Vijnanabhairava or Divine Consciousness: A Treasury of 112 Types of Yoga

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 2002 - Tantras. Rudrayamalatantra. Vijnanabhairava - 173 pages
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Vijnanabhairava is a very ancient book on Yoga. It studiously eschews mechanical worship, external rites and ceremonies and goes directly to the heart of the problem of the union of human consciousness with the Divine. There is no theoretical discussion in the book. It describes 112 types of yoga each of which is a precious gem delineating the mystic approach to the Divine. for this purpose, it makes full use of all the aspects of human life--prana, manas, imagination and intuition. The book has for the first time been translated into English. The translation of each verse is followed by copious expository notes which contain not only all that is of any value in the Sanskrit commentaries but also many practical suggestions made by Svami Laksmana Joo on the basis of his personal experience of these Yogas. In order to understand the philosophical background of these Yogas, the reader is advised to go through the introductory portion of the author`s Pratyabhijnahrdayam or the Siva-sutras. Dr. Jaideva singh has an admirable command over both Sanskrit and English and has presented an exposition of this book with remarkable success.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
17
Section 4
32
Section 5
33
Section 6
41
Section 7
45
Section 8
46
Section 14
79
Section 15
96
Section 16
98
Section 17
99
Section 18
100
Section 19
101
Section 20
117
Section 21
120

Section 9
56
Section 10
59
Section 11
61
Section 12
70
Section 13
77
Section 22
127
Section 23
131
Section 24
149
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Page xvi - There is one varna in the form of nada (sound vibration) in which lie all the varnas (letters) latently in an undivided form. As it is ceaseless, it is called anahata ie unstruck, natural, spontaneous, uncaused. As all the varnas (letters) originate from this nada, therefore, is it called varna proleptically. Vide verse 38 of the text. (Tantraloka V. 132) "The srffi blja and samhara blja are its main forms".

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