With the commentary of Sadyojyoti
Edited and Translated by PIERRE-SYLVAIN FILLIOZAT
xxxviii+144pp., indexs, ISBN: 91-208-1125-9, Rs 200 (HB)
Complementary and co-eval with other
fundamental texts has been the tradition of the Āgamas and some
portions of the Purāṇas.as which deal not so much with construction of
temples and the making of the images but with the worshipping of
deities and the methodologies of enlivening, giving prāṇa (breath) to
inert matter. In the Āgamas, there are the major streams of the
Śaiva, the Vaisnava and the Śākta traditions. Among these the Śaiva
literature is extensively known by its familiar division of Kashmir
Śaivism and Śaiva Siddhānta.
belongs to the Śaiva Siddhānta stream and is a portion of the
thirteenth Mūla Āgma dealing with Vidyāpāda. The chapters deal with
four principal concerns of the Śaiva Siddhānta, namely the nature of
the bound soul (Paśu); the bondage (Paśu); God's power of grace (
anugraha Śakti); and the path of liberation ( adhvan). From
these goals the text moves on to describe the methodologies of
attaining the final goal through the elaborate rite of dīkṣā.
Sadyojyoti, the ancient-most acarya of this tradition, has commented
upon this rite in detail. The text assumes importance for the
concurrent levels of philosophic discourse and process of worship.