The Kaulajnananirnaya, which embodies the most esoteric teachings of the Tradition of the Yogini Kaula School, is ascribed to the great Sadguru Matsyendranatha
One of India's most famous philosophers and tantric scholars, Abhinavagupta (10th century) honoured Matsyendranatha with the title of 'Father of Yoga' for his teachings to achieve the goal of Yoga - the Non-duality State. For Yoga practitioners, the Kaulajnananimaya provides access to the sources of important concepts and offers a broader understanding of primeval spiritual paths. This work is of special value to scholars of the Indian Tantric Traditions.
Pandit Satkari Mukhopadhyaya, the eminent Sanskrit linguist and expert on ancient scripts, has prepared the present edition based on a meticulous study of the original manuscript, written in ancient Newari Script. This exceptional work is now presented in Devanagari and Romanized versions. The most important feature is a thorough and faithful English translation completed by Pandit Mukhopadhyaya in close collaboration with Stella Dupuis, a long time practitioner of Yoga, meditation and Siddhi techniques.
Dupuis provides a commentary on the esoteric teachings and raises questions about the literal interpretation of the tantric scripts. In the spirit of the Kaulajnananirnaya, she goes beyond preconceived ideas to open windows for a more subtle understanding of the tantric alchemy.
Pandit Satkari Mukhopadhyaya
Pandit Satkari Mukhopadhyaya has dedicated his life to the study of epigraphy, the history of ancient and medieval India, comparative religion, Buddhism, and the culture and literature of Southeast Asia including the tribal cultures of India. As an expert on Paleography, he reads more than sixty ancient and modern medieval scripts from India and South Asia. He is fluent in Sanskrit, English, Bengali, Hindi, Oriya and Urdu and reads and understands: Arabic, Persian, Classical Greek, Latin, Avestan, Pali, Prakrit and several modern South Asian and European languages.
Among his many published works special mention should be made of the following: A Critical Inventory of the Ramayana Studies in the World - Vol I, (Sahitya Akademi); and a bilingual edition of the Jatakamala of Aryasura, Anumana Khanda of the Tattvacintamani with Didhiti and Gadadhari.
Mukhopadhyaya has served many institutions in different capacities, including: the U.S. Library of Congress as Librarian for Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit... the Sahitya Akademi as Deputy Secretary; and the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts as Coordinator of the Kalakosa Division.
Stella Dupuis is a Swiss novelist born in Panama who is an inveterate traveller and observer of different cultures and lifestyles. During her years as a business manager, she also taught Yoga and meditation throughout the world. Since moving to India she has been studying the Yogini Cult in the Tantra Tradition. She is a courageous woman who has found ways to break with many social conventions. In her novels she depicts a yearning for spiritual destiny that transcends blind commitment, stereotypes or religious fanaticism.
'Teli Ka Mandir', 'The Yogini Temples of India' and 'In the Belly of The Fish' are among her recent published works.
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