Companion to Tantra by S.C. Banerji

By S.C. Banerji

Tantra is a different philosophical procedure Many think desirous to learn about it, yet few love the time and effort to appreciate. The intricacies of Tantra. So, a short-cut is critical. within the current paintings, an try has been made to set forth the highlights of the Tantra works and their authors. A bibliography, meant to assist extra interpreting, has been addes.

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Tantric Saivism of Kashmir 55 esoteric nature of the system adhered to. In the ultimate analysis, the Sahasa and Chumma appear to have no basic difference. The existence, at one time, of another sub-school of Krama is referred to in the Tantraloka (Ahnika 29). This unnamed school is a product of the combination of two theses, one formulated in the Devyayamala and the other in the Madhavakula. A feature of sadhana, according to this school, is the worship of one's line of preceptors along with Pithas, Ksetras, etc.

Trs. A. K. Guru, Madras, 1957; with nine expositions, Eng. trs. , etc. by Kuppuswami, Delhi, 1976. Ananda-Lahari (Wave of Joy) Generally attributed to Samkaracarya, the renowned monist. The authorship is controversial. At least two hymns of the same title exist. One of them consists of only twenty stanzas in the Sikharini metre. It describes the appearance and beauty of goddess Bhavani whose compassion is zealously prayed for. There is the glorification of Siva too. The main topics in the longer hymn, in 103 stanzas, are: glory of Sakti, quest of Her, Sricakra, Kulacara, eternality of Siva-Sakti, origin of Tantra, worship of Devi in different Cakras, persons fit for Her worship, etc.

25), She appears to represent a form of the Tantric Sakti. Her worship with wine and meat confirms this assumption. Moreover, Her worship by Indrajit with the object of causing harm to the enemy is typically like Tantric abhicara. The Uttarakanda refers, at some places, to Siva-Sakti. Modern scholars, however, consider it to be spurious. The Mahabharata (present form completed by c. ) betrays Tantric influence. The Durga hymns (Virata, ch. vi, Bhisma, ch. 23) clearly contain elements of Tantra.

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