Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. The Kularnava Tantra is an important and authoritative text of the Shakta Agamic tantra tradition and a major statement of Hindu spiritual thought. It focuses. Kularnava Tantra by Arthur Avalon, Tantra is a major development in the evolution of Indian spiritual thought inasmuch as it represents a determined attempt at.

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You are plainly Brahma. The phrase Kularnava means ocean of Kula. It focuses on the Urdvhamnaya, or Upper Tradition, the four others belonging to the four other faces of Shiva and representing the five elements of the tradition. This tantra does exist in English translation Prachya Prakashan, but this chapter is my own translation, done some years before. Each chapter is called an ullasa or bliss, this referring to the nectar of the Kaulas.

The essence of this third chapter is lularnava eulogy about the magnificence of the Urdvhamnaya and its mantra, which is based upon the 21, breaths a human being takes each day and night. This upper form of Shiva is known as Ardhanarishvara, a form uniting both Shiva and Shakti in one form, representing the union of the outgoing and ingoing respirations Ha and Sa.

A description dhyanameditation of Ardhanarishvara, given in kularnxva same tantra, is of some interest.

Under the canopy is a throne studded with nine jewels. On the throne, on a triangular seat within the petals of the lotus, tamtra Shiva, adorned with the Moon and the Sun with Devi Ambika forming half of his body Chapter Three Shri Devi kularrnava Lord of Kula, I want to hear about the most supreme of all dharmas, the Urdhvamnaya, its mantra and its magnificence.

Listen, Devi, I will declare that which you ask, by hearing which doctrine devatas become truly happy. I have never kularnaava declared this, O Kuleshvari. Listen, dearest, I will tell you about the Urdvhamnaya out of my love for you. Vedas, shastras, puranas are revealed but Shaiva and Shakta agamas are all renowned as being secret. The supreme secret of all secrets are the Kula Shastras, Parvati. Ambike, the Urdhvhamnaya is the supreme secret of all secrets, the very essence of the whole of the absolute Brahman.

Well hidden before, it is now revealed by me to you. The five amnayas are born from my five faces are the east, the west, the south and the north and the upper, the five amnayas renowned for bringing liberation moksha.

Many are the amnayas but there is none equal to the Urdvhamnaya. This is the truth, Vararohe, there should be no discussion about it. Many distinctions have come from the secret four amnayas. In this tantra, O Lady of the Kulas, I will first speak of them. O Kamini, many are those who study the four amnayas, but those knowing the Urvhamnaya knowledge are few. Just as the myriad of particles of dust on the earth, so many are the mantras giving enjoyment and liberation from any one or other of the [four] amnayas.

So too is there a myriad kularnavva lesser mantras from the amnayas, spoken by me to you for the grace of the world. Sweetly smiling one, the devatas of all of these mantras originate from us both, giving the siddhis which are desired. I know every single one of these mantras and no one else.

By my grace, only a handful of men out of millions are aware of them. If one knows just one amnaya, it bring liberation. How much more so for a person who knows all four. Clearly, he becomes Shiva. Kukarnava Urdhvamnaya is supreme, above the knowledge contained in the four amnayas. Whosoever desires it becomes a Siddha because of it. From the Urdvhamnaya comes all dharma. The Urdhvhamnaya is praised by all and there is nothing greater than it, it is said.

Kuleshani, a person is freed from the ocean of Samsara by the Urdvhamnaya. It is said that the heavens all worship the Urdvhamnaya. By practising it, Deveshi, one may become liberated in this very birth. The fruit of the Urdvhamnaya is greater than all other amnayas, the very quintessence. As in all worlds one should worship me, dearest, so in all amnayas one should worship the Urdvhamnaya.


Like Vishnu amongst gods, like the sun amongst heavenly lights, like Kashi amongst sacred bathing spots, like the philosopher’s stone to gold and so forth, as Meru is to mountains, as the sandalwood is to trees, as Ashvamedha is to sacrifices, like a diamond is to pebbles, as sweetness is to other flavours, as gold amongst metals, as the cow is to tanrta, as the swan is to birds, as sadhu-ship is to the kularnavaa ashramas, as a brahmin is to the [other] varnas, as a king is to men, as the head is to the limbs, as musk is to the scents, as Kanchi is to cities, so of all paths the Urdvhamnaya is the best, Dearest.

In various births, the Urdvhamnaya is the fruit giver of supreme merit and not anything else, O Lady praised by Viras! Whosoever knows this Urdvhamnaya is wealthy, has Kula knowledge and is the best amongst men. Not by vedas, agamas, shastras, puranas, expositions, sacrifices, penances, bathing in 10, sacred water, not by vows or by kularnaga things Deveshi, not by herbs or mantras previously declared can the Urdvhamnaya be known, but only from the mouth of Shrimad Guru.

Deveshi, one should immerse oneself in that all knowing ocean of compassion, having all characteristics, the knower of the essence of the Urdvhamnaya, the source of the Urdvhamnaya. Whosoever knows the Urdvhamnaya knows everything. All that is desired is achieved and the person khlarnava accomplished. This is true, true, O Varanana!

