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Niśvāsamukhatattvasamhitā, A Preface to the Earliest Surviving Śaiva Tantra (on non-Tantric Śaivism at the Dawn of the Mantramārga).

 
Nirajan Kafle (Editor) Dominic Goodall (Foroward) Collection Indologie
Synopsis

This volume presents the first edition, along with an English translation, of a Sanskrit work of perhaps the seventh century surviving in a single ninth-century Nepalese witness: the Niśvāsamukhatattvasaṃhitā. It would be difficult to exaggerate the usefulness of this primary source for the history of the Śaiva religions. Ostensibly an introduction to the Niśvāsamukhatattvasaṃhitā, it purports to sketch the religious context in which the Mantramārga emerged. In so doing, it provides invaluable help in mapping the contours of the relations between four different traditions of early Śaivism, namely: 1) that of the Pāñcārthika Pāśupatas, 2) that of the Lākulas (here lokātīta), 3) the the Mantramārga and 4) pre-Mantramārga "lay" practices. The work is bracketed by a detailed introduction and an appendix presenting material borrowed into the Śivadharmasaṅgraha.

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About the author

Dominic Goodall

Dominic Goodall was educated at Ampleforth College and at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he read Sanskrit. Presently he is attached to the Institut Francais de Pondichery in South India and is working with the manuscript collection there.

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Title Niśvāsamukhatattvasamhitā, A Preface to the Earliest Surviving Śaiva Tantra (on non-Tantric Śaivism at the Dawn of the Mantramārga).
Format Hardcover
Edition 1st ed.
Language: Sanskrit, English
isbn 9788184702378
length 555p.