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Tantrik Practices in Sri Vidya Paperback – 2 Feb 2005
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This book consists with three parts. The first part comprises with a self-described text written in the 1930s, the Sarata-Catussatika. The Sarata-Catussatika is a short exposition of Tantric philosophy with regards tp the Sri-Vidya mandala. Hindi and English translations are provided.
The second part is a follow-up, a short essay which analysizes the Sri-Vidya yantra, part by part,\.
The third and last part is an essay on the mantra on the yantra of the Sri-vidya.
This book is indispensable to an understanding of the Sri-Vidya. Bindu, the very center of the mandala, is the concentration of the energies and forces that surround it and are depicted in the mandala itself. The bindu is encased in a triangle. Some mandalas feature an upright triangle, some, a down turned triangle. From bindu every line and figure has meaning:
• The upright triangle — in fact, any upright triangle in the mandala — signifies the masculine energy in the universe, or Siva;
• the down-turned triangle signifies the feminine energy, Sakti, in the universe.
The union of Siva and Sakti is the very essence of the mandala. The mandala is pregnant with meaning. Some of those elements:
• Circles in the mandala signify consciousness;
• Squares signify the elements;
• The lotus petals signify the principle of regeneration.
All of the chakras are represented in the mandala. The mandala represents the universe as a macrocosm, and the individual psyche in macrocosm. By fully gazing upon and understanding that one is the other, liberation is achieved. This book greatly helps the sadhaka who seeks this liberation.