This is the third of our joint seminars. We began with two sessions entitled, "Around the Table: A conversation on Jewish and Hindu dietary and dining customs". Dr Miri Freud-Kandel and Prof. Ramaratnam led these seminars, in Trinity term 2003. This term we hope to journey from the kitchen to the temple and delve deeper into both traditions and their approaches to truth and interpretation
Exploring early palm-leaf manuscripts from the NGMPP collection, I came across some rare Vaiṣṇava Tantras which were hardly known from any other source. In this lecture, I will talk about four of such texts: the Svāyambhuvapañcarātra, Devāmṛta-pañcarātra, Jayottaratantra, and the Vāsudevakalpa of the Mahālakṣmṃhitā, which are preserved in palm-leaf manuscripts of the 11–14th centuries.
The first three texts are earlier than the texts which are regarded until now as the earliest Pāñcarātra texts.