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This is a reference to the Garuda Tantras, a set of Agamas which are now lost. Here is what pages 39- 42 of this book say: No Garuda or Bhuta Tantras have been found.... The Shrikanthiyasamhita that the number of Garudarantras was traditionally said to be twenty-eight[.]... While the Vamatantras are traditionally said to be concerned with the acquisition ...


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First of all it's a very very long answer. PurAnic accounts of how the DashamahAvidyAs manifested The following account appears in Devi PurAna, however the same appears also in the BhAgavata PurAna (as per some book that i have): Once the greatest of Yogis, Lord Maheswara worshiped MahAdevi and obtained from her the boon that She will be his wife. ...


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The sadhana of panchamakara is very a deep, secret and extensive subject. But since you don't have any backgrounds i am keeping my answer elementary and short. According to the levels of advancement a Tantra sadhaka has the seven paths or stages (called as the AchAras in scriptures). From the lowest (level of difficulty) to the highest (the highest is to ...


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I have posted it in my groups and blogs and reposting it here in parts. षट् त्रिंशत् तत्त्वानि विश्वम् ShaT triMshat tattvAni vishvaM (ParashurAma kalpasUtra.) This universe is nothing but the 36 tattva-s. So what is meant by tattva ? If the universe is made up of these tattva-s then they are verily the basic elements. By the very definition of ...


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Yes obviously. Like all other Hindu scriptures they also hold the same opinion about cows. Trinam vapya-vidhAnena chedayenna kadAchana | VidhinA gAm dvijam vApi hatvA pApairna lipyate || If it is not prescribed in scriptures, then never even tear a piece of grass. But if prescribed in scriptures, one does not commit any sin by killing even ...


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Black magic is real and is mentioned in Vedas itself. Quoting from this page: Core of Atharva Veda The subject matter of the Samhitā of this Veda has no systematic division in the first twelve kāṇḍas. The last two again, deal with miscellaneous topics. However, there are eight topics that are covered: 1.Bhaisajya: diseases, their causes and ...


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I'm also surprised that why people in this site are spreading rumours that concept of Dashavatar have no base in scripture. It is true that Lord Vishnu have countless incarnations, also major 24 incarnations but scriptures clearly mention 10 incarnation among these incarnation also. You do not need to go in Todala tantra to get base of this: Here are some ...


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There have been, in India, two main ways of approach to Reality or the Essential Nature of Self, Vivekaja mārga. (the path of distinction or discrimination). Systems following this mārga are patanjali yoga & Sankara Vedanta. Yogaja mārga.(the path of union or integration). Saivāgama has adopted the Yogaja mārga in which the goal is not isolation of ...


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Among the Dasa mahAvidyAs, the third mahAvidyA is Devi Shodashi or Goddess TripurA or TripurAsundari. Here is how they are mentioned in a verse from the ViswasAra Tantram: KAli TArA MahAvidya Shodashi Bhuvaneswari | Bhairavi ChinnamastA Cha Vidya DhumAvati TathA || BagalA SiddhavidyA Cha Matangi KamalAtmikA | Eto DasamahAvidyA SiddhavidyAh PrakirtitAh ...


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Tirumular in Tirumantiram condemns Vamachara practises like drinking wine: 326: The Wicked Drink In VAma Tantra Lust and drink, fit for the wicked are they; In ritual unholy they drink and lose the senses But the wise drink the nectar streaming from his feet, Which destroys egoism and bigotry. 327: Drinking In Vama Tantra Worship Leads ...


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Durvasa Rishi created one mind-born daughter, whom he initiated completely in the monistic way. Known as the Ardhatryambaka school of the Bhairava Tantras, this teaching manifests itself secretly from one woman to another. Kashmir Shaivism does not recognize women as inferior. In fact, Swami Lakshmanjoo tells us, “if a woman remains one-pointed in her ...


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First verse of Pratyabhijna Hridayam states: chiti swatantrA vishwasiddhi hetU: (pratyabhijna Hridayam 1.1) The cause of manifestation of Universe is freedom (swAtantrya) of Universal Consciousness (chiti). Thus the freedom of consciousness ie, swAtantrya of chiti/Shakti/Mahakundalini is the cause of the manifestation of all this. Thus the cause is ...


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"How can I start Tantra Sadhana?" and "What are the scriptures I need to study in order to gain a thorough knowledge of Tantras?" are two separate questions unrelated to each other. One can not practice Tantra without Guru Diksha (initiation). As Lord Shiva says in the following verse that all practices that Tantras advocate, like Yoga, Dhyana, Puja, Japa ...


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Shiva Sutras by Jaideva Singh, Section II(comprises of 10 Sutras) greatly deals with mantras, mudras and science, etymology behind it. The very first Sutras says: Cittam mantrah. चित्तम् in this context means that by which the Highest Reality is cognised. मन्त्रः a formula consisting of a word or a set of words addressed to a deity. "...


