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By Teun Goudriaan and Sanjukta Gupta

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The most popular literary form is the ordinary sloka; the style of the "Original Tantras" is usually plain, sometimes banal; their authors show a tendency to repetitiveness and often allow themselves to be distracted by associations. The formal aspect of composing is usually neglected. ; MNT); the same holds good for meditation stanzas (dhyanaslokas) which describe the outward appearance of a deity, for stotras and for statements of rewards. As we saw, the Nibandhas are usually more correct than the Original Tantras; in the latter we find remarkable differences in 132 Cf.

A schematical representation of some lists of Yamalas may follow: Jayaratha (on TA 1,18) BY (fol. , p. ) BrahmaVisnuSvacchandaRuru- RudraSkandaBrahmaVisnuYamaVayuKuberaIndra- BrahmaVisnuRudraJayadrathaSkandaUmaLaksmlGanesa- BrahmaVisnuRudraSiddhaDevlUmaCandraSakti- AtharvanaRudraVetala- The late Samayacaratantra (fol. 8b) adds a list consisting of the Visnu-, Brahma-, &iva-, i§akti-, Ganapati-, Skanda-, Siirya- and Candra-yamalas. All the lists give the impression of having been largely made up theoretically.

T 12,1 and 13,1, and by BY 82,1: "And now I shall proclaim . . (object)/ by the mere knowledge of which . . ; MNT3,67f. , 2,42; sukrpayd, o . , vardrohe for the odd padas; vardnane for the even padas). There are multitudes of stereotyped expressions such as: "the Tantra most difficult to obtain" (SamayacaraT 6d); "are not worth a sixteenth part" (same text, 157b; MNT 12,210); "no doubt should be had about it" (NT 19,129d; KKG 1,16b); very often in statements of rewards: "a creator and destroyer, Siva himself" (KJN 14,66); "warding off all diseases"; etc.

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