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Laksmi Tantra: A Pancaratra Text (New)
by Gupta, Sanjukta
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Book ID: 9788120817357, 8120817354
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"Not only the English translation but also the many notes and the introduction are very useful for aspirants who want to explore the domain of Tantraism and Vaisnavism." -- Vedanta Kesari, March 2002
Among the vast number of Pancaratra Agamic texts the Laksmi Tantra stands out because it deals almost exclusively with Laksmi -- the divine creative impulse, intelligence, potency, potentiality, power, majesty and speech. The focus of the text is on Pancaratra philosophy (including cosmogony) and the practice of yoga based on it, with its attendent Mantra Sastra. It records the earliest Vaisnava speculation on the paradox of a Supreme God who is totally identified with Brahman, the unique and transcendent Conscious Reality, and is at the same time the creator of a dualistic universe which cannot be related to Him. The key to solving this riddle is the Divine Sakti. By dealing with the role of Sakti in the creation and maintenance of the world, and in the saving of devotees who totally rely on God`s mercy and benevolence, the Laksmi Tantra succeeds in overcoming sectarian boundaries.
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