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Brihat Tantrasara Abstract There is no greater evil than aversion, no greater merit than pleasure - - Chandamaharoshana Tantra
This is a voluminous work in the digest class, and divided into five paricchedas (divisions) but also including a series of stotras (hymns) and kavachas (armours). The title means "The great essence of Tantra" and contains a wealth of information on the tradition, including yantras, dhyana (meditation images), stotras (hymns), kavachas (armours) and other ritualistic details. The edition used for this abstract was published by Prachya Prakashan (PP), Varanasi, in 1985.
Then follows a section relating to the nature of malas (rosaries). Durga. the characteristics of good and bad disciples and rules relating to initiation. Shulini. Following this. which draws widely on astrological rules. A section follows which relates the types of fruit which can be expected from reciting a mantra. and the greatness of the guru. that is worship carried out on a daily basis. Triputa. a mantra does not bestow success and is lifeless. This chapter then begins to discuss the various mantras of different devatas . Nyasa is "placing" of mantras on different parts of the body. the way to bathe. and which are best. Pariccheda Two This section starts with rules relating to ordinary puja. as well as the way japa (recitation) should be peformed. he quotes works showing blameworthy types of guru. which is used to determine the direction in which japa is performed. This goes into some detail as to the type of materials to be used. Topics covered include the twilight rules. Jayadurga. There follows a large number of verses drawn from different tantras related to various types of initiation (diksha). He does so by quoting various sources and tantras. the different gayatris of the different devatas. Then follow prescriptions relating to mantras. Vajraprastarini. including visualisation of said mantras. pitha nyasa. Nitya. A section then deals with the kurma (tortoise) yantra. and others. and a whole set of different nyasas. some of which now appear to be lost. rishi and so forth nyasa. Mahishamardini. then launches straight into the characteristics of a guru. Hand and Limb nyasa. . Unless these actions are performed. This pattern is followed throughout the whole work. Nyasas mentioned include Matrika nyasa. the nakshatra chakra (27 sidereal zodiac constellations) and other diagrams such as the A-Ka-Tha and A-Ka-Da-Ma. A section on the preparatory actions (purashcharana) which must be followed once a disciple is initiated follows. followed by the 10 purifications (samskaras) of mantras to remove any defects they may have. Then follow rules relating to asana (seat). inner Matrika nyasa. outer Matrika nyasa. Vagishvari start off a lengthy sequence.Annapurna. Tvarita.Pariccheda One The author starts with a salutation. which include using various diagrams such as the rashi (12 sidereal zodiac constellations) chakra. A section deals with the best time to initiate. gain and loss chakras.
attributed to the Bhutadamara Tantra. Rama. then follow. Dhumavati. Prachandandika. drinking blood out of a cup she holds n one of her hands. Next is the Gauri mantra. Dadhivamana. Tripurabhairavi. the greatly terrifying giver of boons. There's a section quoted from the Kakkuteshvara Tantra. then Brahma Shri. Tara. Vishnu. Bhadrakali. Panchami (Varahi). nyasa and dhyana. Other devatas mentioned in this section include Manjughosha. puja. She is described as black. Indra. Many more details including those of puja. A section on Yogini starts. Ganesha. Vrischika. Shiva. Mrityunjaya. Kalesha Bhairavi. Sampatprada Bhairavi. and with large rising breasts. Mahakali. Mahalakshmi. Vasudeva. Heramba. The Tarini Kalpa. She is sitting on a corpse. wearing red clothes. giving her mantra. Navakuta Bala. Shri Vidya. Balagopala. which draws upon many different tantras and yamalas for the details. which kicks off by describing the mantra. Krishna. tantra. the moon and fire.The mantras of Parijata. her eyes being the form of the sun. long bellied. Shyama. Tripura Bala. Haridra Ganesha. wearing a tiger skin. Shmashanakali and Bagalamukhi. Rajamukhi. Shodashi. . followed by the Katyayani Kalpa. causing enmity. driving away complete with mantras and dhyanas. Nitya Bhairavi. long hair. Guhyakali. adorned with snakes as her earrings. meditation images (dhyana) and yantras are given in this large section. Garuda. Dhanada. Chaitanya Bhairavi. Chiti. Pariccheda Three The pattern of division two continues in the third chapter. Bhuvaneshvari Bhairavi. Batuka Bhairava. Ucchishta Ganesha. Chandograshulapani. Shmashanabhairavi. is next. Kameshvari Bhairavi. has four arms. Bhayavidhvamsini Bhairavi. Matangi. dhyana and other details of Karnapishachi. extracted from the Tarini Tantra. subjugation. Kshetrapala. Hayagriva. She is long limbed. terrifying. Other extracts come from the Bhairava Tantra. and Amritanjivini. Lakshmi. a 13-lettered Krishna mantra. Surya. She is the enemy destroying Devi. The next section of this chapter is called the Sarasvata Prada Kalpa. with tongue. This is followed by the Vishalakshi Mantra. attributed here to the "Adiyamala". Shatkuta Bhairavi. Following this are the mantras of Bhairavi. Lakshmi-Narayana. Attached to this last Devi is a selection of prayogas for attraction. with a red mouth and rolling tongue. Nrisimha. Varaha. Mahaganesha. the Ajapa (unrecited). Ucchishta Chandalini. Rudrabhairavi. Hanuman. Jvalamalini. Harihara. Annapurna Bhairavi. Trayambaka. succeeded by a section on Durga Devi.
