9780199982325

The Heart of the Yogini The Yoginihrdaya, a Sanskrit Tantric Treatise

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199982325

  • ISBN10:

    0199982325

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/4/2013
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

Though many practitioners of yoga and meditation are familiar with the Shri Chakra, a sacred diagram, few fully understand the depth of meaning in this representation of the cosmos. The Yoginihrdaya, a Hindu tantric text dating back to the tenth or eleventh century CE, discloses to initiates the secret of the Heart of the Yogini, or the supreme Reality: the divine plane where the Goddess (Tripurasundari, or Consciousness itself) manifests her power and glory, through her yantra, mantra, and worship. André Padoux, with Roger Orphe-Jeanty, offers the first English translation of this seminal text. Padoux demonstrates that the Yoginihrdaya is not a philosophical treatise aimed at expounding particular metaphysical tenets. Rather it aims to show a way towards liberation, or, more precisely, to a tantric form of liberation in this life-jivanmukti, which grants both liberation from the fetters of the world and domination over it.

Author Biography


Andre Padoux is now retired Senior Research Fellow at theFrench National Center for Scientific Research.

Roger-Orphe Jeanty is an independent practitioner of Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Vidya.

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