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Finding the Hidden Self

A Study of the Siva Sutras
Roger Worthington, PhD

An exploration of the Siva Sutras which describe the creative principle behind the universe and how it manifests to human consciousness.

Western Philosophers have searched hard for the elusive entity called consciousness, but nowhere has it been captured better that in the Siva Sutras. This Sutras describe the creative principle behind the universe and how it manifests in human consciousness

The origin of the Sutras is mysterious; legend has it that the sage Vasugupta discovered them engraved on a large stone tablet on Mount Kailas in Kasmir. Lord Siva, the creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe, guided Vasugupta to the tablet in a dream, and the Siva Sutras are regarded by some as divine revelation.

The Siva Sutras are unquestionably demanding, containing as they do an exposition of spiritual philosophy in a most compact form. The reader who accepts the challenge will be richly rewarded.

About the Author

Roger Worthington, PhD, has studied Eastern Philosophy for nearly thirty years and specializes in classical Indian Philosophy, in particular the philosophy of yoga. He has a master's degree from Keele University in England and a doctorate in philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


A new translation of the Shiva Sutras, one of the greatest of Sanskrit texts, is welcome... Roger Worthington has succeeded in getting into the spirit of the meaning enshrined in the aphorisms. His translation will provide a sure guidance to those who wish to penetrate into the sacred precincts of the eternal gnosis as preserved in Hindu texts.

--Jeanine Mill, author of The Vedas and The Vision of Cosmic Order in the Vedas

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