By S. Radhakrishnan (Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan)
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I)77 “Visualize at the navel a white lotus which is delightfully opened topped by a solar disc as red as a bandhuka flower. At its centre is a great inverted triangle iyoni cakra). In the middle of this KaminI and Pradyumna are in reversed sexual embrace and, effulgent as ten million rising suns, the Goddess stands on top of them. (2). She holds her own severed head in her left hand and in the other hand a great scimitar (kartr). Standing in the pratyalidha stance, she is nude and has loose thick hair.
70 See Agrawala, Vasudeva Sarana, “Siva ka svarupa” , Kalvana, Siva ahka. 109 This is according to the system o f the five cakras w h ich are centres o f tangible matter ( bhulas). The tw o higher cakras w h ich are not centres o f tangible matter are not counted in this system. According to D C. Bhatlacharya in P K Gode Com m em oration Volume 2': , Ramatosana, seventh lineal desccndent o f Krsnananda, was the author o f the Pranatosinitanlra. , Buddhist In s ig h t. 37Sff. 3 (June 1072). 25268 .
Jainyang Loter W angpo. , rGyudsdc kun btus 412-14. Also see The Blue Annals 392ff for sTong n yid ting ‘dzin rdo rje ’s biography Ib id 414. Also M itrayogi includes an initiation o f Chinnam unda w ith tw elve deities in his 100 sadhana cycle. I Iis biography is in the Ih e Blue Annals. 1030fT.. Taranatha, Yi dam rgva mtsho 7 sgrub thabs rin chen 'byunggnas, Vol. 1: 218. ang, Vol 1: 27. 2:735 See Dargyay, E. e . , ’The Purificatory Gem and its Cleaning: A Late Tibetan Polemical Discussion o f Apocryphal Texts’ , Historv o f Religions, Eeb.