Shiva and the Primordial Tradition by Alain Danielou

Alain Daniélou with Jean-Louis Gabin. Shiva and the Primordial Tradition: From the Tantras to the Science of Dreams. Tansl. By Kenneth F. Hurry. Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions, 2007. Paperback, xxix + 129 pp.

Alain Daniélou (1907-1994) needs no introduction in the English-speaking world, for many of his works originally composed in French are available in English renderings. Among these are his encyclopedic The Myths and Gods of India (Inner Traditions, 1991), The Hindu Temple (Inner Traditions, 2001), and The Complete Kama Sutra (Inner Traditions, 1994).

The present book contains a selection of this great savant’s writings, edited partly in collaboration with Daniélou by Jean-Louis Gabin. These revolve around Shaivism (into which Daniélou was initiated as a young man), the Samkhya tradition, dreams, poetry, and not least music as the “language of the gods” (a subject in which he was the foremost Western expert).

While not all the essays included in this anthology can claim equal significance, this book as a whole, like all other works by Daniélou, commends itself for the author’s original insights into various aspects of Hindu culture and spirituality.

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