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TANTRA OF THE GREAT LIBERATION (Mahanirvana Tantra) by Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe)

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TANTRA OF THE GREAT LIBERATION (Mahanirvana Tantra) by Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe)

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AVALON, Arthur (Sir John WOODROFFE)

Tantra of the Great Liberation (Mahanirvana Tantra). A Translation from the Sanskrit with Introduction and Commentary

New York: Dover Publications, 1972. Paperback reprint. Octavo. cxlvi + 360pp plus publisher's catalog at end of volume. 

A very good to near fine copy. 

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For generations the secret documents of the Shaktic cults of India, the hidden books of the Tantric worshippers, have been withheld not only from Westerners, but even from orthodox Hindus. Yet their reputation was enormous, either as pits of the utmost evil, or as remarkable stores of psychological wisdom. Woodroffe studied and penetrated their secrets and translated many of the tantras into English for the first time. This, liker many of the tantras consists of a series of conversations between the great god Shiva and his Shakti, or consort-energy. Shivq gives instructions for meditation exercises and mental projections that must be made; yogic exercises of an individual sort; mantras for concentration and mind-training; ceremonies of Shaktic worship, and much more. The lengthy introduction by Woodroffe is a very good overview of tantric thought.