The Nisvasatattvasamhita The Earliest Surviving Saiva Tantra Volume I
Author: Dominic Goodall
Transmitted to us in a well-preserved ninth-century Nepalese manuscript, the Ni?v?satattvasa?hit? has come in recent years to be recognised as probably the oldest surviving complete scripture of the Mantram?rga. Although its historical importance has been hinted at by a range of scholars across the twentieth century, this is the first time its text appears in print.
This volume presents a critical edition and annotated translation of the three earliest layers of the text: the M?las?tra, Uttaras?tra and Nayas?tra. The topics dealt with include cosmology, rituals of worship and initiation, and forms of yoga. A lengthy introduction sets these s?tras in context, in particular by examining the evidence for dating them. There follow a summary of their contents, an account of the early manuscript and its three twentieth-century apographs, and a treatment of the various ways in which the language of the Ni?v?sa deviates from P??inian norms.