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Yantra The Tantric Symbol Of Cosmic Unity

Yantra The Tantric Symbol Of Cosmic Unity
$73.58
Item Code: NAB109
Author: Madhu Khanna
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Edition: 1997
ISBN: 050027344
Pages: 176 (Col. illus.: 38 & B&W illus.: 143)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 10" x 9.5"
'A lovely book, a worthy introduction to a noble subject'
- Arts Review.

The yantra is the Tantric tool of ritual and meditation, the power diagram which allows man to make the spiritual journey of return to the primordial centre, and ultimately to perceive the unity of self and cosmos. This pioneering comprehensive study reveals step by step the dynamics of this process, by elucidating the complex symbolic construction of the yantra with its multiple layers of metaphysical meaning. Madhu Khanna illuminates the correspondence between geometrical forms and concepts, and explores every aspect of the yantra: its associated mantras, rituals and meditation techniques; its application to temple architecture and sculpture; its traditional use in 'black' and 'white' magic and as a talisman.

About the Author:

Madhu Khanna is a scholar of Eastern and Western philosophy, and co-author with Ajit Mookerjee of the Tantric Way, also published by Thames and Hudson.

Contents:

   Foreword by Ajit Mookerjee
   Preface
1  Introduction
2  Archetypal Space and Sacred Sound
3  Metaphysics of Yantra
4  Dynamics of Yantra: Ritual
5  Dynamic of Yantra: Meditation
6  Aesthetics of Yantra
7  Architectural Yantras
8  Occult Yantras
   Notes on the Text
   Glossary
   Bibliography
   Index

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