Abhinavagupta: The Kula Ritual as Elaborated in Chapter 29 by John R. Dupuche

By John R. Dupuche

During this work,he describes some of the tantras and locations in their apex the main severe of them, the Kula ritual. It additionally presents a translation of Jayaratha's statement. the Kula ritual leads the practitioner to extra exalted phases of mantras to arrive the top point of cognizance, the "mantravyapti", the pervasion of the chant. the person that is aware this pervasion is a Bhairava..

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He notes significantly that the contex of the Kula ritual is siimbhavupiiya, the 'means of S ambhu', whose main goal is the realisation of AHAM. ibid. 9 1 . 2 1 b . Lilian Silbum, I. Vijiiiina Bhairava, Paris, E. 69. 2 1 c. Silbum, I. Vijiiiina Bhairava, p. l 64. 1 9. i) and destruction or reabsorption (salflhara) are particularly associated with sakti and S iva respectively since sakti in her infinite capacity is the fountainhead of all manifestation while S iva, the perfect stillness of the void, is the end point of all reabsorption.

1 69- 1 82. 55-58. For the legendary as pects, see Alain Danielou, Hindu polytheism, London, Routledge and K. 30 1 . 20. 67 1 . 1 6. 17. 1 8. 1 9. 14 The Kula Ritual ritual while the most auspicious time was the darkest moment of the lunar cycle. By placating these hordes with horrific substances, even with the vital fluids of one's own body, and perhaps even by copulating with them, the devotee gained the ascendancy and so secured their powers over the cosmos etc. The male deity wor­ shipped in this ritual is Rudra or Bbairava, ' .

10 Just as ev­ ery one of his works includes a blessing, 1 1 so tno TA 29 has a hymn of praise strategically placed at the conclusion of the sections which deal with intercourse. In imitation of his master, Jayaratha intro­ duces all thirty-seven chapters of the Tantriiloka-except Chapterl­ with· a verse of two lines. (c) Generalities on Style Although the Tantriiloka and TA 29 are finely structured, the work is conceived as an integrated whole such that it cannot be broken into detached sections.

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