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Yoga Spandakarika

The Sacred Texts at the Origins of Tantra
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Inner Traditions
 | 
May, 2005
ISBN:
9781594770517
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$19.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The Spandakarika, the “Song of the Sacred Tremor,” is said to have been transmitted directly to the sage Vasugupta from the hands of Shiva on
MountKailas. In his commentary on these fifty-two stanzas, the sage Ksemaraja described them as the heart of the Mahamudra, the Great Cosmic Gesture. In Yoga Spandakarika Daniel Odier present a full translation of the song accompanied by his own commentary and the commentary of more than thirty Tantric masters.

The oldest masters of Spandakarika viewed everything in the universe, including matter, as consciousness and created a yoga practice in accordance with this realization. The sacred dance of Yoga Spandakarika, Tandava, is extremely subtle and difficult, requiring thousands of hours of practice to master, yet it surpasses any other physical practice, allowing the practitioner to touch the divine inner pulse. Once its third stage has been mastered, the yogi or yogini is able to manifest the dance of Shiva in space, a tradition visible in the statuary of Tantric temples in
India
and
Tibet
. Energy is no longer contracted by the perception of duality, and the mind and body become unbounded, forming a sphere that contains all that was formerly outside. In Yoga Spandakarika Daniel Odier passes on these vanishing teachings as he received them from his Tibetan master, Kalu Rinpoche, and Kashmiri yogi Lalita Devi. Also included is a complete translation of the Vijnanabhairava Tantra, the oldest source text on yoga.

Daniel Odier studied with Kalu Rinpoche from 1968 to 1989.  He is also author of Desire: The Tantric Path to Awakening and Tantric Quest.

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

The Spandakarika, or "Song of the Sacred Tremor," is one of the most important Tantric texts in the tradition of Kashmiri Shaivism. In fact, it is said to have been transmitted directly to the sage Vasugupta from the hands of Shiva on Mount Kailas. In his commentary on these fifty-two stanzas, the sage Ksemaraja described them as the heart of the Mahamudra, the Great Cosmic Gesture. In Yoga Spandakarika Daniel Odier presents a full translation of the song accompanied by his own commentary and the commentary of more than thirty Tantric masters.

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