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 21 - Conclusion of the exposition on the Paścimāmnāya

This chapter concludes the exposition on the Paścimāmnāya following the last ten verses of the ninth chapter, and the tenth, eleventh and twelfth chapters of the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya

Verses 1-9 speak about the six essential ingredients of the body (ṣaḍrasa), which are blood (rakta), flesh (māṃsa), serum of the flesh (vasā), fat (medas), marrow of bones (majjan), semen virile (śukra); these are compared with five symbolic ornaments (āhārya) and the mantravīrya.

In verses 10-34 is explained the saṃketa[1] of language, or where different sounds are located in the body.

Verses 34"-38 describe the śuṣmamelāpaka.

Then the kumārī vrata and the vīra vrata are discussed in verses 39-78.

The chapter concludes with the uddhāra of the thirty-two syllable mantra of the Goddess Kubjikā (vv.79-94).

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Symbolic language.

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