The Tripura Rahasya is one of the finest Shakta texts of the Devi or Mother Goddess tradition.
Raman Maharshi regarded the Tripura Rahasya as one of the greatest works of Advaita philosophy. It is considered by scholars to be a tantric or shakta text.
It is also called the Haritaayana Samhita after its author Haritaayana, son of Harita.
The Tripura Rahasya expounds the teachings of the supreme spiritual truth. The highest truth was first taught by Lord Shiva to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu incarnated on earth as Sri Dattatreya, Lord of the Avadhutas, who taught this to Parasurama, who later taught it to Haritaayana.
The Tripura Rahasya is a dialogue between Lord Dattatreya and Parasurama. Interesting to note here is that Parasurama is the sixth avatar of Vishnu. Thus one avatar of Vishnu teaches another avatar of Vishnu!
Parasuma, a valiant Brahmin, vowed to kill all Kshatriyas (warriors) to avenge the murder of his saintly father. After this bloodbath he started severe penances and he eventually met Lord Dattatreya, who consented to be his spiritual guide.
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