Abhinavagupta Life History

Abhinavagupta early days

Abhinavagupta was a famous Indian philosopher and mystic. He impressed the next generation of music, poetry and Indian culture. He was born in 950 AD in Kashmir, his father name was Narasimha Gupta and mother Vimala. Vimala died when Abhinavagupta was just two years old, then Narasimha Gupta felt into deep sorrow and prefer to follow the ascetic lifestyle. This made a lot of impact on the boy Abhinavagupta. Narasimha Gupta taught him literature, logic, and grammar. His father himself guided him to focus on the spiritual endeavor.

Abhinavagupta Family

At an early age, he joined in various schools to learn philosophy and art. He learned under fifteen teachers and gurus to learn the entire philosophy of Hindu concept. He has a brother named Manoratha who was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. His younger sister name was Amba also a great devotee. Karna who was a great devotee of Saivism and lead a detached of the world. He had a son called Yogesvaridatta who had a great talented yogi in Yoga.

Abhinavagupta Literature Works

He wrote 35 philosophical works and Trika and Kaula, which is now calling Kashmir Shaivism at present in India. He also wrote the commentary of Natyasastra of Bharata Muni. His aspect of Tantraloka is still a path to the present philosophical practisers.
He described many sacred texts and meanings of mantras. His poetic creativity was tremendous and had spontaneous knowledge. Gupta songs all were written by praising Lord Shiva. His philosophical works and ritual practice widely discussed.
As an author, he is considered a systematizer of the philosophical thought. He reconstructed, rationalized and orchestrated the philosophical knowledge into a more coherent form assessing all the available sources of his time, not unlike a modern scientific researcher of Ideology. He was succeeded to bring collaboration between the philosophical branches of the triad, will, knowledge and action.
Many scholars admired him as a brilliant scholar, saint and great devotee of Lord Shiva. He was the cause of development of Kasmir Saivism. His great work Tantraloka, translated in various languages of the world.
Abhinavagupta lived as a writer and philosopher and didn’t marry entire his life. There are many legends about the famous figure. Here is a legend that before his death he marched to a cave with 1200 disciples, at present the cave called Bhairava Cave. All the disciples and including him also never again appeared. Such way at present the place is also a great devotional center in India.