Padoux has a task of succinctly organizing rituals, beliefs, theology, and philosophical tenants that have since grown out of this given name and tradition. Padoux does a good job of showing how for Tantra functioned within both Vedic and medieval Hinduism. It was in the modern era that Tantra grew and progressed alongside and outside of Hinduism. The Hindu Tantric World explores the complex and elaborate rituals, mantras, and systems that are considered Tantric.
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Start your review of Vac: The Concept of the Word in Selected Hindu Tantras Write a review Jan 01, James rated it it was amazing Speaking of reading and knowledge, do we really know the full nature of even the first letter of the alphabet? I paraphrase: Tantric adepts experience the movement through which the Word Vac evolves from an unconditioned, supreme state as experienced in meditation down to the gross sound vibration as perceived in this world and which thereby brings about the gradual emergence of the cosmos.
Each of the Sanskrit phonemes varnas is really a living entity, a different movement in the gradual Speaking of reading and knowledge, do we really know the full nature of even the first letter of the alphabet?
Each of the Sanskrit phonemes varnas is really a living entity, a different movement in the gradual condensation and solidification of the pure energy of Vac, Goddess of Speech, and will bring successively into existence each of the thirty-six ontic levels, the tattvas, of which the entire manifestation consists.
A is the totality of the limitating power not submitted to maya, beyond hearing, uncreated, wondering at its own essence: that of the waveless sea of consciousness resting in the great light of the Absolute. It spreads from the first to the last stage of emanation, being the condition of the fullness of the supreme "I" in its total awareness of the universe, as produced by the self-effulgent spreading out of the Energy.
Although on one level a phoneme, ontologically, A corresponds to a level of the Word too elevated to be considered in terms of ordinary phonemes. It stands at the level of spontaneous sound, the phonic aspect of the supreme reality, which is produced without any "striking," whether of a percussion or from the contact of the respiratory breath with the organs of phonation, and so forth.
It is even beyond the "unstruck" sound. It is the root thereof, the initial stir of sound-vibration beyond struck and unstruck sound. No one utters it, no one can possibly hold it in check. It is self-uttered, and dwells within the heart of all sentient beings. A is all pervading. Being pure energy of consciousness, on the transcendent plane of the Word, it is no doubt beyond all manifestation.
Yet, it can be philosophically considered as twofold: first as beyond the universe, and in this case its being known as avarna should be understood in the sense of "non-phoneme," and second, as the source of the energy, the origin of all phonemes, the starting point of manifestation, which is then within it in seed form, A being within the manifestation of the universe, as its essence, its background. According to the great Kashmiri Tantric saint, Abhinavagupta, "The power of absolute freedom or autonomy is called A.
In it the objectivity has not yet begun to develop and it is therefore essentially a reflective awareness whose inner nature is that of a pure interiorized mass of consciousness antarghanasamvid. It is the Self. If the Knower is not established, the process of Knowing and the Known are without a basis. The entire edifice of knowledge is without a foundation.
Because, who is the Knower? Some sensations given through the senses? Some fleeting stream of thoughts? Some ever-changing perceptions of objects? From the standpoint of consciousness, these are too pitifully transient to warrant the status of Knower.
The Hindu Tantric World
Aru Gc rated it really liked it Aug 04, Melissa Rininger marked it as to-read Jul 25, I discovered India when I was 21 years old, in padokx Tantric adepts experience the movement through which the Word Vac evolves from an unconditioned, supreme state as experienced in meditation down to the gross sound vibration as perceived in this world and which thereby brings about the gradual emergence of the cosmos. Salvatore Familia added it Feb 21, Thanks for telling us about the problem. My father was a diplomat—as was his. University of Chicago Press: I have articulated it and developed it and written a few articles and given a few lectures in this vein. From the standpoint of consciousness, padoix are too pitifully transient to warrant the status of Knower.
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