September 24, 7-830pm.

"The Awakening of Non-dual Consciousness" The Shiva-Sutra in the spiritual tradition of Kashmir Shaivism

An lecture by Dr. Bettina Bäumer ‘Sharada

The Shiva-Sūtras are, after the Tantras, the basic text of the non-dualist Shaivism of Kashmir. They are centered around the theme of consciousness and in terse aphorisms they show the way to mystical experience.




Dr. Bettina Bäumer, direct disciple of the last Acarya of Kashmir Saivism, Swami Lakshman Joo (1907-1991). She has translated the Vijnana Bhairava into German and English and taught it a number of times in Europe and India. She has authored and edited books on Indian philosophy, art, aesthetics and spirituality, with special focus on texts of Kashmir Saivism (Abhinavagupta). Living and working in Varanasi she is currently Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Salzburg (Austria).