abhinavagupta on the deha
I was reminded of a statement of abhinavagupta in the tantrAloka due to an exchange with a compatriot on the reason why matysendra is such a colossus in ancient thought.
evaM vishvAdhva saMpUrNaM kAla-vyApAra-chitritaM |
desha-kAla-maya-spanda-sadma dehaM vilokayet |
tathA vilokyamAno .asau vishvAntardevatA-mayaH |
dhyeyaH pUjyashcha tarpyashcha tadAviShTo vimuchyate | (tantrAloka 12.6-7)
Thus, the body is perceived as full of diverse pathways, marked by time-dependent processes (lit. temporal processes), and as the seat of vibrations in space and time. The [body] perceived thus is composed of all devatA-s and meditated, worshiped and pacified [quenched with tarpaNaM-s]. He who enters that [the body] is liberated.
This characteristically enlightened expression of abhinava to me represents an expression of the thought-stream of mIna. But was it entirely new ? Not really. Like many other things it goes back to vedic thought. For example the upaniShad’s statement on indra-yoni in the pineal is an early version of the same.