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How to use this site
We cannot trust printed texts but we have no choice but to begin with them. The traditions are not what they once were, few people have texts in their homes any longer and the few of us interested in them do not have the money or time to search the libraries for manuscripts. As a result, many texts are edited by those without qualification (anadhikara) and sometimes many interpolations find their way into the printed book – Tantrik quoted in The Secret of the Three Cities, by Douglas Renfrew Brooks,
These pages on the Hindu tantrik tradition started off in 1996 as the Hindu Tantrik Home Page, and the site has grown somewhat organically since. The first pages dealt only with certain topics but since then we’ve added much more material including some out of copyright texts, some tantrik material in the Itrans format, and some of our own work.
If you’re new to the topic of tantra in Hinduism, it’s worth reading the introduction on the home page first, below as well as the introduction to different traditions. If you want a book to read, a very good introductory book is Georg Feuerstein’s Tantra, still in print. We review that here.
The glossary needs a lot of attention, that’s on a list of things we need to revise. The ritual section at the top of the front page will also act as a general guide to some of the concepts contained in the more complex material that’s included here.
The bibliography has been recently updated, but for serious students of these traditions in the original languages, there is now much material available on the web – see for example the very large collection supervised by Mark Dyczkowski at the Muktabodha project, and other collections cited on our links page.
There are two major streams in the tantrik tradition subsumed on the front page under the headings of Kalikula and Shrikula. Kalikula relates to the devi called Kalika, while Shrikula to the devi called Tripurasundari or Lalita. Another stream has crossovers with certain Buddhist traditions – the devi Tara or Nilasarasvati.
The translations and summaries on the site are from a wide range of different traditions and relate to different topics and tantras. For recent additions to the site, we’ve tried to standardise on transliterations of texts using the Itrans scheme. Older material was scanned in from typewritten text, and so you will find some variances here. We will attempt, over time, to convert as much of this older material to Itrans as we can.
The Natha and Yoga section contains abstracts, texts and essays related to the ancient Natha sampradaya. We have connections with this stream of teaching.
We will add book reviews as they arrive. The Sanskrit texts section contains Itrans texts that you can download, sometimes in .txt form, sometimes in PS (Ghostscript) format, and sometimes in PDF. For some of this material, you may need to use the Sanskrit 98 font, which can be downloaded from the Omkarananda Ashram site.
The sections below this contain information about a selection of devatas – devis and devas. Some of this material formed the original core of the Hindu Tantrik web site, as it then was. There’s also material from the works of Mahendranatha (Dadaji). Below this there’s material related to Jyotisha or astrology, including a bibliography. That’s there because there’s an intimate relationship between Hinduism, certain tantrik schools, and sidereal astrology.
The individual pages, apart from the reference pages, contain a smaller image of the Moon-Sun picture which will always take you back to the home page. We’re always interested in comments, suggestions, or corrections from readers.
Artwork is © Jan Bailey, 1975-2022. Translations are © Mike Magee 1975-2022.Questions or comments to email@example.com