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By Elisabeth Anne Benard

ISBN-10: 8120810651

ISBN-13: 9788120810655

This can be the 1st monograph which examines the infrequent Buddhist and Hindu Tantric Goddess, Chinnamasta, her rituals, her names and varieties (namarupa) and their symbolism by means of evaluating and contrasting her sadhanas (spiritual practices) in Hinduism and Buddhism. the total Hindu ''Chinnamastatantra'' part from the Sakta Pramoda, the Buddhist ''Chinnamunda Vajravarahisadhana'' and the ''Trikayavajrayoginistuti'' are translated for the 1st time into English. due to the fact that Chinnamasta is a unprecedented goddess, her texts weren't popularized or made ''fashionable'' in line with the dictates of a selected staff at a selected time. The earliest extant texts date from the 9th and 10th centuries-a time whilst Hindu and Buddhist Tantras have been constructing below universal impacts within the similar areas in India. Having such texts approximately Chinnamasta Chinnamasta from those centuries, you possibly can start to comprehend the mutuality of a normal Tantric culture and the exclusivity of a specific Hindu or Buddhist Tantric culture. accordingly the research, not just examines Chinnamasta, but additionally makes an attempt to appreciate what's a Tantric culture.

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R egular Tantric P relim inaries 1. Acam ana is the ablution of the body by initially washing one’s lips and hands, then with these purified lips saying certain mantras as one touches specific parts of the body with purified hands. Vidyamava states that “acamana is the purification par excellence. ”12 2. PrSnayam a a n d S ix fo ld NySsa consist of pranayama which is the regulation and control of two of the subtle winds in the body. These winds are prana, the upward moving subtle wind and apana, the down­ ward moving subtle wind; together they represent a being’s respiration.

Pal. P , H in d u Religion a nd k o n o lo g v 82 All the sadhanas in the Tangyurgive the Sanskrit name as Chmnamunda, rather Legends and Origin o f Chinnamasta 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 49a. 50. 19 than Chinnamasta, but the tw o are identified as the same goddess and have the same meaning, “ a severed-head o ne” . 319-20. The translation w h ich fo llo w s is D avid T em pleton ’s, p u b lish ed b y the Library o f Tibetan W orks and Archives, Dharamsala, 1989 I thank Jeremy Russell for show ing me this before publication (Taranatha [ 157516431 was a m ajor p ro p o n e n t o f the Tibetan Buddhist J o rtang pa school and au tho r o f many historical w orks.

T h e M e t h o d o f D ra w in g th e Y an tra Draw an inverted triangle with three (concentric) circles at its centre. Then in the middle of them, draw an inverted triangle. 43 Varuna is in va; the sovereign of the gods (Sakra. e. e. 45 TripuradevI is in ai\ Tripurasundari is in ra. *6 Kamala is in t, Sarasvati is in ya [read: yel. In the pair of hum the Goddess is always associated with Prakrti,47 phat is Vaikharl (last stage in speech utterance); sva the flower-armed one (Kamadeva), and ha is Rati (who is with Kamadeva).

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