I want to congratulate you all of the academy for reaching this milestone of conducting a successful webinar. This was a great experience for me after a long time. I enjoyed every minute of it and look forward to the next one.

Thank you all for doing this.

Jai Guru Dev !!”

– Manika Kaul


The philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism has aptly been described as – ‘The Mystical Geography of Awareness’. These teachings not only give a straight forward and clear explanation of the nature of reality, but also outline the means by which any individual can have the direct experience of this reality.


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