oM atitIkShNa mahAkAya kalpAntadahanopama jha~NkAra-bhairavAya namastubhyaM //
We invoke the fierce jha~NkAra-bhairava. We had worshipped the terrible god with the great litany, the mahAnyAsa on the great night that he may be pacified.
Having worshipped the great god we were reminded of the intriguing words of the illustrious Kashmirian Tantric abhinavagupta of shrinagara in his great work the tantrAloka (TA 15.264b-15.266):
na khalveSha shivaH shAnto nAma kashcidvibhedavAn // 264
sarvetarAdhvavyAvR^itto ghaTatulyo.asti kutracit /
mahAprakAsharUpA hi yeyaM saMvidvijR^imbhate // 265
sa shivaH shivataivAsya vaishvarUpyAvabhAsitA /
tathAbhAsanayogo .ataH svarasenAsya jR^imbhate// 266
The shiva which they imagine, completely pacified, differentiated from all other things, transcendent to all other paths, similar therefore to something inert, inert like glass does not exist anywhere at all. shiva in effect is nothing more than this “state of being”, which unfolds its in the form a great light. Its very condition as shiva indeed consists in the fact that the all the varied forms of the universe appear. This process of manifestation into all the form of the universe produces itself completely freely within him.