Abhinavagupta (circa 950-1016 A.D.) was a great philosopher, mystic, and scholar from Kashmir. He was born into a family of intellectuals and mystics, and studied all the schools of philosophy and art of his time. He produced many written works, including devotional songs, philosophical treatises, and aesthetic commentaries. His most revered work is the Tantraloka, an encyclopedic text on Trika Yoga. According to Abhinavagupta: “Other achievements are in vain if one has missed the supreme reality, the Self. But once one has attained this reality there is nothing left that one could desire.”