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Sanskrit Texts with English Translations!!! "Tantrik literature has been neglected by Sanskrit scholars as well as students by Comparative Religion ... Mr. Arthur Avalon has devoted himself to the study of these obscure writings with an enthusiasm worthy, some would think, of other Sanskrit writings as yet untranslated. One may join in his hope that much of the prejudice against them will disappear when the Tantras are read in their entirety."-The Times of India. "The Tantra Shàstra is the source of some of the most fundamental concepts as regards worship".-Madras Mail. "Mr. Arthur Avalon has rendered an unique service to humanity generally and the Indian people, in particular, in editing the Tantrik Texts series and in translating some thought-provoking works on Tantra".-The Kalpaka. "The author has indirectly shown that taking its philosophical aspect into consideration, it can attain a very high level and compare favourably with, or even excel, the doctrines of Sànkhya or Màyàvàda".-Quarterly Journal of the Mythic Society. "One cannot do enough homage to the magnificent series of publications which an English savant under the pseudonym of Arthur Avalon has brought into being-a Pleiades of Tantrik works, texts and translations. One of the most inaccessible schools of Indian speculation has thus, thanks to him, been fruitfully explored".-Revue Philosophique. (Paris.) "Though me, the Royal Academy of Italy expresses its most heartful thanks to you for your act of generosity which will no doubt both increase our interest for Indian culture and render more strong the cultural intercourse between Italy and India".-President of the Royal Academy of Italy. "Sir John Woodroffe-that rare thing-an Englishman who is really interested in the doctrines of India and has published numerous works on one aspect of such doctrine which is unknown to the European public"-Revue de Philosophie. (R. Guenon).
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Book Description Cosmo Publications. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 7701965
Book Description Cosmo Publications, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M8177557254
Book Description Cosmo Publications, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. First edition. When Sir John Woodroofe started putting pen to paper not far off one hundred years ago in a series of books about the tantrik tradition, he felt obliged to use a pseudonym. Woodroofe, an Englishman, was a high court judge in Bengal and despite his mastery of the Sanskrit language and his closeness to several practitioners of the tradition, would have faced many difficulties from his fellow countrymen in a time when anything linked in whatever way to sexuality never mind religion ? was steeped in difficulty. Woodroffe?s English and indeed some of his anglicized Bengali colleagues would no doubt disapproved of his studies and his contacts. That has led to him being described in modern times as an apologist for the tantrik tradition ? but that?s rather unfair, given the milieu in which he was living and working. The fact is that his series of Tantrik Texts, under the general editorship of Arthur Avalon, remains the first serious attempt to put the very important tradition into some sort of context separated from the wild and general condemnation it received from Indian and European scholars alike. It heartening to see the entire series being put into print once more ? many of the Tantrik Text volumes are nigh impossible to get these days. Woodroffe?s pioneering work led to serious scholarly interest being taken in the different traditions throughout India ? for the following 20 years, state sponsored organizations, such as the Kashmir Series, ensured that tantrik manuscripts that might otherwise have decayed, were produced, ensuring their survival. There are some very important texts in these series, of which Tantrarajatantra, Karpuradistotra, Sharadatilaka, Kulachudamani Nigama, Kaulavali Nirnaya and Kularnava Tantra and outstanding of their type. Printed Pages: 1. Seller Inventory # 4748