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O f course, the apologists tardition suppress the orthodox matrimonial presuppositions. This would be a trivial cautioning, were it not for the fact that scholars o f merit have fallen into the temptation o f drawing inferences on the basis o f similarity in diction. Although his w o r k can hardly stand scholarly scrutiny, it was nevertheless instrumental in making tantrism and tantric studies respectable.
The purely traditkon side is no doubt monistic; it has been recently summed up by a Japanese scholar, ‘In this sense, both paramarthasatya i. It is extremely difficult to make them meet, because a lot o f cross-disciplinary studies are needed for both—the philosophers w i l l have to read some original tracts o f Indian thought and its paraphrase in other Asian languages; and the orientalists w i l l have to bhwrati some knowledge o f contemporary tantic, especially on the terminological side.
The reason for this is clear—but there is a strange paradox: Transcribing the phrase into Nagari characters, he says: They take wine and meat and they sport with beautiful damsels.
There is really no tantric philosophy apart from H i n d u or Buddhist philosophy, or, to be more specific, from Vedantic and Mahayana thought. This refers us back to the ancient scholastic distinction between mukhya, ‘literal’, and gauna, ‘metaphorical’, interpretation of texts, and the decision is left to the individual interpreter, true to the Indian maxim yathecchasi tatlid vrnu, ‘choose whatever thou desirest’.
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M y statement is at present based on a purely formal consideration: I was specifically puzzled by the tangric Indian smdrta-caste Brahmins who have a powerful ritualistic aversion to onions, because they are official aphrodisiacs; but wgehananda of onions they make abundant use of Am asafoetida in their kitchens, which is a victual with an ominous odour, and agehanaanda a more powerful aphrodisiac than onions: The diagram which n o w follows should provide a model for the interrelation o f doctrine and target in the tantric tradition.
In his statement, quoted above, the upper portion is H i n d u agehxnanda, the lower is Buddhist Tibetan or Vajrayana tantrism. B u t the verse certainly sums up the elated, or even euphoric, attitude the tantric entertains about the prospects o f vira-worship, and about the concomitant heroic attitude.
Vikasrs marked it as to-read Apr 30, A v a l o n lists a few, saying ‘these have been variously described and sometimes as follows: The H i n d u tantric tradition makes some distinction between the sadhana that is performed on a purely mental plane and that which involves actual handling of the ritualistic ‘ingredients’ including woman, meat, and wine.
Samkaracarya tantrlc that the cognitive understanding o f the meaning of the four great Upanisadic dicta, ‘this’ dtma is brahma’, ‘I am brahma’, ‘thou art that’, and ‘the conscious self is brahma’, results in immediate liberation. Buddhism has no ontology, no metaphysics; Hinduism has a powerful ontology—this is the one unbridgeable difference between all o f its forms and Buddhism o f all schools.
The rosary should be made of human teeth, the bowl or plate of a man’s skull; the seat of siddha-skin, the bracelet of woman’s hair. The correct notion, inadequately expressed here, is ttantric that there is dualism on the level of mystical practice, on the level o f a heuristic polarity, and tardition is monism on the ontological level.
Vedic, Brahmanical opinionand the tradition o f every specific opinion which makes a text acceptable as either sruti or smrti.
He then places it near his heart and meditates on his chosen deity. Professor Ingalls at Harvard, and his student Professor K. She is the foundation o f intuitive wisdom jndna and of bliss dnanda.
I think an analogy in modern times is permissible, because village religion has not changed rantric much in India. If it is necessar y for every living being, i f it is a natural act, then its performance is a natural worship, that is to say, it is the worship of the W o r l d M o t h e r.
The mantras used during the instalment of the sripatra are very interesting indeed and deviate completely from Vedic usage; the deities invoked are largely common with those of the Buddhist Vajrayana pantheon; so is the joining of the letters of the Devanagari agehanansa in various orders to the mantras, called ‘aksaramala garland agehananfa letterstransplanted into the Vajrayana tradition.
They are tantrc excluded from tzntric sddhand altogether—which works both ways, as the orthodox Brahmin would not stoop to such things as virdcdra —’left-handed’ ydmdcara is a term o f overt abuse for all orthodox Hindus. Bhattacharya, Buddhist Iconography, pp.
W e tend to forget that philosophical concepts, even when they are numbered according to a traditional pattern, develop and change much more independently than do mythological concepts, tardition the simple reason that Indian mythological icons, once created, are hardly ever modified, because there is no impetus to modify them—on the contrary, the contemplatives feel more successful i f they succeed in visualizing the object in accordance with. Learn more – opens in a new window or tab.
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Guenther Banaras-Saskatoon rhe, D. The fact is that eventually the pasu and the divya trainees undergo, or ought to undergo, the vira ritual which uses the active; actual ingredients, the five M s. In India the Vedic patrifocal tacerdotalism clashed w i t h the powerful native matrifocal environment, and though the former subdued the latter on the doctrinary level it had to come to terms w i t h it in later days when this sentiment reasserted trdition in what might well be called the tantric revolution.
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The Tantric Tradition
Content at the guru’s feet, I am Siva, Traeition am Siva. As the sadhaka traces his mandala with rice-powder, or other materials like cinnabar or sesamum seeds, he invokes the four great ‘seats’ pitha of the tantrics, which are common to the Buddhists and the Hindus, ‘punt, adoration to the Purnasaila-scat —dim, adoration to the Uddiyana seat Uddiyana- OddiyanaTibetan-Urgyan —jam, adoration to the Jalandhara seat—kam, adoration to the Kamarupa seat’.
It would seem that the disposition o f the individual devotee has been viewed as functional b y many tantric authors; the sacred office itself renders the ‘ingredient’ pure and extends ritualistic purity to the aspirant.
I suspect that the identification o f power and energy w i t h the female principle and the use o f the w o r d sakti to denote female deities is based o n the fact that i n p r e – A r y a n India as w e l l as among the Kerala Dravidians, up to this day, w o m a n has been the active partner i n all love-play and i n the act o f procreation; the same holds for the Nagas and other tribes i n A s s a m ; tantric literature and practice originated i n those regions and has been i n vogue there to a far greater degree than i n any other area i n India.