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Whosoever knows all this from the mouth of Shri Guru becomes liberated by the path of Kulashastra, there is no doubt of it. Whosoever knows this amnaya, O Devi, has everything. He is worshipped, he is a true guru, he is a teacher, he is an astrologer, he is a mantrin, he is served by all, he is praised by all, he is a seer, he is Sattva Guna itself, he carries things through, he is a true doer of tapas, he is an achiever, he is a magician, he is a knower of veda, agama, shastra, all knowledge and so forth, he is the path, he is wise, he is a saint, he is a Kaulika, he is a true sacrificer, he is self-contained, he is a true reciter of mantra, he is a doer of magic, he is a yogi, he is a real accomplisher of acts, he is a hero, he is the quintessence, he is a good person, he is a knower of all, he is liberated, he is Shiva, dearest.

His family is pure, his mother is Lakshmi, his father is an accomplisher and may himself become liberated. His family line is praiseworthy in everything, his relatives and friends are complete.

What is the use of many words? The Urdvhamnaya is the Supreme! He who recites it gets the fruit of being greater than a king, remembered by all, famed, praised, visionary. Wherever he dwells, Shri Vijaya Victory dwells also. He is a true mendicant, without description, the essence of nectar. The best type of person attains this Urdvhamnaya by the grace of Guru. Whosoever knows it, knows everything, is beloved, and becomes like me.


The eastern amnaya is creation, the southern amnaya maintenance, kularhava western amnaya dissolution and from the northern amnaya comes grace. The eastern amnaya is mantra yoga, the southern amnaya is bhakti yoga, the western amanaya karma yoga and the northern amnaya jnana yoga.

There are 24 parts to the eastern amnaya, kularrnava southern has 25, it is said, the western amnaya has 32 parts and the auspicious northern amnaya has 36 divisions. These divisions do not exist in the Urdvhamnaya, O lady of Kulas! Plainly, it is the very self of Shiva and no acts are known within it.

I cannot speak of the magnificence of the Urdvhamnaya, from my love for you, you gave birth to this truth, Varanane!

So the greatness of the Urdvhamnaya is declared to you by me. Now, Kuleshani, the magnificence of the mantra is revealed. Its characteristics have not previously been spoken by me.

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I speak of them now because of your love. The mantra called Shri Tajtra is the chief mantra situated in the Urdvhamnaya. Whosoever knows this mantra, which is the supreme creator, becomes like Shiva.

Ha-Sa is the tanhra breath takes in living creatures. This mantra exists in the form of exhalation and inhalation, dearest one. Just as clouds cannot exist without wind, and just as the sky is without limit, so the world cannot exist except by Shri Paraprasada mantra. The world of immovable and moving things comes from the Shri Paraprasada mantra. Just as the absolute is without parts, Devi, and as wind moves the stem of the palm, and as the shoot is in the seed, and as sesame oil is in the sesame plant, and as brightness is in the sun and as the moon is in moonlight, and as fire is latent in wood, and as perfume is in flower, and as substances are dissolved in water, and as kularnaav is in sound, and as Shiva is in Shakti, and as ghee is in milk, and as colour is in fruit, kulaarnava as sweetness is in sugar, and as coolness is in camphor, and as mantra favour exists in mantra punishment, and as divinity is in an image, and as movement is in the breeze, so also this universe exists in the Shri Paraprasada mantra.

As in the fig tree, the subtle form of the tree subsists, so does the macrocosm exist in the Shri Paraprasada mantra. Just as flavour exists in well-cooked food, Kuleshvari, and just as it is impossible to taste sweetness except by knowing saltiness, so those who are devoid of Mantra Shakti do not gain fruit or union with the Shri Paraprasada mantra. One should conceal the Shri Paraprasada mantra most carefully. People wander in delusion amidst discussions, puranas, philosophies, amnayas, distinctions, mantras and shastras of various kinds, the 1, devas of the various texts, deluded by your Maya.

They live and they die and have their share of the afflictions of Samsara, not knowing the Shri Paraprasada mantra, O Kuleshvari.

They do not gain liberation, deluded by your Maya. Whosoever knows and is devoted to the lovely form of Shri Guru gains the Shri Paraprasada mantra and having known this becomes completely liberated.

Whosoever in 1, previous births knew Shaiva and the other paths and worshipped the mantras of the four amnayas will come to sing of the Guru. Whosoever knows the Shri Paraprasada mantra comes to be liberated from evil limitations, a purified being, dear to the Guru, and not in any other way.

Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Indra and so forth; various heavenly beings, the Vasus, the Rudras, the Sun, the dikpalas, Manu, the Moon and so forth; Markandeya and the other munis, Vashishta and other lords of saints, Sanaka and other lords of yoga, liberated beings like Shuka and so forth; yakshas, kinnaras, gandharvas, siddhas, fairy folk and others praise the one who attains this meritorious Shri Paraprasada mantra, from which comes all results.

One like this has everything, is worshipped, gains knowledge, is effulgent, happy, free from disease and from recitation of the Shri Paraprasada mantra gains kingship, heaven and liberation.

Also the knower of this mantra exhausts all karma and attains to the realm of Brahma, Indra, Rudra and Vishnu. Whoever attains to this becomes happy in all, and a true person. This is the wish-fulfilling gem, the heavenly cow Kamadhenuin the palace in the centre of the Aeon Trees.

By reciting the Shri Paraprasada mantra, even Lord Kubera becomes a servant. Just as by using the philosopher’s stone, iron becomes gold, so by the recitation of the Shri Paraprasada mantra, a beast pashu becomes a lord of beasts Pashupati.

Whosoever knows the Shri Paraprasada mantra has everything.