Introduction to Tantra Sastra .

Introduction to Tantra Sastra .

Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe)

Summary: Siva promulgates His teaching in the world below in the works known as Yamala, Damara, Siva-Sutra, and in the Tantras which exist in the form of dialogues between the Devata and his Sakti, the Devi in Her form as Parvati.

Description: According to the Gayatri-Tantra, the Deva Ganesa first preached the Tantra to the Devayoni on Mount Kailasa, after he had himself received them from the mouth of Siva. After a description of the mountain, the dialogue opens with a question from Parvati in answer to which and those which succeed it, Siva unfolds His doctrine on the subjects with which Maha-nirvana-Tantra deals.

The Recitation of the Vedas

Author: Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat. Translated from the French by T.K. Gopalan.

The earliest Vedic hymns testify already to a high degree of linguistic awareness of its authors. It appears for example in the play on the etymology of words. Thereafter, while the language seems to evolve relatively little, the knowledge of its structures develops considerably. Conservatism and linguistic awareness seem to go hand in hand. That could only have increased the distance between the ‘popular’ language of the non-specialists and the language of the experts in religion, since the former is always capable of a spontaneous evolution. In this situation it is important, for following the evolution of Vedic, to describe the preservationist measures which have influenced its destiny, to determine its environment that consisted of other forms of speech, to uncover the diverse and fluctuating influence of these forms of speech whose own evolution was probably much faster.... More

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