Welcome to the Vijñāna-bhairava-tantra: Part Two
Continuing where we left off…
The Vijñāna-bhairava-tantra is a text of Śaiva Tantra, also known as Tantrik Śaivism, and it appeared in the 9th Century, probably the early- to mid-9th Century, so maybe about 850 CE. The Vijñāna-bhairava-tantra is a text of the Trika lineage, specifically of the Kaula Trika, which means the more transgressive, more radically non-dualistic side of the Trika lineage. Trika comes in Kaula and non-Kaula varieties. You will be familiar with these terms if you have read Tantra Illuminated.
In PART ONE of the exploration into this fascinating text, Hareesh explores the opening verses which set the scene to the practices as well as the first yuktis (practices), up to verse 35 – yukti 9.
PART TWO continues where we left off and begins with the sacred sound practices. While the practices throughout this text may appear simplistic and basic, the true richness comes with immersion into the Tantrik teachings and practices. It is highly recommended to complete the Foundations of Tantrik Yoga course prior to exploring this one and we encourage you to revisit these foundational practices on a regular basis.
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