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Early Tantric Vaisnavism: Three Newly…

Early Tantric Vaisnavism: Three Newly Discovered Works of The Pancaratra…

by Diwakar Acharya

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Language: Sanskrit
Pages: 315

About the Author

Diwakar Acharya studied Sanskrit with traditional teachers beginning with his father and at universities in Nepal, India, and Germany. He starred his teaching career in 1993 in Nepal and is currently teaching Indian philosophy and classical Sanskrit studies at Kyoto University, Japan. His research covers a wide range of topics in Sanskrit literature, Indian religious and philosophical traditions, and the early history of Nepal. He has published Vacaspatimisra's Tattvasamiksa: The Earliest Commentary on Mandanamisra's Brahmasiddhi (2006) and The Little Clay Cart (2009), as well as a number of articles in journals and anthologies.


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The three works presented in this volume are hitherto unpublished texts of great significance for the early history of tantric Vaisnavism, and we have grounds for supposing that they are older than any hitherto published Vaisnava Tantras. They preserve archaic elements not found in other Pancaratra works, such as Vaisnava brahma-mantras styled after the Pasupata ones, and the veneration of eight heroes of the Vrsni clan, as well as of the pentad of Varaha, Narasimha, Trivikrama, Vamana, and Vasudeva. Their ritual makes profuse use of Vedic mantras, one of them even requiring the installation of Vedic hymns (rather than tantric mantras!) chosen from each of the ten mandalas of the Rgveda in every image of Visnu. In a spirit rare in the Vaisnava traditions of the second millennium, these scriptures call on devotees to identify Brahms, Visnu and Siva. They thus present a picture of Tantric Vaisnavism in the first millennium AD as imbricated with Saivism and Brahmanism and tell us much about the early history of tantrism and of Hinduism in general.

The first and third of these texts are transmitted to us in a single palm-leaf manuscript date

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