Art of Tantra, Tantricism and Tantric Tradition

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Tantra is a special manifestation of Indian feeling art and religion. It may really be understood, in the last resort by people, who are prepared to undertake inner meditative action. Indeed, tantra is one thread, which can guide us through the labyrinth, all the different manifestations of tantra can be strung on it. This thread in the idea that tantra is a cult of ecstasy, focused on a vision of cosmic sexuality, life-styles, ritual magic, myth, philosophy and a complex of signs and emotive symbols converge upon the vision. The basic texts in which these are conveyed are also called tantras. Tantra does also include images and ideas from the oldest strata of Indian religion, many from the Veda and Upanisad, often reinterpreting them in visual terms by diagrams and personification. Thus the tantra is the only divine revelation, which throws open the gates of arcane nature of these who have the coverage to pear into it, self-culture, according to the tantric method develops the will and endows the Sadhaka (worshiper) with some love powers (siddhis), within a comparatively short time. Indeed, there is no sastra superior to tantra, no guru superior to tantras, no path superior to tantra, no method superior to tantra.

The present work entitled, Tantra, Tantricism and Tantric Tradition, an attempt has been made by Dr. Srivastava to define to explain the traditions, modern concept of tantra and to focus and enlighten the tantracism, evolution, development and to describe tantric tradition in simple explanation and lucid manner.

Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Tantra-traditional and modern concept. 3. Mother-Goddess (Sakti) in Hindu and Buddhist Tantras. 4. Devi-the great Goddess. 5. Tantra in Mahayana Buddhism. 6. Tantrism-early medieval,economic and social factors. 7. Tantricism-early history and theoretical concept. 8. Tantric tradition (with special reference to ten Mahavidyas). Bibliography. Index.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Kamal Shankar Srivastava

Dr. Kamal Shankar Srivastava born in Varanasi (U.P.), India, an Eminent Scholar, Young Indologist, Museologist, Journalist, Art-Historian and Academician turned Administrator Joined Bihar Administrative Service in 1984, Obtained the Post-Graduate degrees (M.A.s) in seven different disciplines: (i) Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology (ii) History (iii) Museology (iv) English Literature (v) Mass Communication (vi) Public Administration and (vii) Sociology.  Awarded B.H.U. Gold Medal in 1981, in 1985, Awarded Ph.D degree in AIHC and Archaeology-Museology from BHU, Varanasi.  He also obtained the Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC), and Post-Graduate Diplomas in four different disciplines i.e. Business Administration, Tourism Administration, Human Rights Law and Environmental Management.  In 2002 awarded Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.) degree in history followed by Degree of LL.B.  Author of more than 37 books concerning different field of Indian History, Art, Religion and Culture, Iconography, Museology, Tourism, Journalism, Painting, Indology and Heritage etc.  Life Fellow of numismatics society of India, Museums Association of India, Bihar Puravid Parishad, Patna, Indian Social Science Academy and Executive Member of Baudh Sanskriti Kendra, Patna, Presented several papers and articles in the field of At, indology and Museology.  At present, he is in Jharkhand Administrative Service.


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Art of Tantra, Tantricism and Tantric Tradition
1st. ed.
xviii+204p., 51 Colour Plates; 29cm.