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By John R. Dupuche

During this work,he describes many of the tantras and locations in their apex the main severe of them, the Kula ritual. It additionally offers a translation of Jayaratha's observation. the Kula ritual leads the practitioner to extra exalted phases of mantras to arrive the top point of cognizance, the "mantravyapti", the pervasion of the chant. the individual that understands this pervasion is a Bhairava..

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1 -64. 38 The Kula Ritual there is no object apart from consciousness. Furthermore, con­ sciousness is 'void' and cannot be reflected. In fact nothing is re­ flected and there is no reflection, neither bimba nor pratibimba. 9 Nevertheless the term pratibimba is used to refer to any ex­ pression of a higher reality. Therefore, S iva and sakti are related as bimba and pratibimba, the original and its reflection. This imaging forth occurs at every stage of the emanation. Each category of reality (tattva) is the source of the one which follows, and each later category is a reflection of its source.

The essence of reality is personal: 'I am'. However, the personal 'I am' is not to be confused with the indi­ vidual, the atomic, limited self. The universally personal knows no such limitation. It says 'I am' and cannot say 'I am not'. The 'I' stands as the basis of the three forms, 'subject of knowl­ edge' or 'knower' (pramiitr); 'means of knowledge' or 'knowing' (pramii1Ja); and 'object of knowledge' or 'the known' (prameya) or the world of objectivity designated by pronouns such as 'he' 'she', 'it'.

6 line I I . Strictly speaking, the Sanskrit alphabet has only 49 phonemes, the last of these being HA . To round off this number, a further phoneme is 'invented': K$A . Thus either HA or K$A can be considered to be the last phoneme. The speculations differ according to the stance taken in this matter. See Padoux, Viic, p. l l 2 footnote 79 and ibid. 24 1 footnote 43. Parameters of the Tamraloka 41 alphabet. 1 9 Therefore AHAM, 1 contains within itself the whole emanation. Secondly, as A + IJ, the word AHAM can also be read dynamically in two directions, for the 'I' is an oscillation.

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