Introduction To Tantra Sastra
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Introduction To Tantra Sastra

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Item Code: NAH460
Author: Sir John Woodroffe
Publisher: Ganesh & Company, Chennai
Language: English
Edition: 2010
ISBN: 9788185988115
Pages: 165
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Weight 210 gm
About the Author

Sir John George Woodrotfe was the eldest son of James Tisdall Woodroffe, Advocate-General of Bengal and sometime Legal Member of the Government of India, J. P., Kt. ofSt. Gregory, by his wife Florence, daughter of James Hume. He was born on December 15, 1865 and was educated at Woburn Park School and University College, Oxford, where he took second classes in jurisprudence and the B.C.L. (Bachelor of Civil Law) examinations. He was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1889, and in the following year was enrolled as an advocate of the Calcutta High Court. He was soon made a Fellow of the Calcutta University and appointed Tagore Law Professor. He collaborated with the late Mr. Ameer Ali in a widely used textbook Civil Procedure in British India. He was appointed Standing Counsel to the Government of India in 1902 and two years later was raised to the High Court Rench. He served thereon with competence for eighteen years and in 1915 officiated as Chief Justice. After retiring to England he was for seven years from 1923, Reader in Indian Law to the University of Oxford. He died on 18 January 1936.

Alongside his judicial duties he studied Sanskrit and Hindu philosophy and was especially interested in Hindu Tantra. He translated some twenty original Sanskrit texts and, under his pseudonym Arthur Avalon, published and lectured prolifically on Indian philosophy and a wide range of Yoga and Tantra topics. T.M.P. Mahadevan wrote: "By editing the original Sanskrit texts, as also by publishing essays on the different aspects of Shaktism, he showed that the religion and worship had a profound philosophy behind it, and that there was nothing irrational or obscurantist about the technique of worship it recommends."

 

 

Contents

 

Mount Kailasa 1
Siva and Sakti 4
Guna 18
The World (Lokas) 25
Inhabitants of the Worlds 27
Varna 32
Asrama 33
Macrocosm and Microcosm 35
The Ages 37
The Scriptures of the Ages 41
The Human Body 43
The Three Temperaments 59
Guru and Sisya 66
Initiation : Diksa 69
Abhiseka 71
Sadhana 73
Worship 74
Yoga 127
Sin and Virtue-Karma 145
Four Aims of Being (Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksa) 150
Siddhi 158
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