The Ultimate Self-Awareness

Tracing a Sense of Self in the Manifesting God


  • Hemdat Salay The Hebrew University of Jerusalem



Kālavadha Kāvya, Kṛṣṇalīlāśuka, divine life cycle, manifestation, self-awareness


Śiva’s sense of self is ever-evolving, ever-changing. His selfawareness is in constant motion, expanding and contracting in its many manifestations. The movement is circular. It forms Śiva’s life cycle which is structured and bound to an internal dynamic based on a tensile balance between the reflexive and reflective modes of the god. The following article examines this dynamic, sketches the structure of the life cycle as it appears in the Kālavadha Kāvya of Kṛṣṇalīlāśuka, and aims to shed new light on the vibrant sense of Śiva’s self.

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How to Cite

Salay, Hemdat. 2022. “The Ultimate Self-Awareness: Tracing a Sense of Self in the Manifesting God”. Cracow Indological Studies 24 (1):61–83.

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