Pratyabhijnahrdayam: The Secret Of Self-Recognition Sanskrit Text With English Translation, Notes and Introduction is a book by Jaideva Singh. This translation in English is an important study of Saivism in Kashmir. This is a short Tantra. After Somananda, Abhinavagupta, who was the illustrious disciple of Kshemaraja, wrote two commentaries on it. One is short and the other an extensive one. This book is the translation of the second Vivarana.
The book is mystical-philosophical literature of India and one of the most difficult texts of Kashmir Saiva School, which has been beautifully translated by Jaideva Singh in lucid English language. The main theme of the book is Ultimate Reality. Jiva is Shiva, meaning by identifying oneself with Shiva one forgets him/herself. The methods of self-discipline that leads to the realisation of the Ultimate Truth and how it is centred above all in theory and practice of the mantra, has been explained here. It serves as a good introduction to Pratyabhijna philosophy.
Pratyabhijnahrdayam: The Secret Of Self-Recognition Sanskrit Text With English Translation, Notes and Introduction is in paperback. It was published by Motilal Banarsidass Publishers as 8th edition in 2013.
- It is the revised and enlarged translation.
- It has a scholarly introduction with notes.
- It also makes available one of the major-mystical texts of Indian tradition, to readers interested in philosophy and spirituality.
- It has a glossary of technical terms and indexes.
Jaideva Singh(1893-1986) was a great scholar in musicology, philosophy and Sanskrit. A former principal of Y.D. College, Lakhimpur-Kheri, he served as Chief producer in All-India Radio and among other posts acted as Chairman of U.P. Sangit Natak Academi. He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 1974. After his retirement, he settled in Varansi to study with M.M. Gopinath Kaviraj. He dedicated the later part of his life to the study of Kashmir Savism. He published several books in Hindi and English translations of Kashmir Saiva texts, such as Siva-Sutras, Spanda Karika.