Thursday, May 10, 2007

To publish or not to publish

A lot of Tāntrika stava or stutis are kept secret. Frequently, they are marked with adjectives like guhya (secret), guhyaatiguhya (more secret than the secret), gopanīya etc. Often, the narrator Śiva asks the listener Pārvatī to keep the stava secret like one's own vulva.

Given that, it becomes a moral dilemma for us, whether we should publish those stutis or not. Publishing means we violate the poet's (or Śiva's) intent. If we don't publish, they will disappear quickly, as many have already.

According to Devīdatta Śukla, a prominent editor for the daśamahāvidyā stotrasaṅgraha series of a small publisher in Allahabad, it is worthwhile to publish these secret stotras even though they have insisted on remaining as a secret. He argues that longeivity of the stava is more important and in the absense of Saṁskṛta readers the stava will just disappear.

Your comments are appreciated on this matter. Would you like to see rare and secret verses on Stutimandal? Please give reasons. To help us, please give a brief background about you related to Tantra. People who have learnt Tantra are encouraged more so to reply to this message, since they will know the positive and negative points of such publications better.

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Blogger Mani said...

I am in favor of publishing guhya stutis. The point of these being 'secret' was that they were intended for only those people who would appreciate them.
In the current context, I believe that only those interested in these are really going to take the trouble to access/use them.
Further, preservation is another goal and publishing potentially accomplishes this.
Thanks for a wonderful resource.

5/19/2007 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger Stutimaṇḍala said...

Mani, we do agree with you. But we have seen enough mis-use of Devi_Stutis or Hindu iconography by liberal-scholars.

Sadly, the icons have been more criticized than respected. That is the only issue we have. Otherwise we are in favor of releasing the guhya-stutis.

5/20/2007 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is the charas

5/26/2007 04:43:00 PM  
Blogger Stutimaṇḍala said...

Hello Anonymous:

Can you please be more specific?

5/29/2007 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who have learnt Tantra are encouraged more so to reply to this message, since they will know the positive and negative points of such publications better.

So sir what about the beginners?

Would any one can guide the newers like me?

6/02/2007 12:16:00 AM  
Blogger Stutimaṇḍala said...

Well said, Yogi! Unfortunately no experts have commented on this topic yet.

We may start distributing the guhya stutis without telling if they are guhya; that's one option.

6/17/2007 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you explain me more sir?

6/18/2007 02:27:00 AM  
Blogger Stutimaṇḍala said...

Dear Anonymous:

Can you please explain your question to us? We are no experts in tantra, in case you are wondering.

Also, you can refer to us as a friend; we don't want any titles like "Sir" or "Master."

Wishing well,

6/20/2007 03:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would support the view of publishing these stutis since their whole survival is at stake and STUTIMANDAL is one such site which really can preserve it and i think we cant be able to even know about them in the future if we dont act today ! So Publishing is what i suggest !

Jai Mata Ki

Arjun Kanagal

7/05/2007 04:02:00 AM  
Blogger Stutimaṇḍala said...

Your point is well-taken Arjun! We have decided to reveal the tantrika stutis, but we may hide the phala-shruti or we may hide the shloka that tell that a stuti is guhya. This will prevent useless scrutiny by unrelated scholars.

7/05/2007 01:11:00 PM  

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