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Tantra - Hedonism in Indian Culture
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This is a brilliant cultural-anthropological study exploring those hedonistic aspects of the pan-Indian heritage which, represented by centuries of the non-Vedic, Tantric tradition, affirm that the pleasurable, especially the sexually pleasurable, is natural as a means to achieve the highest mystical experience. Himself a Tantric initiate, Prem Saran offers a compelling, sympathetic analysis of Tantrism, its place in the Bengali and Assamese cultures, and its pervasiveness in pan-Indian thought and ritual generally.

Prem Saran's is also a cultural critique of modern Indian values and life-ways. In addition, it is an exercise in methodology, employing certain anthropological tools and concepts like "Cultural Debate", "Cultural Criticism", "Hindu Renaissance" and "Pizza-effect" - the last three having been developed by the late Professor Agehananda Bharati whom the author acknowledges as a "constant source of encouragement" during the last decade.

Though tantra is juxtaposed to Vedic traditions as a heterodox, life-affirming tradition, which is both ancient and basic to Hindu interpretations of being, its hedonistic contents have been purposely neglected or suppressed, partly because of the continuing hold of Victorian morality (imbibed from the British missionaries and colonial rulers), and partly because the erotic route to mystical achievement has always been a secret, minority path. Tantra: Hedonism in Indian Cultre will, therefore, fill an existing lacuna in the cultural-anthropology of South Asia. The book carries a Foreword by the distinguished anthropologist, Professor Mattison Mines of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

About the Author:

Prem Saran, a senior member of the Indian Administratie Service, is currently on study leave, working on "Gender, Personhood and Hedonism as Core Themes in Nepalese Tantrism" for his Ph.D in Anthropology at the University of California, USA. A versatile scholar, holding an M.A. (Anthropology) from the University of California, an M.A. (South Asia Regional Studies) from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, he carries on "the intellectual tradition" of the Indian civil services.

Now in his early forties, Saran was born in Kerala, is married to an Assamese, and is himself an initiated follower of the Tantric cult.

CONTENTS

Forewordvii
Prefacexi
List of Platesxv
1. The Pan-Indian Tantric Tradition1
2. Tantrism and the Khajuraho Temples7
3. The Tantric Tradition in Bengal19
4. Chaitanya, Tantrism and Hedonism in Bengal25
5. "Cultural Debate" and Tantrism in Modern Bengal33
6. Tantrism and the "Hindu Renaissance" in Bengal49
7. The Tantric Tradition of Assam : Cultural Implications65
8. The Kamakhya Myth and Modern Indian Values69
9. Tantrism and Modern Assamese Ideology75
10. Tantrism : A Quest for Personal Autonomy81
Bibliography85
Glossary93
Index97

Tantra - Hedonism in Indian Culture

Item Code:
IDD205
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
1998
Publisher:
D. K. Printworld (P) Ltd.
ISBN:
81-246-0097-X
Language:
English
Size:
8.8" X 5.8"
Pages:
116 (Color Illus: 4, B & W Illus: 4)
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From the Jacket:

This is a brilliant cultural-anthropological study exploring those hedonistic aspects of the pan-Indian heritage which, represented by centuries of the non-Vedic, Tantric tradition, affirm that the pleasurable, especially the sexually pleasurable, is natural as a means to achieve the highest mystical experience. Himself a Tantric initiate, Prem Saran offers a compelling, sympathetic analysis of Tantrism, its place in the Bengali and Assamese cultures, and its pervasiveness in pan-Indian thought and ritual generally.

Prem Saran's is also a cultural critique of modern Indian values and life-ways. In addition, it is an exercise in methodology, employing certain anthropological tools and concepts like "Cultural Debate", "Cultural Criticism", "Hindu Renaissance" and "Pizza-effect" - the last three having been developed by the late Professor Agehananda Bharati whom the author acknowledges as a "constant source of encouragement" during the last decade.

Though tantra is juxtaposed to Vedic traditions as a heterodox, life-affirming tradition, which is both ancient and basic to Hindu interpretations of being, its hedonistic contents have been purposely neglected or suppressed, partly because of the continuing hold of Victorian morality (imbibed from the British missionaries and colonial rulers), and partly because the erotic route to mystical achievement has always been a secret, minority path. Tantra: Hedonism in Indian Cultre will, therefore, fill an existing lacuna in the cultural-anthropology of South Asia. The book carries a Foreword by the distinguished anthropologist, Professor Mattison Mines of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

About the Author:

Prem Saran, a senior member of the Indian Administratie Service, is currently on study leave, working on "Gender, Personhood and Hedonism as Core Themes in Nepalese Tantrism" for his Ph.D in Anthropology at the University of California, USA. A versatile scholar, holding an M.A. (Anthropology) from the University of California, an M.A. (South Asia Regional Studies) from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, he carries on "the intellectual tradition" of the Indian civil services.

Now in his early forties, Saran was born in Kerala, is married to an Assamese, and is himself an initiated follower of the Tantric cult.

CONTENTS

Forewordvii
Prefacexi
List of Platesxv
1. The Pan-Indian Tantric Tradition1
2. Tantrism and the Khajuraho Temples7
3. The Tantric Tradition in Bengal19
4. Chaitanya, Tantrism and Hedonism in Bengal25
5. "Cultural Debate" and Tantrism in Modern Bengal33
6. Tantrism and the "Hindu Renaissance" in Bengal49
7. The Tantric Tradition of Assam : Cultural Implications65
8. The Kamakhya Myth and Modern Indian Values69
9. Tantrism and Modern Assamese Ideology75
10. Tantrism : A Quest for Personal Autonomy81
Bibliography85
Glossary93
Index97

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