By Mark S. G. Dyczkowski

This ebook serves as an introductory research of Tantric Saivism in its unique scriptural resources. It lines the gains and content material of the canon of the SAaiva Tantras, employing many unpublished manuscripts from Kashmiri Saiva authors.

The ebook is usually an advent to the literature of the Kubjikamata. As Kundalini, Kubjika is worshipped because the Goddess who's curled up and napping, ready to be woke up. the writer explores her position within the Tantric literature.

Mark S. G. Dyczkowski took his first measure at Banaras Hindu collage after which his doctorate at Oxford college. he's almost immediately linked to Sampurnananda Sanskrit college in Varanasi.

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It was possible for members of differing Saiva sects to adopt the K âpâlika’s vow. Even Buddhist ascetics could take similar vows in the context of their own Tantric practice. Thus K anhapâda (Skt. Krçnapâda) who lived in the eleventh century and is well known as one of the Bengali Siddhas of the Buddhist Tantric Sahajlya school calls himself a Kapâlin. 139 His anklets and bells (ghaqti) are the two breaths which represent the opposites. His earrings (ku%dato) are the sun and moon. The ashes he smears on his body are the ashes of passion, aversion and error.

He is joined a t dawn every m orning by a small group of householders who are followers of Rama A vadhuta, a well-known Aghori belonging to the Klnaram sect, named after the Aghori who founded it in the eighteenth century in Benares. These householders call themselves Kapalikas although, technically, they are not so. Travelling back in time we observe that Saiva sects in the past have also associated themselves with the Kapalikas because they resembled them. We should stress here that this resemblance did not necessarily imply that they advocated such a shocking life style.

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