Vac: The Concept of the Word in Selected Hindu Tantras by Andre Padoux

By Andre Padoux

This e-book is ready the ability of the observe conceived because the major and most well known element of divine strength. it's the in basic terms systematic learn in English of notions about the notice (Vac) as those are expounded within the shaiva tantras of Kashmir and in similar texts.

Padoux first describes the Vedic origins of those notions, then their improvement in texts of alternative tantric traditions. He indicates how various degrees of the observe abide in people, how those degrees are associated with the kun, and the way they turn into articulate speech and discursive idea. He additionally describes how the universe is created out of the letters of the alphabet.

The final chapters clarify the powers of mantras as sacred ritual utterances. those powers are defined as magical in addition to non secular, simply because they could in attaining supernatural effects in addition to result in salvation. Their makes use of are associated with yogic psychological and physically practices.

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1) that Revelation is twofold—Vedic and Tantric (srutis ca dvividhâ vaidikïtantrikï ca). This formula distinguishing between two forms of revelation introduces an initial aspect of the Tantric tradition, which indeed is usually held as different from the Vedic, as revealed by the divinity without referring to the Veda, and as being more adapted than the Vedic revelation to the present age of mankind. 10 Notwithstanding what some have written, there is obviously nothing Tantric in Vedic literature.

42 Väc found also in non-Tantric schools.

4l). Such a practice—adding to an already accepted division of a whole one more division, which both encapsulates and transcends the former ones occurs elsewhere too and seems to correspond to an inclination of Indian thought. This we shall see again in the course of this work, when dealing with the four stages of the Word and the energies of Siva (3 + I), with the kaläs (15 + 1 or 16 + 1), with the four modalities of consciousness (4 + I), and with the tattvas as well (36 + 1). 22 Vâc power (KausBr.

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