The Secret of the Three Cities: An Introduction to Hindu Sakta Tantrism
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 antinomian aspects atman Bhaskararaya Bhaskararaya's commentary bindu Brahman cakra contemplative worship upasana contemporary adepts deities diksa discussion distinction divine edition elements Emend esoteric esotericism external following Adyar goddess GOML Goudriaan guru Hindu Tantrism Hindu tradition Hinduism historical hrim HTSL identified Indian initiation intellectual internal sacrifice interpretation Kalpasutra Kaula knowledge Laksmldhara Lalita liberation lineage lotus Madras manifestation mantra means meditation Mimamsa minor triangles mudras names and forms nine non-Tantric Vaidikas nondualism oral pancamakara Parasurama practice qualities Ramananda refers relationship religion religious rites ritual sadhana Saiva Sakta Tantric Sakti Saktism Sanskrit Sarikara Saundaryalahari says scripture sectarian sense Siva sncakra social South India specific spiritual discipline sricakra Srividya adepts srividya mantra Srividya school sruti subtle supreme syllables Tantric sadhana Tantric sources Tantric texts Tantric tradition teachings term theological trikona Tripura Upanisad TUbhasya twice-born universe Vaidika Tantric Veda Vedic Vedic traditions verse vidya word worldly yoga