He was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in , and in the following year was enrolled as an advocate of the Calcutta High Court. He served there for eighteen years, becoming Chief Justice in He died on 18 January in France. He translated some twenty original Sanskrit texts and, under his pseudonym Arthur Avalon, published and lectured prolifically on Indian philosophy and a wide range of Yoga and Tantra topics. Mahadevan wrote: "By editing the original Sanskrit texts, as also by publishing essays on the different aspects of Shaktism , he showed that the religion and worship had a profound philosophy behind it, and that there was nothing irrational or obscurantist about the technique of worship it recommends. It is a philosophically sophisticated commentary on, and translation of, the Satcakra-nirupana "Description of and Investigation into the Six Bodily Centres" of Purnananda dated c.

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No customer reviews yet. After chapter 1, which deals with the "word", chapters treat of the principles of the general doctrine of Sabda. Chapters are elucidations of some subjects in the Tantra-Sastra which adopt the Mimamsa doctrine of Sabda with some modifications to meet its doctrine of Sakti. Chapters 12, 28 and 29 deal with the Mantras "Om" and the Gayatri. An understanding of such terms as Sakti, Nada, Bindu, the causal Saktis of the Pranava, Bijamantras and so forth, is essential for those who would understand the Sastra in which they appear hitherto knowledge of these matters has been confined where it exists at all to the Gurus and Sadhakas.

This does not mean that my information has been gathered from oral sources only. On the contrary, the substance of it may be found in the Tantras.

These are however generally unknown. The definitions must be sought for in many Sastras. When found they must be explained by the aid of general Sastric knowledge and of Upasakas who possess the tradition. One is indebted to him for his study of Tantra Sastra and the scholarly works he produced in English. In line with the other classics the Author in the present Book has in great detail explained the significance of the Letters in the context of the Tantra knowledge.

Thus it becomes a must for the student of Tantra Vidya. Table of Contents:.


The Garland Of Letters



John Woodroffe


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