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Edition, p. 73. , edition, p. , edition, p. 69. 10 JS. 1, 75; S"PS. 2, 41; ViTil. 1, 140; 145; cf. also VisvS. 2, 34ff. g. D. SMITH, in ALB 30, p. 37 on differences in the appreciation of the significance of certain rites, and a tendency to transform and isolate favoured'rituals; S. , p. XXVII, n. 1; p. 60, n. 1. Whereas the Pancaratra system recognizes seven types of ablution, the Laksml-Tantra mentions only three of them (LT. ). According to ParS. 1, 32f. "this work is in the course of time and because of its vastness transmitted in various forms .

78 speaks of "one current interpretation of the name" suggesting that "the whole system is concerned with the five forms of the Lord's selfgiving (rdtra, from ra-), and especially with his . . area form". For the fivefold manifestation see below. 37 The compiler does not corroborate his statement by following in the footsteps of many Indian commentators and adding two other explanations, viz. that given in the Padma-Tantra and "just as the nights are killed in the proximity (of daylight), the other religious treatises (are killed) in the proximity of the Pancaratra".

91. See p. 18 above. Bhakti 37 Narayana Bhatta, a Nambudiri brahman from Kerala and the poet of the well-known eulogy on Krsna (Narayaniya)161 and a philosophical work Manameyodaya on the means of valid knowledge according to Kumarila's PurvaMimamsa, produced towards the end of the 16th century also a compilation for religious purposes, called Bhaktisagara162 in which he quoted from purdnas and the Yogavasistha, which, traditionally regarded as an appendix to the Ramayana, consists of an exposition of Advaita Vedanta and Yoga in the form of a dialogue between Rama and Vasistha.

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