Tantric Mantras: Studies on Mantrasastra

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Routledge, May 27, 2011 - Political Science - 192 pages
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Providing a systematic and complete overview of the highest scholarly quality on Tantric mantras in Hinduism, this book presents a summary on the nature of Tantric mantras, their phonetic aspect, structure and classifications. Additionally, it explains the metaphysical-theological nature of Tantric mantras and gives an introduction to their beliefs and practices. In individual chapters, Andre Padoux discusses the extraction and examination of mantras, certain characteristics such as their "perfect nature" and their imperfections, and he describes certain mantrics practices.

For the first time, Andre Padoux' work on Tantric mantras is made accessible to an English-speaking readership. This book will be of great interest to scholars of Religious Studies, Theology, Indology, South Asian Studies, and Asian Religion.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
mantroddhāra and mantravicāra
12
3 Japa
24
the ritual placing of mantras
54
5 A Hindu rosary ritual Jayākhyasam hitā chapter 14
81
mantradosa and mantrasam skāra
89
7 Mantric practices and the nature of mantric utterance
95
mantras in the human body
103
mantra and mantraśāstra
111
Notes
123
Index of Sanskrit terms
160
Authors and works cited
165
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Andre Padoux has had a distinguished career as a diplomat and then as a scholar of Sanskrit, notably of Kashmir Shaivism and Shakta Tantrism. He was Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, for many years. He is a renowned expert on the science of mantra (mantrasastra) and has published important articles in this field.

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