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After serving for eighteen years in the bench, he tge Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court in After retiring to England he became Reader in Indian Law at the University of Oxford, and finally moved to France in his retirement, where woodrofre died in Alongside his judicial duties he studied Sanskrit and Hindu philosophy and was especially interested in the esoteric Hindu Tantric Shakti system.

He translated some twenty original Sanskrit texts, and under his pseudonym Arthur Avalon. He published and lectured prolifically and authoritatively on Indian philosophy and a wide range of Yoga and Tantra topics.

His most popular and influential book, a major contribution to the appreciation of Indian philosophy and spirituality, is The Serpent Power The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga a best seller at amazon.

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Please try again later. John Woodroffewhile goddees public offices such as Law Professor and Chief Justice, was not only an expert on British and Indian law, but also a committed Sanskrit student, who eventually woorroffe about 20 ancient Sanskrit works into English.

This is no small feat, and can be accomplished only by a devoted student, especially if he is a foreigner. He was British, lived in India for many years. The Kali Hymns is one of his lesser known translations.

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This is no easy reading, he uses Sanskrit terms consistently. Sanskrit being a Classic language, many of the words cannot be translated- there are simply no equivalent words in English.

This book is appropriate for continuing students of Sanskrit or Hinduism, who want to further research the beauty of the very versatile language and religion. Not recommended for beginners. Sir John Woodroffe was certainly a pioneering translator at the time.

This volume as well as his other translated editions include copious usage of the original Sanskrit terminology.

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To a reader who has no familiarity with Sanskrit, this can be cumbersome. However, those readers who persevere and are able to navigate through the Sanskrit terminology will be richly rewarded. I think Sir Woodroffe’s texts are geared more for the serious pupil of Tantric yoga.

Owodroffe should start with a basic primer. I personally enjoyed his reliance on the Sanskrit language because of the following considerations: Overall, I enjoyed the goddesss usage of Sanskrit terminology and annotations.

Those who begin the long journey into reading and meditating upon these books will reap great woodrfofe as well as the sheer joy of achievement. I ordered this book for my son. He writes, “This book is fantastic, very good translations of Tantric invocational hymns, very powerful. They are not songs, but they are songs, not prayers, but they are prayers, not mantras, but they are mantras. The hymns by Shankaracharya are good; after reading those from this book; having read too Guruvastaka and Laksmi Narasimho Stotra, I get a feel for Shankaracharyas hymns all have a similar unique feel that invokes him along with the Diety of the hymn.


Very unique, very good, nothing else like it! I wouldn’t suggest reading this unless you are either Hindu or very familiar with Hindu religion and terminology–and someone familiar with those will no doubt find better works in Hindi, Tamil, etc.

Although it was no doubt a welcome ground-breaker in its own time, this group of translations uses dated English and has little to offer, unless one is interested in the history of Hindu studies in the English language. Native terms in transliteration are used very often, sometimes in every sentence, and are attributed but not translated in footnotes. Although of course the authors are to be praised for their audacity in doing work on Hindu religious studies at a time when Western culture had little appreciation for them, the modern reader will find this very heavy going.

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