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Arthur Avalon mentioned in the Principles of Tantra(English translation of the Bengali work Tantratattva written by his guru Shivachandra Vidyârnava) that each Krântâ has it's own 64 sets of Shâktâgamas. There are 3 Krântâs, which makes a total of 192 Shâktâgamas. For Vishnukrântâ, these 64 Shâktâgamas are : Siddheshvara Tantra, Kâlî Tantra, Kulârnava ...


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In the passages you have provided what is praised is the Pashupata Yoga (also called the Pashupata Vrata) and what is condemned are sects like Pashupata. So, there is no contradiction as the same thing isn't praised and condemned simultaneously. In some other scriptures too (including Usana Smriti which isn't a sectarian scripture) we find criticisms of the ...


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ChinnamastA means the one with severed head. In the shAkta tradition, she is the sixth cosmic goddess of the ten "mahAvidyAs". Her form is very fierce and hence has attracted many controversies over the meaning. Some have even linked it with black magic etc. Let us see the esoteric meaning of the iconography, The most controversial and important ...


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As explained in this answer, Tantra is quite a deep subject and is meant to be kept as top secret too. Neither i will be able to explain to you its secrets nor you will be able to grasp what is being said in its entirety but still here are few inputs from my side. Why use panchamakara in sadhana and how is it justified? It is justified because it is ...


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Shaktipata is the most essential part of the the Tantrik Deeksha Samskara. It literally means the transfer of energy from Guru to the disciple. In KulArnava Tantram Lord Shiva clearly says, that Deeksha where Shaktipata is absent fails to bear any fruits. ShaktipAtAnusArena Shishyohanugrahamaharti | Yatra Shaktirna Patati Tatra Siddhirna JAyate || ...


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You can download Vigyan Bhairav Tantra Hindi and Sanskrit by Vraj Vallabh Dvivedi eBook from archive.org


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It is a noteworthy diety in shakta and shaiva tantric traditions. Also usually known by names like Sri Sharabheshwara or Sri Pakshiraaj. less audience is aware of such deities. It is also linked with other fierce deities like pratyangira and others. Mainly it is considered best for protection and to get rid of possible preta and related problems. Akasha ...


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Mantras (मन्त्र) means “mystical formula” or a ritual formula used in worship , meditation , Yajnas (Sacrifices ) , devotion etc. in Vedic or Tantric practices and is associated or is of some deity or group of deities. Mantras are used throughout vedic and puranic literature. Vayu Purana is giving us the definition of mantra as - मन्त्राणां ...


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Yes, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras mention different stages of Samadhi. Swami Vivekananda's Raja Yoga on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: वितर्कविचारानन्दास्मितानुगमात् सम्प्रज्ञातः ॥१७॥ 17. The concentration called right knowledge is that which is followed by reasoning, discrimination bliss, unqualified egoism. Samadhi is divided into two varieties. One is ...


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There are scriptures that have a contradictory view. These 2 verses from Manu Smriti proove that Sati wasn't enforced or even common during those days. He who takes care of his deceased brother's estate and of his widow , shall after raising up a son for his brother, give that property even to that son. (Manu 9.146) If the widow of a man who died without ...


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All Tantras and Agamas assume the form of a dialogue between Shiva and Parashakti and as far as the reasons are concerned i have till now found two of them. And, both of them are from Scriptures. In order to depict the importance of Guru Guru Shishya Pade StitvA Swameva SadAshivah | Prasnottara ParairvAkaistantram SamavatArayat || ...... ...


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According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Gāruḍa Tantras represent the first division of the Śākta Āgamas. In the first chapter of the essay by S. Sridhar Swaminathan, a list is given of these Gāruḍa tantras: Haratantra, Hūṅkāratantra, Bindusāratantra, Kālāmṛtatantra, Devatrāsatantra, Sutrāsatantra, Śābaratantra, Kālaśābaratantra, ...


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chakras have various number of petals which reflect their current. The life current in chakra is linked to its petals too. They are present in astral body. moolAdhAra chakra - four petals - व श स ष (golden colored letters on red petals) swAdhishthana chakra - six petals - ब भ म य र ल (with bindu, white lightning color) maNipUra chakra- ten petals - ड ढ ण ...


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Tantras have all emerged from Lord Shiva and not from a particular region or race of people. And, this is quite easy to prove. Also, the mass of Agamas and Nigamas is what constitutes the Tantras. In my Guru Gita book, i find the following verse: Vandeham sacchidAnandam bhedAtitam srimadgurum | Agamo nigamashchApi nirvAnashcha tridhAgamah || ...


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Yes mentioned. In ShAkta Tantras Trika refers to the Triad - JyAna (knowledge) Shakti, IcchA (will) Shakti and KriyA (action) Shakti. But at the same time, it also refers to other Triads like the Tri Tatvas- Shiva, VidyA and Atma and etc. Here is a reference to Trika in the KulArnava Tantram: Trika pujAntu yah kuryAd icchAjyAnakriyAtmikAm | Agamoktena ...


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“As one opens the door with a key, so the yogi should open the gate to liberation with the kundalini. The great goddess sleeps, closing with her mouth,, the opening through which one can ascend to the brahrnarandhra... to that place where there is neither pain nor suffering. The kundalini sleeps above the kanda... she gives liberation to the yogi and bondage ...


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