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By S.C. Banerji

Tantra is a unique philosophical method Many suppose wanting to find out about it, yet few love the time and effort to appreciate. The intricacies of Tantra. So, a short-cut is critical. within the current paintings, an test has been made to set forth the highlights of the Tantra works and their authors. A bibliography, meant to assist extra studying, has been addes.

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In it the true relation of things is realised. This philosophy states the limit of individual experience, the limitation being caused by Maya and her sixfold progeny, the six Kancukas covering the reality. The two principles of the limited individual subject-object are the Purusa and the Prakrti. Purusa is put into sleep by Maya by means of the limitation of Kala, Niyati, Raga, Vidya and Kala. The allexperiencer, while remaining the same, produces a number of Purusas who realise themselves as differentiated and separated from one another.

The destruction of false knowledge by means of true knowledge leads to the cessation of rebirth; this is jmanmukti. The text is Vidyavinase janma-vinasah. Vidya is taken by the Vartika in the sense of asuddha vidya (false knowledge). But, Ksemaraja takes it to mean correct knowledge. , there being no destruction of true knowledge. By janma he means the senses which are the cause of action accompanied by ignorance and are full of misery. One, who has acquired the correct knowledge, becomes like Siva in life, and Siva Himself after death.

S P A N D A - S A S T R A Spanda means vibration or activity of Siva. It is supposed to be the cause of all distinctions. This Sastra is based on the Spandasutras, generally called Spandakarikas which are a sort of running commentary on the Sivasutras. The Spandasutras, attributed to Vasugupta by Ksemaraja, appear to have been composed by Kallata, a pupil of Vasugupta. On the Sutras there is a Vrtti or commentary by Kallata. Tantric Saivism of Kashmir 41 C. PRATYABHIJNA-SASTRA For about a century following the development of the SpandaSastra, there was a sort of interregnum in Saiva philosophical literature.

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