From the Jacket
This is the first translation into English of Vamakesvarimatam, on of the most authoritative and oft-quoted manuals of Sri Vidya, and one, furthermore, with decidedly a Kaula slant.
This Tantra is said to consist of two parts- that published here consisting of five patalas-and a second part known as Yogini Hrdaya which has three Patalas. However it has been common practice for both parts to be treated separately and the Translator has followed this custom.
It has been claimed that this Tantra is the 65th independent Tantra referred to in the famous Saundaryalahari. Because of its emphasis on Antaryaga, or internal worship, the Vamakesvara is thought of very highly.
In common with many other Tantras, Vamakesvara is also hard to understand owing to its use of codings and language meant only for the initiates. The detailed understanding of these codings depend on Oral instruction, for initiates only, and Mr. Magee being one such, has very successfully decoded the hidden meaning and made them clear in his Translation.
Vamakesvara Tantra is noteworthy for its fine style and content. Therefore its English Translation has made it accessible to the English speaking community for the first time.
About the Translator
36 yrs. Old Mr. Michael Magee was for seven years a Co-editor of the international Publication "SOTHIS" which covered the esoteric sciences of both East and West in a comprehensive fashion. In 1976 he began his study of Sanskrit, attending classes at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London and also studied extensively on his own, doing Research at the Indian Office Library and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. In 1978 he was initiated by his Gurudeva H.H, Shri Gurudeva Mahaendranath, Shambhala Tapowan, Mehmadabad, Gujarat-387130, India, and given the name Lokanath. Besides being the Adiguru of the Adinath subsect of the Nath Sampradaya, H.H. Shri Mahendranath is also the last living Guru of the Uttara Kaula Sampradaya-His Gurudevas in these two Paramparas being Shri Lokanath Avadhuta and Shri Pagala Baba of Ranchi.
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