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Abhinavagupta: The Kula Ritual as Elaborated in Chapter 29 by John R. Dupuche

By John R. Dupuche

During this work,he describes a few of the tantras and areas in their apex the main severe of them, the Kula ritual. It additionally presents a translation of Jayaratha's statement. 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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98b. l : 'Bliss is the form of brahman' . The various contexts of the one quota­ tion are significant to each other. At times the quotations are given in a straightforward manner. At other times the quotations are woven· into Jayaratha's paraphrase so as to produce very complex sentences which are always g ram­ matically correct, just as the Sanskrit is always accurate, but which lack smoothness of flow. This technique also shows his skill and comprehension. A good case in point is Jayaratha's investigations following on Sl.

Furthermore he clearly marks the sub-divisions within a sub­ topic. 3 so that these three constitute three varieties of the 'ritual of the sacred sites'. 3 notes the conclusion of the ritual of adora­ tion and the beginning of a distinct but relevant discussion on reci­ tation. 2 repeats the clear distinction. Again, Jayaratha, by the way in which he positions his interventions, divides the text into short units, into what might loosely be called karikas which are somewhat self-contained and so allow a coherent commen­ tary.

35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 68 1 . 36. 680. 38. 68 1 . ibid. 3 1 lines 1 2 1 3 . 18 The Kula Ritual (uttariimniiya), comprised three Kaula variants of the Kali cult: the Mata, the Krama and the Cult of Guhyakali,40 of which the most significant for TA 29 is the Krama. 42d. l . 5 1 . He is consistent in his sev­ eral listings of the arrangement45 except for the so-called Mata which varies its position, being placed usually before or some­ times after the Kula. But what does 'Mata' mean? Does it refer to that variant of the Northern Transmission called 'the Mata' or to the other variant of the Northern Transmission called 'the Krama' which features so frequently in the Tantraloka.

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