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Tantra

Hedonism in Indian Culture

Varanasi, the abode of Lord Shiva has also embraced other sects including Vaisnavism. If Shiva is Nataraja or Natesha, Krishna is known as Natavara dancing with gopis. There are traditions which reveal that Kashi was onc....read below

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Varanasi, the abode of Lord Shiva has also embraced other sects including Vaisnavism. If Shiva is Nataraja or Natesha, Krishna is known as Natavara dancing with gopis. There are traditions which reveal that Kashi was once a Vaishnava stronghold. In the medieval period many Vaishnava saints from different quarters thronged to Varanasi to preach and popularise their faith. The book projects the Vaishnava contribution to Varanasi in literature, sculptural and other artistic renderings, visual and performing arts, temples, festivals and ceremonies.

  • Foreword By : Mattison Mines
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124600979
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 812460097X
  • Edition : 4th Impression
  • Year : 2006
  • Pages : xvi, 100 [+8] p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 4 Color Illustrations; 4 b/w Illustrations; Bibliography; Index; Glossary
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 350 gm

Foreword
Preface
List of Plates

1. The Pan-Indian Tantric Tradition

Meaning and Scope of "Tantrism"
Early History of Tantrism
Later History of Tantrism
Social Position of Tantrics

2. Tantrism and the Khajuraho Temples

"Persuasive", not "Descriptive"
Contradictory Arguments
Vedic Ontology Reflects Sexual Symbolism
Perhaps Polemical, But Justified

3. The Tantric Tradition in Bengal

Bengali Tantric Literature
The Charyapadas
Influence of Vaishnavism
Vaishnava-Sahajiyas, Bauls, Etc.
The Vaishnava-Sahajivya Cult

4. Chaitanya, Tantrism and Hedonism in Bengal

Three Discrete Characteristics
Analysis

5. "Cultural Debate" and Tantrism in Modern Bengal

The "Debate" Up to 1857
The "Debate" in the Pan-Indian Culture
The "Debate" in the Bengali Sub-Culture
The "Debate" in Modern Bengal, 1857 to 1947
Conclusion: Bengali Attitudes Towards Tantrism, 1857 to 1947

6. Tantrism and the "Hindu Renaissance" in Bengal

Rammohan's Contribution Significant
Ramakrishna Offers Simple Vision of Hinduism
Tagore's Views on Tantrism
Aurobindo's "Integral Yoga" and Tantrism

7. The Tantric Tradition of Assam: Cultural Implications

Assamese Society Less Inhibited

8. The Kamakhya Myth and Modern Indian Values

Blasphemy Alien to Traditional Indian

9. Tantrism and Modern Assamese Ideology

Women an Embodiment of Devi

10. Tantrism: A Quest for Personal Autonomy

Mysticism Can be Good Psychotherapy

Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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