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A Strange Manuscript

by Jürgen Hanneder

Recently our research on the Mokṣopāya was delayed by the discovery of a fragmentary manuscript of very recent appearance, which seems to contain a text called Bāmāsūtrasaṃgraha. Unfortunately the determination of the topic depends on a correct reading of the introductory Sūtra, which is, due to paleographic reasons, insecure, since bāma cannot be distinguished from vāma. But according to one rule in the Alaṁkāraśāstra, ba and va as also ra and la can be considered equivalent.

The text, partly modelled after the Yogasūtra, seems also to contain the worship of the deity Vāmā, a gruesome variant of Kālī in her function to destroy wisdom. Perhaps a reader with more knowledge in this strange subject will be able to make sense of this cryptic text, and perhaps other colleagues may find even more fragments.

yāviduśy evādhikāraṃ prāptāto 'buddhipūrvataḥ |
vidyālayavikurvāṇīṃ vande tāṃ kāyasthāgraṇīm ||

ahaṃ tv ajño 'pi vidhinā bakalauleyatāṃ gataḥ |
karomi devatāprītyai bāmasūtrasya saṃgraham ||

... iha devatānamaskārapuraḥsaram bāmasūtram anubadhnāti |

atha bāmānuśāsanam|1|

atha ityadhikārārthaḥ| bāmānuśāsanaṃ śāstramadhikṛtaṃ veditavyaṃ| bāmā kāyasthānāṃ kuladevatā yā sarveṣu vidyālayeṣu māraṇoccāṭanakriyāpaddhatyā varivasyate||

bāmā vidyānirodhaḥ|2|

sarvaśabdāgrahaṇād bāmottarakālīyācāryādyupādhijālamupalakṣyate|

prayojanavibhavādihīnānāṃ māraṇam|3|

yadi paṇḍitaiḥ svakāryaprayojanodghoṣaṇaṃ na nityakarmavadanuṣṭhīyate vibhavārjanaṃ vā na siddhyate tadā mantraśaktyā māraṇīyāḥ|

atha māraṇamantraḥ| oṃ kā ve bāmākālyai namaḥ cyotaya cyotaya vidyāpadāt hūṃ phaṭ|

 
     
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