Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tantra - 04 - Contents of Tantras

The contents of Tantric literature  can be broadly divided into three categories:
a. Philosophical/ Spiritual/ Metaphysical - GYAna and yoga
b. Practical aspects - kriyA (rules for constructing temples, idols)
c. Popular aspects - charyA (rules about rituals, social duties)
i. mantra - incantations, spells
ii. mudrA - different postures of hands and fingers
iii. maNDala and yantra - diagrams
iv. nyAsa - association of deities with different body parts

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