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Shakti and Shakta. Essays and Addresses on the Shakta Tantrashashtra


Indeed the Shakta followers of the Agama claim that its Tantras contain the very core of the Veda to which it is described to bear the same relation as the Supreme Spirit (Paramatma) to the embodied spirit (Jivatma). [...] The speaker of the Tantras and the revealer of the Shakta Tantra is Shi'va Himself or Shiva the Devi: Herself. [...] The following Chapters shortly explain some of the main features of both the philosophy and practice of the Shakta division of the Agama. [...] These Tantras are Shastras of what is called the Agama ? In a review of one of my works it was suggested that the Agama is a class of Scriptures dealing with the worship of Saguna Ishvara which was revealed at the close of the age of the Upanishads and introduced partly because of the falling into desuetude of the Va Achara chara and partly because of the increasing numbers of persons entering [...] I am not in this Chapter concerned with this special ritual or magic but with the practices which govern the life of the vast mass of the Indian people to be found in the Tantras of the Agamas of the different schools which I have mentioned.
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i-vi John Woodroffe view
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Chapter I. Introductory
1-16 unknown view
Chapter II. What are the Tantras and their Significance?
17-31 unknown view
Chapter III. Tantra Shastra and Veda
32-62 unknown view
Chapter IV. Shakti and Shakta
63-103 unknown view
Chapter V. Chinachara
104-115 unknown view
Chapter VI. The Tantra Shastras in China
116-123 unknown view
Chapter VII. Chit-Shakti
124-155 unknown view
Chapter VIII. Maya-Shakti
156-199 unknown view
Chapter IX. Shakti and Maya
200-215 unknown view
Chapter X. Shakti in Taoism
216-223 unknown view
Chapter XI. Shakti as Mantra
224-255 unknown view
Chapter XII. Varnamala
256-261 unknown view
Chapter XIII. Shakta Sadhana
262-324 unknown view
Chapter XIV. The Panchatattva
325-377 unknown view
Chapter XV. Matam Rutra
378-402 unknown view
Chapter XVI. Kundalini Shakti
403-429 unknown view
Chapter XVII. Some Conclusions
430-435 unknown view
Addenda is Shakti Force ?
436-439 unknown view
Appendix II. The Vedas and the Tantras
440-448 Braja Mukherji view
i-xxv unknown view

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