or stations of the Moon. a Bhairavi kavacha. Vamakeshvara Tantra and others. describing the tithis. some of which are unknown apart from quotations. asana and the like. This is followed by the Mahishamardini stotra and kavacha. a Mahatripurasundari kavacha. Padmini. the Ganesha stotra and the Haridra Ganesha kavacha attributed to the Vishvasara Tantra. the next section is not called a Pariccheda. and her kavacha. followed by Annapura. Natini.These include Kameshvari. the Prachandachandika stotra. including Ganesha and others are given in great detail. the Ramashtakam Stotra. a Shri Vidya kavacha said to be from the Siddha Yamala. the Rama stotra. The chapter describes defects of mantras. the Gopala stotra. it compiles the details from a variety of agamas and tantras. a Batuka Bhairava stotra. that is to achieve certain aims. and how they can be fixed or "pacified". the Sarasvati stotra. and include the pujas and dhyanas needed in their worship. the Shiva stotra. A section describes what is to be done and not done with the yantras. a Tara kavacha and then the . Ratisundari. Home can be performed for "optional" purposes. a Shiva kavacha ascribed to the Bhairava Tantra. Homas and mantras for specific devatas. the Nrisimha kavacha. Bhuvaneshvari's stotra and kavacha are given. a Shyama stotra and kavacha. a Kinkini stotra. a Tara stotra from the Nila Tantra. Pariccheda Four This section largely deals with details of puja. that are suitable for these purposes. a Bhairavi stotra. Then comes the 100 names of Durga hymn. homa. but instead contains a number of stotras or hymns and kavachas or armours to different devatas. the Lakshmi stotra and kavacha. A number of other sources are quoted including Kaulavali. The measurements of the hearths and other details are described. and Triputa. a Shri Vidya stotra. the Rama kavacha. the Krishna kavacha. the Prachandandika kavacha. Madhumati. The next section describes the Six Acts. Then follows Surya kabacha. Like the other sections. the Krishna stotra. Stavas and Kavachas In this edition. and goes on to describe the characteristics of kundas or hearths in which to perform homa. the Vishnu stava. Yogini Tantra. and others.
the five makaras (five Ms). how to purify a kavacha. A section describes vira sadhana. then the 10. used in puja of the different devatas. Much of the following relates to different pujas for many of the devatas already mentioned. dhyana and puja. is described. the Dakshina stotra. and a host of other devatas. quoting from many different tantras. and a section on the Svara Shaktis. the Mahakali stotra. as well as containing the Ganga kavacha.Trailokyamohana Tara kavacha said to be from the Tara Kalpa. Tripura Bhairavi. Lakshmi. Different purifications are then described in great detail. . drawn from the Padma Purana. the Nayika kavacha and stotra. then the 18. and other ritual information such as where to place the pot. the acts to be performed in the morning and the necessary purifications to be performed. then the five. corresponding to the vowels of the Sanskrit alphabet. Pariccheda Five The fifth section starts off by talking about the upacharas. a Dhumavati stotra. the Shashthi stotra. and the Shashthi mantra. Navadurga. Vetala siddhi. A section describes the substances to be used to draw yantras. drawn from a section of the Kulachudamani Tantra. a Guru stotra. the Stri Guru (female guru) kavacha. That's followed by a Bagalamukhi stotra and a Matangi kavacha. and Kumari puja. the Yoshid Guru meditation. Appendix An appendix to the Prachya Prakashan edition of Brihat Tantrasara describes the Ganga mantra. These yantras include those for Bhuvaneshvari. the Guru kavacha. the Vishahari Manasa stotra. Then follows a section on the purification of a Shakti. the Kartikkeya kavacha. The last section of the PP edition of this tantra contains illustrations of a number of yantras referred to in the text. followed by a description of animal sacrifice. Ganesha. a Hanuman stotra. There follows a section related to yantras and how they can be worn. for Tvarita. then the 16. the Svaha kavacha. or ritual accessories. a Matanga stotra. The 64 upacharas are first described. There follows a section on the greatness of the rudraksha rosary. the Balaram stotra. Tripura. followed by the characteristics of mudras (hand gestures).
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