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Divine MultiplicityTrinities, Diversities, and the Nature of Relation$
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Chris Boesel and S. Wesley Ariarajah

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253951

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253951.001.0001

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Abhinavagupta’s Theogrammatical Topography of the One and the Many

Abhinavagupta’s Theogrammatical Topography of the One and the Many

(p.85) Abhinavagupta’s Theogrammatical Topography of the One and the Many
Divine Multiplicity

Loriliai Biernacki

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This chapter examines the thought of Abhinavagupta, an Indian thinker and mystic in the Tantric tradition who lived from the latter part of the tenth to the middle of the eleventh century CE in Kashmir, India. It analyzes the interpenetration of the immanent and transcendent as an instantiation of the problem of the One and the Many in the cosmological mapping of consciousness that Abhinavagupta proposes. Particularly, it suggests that one finds the mode of interrelation between the transcendent and immanent expressed through a grammatico-theology. The grammatico-theology that Abhinavagupta offers gets to the heart of the problem of the one and the many because language is the very instantiation and genesis of the problem.

Keywords:   Indian thinkers, trinitarian theology, transcendent, immanent, theological cosmology

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