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                            Devirahasya Tantra
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Devirahasya Tantra
As water merges in water, as fire merges in fire, as (the void within) a broken
pot dissolves in aether, & as air merges with air, so too the brahmana &
brahmani dissolve in the supreme essence by drinking wine. Mountain Born
One, there is no doubt about it! - Matrikabheda Tantra, III, 34-35

There are many compilations or tantrik digests, discussing a variety of topics a
sadhaka or sadhvini needs to know. Below is a summary of the contents of
Devirahasya, which will give an idea of the scope of this type of work. There is
little philosophy here; practically the entire contents of the work deals with
mantra, yantra, puja & sadhana of the different gods & goddesses discussed.

Rahasya means secret & the work does cover most of the topics a practitioner
would need to know. These include purashcarana, which is the preparatory
work before puja proper can start. This is very arduous, involving the recitation
of mantra & a ritual which spans many hours. The Devirahasya, however,
introduces some short-cuts for the Kaula initiate.

The panchangas (five limbs) in this work give essential puja info: for a sadhaka
or sadhvini & give intriguing insights into various aspects of devata worshipped
by the Hindu tantrikas. (An eg, translated on this site, is the Bala Panchanga.)

Chapter 1:: This deals with the characteristics of guru & pupil, with the
planetary positions & times of initiation, & with the attendant dis-qualifications
on both pupils & gurus. It also deals with the sequence of initiation, the
purification of the disciple, & the initiation of shaktis.

Chapter 2: The diff: mantras of Devis are given. The Devis mentioned are
Bala (an aspect of Tripura-Sundari as a young girl), Panchadashi & Sodasi
(Tripura-Sundari), Tripura, Vidyarajni (Queen of Vidya), Bhadrakali,
Matangi, Bhuvaneshvari, Ugratara, Chinnamasta, Sumukhi (Pretty Face),
Sarasvati, Annapurna (Full of Food), Mahalaksmi, Sarika (Small Bodied),
Sarada (Autumnal), Indraksi (Indra's eyes), Bagalamukhi, Mahaturi (The
Transcendent Fourth), Maharajni (Great Queen), Jvalamukhi (Fire-
Mouth), Bhida, Kalaratri (Night of Time), Bhavani, Vajrayogini,
Dhumravarahi (Smoky Varahi Devi), Siddhalakshmi, Kulavagisvari,

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Chapter 11: Continues the topic of the previous chapter, & describes the homa
which should be done.

Chapter 12: Describes in code form the unfolding of the different yantras of the
Devatas described in chapters 2,3 & 4.

Chapter 13: This chapter describes how an amulet (kavacha) may be made of
the yantra of one's own Ista-devata, bound into a ball, & carried upon the
person. This amulet is said to give miraculous results. The yantra should be
drawn upon birch-bark using 8-different kinds of scent. These are described as
svayambhu, kundagola, Rocana, Aguru, camphor, musk, honey, & that arising
from Malaya (i.e. sandal). The first two are well-known in the tantras as arising
from various Kula women at the menstruation time. The others have similar
significance in the left handed & Kaula tantras. Various methods of purification
are given in the text, & it is declared that the 1,000 names of the particular
Devata should be written around the yantra.

Chapter 14: Gives details of the Rishis or seers of the various mantras.

Chapter 15: The sadhana of the cremation ground. Begins to be described. This
chapter contains only 13 verses but there is an extensive commentary provided.

Chapter 16: Continues the topic. The different Bhairavas of the elements have
to be worshipped. Mahakala-bhairava is the Seer of the mantra, Ushnik is the
metre, Sri Smasana is the Devata, Hrim is the bija, Hum is the sakti & Krim is
the kilaka. The application of the mantra is in the attainment of the four aims of

Chapter 17: Purification of the rosary formed from human skulls is discussed

Chapter 18: In this chapter rosary & yantra purification is dealt with. The
nature of the 05-products of cow & Yantresvari mantra are also discussed.

Chapter 19: origin of wine is the subject of this chapter. Nine vessels which
form the receptacles in which wine is kept are discussed. The presiding Devatas
of these are Sadasiva, Isvara, Rudra, Visnu, Paramesti, Indra, Guru, (Jupiter),
Sukra (Venus) & the Sun & the Moon taken together.

Chapter 20: Gives further details concerning wine.

Chapter 21: The Santi Stotra commences this brief chapter. This hymn removes
the curse attached to wine.

Chapter 22: This continues the topic of wine, & discusses how the same may
be purified. It gives details concerning Ananda-bhairava & his Sakti Suradevi.
The gayatri of the former is given as: Anandesvaraya vidmahe Sri Suradevyai
Dhimahi tanna Ardhanarisvara pracodayat. (Let us think of the Lord of Bliss,
let us contemplate the Auspicious Suradevi. May that half-Siva & half-Sakti
form direct us?) The dhyana of Tiraskarani Devi is given towards the end of the

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chapter together with her prayogas (rituals) etc. She confers invisibility on a

Chapter 23: This chapter deals with the purification of 09-Saktis, who are Nati
(actress), Kapaliki(bearing skulls), Vesya (whore), Rajaki (washer-woman),
Napitangana (barber' s wife), Brahmini, Sudra-kanya (Sudra's daughter),
Gopala-kanyaka (Cowherd' s daughter) & Malakara-kanya (Daughter of a
Garland-Maker). Devata of this rite to follow is called Parambika-. The best
time for the rite is at midnight. The puja sequence is given, & it is stated that the
girl should be placed on the left of sadhaka in a Sri Cakra. She has to have
dishevelled hair, be free from shame, & adorned with jewels. The various
mantras of each of these 09-Kumaris are given. Details are given of the left
handed chakra of eight or eleven couples & the mantras to be used.

Chapter 24: This gives various materials of which a rosary may be made, as
also the way knots & so on are to be tied. Rosary made of human skulls is
described, as well as rosaries made from various trees, tulasi rosaries, crystal,
rudraksha, jewels, gold, & rosaries made from lotus seeds & human teeth. The
last, & the first, are to receive specific kinds of purification.

Chapter 25: The purification of yantras & the various materials from which
they are made are discussed in detail. Yantras are spoken of as 08-fold as being
made from gold, silver, copper, crystal, birch, bone, hide & Visnu-stone. The
mantras for purifying these 08-materials are given, & rites performed at night
are discussed at the end of the chapter.

Chapters 26-30: These chapters comprise the Ganapati Pancangam (5 limbs).
These limbs are (i) Mantra, Yantra, Dhyana & the six karmas or magical acts
(ii) The worship of Mahaganapati (iii) The Kavaca or Armour of Mahaganapati
(iv) The 1000 Names of Mahaganapati & (v) the Mahaganapati Stotra or Hymn.

Chapters 31-35: The Surya Pancangam or the Five Limbs of the Sun.

Chapters 36-40: The 5 limbs of Laksmi-Narayana.

Chapters 41-45: The 5 limbs of Mrtyunjaya.

Chapters 46-50: The 5 limbs of Durga Devi

Chapter 51: Deals with the rahasya or secret of Durga Devi.

Chapter 52: This brief chapter describes the mantra sadhana of the
Durgarahasya, deals with enlivening of the mantra, & with its putting together.

Chapter 53: Discusses Nila-kantha, or the blue-throated manifestation of Shiva,
when he drunk the poison produced by the churning of the Milk Ocean. It gives
his mantra, dhyana, & the seer.

Chapter 54: Discusses initiation, & its time, & deals with Guru initiation..

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