Abhinavagupta: The Kula Ritual as Elaborated in Chapter 29 by John R. Dupuche

By John R. Dupuche

During this work,he describes a number of the tantras and locations in their apex the main severe of them, the Kula ritual. It additionally offers a translation of Jayaratha's statement. the Kula ritual leads the practitioner to extra exalted levels of mantras to arrive the top point of realization, the "mantravyapti", the pervasion of the chant. the individual that is aware this pervasion is a Bhairava..

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I I . 'Jayaratha's titles are invariably followed by the word 'Prakiiiana'. It lends credence to the view that Jayaratha perhaps preferred 'Prakiiia' to ' Viveka' as a title for his investigation. ibid. p. l 70. 1 2 . ibid. p. I I S . 7 footnote 4. 1 3 . 5c, char-acterises the Svacchandatantra as the compendium of a religious treatise which has these four bases. The same classificatory system is expounded in TA 37. 1 8 ff. 1 4. Rastogi , p. l 38. Jayaratha 31 However, in Jr. 3 he clearly explains that it has just been com­ pleted.

689. 6 . Rastogi , p. I 43 . 7 . ibid. p . I 09 . 8 . ibid. pp. 1 03 1 04. I. 2. 3. 4. 30 The Kula Ritual inveighed. 9 If so, there is little evidence of contention in Jayaratha's commentary for he gives the impression of being focussed and unassailable . These other commentaries have not survived so that the Tantriiloka is in the unusual position of having only one comme ntary or investiga­ tion which is yet thorough and complete. In a sense the viveka is not just a commentary but is an extension of the Tantriiloka.

2 5 c d - 2 7 a b . 2 1 7 1ines 24-25 and ibid. 2 1 7 1i nes 27 28 which i s a quota tion from the NiS:iiciira. 269 lines 5 6. 56. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. The History of the Tatltric Tradition 19 dharma/;l) of the smiirta and srauta traditions. Thus the Trika locates itself at the furthest remove from neutral 'vedic 'orthodoxy. '46 At the apex of that hierarchy stands the Trika, surpassing both th e Kula and the Kau l a . l trika), where the word 'Trika' re­ etc. associated fers to SA UH . 41 and not to the rituals and mandala .

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