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By André Padoux, Roger-Orphe Jeanty

Notwithstanding many practitioners of yoga and meditation are acquainted with the Shri Chakra, a sacred diagram, few totally comprehend the intensity of that means during this illustration of the cosmos. The Yoginihrdaya, a Hindu tantric textual content relationship again to the 10th or 11th century Ce, discloses to initiates the key of the center of the Yogini, or the excellent fact: the divine aircraft the place the Goddess (Tripurasundari, or cognizance itself) manifests her strength and glory, via her yantra, mantra, and worship. André Padoux, with Roger Orphe-Jeanty, deals the 1st English translation of this seminal textual content. Padoux demonstrates that the Yoginihrdaya isn't really a philosophical treatise aimed toward expounding specific metaphysical tenets. quite it goals to teach a manner in the direction of liberation, or, extra accurately, to a tantric kind of liberation during this life-jivanmukti, which promises either liberation from the fetters of the realm and domination over it.

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"This long-awaited English-language variation of André Padoux's vintage examine and translation of the Yoginihrdaya is a window onto a remarkably subtle ritual and metaphysical process. provided in a transparent and interesting layout, it's an incredible creation and consultant to the area of Hindu Tantra." --David Gordon White, J. F. Rowny Professor of Comparative faith, college of California, Santa Barbara

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André Padoux is Senior examine Fellow (retired) on the French nationwide middle for medical Research.

Roger-Orphé Jeanty is an self reliant practitioner of Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Vidya.

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The nyāsa of Śrīkanṭha is an imposition of fifty Rudras, of which Śrīkanṭha is the first. The 8 Vāgdevīs, as we've seen, are the Mātṛkās, Kāmesvarī, and so forth, mistresses of the vargas of the Sanskrit alphabet. The imposition of “the cakras of fire, and so forth. ” is a posh process. First to be imposed are the cakras of the 3 luminaries (dhāman), hearth, Moon, and solar; then the 4 major pīṭhas of the Śrīvidyā, Oḍḍiyāna, Kāmarūpa, Jālandhara, and Pūrnagiri, with their regents, powers, and attendant goddesses. the main points of this technique are given in the Dī. Then a final imposition is to be made: Having made a common imposition of the 3 tattvas [separately] and jointly, followed by means of the 3 bījas of the vidyā, from the ft to the navel, the neck, and the pinnacle, //85// then having identified himself with the best, [the officiant of the ceremony] needs to offer to the Goddess a libation whose drinks are the nectars of moon and fire. //86// tattvatrayam samastam ca vidyābījatrayānvitam / pādādinābhiparyantam āgalam sirasas tathā //85// vyāpakam caiva vinyasya svātmīkṛtya param punaḥ / samtarpayet punar devīm saumyāgneyāmṛtadravaiḥ //86// the 3 tattvas (tritattva) are Śiva, sakti, and nara (God, the power, and man), the 3 elements of the cosmos, each one being imposed whereas uttering one of many 3 elements of the srīvidyā, the cosmic divine totality being therefore imposed at the adept ahead of he starts off the ritual of the pūjā. based on the Dī, the moon is the “half-kalā of HA with out moment” (anuttara), that's, Ḥ, that's within the triangle on the middle of the thousand-petaled lotus put on the base of the kunḍalinī, while the fire is the letter S within the triangle on the heart of the four-petaled lotus of the mūlādhāra. (The mantra to be imposed is for that reason SAUḤ, the bījamantrra of Paṛā, the splendid goddess of the Trika. ) From there, a flow of nectar 116 t he hea rt of the yo ginī concerns, as a result of the fusion of the amṛtakunḍalinī of moon and the agnikunḍalinī of fire, one flowing downward and the opposite upward, assuming the double (sexual) point of the union of yoni and liṅga. it really is hence, O Worshipped via the Gods! that the fourfold imposition is to be played. The sixfold nyāsa, O expensive One! that of Animā, and so forth. , and that of the mūladevī, and so on, //87// and likewise that of the purification of the palms [must be played thoroughly] through the adept in an effort to thoroughly effect his item. evam caturvidho nyāsaḥ kartavyo vīravandite / ṣoḍhanyāso ‘nimādyas ca mūladevyādikaḥ priye //87// karasuddhyādikas caiva sādhakena susiddhaye / This item, says the Dī, is liberation, no longer the ownership of supernatural powers, given that those are already possessed through the adept who's a sādhaka. they're to be played each one individually within the morning, on the time of the ritual worship, in the course of the ceremony of homa //88/ and the japa; or the simplest of adepts will do them all in the course of worship. prātaḥkāle tathā pūjāsamaye homakarmani //88// japakāle tathā teṣām viniyogaḥ pṛthak pṛthak / pūjākāle samastam vā kṛtvā sādhakapuṅgavaḥ //89// The observation explains that the sixfold nyāsa is to be performed within the morning, on the time of the worship, the nyāsa of the Siddhis, Animā, etc; the imposition of the Goddess, and so forth, happening with the homa and the karasuddhinyāsa, etc, having to be played whilst doing japa.

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