The Krama Tantricism of Kashmir is intended as a ground work of the Krama system, an almost neglected area of Kashmir Saivism. The Author has very ably reconstructed the history and metaphysics of the system after rummaging through relevant literature, both in print and manuscript form. The Krama philosophy is a synthetic and complex whole where the different strands of Saiva Philosophy, Sakta esotericism and the Tantric synoptic view are seen. In this first of the two volumes, the author has given a general and historical survey in seven chapters---Krama as a distinct system, the nomenclature, as a Tantric system, mutual exchange from allied systems, different traditions and sub-schools, sources and literature and Krama's place in Kashmir Saivism. Contains chronological table of Krama authors, classified Bibliography and indexes.
About the Author:
Navjivan Rastogi obtained his Ph.D. in Sanskrit from the University of Lucknow. Since 1968 he has been on the teaching staff of Abhinavagupta Institute of Aesthetics and Saiva Philosophy in the same University. In 1987 he migrated to the parent Department of Sanskrit as Reader.
Rastogi's specialized field of study is Kashmir Saivism. He is the co-editor of the Volume of Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies, devoted to that philosophical school. An author of several scholarly papers, his published works include the Tantraloka of Abhinavagupta (8 volumes, co-edited with late Prof.R.C.Dwivedi) and Introduction to the Tantraloka: A study in Structure.
(viii) Three female disciples of Sivananda- Keyuravati, Madanika and Kalyanika
(x) Govindaraja, Bhanuka and Eraka
(xi) Pradyumna Bhatta
(xvi) Stotrakara, i.e., Siddha Natha
(xix) Bhatta Utpala
(xx) Bhutiraja I
(xxii) Bhatta Damodara
(xxvi) Devabhatta (Devapani?)
(xxxii) The great-grand (Paramesthi) teacher of Jayaratha (Visvadatta ?)
(xxxvi) Srivatsa- author of the Cidgaganacandrika
(xxxviii) Sivananda II: Grand-teacher of Mahesvarananda
(xliii) Ananta Saktipada
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