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By John R. Dupuche

During this work,he describes some 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 awareness, the "mantravyapti", the pervasion of the chant. the person that is aware this pervasion is a Bhairava..

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Keeps Her (Nature) In subJectIon" The reader mIght remember the words of the SvetUp 4,. 9 '''Out of It the WIelder of :maya creates thIS entlle world, but by thIS same maya the othelS are beIng captIvated wIthIn It'' [9] Sankara on BhGita 9, 8, whIle palapl1raslng the wOld avastabhya whIch denotes the actIvIty by whIch God IS saId to influence Nature, agaIn uses the term "a~ikrtya "havIIlg subJugated~' As an Instance from the Puranas there IS DeviBhPur 6,. 31,. 46f "the whole world ~ncludlng gods:- counter-gods and human beIngs 18 subjected to maya, the embodled soul, beIng subjected to maya,.

66). From later lIterature we CIte KulaCT 1,. soul The maya IS a veIl, a shroud lIke the shroud In the temple by whIch the Image of God IS usually concealed from the t. ye of the spectators Ramanula, on EhGita 7,. 14, mentIons as the specific function of the maya that It causes the real nature of the Lcrd to dIsappear (as)tah karyam Bhagavatsvar ilpatzrodhCnam) Nilakantha In hIS commentary on the same passage of the BnGita calls the maya a mIllor created by phantasy In the Pure Intelligence (czt) In V\JhlCh no dlffelence between God ard soul eXlsts The false representatIons created by thIs mIller Qverpo"ver or subjugate (vaslh1f)a) the IndivIdual ~oul \\hlch In realIty l~ no other thIng than a reflectIon of that Pure IntellIgence,.

31,. 46f "the whole world ~ncludlng gods:- counter-gods and human beIngs 18 subjected to maya, the embodled soul, beIng subjected to maya,. nloVes about In obedlellce to Its subJugatIng power" [10] ThIS power of subJugatlOl1. d's IDaya IS that of "deluslve power" The AV (3,. 1,. 5) InVIted Indra to delude the InImIcal army WIth tIle words Indya senlim mohajta. and Indralz seniinz mohayatu (st 6):J' THE MAYA OF THE GODS 21 whIle In AV 6,. e Puranas on the speculatIve plane Vlsnu deludes (mohayatz) mankInd and mankInd 18 belng deluded (mohzta-) by HIm so that they are bereft of theIr senses (mudha-) and lose the way to final release out of sIght Nllakantha on BhGita 7,.

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