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Hymns to the Goddess and Hymns to Kali: Karpuradi Stotra

John Woodroffe (Author)

The hymns to the Devi in this volume (introduced by a stotra to Her Spouse, the Kalabhairava) are taken from the Tantra, Purana, Mahabharata, and Sankaracarya, who was "the incarnation of devotion" (bhaktavatara) as well as a great philosopher; a fact which is sometimes ignored by those who do not wish to be reminded that he, whose speculative genius they extol, was also the protagonist of the so-called "idolatrous Hinduism." As his great example amongst many others of differing race and creed tell us, it is not, from the view of religion, the mark of discernment (even though it be the mode) to neglect or disparage the ritual practice which all orthodoxies have prescribed for their adherents Of the Hymns now published, those from the Mahabharata and Candi have already been translated; Adyakalisvarupastotra has also been previously published as part of a rendering of the Mahanirvana Tantra. It is necessary to study the Hindu commentators and to seek the oral aid of those who possess the traditional interpretation of the Sastra. Without this and an understanding of what Hindu worship is and means, absurd mistakes are likely to be made. The author has therefore availed himself of the Commentaries of Nilakantha on the Mahabharata, of Gopala Chakravarti and Nagogi

Bhatta on Candi, and of Nilakantha on the Devibhagavata

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About the author

John Woodroffe

Sir John Woodroffe needs no introduction to Tantra students like Shakespeare needs no introduction to Literature students. His many Books on the subject have managed to keep the subject alive for almost a century now. Sakti & Sakta, Serpent Power, Introduction to Tantra and many others continue to be the best sellers on the subject.

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Title Hymns to the Goddess and Hymns to Kali: Karpuradi Stotra
Format Softcover
Date published: 21.11.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178224488, 9788178224480
length 347p.,