By Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
Offers a transparent view of the profound depths of tantric knowledge and leads the reader step by step to the inner most degrees of actual tantric doctrine.
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But the fact is, Kaulas worship sakti, not only in the muladhara, but also in other cakras as well. In fact, quoting 52 SAKTI: THE POWER IN TANTRA Svacchanda Tantra, a Saivite text,106 Bhaskararaya, a Srividya adept of Kaulamarga, describes the sahasrara as the residence of the goddess. 107 The issue of which Tantric texts belong to Kaula and which to Samaya is not pertinent. The five Tantric texts which Laksmidhara claims are Samaya-oriented are now extinct and other texts, such as Vamakesvara Tantra and the Yamala Tantras, which he quotes frequently in his commentary, are replete with Kaula-oriented ideas and practices.
Tara has certain characteristics of Kali and certain others of Sundari and is correlated to Bhairavi, Bagalamuldii and Matangi in the aspect of Sound-Force expressed or impeded. Thus the ten Maha Vidyas fall into three broad divisions of discipline. . 65 This tendency indicates Srividya's overpowering influence on other mahavidyas. In this sense it can be stated that of the ten mahavidyas, Kali, Tara, and Tripurasundari are the most prominent. 66 Furthermore, this is the only school in Tantrism that emphatically claims its association with the Vedas; the adherents of this mahavidya were and still are Hindus well versed both in the Sanskrit language and in a wide range of philosophical literature.
Most are householders and, with few exceptions, highly educated smarta brahmins. , grhya-, srauta-, and dharmasutras) and worship the pancayatana devatas, that is, the five divinities (Surya the Sun god, Siva, Visnu, Ganesa, and Durga or Devi). 82 Occasionally, one may encounter Srividya practitioners, at least in North India, the northeastern part of the Himalayas, Gujarat, and Maharashtra, who officially belong to the order of Ramanujacarya or to Avadhuta Pantha, which mythically begins with Dattatreya.