Author: Arthur Avalon
Editor(s): Arthur Avalon
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120805410
The Indian Tantras constitute the scripture of the Kali age. The intricacies and difficulties of the subject-matter require a knowledgeable commentary for the initiate for a clear understanding. Mahanirvana Tantra, belonging to the Kaula school, is a compendium on Kaulacara, detailing all the rituals and practices the sadhaka has to observe to attain liberation.
Divided into 14 chapters, the text deals with the questions relating to Liberation of Beings 1, Worship of Brahman 2; Supreme Brahman 3; Importance of Kaulacara in Kali Age 4; Revelations of Mantras and Elements of Worship 5; Homa and Other Rites 6; Stotra and Kavaca of Devi 7; The Dharma and Customs of the Castes and Asramas 8; The Purificatory Rites 9; Funeral Rites 10; Account of Expiatory Acts 11; An Account of Eternal and Immutable Dharma 12; Installation of Images 13; Consecration of Sivalinga and Description of the Four Classes of Avadhutas 14.
In short, this work incorporates all that is necessary for the Tantric Ritual. This is the basic text for Arthur Avalon’s The Great Liberation. It also contains an illuminating Sanskrit commentary on the text.