Brooks, Douglas Renfrew: Secret of the Three Cities

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University of Chicago Press, 1990 - Religion - 307 pages
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The esoteric Hindu traditions of Tantrism have profoundly influenced the development of Indian thought and civilization. Emerging from elements of yoga and wisdom traditions, shamanism, alchemy, eroticism, and folklore, Tantrism began to affect brahmanical Hinduism in the ninth century. Nevertheless, Tantrism and its key historical figures have been ignored by scholars. This accessible work introduces the concepts and practices of Hindu Sakta Tantrism to all those interested in Hinduism and the comparative study of religion.
 

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VIII
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XII
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XIII
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XV
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Page xii - The fool who, overpowered by greed, acts after having looked up [the matter] in a written book without having obtained it from the guru's mouth, he also will certainly ' be destroyed."** Mantras reflect this dialectic between the power of the oral and written word, they are not exceptions to it.

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