Lakṣmī Tantra

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(c.7th/8th century ce)

An important Tantra of over 3 600 verses belonging to the Vaiṣṇava Pāñcarātra school. In a reconstitution of Sāṃkhya ontology, it identifies the goddess Mahā Lakṣmī (subdivided into three related goddesses) as the śakti of Puruṣa/Viṣṇu, and therefore both the instrumental and material cause of the universe. In addition to its philosophy and metaphysics, the Tantra has sections devoted to the composition and use of mantras, and the practice of ritual, enjoining the worship of Lakṣmī as the means to liberation.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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