Discourses on Tantra
|Discourses on Tantra (Volumes 1 and 2)|
"Discourses on Tantra" (Volumes 1 and 2): the front covers
|Author||Shrii Shrii Anandamurti|
|Publisher||Ananda Marga Printers|
|Publication date||1994 (IND)|
|Pages||Vol. 1=270 pp., Vol. 2=266 pp.|
|Location in Sarkarverse|
Discourses on Tantra (Volumes 1 and 2) is a book in two volumes that collects the speeches on Tantra given by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar aka Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (1921–1990).[note 1] The volume has been translated into several languages. The two volumes contain Sarkar's lectures on tantric philosophy (6 chapters), science (7 chapters), history (12 chapters) and practice (the whole of volume 2's 41 chapters).
In this volume of 270 pages, starting from the speech "The Devotee and the Lord" (given in Saharsa, Indian state of Bihar March 24, 1959, in occasion of the Dharma Maha Chakra (DMC))[note 2] the author discusses the tantric philosophy (on the first part), investigates the science of mantra and kundalini (on the second part), and rediscovers pieces of Tantra's forgotten history (on the third part). The book contains a total of 28 chapters and is divided into 3 parts:
- Part 1. Tantric Philosophy: containing 6 chapters
- Part 2. Tantric Science: Raising the Kundalini, containing 7 chapters
- Part 3. Tantric History: containing 12 chapters
This volume of 266 pages starts with the speech "Sádhana" given in Ranchi (capital of the Indian state of Jharkhand) during the Dharma Maha Chakra given in May 1958 in occasion of Vaeshákhii Púrńimá[note 3] and ends with the discourse "Vidyá Tantra and Avidyá Tantra" given in Kolkata India on July 1, 1990. The entire volume contains the 4th part:
- Part 4. The Nature and Practice of Tantra: containing 41 chapters
Sohail Inayatullah, who has devoted much of his accademical research to the study of Sarkar's several works, dealing with the Causal layered analysis (CLA) mentions this book. Chris Kang[note 4] on his essay "Sarkar and the Buddha's Four Noble Truths", refers the approach of Sakta Tantra[note 5] and of Vaisnava Tantra[note 6] respectively explained by Sarkar on p. 217 and on pp. 73–74 on the 2nd volume of this book.
- Between 1955 and 1990 the author wrote in English, Bengali and Hindi. He wrote in the name "Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar" when treating sociology, economics]], philology and various other subjects, and in the name ""Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti"" when focusing on spiritual topics. Many of his books he gave as dictations; others were compiled from his discourses, some of them in small pocket-books.
- A spiritual ceremony where the disciples meditate in the presence of the Master and He holds an important spiritual discourse and performs a special Mudra named Varabaja Mudra.
- The full moon day of the month of Vaeshákha or Vaisakha. In the Indian national calendar Vaisakha is the second month of the year, beginning on April 21 and ending on May 20. Purnima is a sanskrit word that means "full moon". Vesākha (Pali; Sanskrit:Vaiśākha, Devanagari: वैशाख) or Vesak is a holy day also observed by Buddhists. The exact date of Vesākha varies according to the various lunar calendars used in different traditions. In Ananda Marga, the socio-spiritual organization founded by the author, this date celebrates the day of P. R. Sarkar aka Shrii Shrii Anandamurti birtday.
- School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, The University of Queensland, Australia.
- That "emphasises the "attainment of [spiritual] power and its judicious application". It stresses the development of human vigour and fearlessness, requiring a sense of selfless surrender of personal weaknesses to the Supreme.
- That: "..aspires to lead humanity towards Parama Purusa [supreme consciousness] through the cult of sweet, divine bliss." From this comment, it appears that Vaisnava Tantra is synonymous with bhakti yoga. Anandamurti identifies bhakti as the greatest treasure of the human heart, with all spiritual practices culminating in the non-dual state of kevala bhakti or "complete non-attributional devotion". He then equates non-attributional devotion with the ultimate self-knowledge that leads one to salvation.."
- Anandamurti, Shrii Shrii (Ac. Vijayananda Avt. Editor (1994-1) Discourses on Tantra, vol. 1 Kolkata: Ananda Marga-Ananda Printers ISBN 81-7252-112-X
- Anandamurti, Shrii Shrii (Ac. Vijayananda Avt. Editor (1994-2) Discourses on Tantra, vol. 2 Kolkata: Ananda Marga-Ananda Printers ISBN 81-7252-112-X
- Inayatullah, Sohail (1999) Situating Sarkar: Tantra, Macrohistory and Alternative Futures Maleny: Gurkula Press ISBN 0958586616
- Inayatullah, Sohail (2002) Understanding Sarkar: Tantra, Macrohistory and Transformative Knowledge Leiden: Brill ISBN 9789004121935
- Inayatullah, Sohail (2005/7) Questioning the Future: Methods and Tools for Organizational and Societal Transformation Tamsui: Tamkang University ISBN 986738511X
- Anandamurti, Shrii Shrii "Discourses on Tantra, vol. 2 - Spanish edition" Ananda Marga retrieved 1 January 2013
- Kang, Chris (2002) Sarkar and the Buddha's Four Noble Truths p. 29-Retrieved 2013-1-1.