Φ Shakti and
Essays and adresses on the Shâkta tantrashâstra
Sir John Woodroffe
"The Tantra has
made the Yoga-system of Patañjali easily practicable and has combined with it the Tantrik
rituals and the ceremonial observances (Karmakanda);
that is the reason why the Tantrik system of Sadhana has been
adopted by all the religious sects of India.
If this theory of the antiquarians, that the Tantra was
brought into India from Chaldea or Shakadvipa be correct, then it may also be inferred that
the Tantra passed from Chaldea to Europe.
The Tantra is to be found in all the strata of Buddhism; the
Tantrik Sadhana is manifest in Confucianism; and Shintoism is but another name of the
Many historians acknowledge that the worship of Shakti or
Tantrik Sadhana which was prevalent in Egypt from ancient times spread into Phoenicia and
Consequently we may suppose that the influence of the Tantra
was felt in primitive Christianity."
-- Sir John Woodroffe