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The Recognition Sutras
The Recognition Sutras

The Recognition Sutras

Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece



544 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $39.95)

Publication Date: October 2017

ISBN 9780989761383

Rights: WOR

Mattamayura Press (Oct 2017)


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One thousand years ago, in the valley of Kashmir, a great Tantric master named Kshemaraja wrote his masterpiece: the Pratyabhijnahrdayam, which means "The Essence of the Recognition Philosophy". This text was a concise primer, written to introduce spiritual seekers to the Recognition philosophy in less formally philosophical, more approachable language. What Kshemaraja created turned out to be one of the world's great spiritual masterpieces, breathtaking in its brevity but stunning in its power. It came to be considered equivalent to scripture itself by later generations, because of its undeniable inspiration. This book expounds the subtleties of this spiritual and philosophical classic. One of the most powerful and revelatory spiritual masterpieces of world history, the Pratyabhijnahrdayam is one of the primary sources for the study and practice of nondual Tantrik Yoga, and it has never been accurately translated or fully explained until now.


"The Pratyabhijnahridayam is one of the most important texts in the Trika tradition. It offers a clear distillation of the Kashmiri Shaivite doctrine of Self-recognition, which maps the journey through which absolute consciousness becomes human consciousness, and then expands to recognize its non-difference from the Absolute. Christopher Wallis has given us a reliable and graceful translation of the text and its commentary. I recommend this book both for the elegance of the text itself, and for the elegance of Wallis' translation." — Sally Kempton, author, Awakening Shakti

Author Biography

Christopher Wallis is a scholar-practitioner who teaches meditation, yoga darsana, Tantric philosophy, Sanskrit, and mantra-science, and offers spiritual counseling. He is the author of Tantra Illuminated. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.