The last two chapters explain the powers of mantras as sacred ritual utterances. These powers are described as magical as well as religious because they can achieve super-natural results as well as lead to salvation. Their uses are linked to yogic mental and bodily practices. Description: This book is about the power of the Word conceived as the main and most effe3ctive aspect of divine energy. It is the only systematic study in English of notions concerning the Word (Vac) as these are expounded in the Shaiva tantras of Kashmir and in related texts.