By Swami Harshananda
Varivasyarahasya (‘secret of upasana or meditation’)
This is a short but well-known work of the Śākta school of the tantras. It was composed by Bhāskararāya Makhin (17th-18th Century). It has 167 kārikās (brief sentences) divided into two aṁśas or sections (53 + 114 = 167). The author himself has written a detailed gloss on it.
The work expounds in detail the philosophy behind the Śricakra and the Pañcadaśākṣarī mantra by connecting them with the various tattvas or principles taught in the tantras.
It is an esoteric and a highly complicated work.
See PAÑCADAŚĀKSARĪMANTRA and ŚRĪCAKRA.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore