This section is from the book "Karpuradistotram. Karpuradi Stotra Tantrik Texts", by Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe). Also available from Amazon: The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga.
Midnight. Brihannila Tantra says, 'He who is intent on meditation ab midnight or early dawn surely sees the supremely blissful aspect of Dev!.'
' At night' ( Naktam)
' On Thee as not different from the Sadhaka's own Atma, who art Chidabhasa in his body as a Yantra.' Gandharva
'Meditates' ( Dhyayet)
1 Svayam api ratanandaniratah, of which the meaning is as follows: yada sadhakah shaktya saha maithunakriyasakto bhavati, tada sa shlokoktadhyana-prakaranusarena deving dhyayati.
2 Samasaktah, concentrated on Thee.
3 Kalikalpalata says it is a kind of yantra (diagram).
Tripdnchdre pithe. The Yantra. The Kail Tantra says, 'First draw a triangle. Outside it put another. Next draw three triangles. In the centre draw the Baindava Chakra adorned with the Maya Bija. Draw a circle outside the six-cornered figure. Next draw the eight petals attached to the outer cirole and Bhupura. He who knows this great Yantra surely attains liberation.' Bhupura is the gross body composed of the five Bhutas (V). It is made with five triangles superimposed.
4Mahakalenochchairmadanarasalavanyaniratam. Mahakala is Para-mashiva (V). Madanarasalavanyaniratam refers to Viparitrati (V).
5Smarahara. The destroyer of Kama is Shiva Himself (V).
That is, he becomes Shiva Himself, who destroyed Smara the Deva of Love (Kama), with Fire from His central eye, when the latter, by the excitation of desire (towards Parvati), sought to detract him from bis yoga. Or it may be translated ' excels in beauty the God of Love.'
Tantra says, 'He who is in Advaitabhava, and thinks of the self as Devata in the three forms of body thinks of Her and his Atma as one. He should worship the Devi as Atma with the articles prescribed. The Yantra which is one's own body should be considered the best of all Yantras.' Again 'He who meditates on the Nirguna, unattached pure Atma of Tripura as not being different from his own Atma becomes one with Her.'
That is, Brahmamayi.
' Smiling face' ( Smera-vadanam)
Because She is ever blissful, being Bliss itself.
'On the breast' (Mahakalen-oohchaih )
On the breast of Shiva who is inactive like a corpse. She divides Herself into two parts like a grain of gram, namely, Shiva and Shakti by means of Maya associated with Ichchha, Kriya, Jnana, whilst at the same time remaining established in Her Nirguna Brahman state.
' Fifteen-cornered seat' (Tripanchare pithe)
This is the Sadhaka's own body conceived as the Yantra in which Avidya is the encompassing circle, the eight-fold Prakriti consisting of Earth and so forth is the eight-petalled lotus, the five Jnanendriya, the five Karmendriya, and five Prana are the five Triangles and the Bindu which is Consciousness reflected in Maya composed of pure Sattvaguna is the adorning Bija. The Gandharva Tantra says, 'The Chakra-mantramaya is the Devata's Supreme Body which is Shiva-shakti.' The Bhagavadgita says, 'Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether, Manas, Buddhi, Ahangkara, these Tattvas constitute my eightfold Prakriti.' Gandharva Tantra says, 'The subtle body composed of uncompounded (Apanchlkrita) Bhuta and equipped with five Pranas, Manas, Buddhi and ten Indriya is the vehicle for Enjoyment. Unbeginning and undefinable (Anirvachya) Avidya is the causal Upadhi. Know Atma to be different from the three-fold Upadhi.'
Always united in the reverse (Vipartta) way with Parama-shiva the Sagunabrahman. The Gandharva Tantra says, 'When that Supreme Shakti by putting that Purusha down, of Her will appears as the universe then She becomes passionate. And then becoming Herself active the Devi rises upon Bhairava and enhances Her own bliss with waves of natural pleasure.'
' Deeply enlisted' (Madanarasa-lavanyaniratarn)
Enjoying the bliss of union in Laya with Paramatma by Yoni-mudra and becoming Shaktimaya himself. The Gheranda Samhita says, 'He should do Yoni-mudra and himself become Shaktimaya. He should move in Paramatma with the good Shriihgararasa. Becoming Anandamaya he should be one with Brahman.'
' Himself also enjoying'
(Svayam api ratanandaniratah)
The Advaita Sadhaka attains Kaivalya by being merged in Thee who art Paramatma.
Destroyer of Kama (Smarahara)
0 Dark One,1 wondrous and excelling in every way,2 becomes the accomplishment,3 of those worshippers 4 who living in this world5 freely make offering to Thee in worship6 of the greatly7 satisfying flesh, together with hair and bone,1 of cats, camels, sheep,2 buffaloes, goats, and men.3
1 Asita That is Kallika v. post.
2 Pratipadam. The Shyamarahasyasarasamgraha reads pratidinam (every day ) (K.B.), which seems preferable, for, as K.B. says, the worship (puja) is the general daily puja, upon which daily advancement in siddhi would follow.
3 Siadhi, success in work accomplishment of all which is desired (V).
4Sat, that is, sadhu (wise, good, pious). Satam = Sadhakanam (V).
5 That is, among men.
6 Pujayam api (see note 2), ante.
Pujayam: Naimittika or occasional worship (V). The force of the particle api is that the offering is not confined to special Sadhana but is made in ordinary worship also. (K.B.)
7 Param (K. B.).