Sources of the Intellectual History of Saivism

For the Publication of the Sources of the Intellectual History of Saivism

In order to better understand the intellectual history of Saivism, a subject that has always commanded the attention of the French institutions based at Pondicherry, Dominic Goodall is directing a project the objective of which is to publish original editions, along with their translations, of as yet unpublished tantras: the Kirana Tantra, of which the first of three volumes was published in 1998 (IFP/EFEO, 86.1), the Sarvajnanottara, the Nisvasatattvasamhita, and the Parakhyatantra, published in 2004 (IFP/EFEO, 102).

Edition of Ramakantha's commentary on the Kirana Tantra

Dominic Goodall will finish collating the manuscripts for the second volume of the tantra by the end of 2009. A volume of the tantra, complete with an annotated translation, will be published in 2010.

Edition of the Sarvajnanottaratantra with the commentary by Aghorasiva

Dominic Goodall intended to complete all the work himself in the last four-year period, but in view of the length of the commentary and after discussions with the Pondicherry team, he would now prefer to work alongside other participants in the "Seminars on Saiva Readings", notably S.A.S. Sarma, N. Rout and R. Sathyanarayanan, who have offered to collate and input the contents of the manuscripts containing the commentary. The scholars will establish a basic text for ten of the thirty-one chapters. The text will then be reread and any errors corrected. It would be preferable that an expert from outside the School reread the final text and, in view of this, we are thinking of inviting a Saiva specialist from abroad - perhaps Diwakar Acharya (University of Kyoto) - for a period of two months. Publication is set for 2011.

Edition of the Nisvasatattvasamhita

An international collaboration between a number of scholars (see "Organization" in the 2004-2007 summary) under the scientific direction of Alexis Sanderson (All Souls College, Oxford) and Dominic Goodall. An initial volume is set to be completed in late 2008 (Dominic Goodall is responsible for the page layout) in view of a possible co-publication in 2009 involving the EFEO, the IFP and the Nepal Research Centre, the home of the Nepal-German Manuscript Cataloguing Project. The volume will contain an annotated edition of the three of the five most ancient sections of the text (Mulasutra, Uttarasutra and Nayasutra), as well as the revised version produced by the international workshop "Le sivaïsme ancien : le témoignage de la Nisvasatattvasamhita"/"Ancient Sivaism: Reflections of the Nisvasatattvasamhita" organized by the EFEO in January 2007, featuring commentaries on unusual aspects of the language of the text and its place in the early history of the Saiva Siddhanta and of tantrism. In April 2007, responding to a Franco-German call for projects launched by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DF), Harunaga Isaacson, professor at the University of Hamburg, submitted, in collaboration with Dominic Goodall, a joint-project on ancient Tantrism. The project, entitled "Early Tantra: Discovering the Interrelationships and Common Ritual Syntax of the Saiva Buddhist, Vaisnava and Saura Traditions" is destined to make up the second volume of the edition of the Nisvasatattvasamhita, relating the text to other ancient, non-Saiva tantras. The allocated budget has not yet been set, but the project was accepted in December 2007.

Edition of Sadyojyotis' Paramoksanirasakarika (8th century) with Ramakantha's commentary (10th century)

A joint-project involving Alex Watson (Wolfson, Oxford), S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma (EFEO), and Dominic Goodall. Work on the edition is already at an advanced stage (see 2004-2007 Summary). We would like to complete the final revision in 2009 prior to the publication of a book running to approximately 500 pages in the Indology Collection (IFP/EFEO).

Edition of Ramakantha's Tattvatrayanirnayavivrti (10th century)

A unique manuscript of this theological tract was discovered in Lucknow by Kei Kataoka (Professor at the University of Fukuoka, Kyushu). A draft edition has been prepared by Dominic Goodall. Kei Kataoka requested and obtained funding from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science enabling Dominic Goodall to spend three weeks in Japan in March 2008. The two scholars will spend their time in Japan working with Yuko Yokochi and Diwakar Acharya (University of Kyoto) to complete an annotated English translation for publication in a Japanese scholarly journal (approximately 60 pages).

Saiva Readings Seminars

The Saiva Readings seminars, which were a feature of the last four-year programme, will continue to provide a framework for other publishing projects, especially concerning lesser known texts belonging to the Saiva Siddhanta tradition.

  • Trilocanasiva's Prayascittasamuccaya (12th century)
    With the aid of Dominic Goodall, R. Sathyanarayanan is editing R. Sathyanarayanan Trilocanasiva's 12th century text on expiation, the Prayascittasamuccaya. All the manuscripts have been collated. A transcription of a previously unpublished northern Indian treatise dating from the same era and dealing with the same subject - Hrdayasiva's Prayascittasamuccaya - will appear in the appendix. A draft commentary of 400 of the 840 verses has also been completed. Religious and social transgressions to be avoided by Saiva initiates will be discussed in the introduction. The edition should be ready for publication in 2008.
  • Vedajnana's Vyomavyapistavavyakhya (16th century)
    With the help of Dominic Goodall, Nibedita Rout is editing Vedajnana's Vyomavyapistavavyakhya (16th century ?), a commentary on the analysis of a mantra attributed to Ramakantha II (10th century). A first draft of the edition has been completed. The final revision should be completed in 2008.
  • Trilocanasiva's Somasambhupaddhatitika (12th century)
    With the help of Dominic Goodall, S.A.S. Sarma is editing Trilocanasiva's 12th century commentary on the Somasambhupaddhatitika, an 11th century manual on ritual practices. The Somasambhupaddhatitika was published in four volumes over a period of thirty-five years (1963-1998) by Hélène Brunner (IFP/EFEO). Prior to her death in 2005, Hélène Brunner recognised that the first volume of her pioneering study had become substantially outdated and decided that her work should be reviewed. We therefore intend to publish the section of the commentary which covers the three hundred verses contained in the first volume, correcting any errors in the annotations. The edition will be published in 2011.
  • These studies meet a number of ongoing needs, including rendering fundamental founding texts spanning subjects from grammar to poetics accessible to a wider audience thereby popularising the extremely significant and highly nuanced Indian viewpoint on the language and its uses; and delving into the inexhaustible literature of the commentaries, thus revealing the ways in which so-called traditional knowledge was and continues to be handed down through the generations.
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Study day ''Tamoul : regards pluridisciplaines'' Friday 16th June
Paris, France,

Charlotte Schmid and Valérie Gillet participate in the framework of Mondes Tamouls at the "Tamoul: regards pluridisciplinaires" study day organised at the Inalco on Friday 16 June.
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Inalco, Amphitéâtre 2, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris
Talk by Philippe Le Failler 14th June
Aix-en-Provence, France,

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Wednesday 14th June, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Faculté ALLSH, 29 av. R. Schuman, Aix-en-Provence. Egger Building, room D317