Siva Tantra Rediscovered: Transforming the Etic Routes and Emic Roots of Indian Spirituality

Justin M. Hewitson*


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Śiva Tantra’s legacy of secrecy and inter-traditional assimilation has left its common spiritual origin almost indiscernible. Its roots continue to spread across “sectarian boundaries” and “spiritual” spaces (Gray in Tantric Traditions in Transmission and Translation. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, p. 1, 2016). This essay first introduces a comparative survey of Tantra’s contested historical origins and transformations. This broad appraisal of Tantra’s etic routes and emic roots reveals a picture of Śiva’s hybrid presence in India’s spiritual life. The second section examines the Aryan migration/invasion theory, Vedic religious developments, and the linguistic transformations which inform Sarkar’s account of Śiva as Tantra’s first Sadguru to teach the universal science of spiritual sādhanā “meditation” in 5500 BCE. The concluding section discusses Sarkar’s position, in light of Tantra’s roots, that the tradition is “neither a religion nor an ism” but a “fundamental spiritual science” (Ánandamúrti in Discourses on Tantra: Volume 2. Ananda Marga, Calcutta, p. 22, 1994).

主出版物標題Roots, Routes and a New Awakening
主出版物子標題beyond One and Many and Alternative Planetary Futures
發行者Springer Singapore
出版狀態Published - 1 1月 2021


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