Read more Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is an ancient text on meditation. It contains techniques of Meditation. The book starts with a question from Devi regarding the nature of reality. She asked Shiva about Universe, about fundamental nature of this world, how one can go beyond space and time to understand this truth.
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The text in manuscript looks something like this Two Versions of Vijnanabhairava in Transliteration Here are two versions of the Sanskrit text in Roman letters.
The first one is in the academic-standard transliteration, with the Roman lettering augmented by diacritical marks. Both may have errors, if you spot them let me know. Also, by bribing Panini with cases of Soma, I have gotten permission to dissolve the Sandhi, the word blending, so that the individual words - that is, the components of the long compounds, are visible. There is, by the way, a completely different effect when chanting. The long compound words, once you get to know them, are fun and quietly thrilling.
But they are also in a hurry. They were designed for chanters to be able to race through a text. Dissolving the compounds and pronouncing each word separately is as different as different styles of music, say, harpsichord music from a string quartet. The phonetic version has many errors as I experiment with various ways of making the text less odious to read for people who do not like diacriticals.
If you undo some of the Sandhi and separate the words, the word count increases, about words. My aim is to eventually have each word linked to the Monier-Williams online, and then in addition, have an audio file of a female voice and a male voice speaking each word and verse.
The full definitions of the Sanskrit words are rich, complex, and poetic. My spelling in the glossary index is inconsistent, so you will have to look at both the diacritical version and the phonetic version to find the entry.