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By John R. Dupuche

During this work,he describes many of the tantras and areas in their apex the main severe of them, the Kula ritual. It additionally offers a translation of Jayaratha's remark. the Kula ritual leads the practitioner to extra exalted levels of mantras to arrive the top point of cognizance, the "mantravyapti", the pervasion of the chant. the individual that is familiar with this pervasion is a Bhairava..

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Rather, the sakti spontaneously arises, of her own volition, so to speak. Yet consciousness is not a detachment, an uninvolved observa­ tion. The sakti is consciousness recognising itself and assenting to itself. 7 It stands in relation to sakti as does S iva or as consciousness does to self-revelation. It occurs frequently in TA 29 where it refers to the male practitioner in union with his sexual partner, for these have become assimilated to the divine pair. Among the more useful and fully expounded8 similes is that of the mirror.

Z. a . 5 Rastogi tries to reconstruct the circumstances that surrounded Jayaratha's massive undertaking in commenting on the Tantriiloka. He proposes in the first place that the text of the Tantriiloka had become corrupt6 and that Jayaratha restored both the text and the correct order of the slokas. 689. 262. Rastogi, p. I 02 . 263 . 895. For h is teach ers etc. see ibid. 95 I OO. For a tabular chart of his family and preceptorial lin eage, see the chart following ibid. 92. 5 . 689. 6 . Rastogi , p.

L 53ab. CHAPTER S PARAMETERS OF THE TANTRALOKA The following contextualisation of TA 29 is not a summary of the Tantriiloka. 1 Rather, it presents the several concepts and struc­ tures within which TA 29 functions. These are drawn from the Tantriiloka as a whole and use the main terms found in TA 29. 1 . The Absolute (a) As a Unitary Reality 'I' (aham) is the primary consideration of TA 29. Reality is not to be reduced to mere objects. It is not just the projection of the fac­ ulties of knowledge, of sub-conscious impulses or of a mind con­ ditioned by social forces.

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