Brooks, Douglas Renfrew: Secret of the Three Cities
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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Abhinavagupta akta antinomian aspects Bhaskararaya Bhaskararaya's commentary bindu Brahman cakra considered contemporary adepts deities Dharma discussion distinction divine doctrine elements Emend esoteric esotericism example external sacrifice following Adyar goddess GOML Goudriaan guru hicakra Hindu Tantrism Hindu tradition Hinduism historical HTSL identified Indian initiation intellectual interpretation kadi Kalpasutra Kaula knowledge kundalini Laksmldhara Lalita liberation lineage manifestation mantra means meditation Mimamsa minor triangles mudras names and forms nine non-Tantric Vaidikas nondualism one's oral Parasurama practice qualities Ramananda refers relationship religion religious rites ritual sacred sadhana Saiva Sakta Tantric Sakti Saktism Sankara Sanskrit Saundaryalahari says scripture sectarian sense Siva social South India specific spiritual discipline sricakra Srividya adepts Srividya school sruti supreme syllables Tannic Tantric sadhana Tantric sources Tantric texts Tantric tradition term textual theological transcendent trikona Tripum Tripura Upanisad TUbhasya twice-born universe Vaidika Vaidika Tantric Veda Vedic Vedic traditions verse vidya word worldly yoga
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.