Varahi Tantra (English Study)

by Roberta Pamio | 2014 | 29,726 words

This English essay studies the Varahi Tantra and introduces the reader to the literature and philosophy of the Shakta Tradition to which this text belongs. These Shakta Tantras are doctrines where the Mother Goddess is conceived as the Supreme deity who is immanent and transcendental at the same time. The Varahitantra (lit. the "Doctrine of th...

Chapter 17 - The Āmnāyas (traditions), Continued

This chapter continues with the doctrine of Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya, of which are given Chapters 4, 5 and 6.

Bhairava says that the excellent yogi -who has devotion and is fond of proper behaviour, who, engaged in the Kaula vow, is always with nectar and a skull-cup (kharphara), who lives as a mendicant for the sake of his practice (yogārthaṃ), who is always delighted in practicing yoga and Krama pūjā and who follows the Guru's command -will obtain the Kaulikā Siddhi, which gives enlightenment. Thus there are explained the qualities of the nectar (sāra) and the vessel (kharphara) (vv.1-10).

In verses 11-14 the characteristics of duality (dvaita) and nonduality (advaita) are described, after which follows an explanation of few terms, such as sālamba (with support), nirālamba (self-supported), satattva, nistattva, and so on (vv.15-26)

In verses 27-29 there are given the five designations of Śakti, such as Icchā, Jñāna, Kriyā, Kuṇḍalinī and Mātṛkā, and the characteristic of aṇava, the individual soul.

Verses 31-56' describe the ādhāras (supports).

Verses 56"-57 give the four subdivisions of śāmbhava, such as sama ("equal"), gata ("gone"), laya ("dissolution") and avabodha ("awake").

Verses 58-62 speak about the mantravīrya (the vigour of the mantra) and verse 63-69 describe the khecarī mudrā.

Verses 70-82' contain a discussion on the Goddess, the Mother of the Universe, as bhaga (vulva).

Then Bhairava explains about the divyaugha (vv.82"-89), the mantra (vv.90-93), the seats (pīṭhas) and their Lords (vv.44-102) and the pūjākrama (vv.103-130).

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