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The Tantra of Sri-Chakra: Bhavanopanishat

 
S K Ramachandra Rao (Author)
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The Tantric texts which are influenced by the Atharvana Veda speak of ten Vidyas or cultic Goddesses whose worship is recommended for health and happiness in this world and for liberation from rebirth. The ten Vidyas are classified into three groups, Maha-Vidyas or extraordinary Vidyas, Vidyas or ordinary Vidyas and Siddha-Vidyas or adept Vidyas which are very arduous. The first among the ordinary Vidyas is Shodasi Vidya or Srividya.

The Sri-Chakra is the representation of the Sri-Vidya. It is the chief instrument through which the mother Goddess is propitiated. This book explains in great detail the symbolism behind the Sri-Chakra , the rituals involved in the worship of Sri-Chakra and the textual background going back to the Vedas. The source materials have also been given.

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About the author

S K Ramachandra Rao

Vidyalankars, Sastra-Chudamini, Sangita-Kalaratna, Professor Saligrama Krishna Ramachandra Rao, is a well-known scholar who combines traditional learning with modern research. Well versed in Sanskrit, Pali, Ardhmagadhi and several modern Indian languages and aquainted with Tibetan and some European languages, he has written extensively on Vedanta, Buddhism, Jainism, Indian Culture, Art and Literature. In his professional career, however, he was a Professor of Psychology. He has headed the Department of Clinical Psychology in the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience's Bangalore and the Department of Indian Culture in the Collision College Study Center of the University of the Pacific (U.S.A.) He was the senior associate of National Institute of Advanced Studies (Indian Institute of Science), Bangalore, and Guest Faculty, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and member of the Governing Council of TTD (SVCL Research Center), Tirupati. He has been member of Karnataka State Lalitha Kala Academy and Sangita Nritya Academy; he has served on the Agama Board (Govt. of Karnataka). He is President of Silpa-Kala Pratisthana. The Govt. of Karnataka has honored him with the 1986 Rajyotsava Award. He has received awards from Lalita-Kala Academy and Sangita Nritya Academy. Among his numerous English Publications are three Vols. Of Encyclopaedia of Indian Medicine, Tantrik Tradition of Tibet, Consciousness in Advaita, and a series of Six Books on Indian Temples Origins of Indian thought; Kalpatharu Research Academy has published his Agama Kosha in Twelve Vols. Art & Architecture of Indian Temples in Three Vols. He is presently engaged in a project on Rgveda-Darsana (Eight Volumes of which have appeared). He is also Musicologist, a Sculptor and Painter, and has held some one man shows.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Tantra of Sri-Chakra: Bhavanopanishat
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2008
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 8170308895
length viii+190p.

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