The Netra Tantra is one of the authoritative scriptures of non-dualist Kashmir Shaivism (dated not later than 700 AD) with important sections on Yoga. It is the only Tantra on the third Eye of Shiva, and it is also called Mrityujit or Mrityunjaya, “the Overcomer of Death”, relating to the form of Shiva revealed in it and to his mantra. The commentary by Ksemaraja (early 11th century) is an important help in understanding this profound text and its practice.
Dr. Bettina Sharada Bäumer is a direct disciple of the last Master of Kashmir Śaivism, Swami Lakshman Joo (1907-1991). She lives in Varanasi since 1967 where she has her own teaching and research centre. She is an accredited Professor at the Universities of Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, in Religious Studies. She has taught at these and several other universities in Europe.
She has authored and edited 25 books in Sanskrit, English and German, and about 60 research articles, mainly in the fields of Āgama/ Tantra and Kashmir Śaivism, Upanishads, Indian aesthetics, temple architecture and religious traditions of Orissa, and interreligious dialogue.
Attending this teaching would not in any way mean changing your regular practice in the tradition of our Gurudeva Swami Rama.
Daily practice of usual hatha in our tradition and daily silent meditation of one hour will also continue.
As we are having eminent high level scholar and sadhika as our guest, in addition to covering the costs of SRSG hospitality, to keep an offerings envelope ready to correspond with the level of her eminence.
Experience in meditation and yoga. Some knowledge of Sanskrit will be helpful. but it is not an essential requirement. Only full participation will be allowed because the text needs to be studied in its entirety.