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Arthur Avalon is a pseudonym for author Sir John Woodroffe.

Works by Arthur Avalon

Shakti and Shakta (1965) 78 copies
The World As Power (1957) 26 copies
Principles of Tantra (1952) 20 copies
Kularnava Tantra (1965) 18 copies
Hymns to the Goddess (1913) 13 copies
Principles of Tantra, Part II (2003) — some editions — 12 copies
Tantraraja Tantra (2000) 8 copies
Isopanisad (1971) 2 copies
Kulacūdāmani Nigama (1956) 2 copies
S'AKTI AND S'AKTA (1965) 1 copy
Tantrik Texts (2004) 1 copy
Inni alla dea madre (1984) 1 copy
Serpent Power (1958) 1 copy
Karpuradi Stotra (2015) 1 copy

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Canonical name
Avalon, Arthur
Legal name
Woodroffe, John George
Other names
Avalon, Arthur
Birthdate
1865-12-15
Date of death
1936-01-18
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Place of death
England
Places of residence
India
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Occupations
lawyer
judge
scholar
Relationships
Woodroffe, Ellen Elizabeth (spouse)
Disambiguation notice
Arthur Avalon is a pseudonym for author Sir John Woodroffe.

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This is a fasciating book on tantra. It is highly technical (leaning towards the academic) and was written in 1919, so the language is very dated. If that doesn't faze you then I'd recommend giving this a read
 
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Self-Study-Yoga | 4 other reviews | Feb 22, 2023 |
Including Tantrik Texts-Volume II, Edited by Arthur Avalon The Serpent Power is a description and explanation in full detail of Kundalini Shakti and the yoga effected through it, a subject occupying a pre-eminent place in the Tantra Shastra. It consists of a translation of two Sanskrit works 'Shat-Chakra Nirupana' (description of and investigatin intothe six bodily centres) and 'Paduka Panchaka' (Five-fold foot-stool of the Guru). This edition contains also the Sanskrit Texts of the works here translated and nine half-tone plates taken from life showing some positions in Kundalini Yoga besides eight original coloured plates of the Chakras. Sir John Woodroffe (Arthur Avalon) Jurist and Sanskrit Scholar A man of studious and retiring habits, he devoted his leisure from judicial duties in the main to Sanskrit and Hindu philosophy and specialised in the shakti system to an extent not equalled probably by any other British Orientalist. Early in his career, he published under the name of 'Arthur Avalon', studies in the Tantrik texts and works on Tantra. His last book under this name was Serpent Power, consisting of two works on Laya Yoga translated form the sanskrit with Introduction and Commentary. A second edition came out in 1924. It was under his own name that Woodroffe published among many other works, Shakti & Shakta being essays and addresses on the Shakta Tantra Shastra and in 1922, Garland of Letters being studies in the Mantra Shastra. (The Times, London, 18th Jan. 1936) Sir John Woodroffe was an emnent lawyer, a respected Judge and a profoundly sympathetic and understanding student of Indian culture. Few names are more honoured in the world of sanskrit scholarship than that of Arthur Avalon, who with the devoted aid of his wife, made it his life-work to spread abroad the grand truths enshrined in the Tantrik literature, divested of e cloud of ignorance and the cobwebs of prejudice...among those pioneers who awakened India to a sense of her own past greatness and a virlle self-respect, Sir John takes an honoured place (The Hindu, Madras, 18th Jan. 1936) Mr. Avalon in his publications insists on the greatness of the tantra and seeks to clear away by a dispassionate statement of the real facts the cloud of misconceptions which have obscured our view of this profound and powerful system... the work of translation has been admirably done. It is at once faithful, simple and graceful in style and rhythm. (Sri Aurobindo In Arya) Contents Pubishers' note to the fifth edition Preface to third edition Note to second edition Preface Introduction: I Introductory II Bodiless consciousness III Embodied consciousness (Jivatma) IV Mantra V The centres or lotuses (Chakra, padma) VI Practice (Yoga: Laya-Krama) VII Theoretical bases of this yoga Text (Translation): Description of the six centres (Shat-chakra Nirupana) The fivefold footstool (Padukapanchaka) Text (Sanskrit) Appendices (Sanskrit)… (more)
 
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richardhobbs | Dec 19, 2010 |
I had thought this was a translation, but it's just "Readings" from the tantra with the Sanskrit original. I ordered the full translation by Ram Kumar Rai but it hasn't arrived yet (had to order from India).
 
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