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Auspicious Wisdom: The Text and Traditions of Srividya Sakta Tantrism in South India

Douglas Renfrew Brooks (Author)
Synopsis Rooting itself in Kashmir Shaivism, Srividya became a force in south India no later than the seventh century, and eventually supplanted the Trika as the dominant tantric tradition in Kashmir. This is the first comprehensive study of the texts and traditions of this influential school of goddess-centered, Sakta tantrism. Centering on the goddess's three manifestations--the beneficent deity Lalita Tripurasundari her mantra, and the visually striking sricakra--Srividya creates a systematic esoteric discipline that combines elements of the yogas of knowledge, of devotion, and of ritual. Utilizing canonical works, historical commentaries, and the interpretive insights of living practitioners, this book explores the theological and ritual theories that form the basis of Srividya practice and offers new methods for critical and comparative studies of esoteric Hinduism.
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About the author

Douglas Renfrew Brooks

Douglas Renfrew Brooks is assistant professor of religion and director of the program in Asian studies at the University of Rochester.

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Title Auspicious Wisdom: The Text and Traditions of Srividya Sakta Tantrism in South India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173041709
length xx+301p., Notes; Appendices; Bibliography; 23cm.