Abhinavagupta: The Kula Ritual, as Elaborated in Chapter 29 of the Tantrāloka
Abhinavagupta, a leading figure in Kashmir Saivism is increasingly being recognised as one of the chief contributors to the evolution of Indian thought. In his encyclopaedic work the Tantraloka 'Light on the Tantras' he describes the various tantras of his day and places at their apex the most extreme of them, the Kula ritual which proposes the use of wine and meat and intercourse with women of the lowest castes.
In Abhinavagupta's esteem of the Kula ritual just the shodow side of genius an aberration best forgotten? This work is a translation-the first into english of any chapter of the Tantraloka of Abhinavagupta's version of the Kula ritual.
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The History of the Tantric Tradition
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Abhinava Abhinavagupta according Adept apana asya ata eva atra atra-eva Bhairava bindu bliss body brahmacarya brahman called centre consciousness consecration deities descent of energy described disciple disciple's emanation emission enjoyment Enunciation evam external faculties footnote Gnoli goddesses guru hamsa hand of Siva ibid illustrious Jayaratha Kapalika kaula knowledge Krama Kula ritual Kula sacrifice Kula tradition Kulesvari kundalini liberation Luce MalinI Malinivijayottaratantra mandala mantra Manusmrti Matrka means mouth mudra nanu object oblation ordinary initiate Padoux Paratrimsikavivarana penetration Perfected performed person phoneme phrase possesses sakti practitioner prana principal circle question he says quotes Rastogi reabsorption reality recitation refers result sacred place sacred sites Saivism Sanderson satiation scriptures sexual fluid sexual partner Silburn Siva and sakti stages sub-circles Sub-topic subtle-breath supernatural power supreme tad-uktam Tantraloka Tantrasara tantric tatra term Trika uktam union vidya visarga wine word worship yogi yoginis