A rambling talk on the śaiva mantra tradition

A rambling talk we had given on the śaiva tradition. Talking is easier but less precise than writing. So please be aware of the insufficiency that goes with the domain of any talk while perusing this material.

Part 1; Introduction to mantra-s and pāśupata-s as a MP3 file: https://app.box.com/s/3wx313rfm8wijnpiv42f1q8r8z9zg2vu

Part 1, 1st addendum; early legends and iconography of Rudra: https://app.box.com/s/iqt7g7vye7c9z9tvb314swljh3um9eem

Part 1, 2nd addendum; Deployment of Rudra mantra-s in vaidika rituals; give a brief account of rājagavī-homa the animal sacrifice to rudra in the somayāga, the somārudrā ritual, the abhicāra ritual invoking rudra against enemy’s cattle, apotropaic rituals for protection again rudra’s attack (rudraḥ paśūn/prajāḥ śamāyeta), atharvavedīya mṛgāreṣṭi, and paippalāda tuṃburu-yāga: https://app.box.com/s/zg2v7zr3b36ckps4xo1i6fzavmzow8qb

Part 2; The emergence of a new mantra-śāstra: the beginnings of the tāntrika lore. Touches upon 3 key features that contributed to the emergence of the tāntrika mantra-śātra – 1) the sectarian traditions; 2) the origins of iconic and maṇḍala worship; 3) The emergence of a new mantra languages, i.e. mantra-s without semantic value, prose mantra-s with onomatopoeic elements, and mantra-s emphasizing repetitive action:

Part 3; The śaiva tāntrika tradition; the 3 categories of śaiva tāntrika sādhakas: 1) the siddha-s and vidyādhara-s; 2) the sādhaka-s and ācārya-s; 3) the nīrbījadīkṣita-s and lay followers; the classification of knowledge in the śaiva tradition; the division of the śaiva śāstra into the five srotāṃsi: garuḍa, bhūta, vāma, bhairava and siddhānta; the gāruḍa tradition: Garuḍa, Śarabha and Nīlakaṇṭha; the bhūta tradition: Khaḍgarāvaṇa and his parivāra, Caṇḍāsidhara, Hayagrīva, Ardhanārīśvara and his dhyāna, Krodheśvara and Jvareśvara; the vāma tradition: Tumburu and the catur-bhaginī; the dhyāna of Tumburu in the Candradurdaṇda-maṇḍala; the transmission of vāma tantra-s and their history; special dhyāna-s of the four sisters; vāma mantra-s and yoga:

A very basic introduction to aspects of śaiva iconography with an emphasis on the icons depicted in saiddhāntika sthāpana tradition.


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