Friday, November 25, 2011

Tantra - 13 - Yamala

The term yAmala denotes the primeval non-dual state of Shiva and Shakti. Achievement of this Unity is the ultimate goal of the Tanntric sAdhaka.

As per Goudriann (Page 40), Yamalas can be distinguished from other works based on certain characteristics:
a. most Yamalas were typically Bhairava-tantras characterized by the development of Shakta tendencies within Shaivism
b. While Yamalas in principle describe the bi-polarity of Shiva and Shakti, the Shakta Tantra focus on a particular Shakti
c. The subjects described in the Yamalas as well as their tone is markedly different from those of the general Shaiva Agamas

However there are exceptions to each of these three rules.

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