Overview for Damara Tantra: Text in Nagari Script with an English Translation
The Damara Tantra is being presented for the first time with its Text in Devanagari and an English Translation. It was initially published long ago in the Bangala script and that edition has been the sole source for the preparation of the present edition. The Bangala edition contains full Text in Sanskrit but the matter in the Appendix-I is only in Bangala language and no Sanskrit original has either been given or referred to. Therefore in the present edition I have given only a Translation of the Bangala material. As far as the subject matter of the Tantra is concerned there is a lot of similarity between the earlier portions of this Tantra and the Bhuta-Damara Tantra also published only in Bangala script so far. However as the Tantra proceeds the matter starts differing to the extent sufficient enough to give it its individual identity. This Tantra is unique from many points of views. It contains elaborate material on the Satkarmas out of which the topic of Subjugation (Vasikarana) has received a specially comprehensive treatment. It also contains numerous other useful subjects, such as making wealth and stock of foodgrains inexhaustible, many prescriptions for the improvement of crops, for driving away many obstacles, such as, parasites, pests and insects from the house and making life prosperous. It specially mentions elaborately the uses of parasite plants growing on certain trees. Such plants have been mentioned as possessing special powers of bestowing prosperity on human beings and curing various diseases. They show their results without any mantra-sadhana and hence deserve special attention for research and validation of the assertions about their such powers. If they really possess the powers ascribed to them they can be of immense benefit for mankind even in the present day world.