Book Summary of The Minor Law Books: Sacred Books Of The East (Vol. 33) understanding Mantras explores the origin, nature, function, and significance of mantras within the bounds of the Hindu tradition. It analyses the use of mantras in the Vedic age in the gtreat theistic movements of Saivism and Vaisnavism, and in Tantra. A brief introduction by Alper outlines the major controversies in Western scholarship concerning the nature of mantras and gives an insightful and suggestive paradigm for resolving the issues. It approaches a bibliography on all of Hinduism and will serve as an invaluable tool for future research.