I am pleased to announce the publication of my book Early Tantric Medicine by Oxford University Press. It is now available in a US hardcover edition, as an eBook, and in a South Asian edition distributed by MLBD.
I thank all those who supported this project and encouraged me over the years.
In the medieval period, the Jains developed their own fascinating traditions of Mantra Śāstra, including useful sources that are closely related to the Gāruḍa and Bhūta Tantras.
I am pleased to be able to offer digital etexts of the Jvālāmālinīkalpa (input by Aaron Ullrey) and its descendent, the Bhairavapadmāvatīkalpa (input by Michael Slouber). The former is based on a very faulty edition with Hindi translation (the only one available to my knowledge). It deserves to be edited, but that would be a project that both Ullrey and myself do not have the time to take on at the moment. The edition of the Bhairavapadmāvatīkalpa is much cleaner, therefore the digital text of that is more standardized.
The Jvālāmālinīkalpa even mentions Khaḍgarāvaṇa—a mantra-form of Śiva invoked in the Bhūta Tantras to overcome demonic possessors. For more on Khaḍgarāvaṇa, see this post.
Jhaveri, the editor of much Jaina tantric literature, informs us that Vidyānuśāsana is the source of both texts, so digitizing that text should be our next endeavor!
My doctoral dissertation was recently reviewed by Dr. Dagmar Wujastyk. The review is available at the following website: http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/2081.
A handy mnemonic device for the gaṇas of Sanskrit meter. (taught to me by SDV)