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By Purnananda Swami


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Editor's Introduction


BOOKSTORES ARE FILLED today with paperbacks that describe the chakras, the energy centers through which Tantric yogis guide the Kundalini to attain realization.

The book you are about to read is one of the earliest in that genre. It was written more than five hundred years ago in Sanskrit by a Bengali yogi named Purnananda. We know this book was highly esteemed through the centuries because it was the subject of numerous commentaries.

In the early 1900s, a manuscript of this text was obtained by Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe). He translated it into English and included it as part of his famous book The Serpent Power which was first published in 1919.

Avalon's translation is reproduced here exactly as it appeared in The Serpent Power. However, we have omitted or changed some of his footnotes and added a few of our own.

We have retained Avalon's spelling cakra even though chakra is more usual today.

The copyright on this translation has expired.



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This page was published on Realization.org on May 26, 2000 and last revised on May 29, 2000.

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