Tantra Illuminated

Author: Christopher Wallis
Publisher: Mattamayura Press
ISBN: 9780989761369
Release Date: 2013-08-15
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

This book takes readers on a fascinating journey to the very heart of Tantra: its key teachings, foundational lineages, and transformative practices. Since the West's discovery of Tantra 100 years ago, there has been considerable fascination, speculation, and more than a little misinformation about this spiritual movement. Now, for the first time in the English language, Tantra Illuminated presents an accessible introduction to this sacred tradition that began 1,500 years ago, in the far north of India. The book uses translations from primary Sanskrit sources, offers a profound look at spiritual practice, and reveals Tantra's rich history and powerful teachings.

Tantra Illuminated

Author: Christopher D. Wallis
Publisher:
ISBN: 0989761304
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Kashmir Śaivism

Tantra Illuminated takes the reader on a fascinating journey to the very heart of Tantra: its key teachings, foundational lineages, and transformative practices. Since the West s discovery of Tantra 100 years ago, there has been considerable fascination, speculation, and more than a little misinformation about this spiritual movement. Now, for the first time in the English language, Tantra Illuminated presents an accessible introduction to this sacred tradition that began 1,500 years ago in the far north of India. Using translations from from primary Sanskrit sources and offering a profound look at spiritual practice, this book reveals Tantra s rich history and powerful teachings.

Tantra Illuminated

Author: Christopher D. Wallis
Publisher:
ISBN: 0989761312
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Kashmir Śaivism

Tantra Illuminated takes the reader on a fascinating journey to the very heart of Tantra: its key teachings, foundational lineages, and transformative practices. Since the West s discovery of Tantra 100 years ago, there has been considerable fascination, speculation, and more than a little misinformation about this spiritual movement. Now, for the first time in the English language, Tantra Illuminated presents an accessible introduction to this sacred tradition that began 1,500 years ago in the far north of India. Using translations from from primary Sanskrit sources and offering a profound look at spiritual practice, this book reveals Tantra s rich history and powerful teachings.

Tantra

Author: Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834825451
Release Date: 1998-07-28
Genre: Religion

Tantra—often associated with Kundalini Yoga—is a fundamental dimension of Hinduism, emphasizing the cultivation of "divine power" (shakti) as a path to infinite bliss. Tantra has been widely misunderstood in the West, however, where its practices are often confused with eroticism and licentious morality. Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy dispels many common misconceptions, providing an accessible introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of this extraordinary spiritual tradition. The Tantric teachings are geared toward the attainment of enlightenment as well as spiritual power and are present not only in Hinduism but also Jainism and Vajrayana Buddhism. In this book, Georg Feuerstein offers readers a clear understanding of authentic Tantra, as well as appropriate guidance for spiritual practice and the attainment of higher consciousness.

Tantric Quest

Author: Daniel Odier
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781620554401
Release Date: 1997-04-01
Genre: Self-Help

The author reveals his passionate experiences with a female Tantric master who taught him the suppressed practices of her ancient order. In 1968 Daniel Odier left Europe for the Himalayas, searching for a master who could help him go where texts and intellectual searching could no longer take him. He wanted everything: the wisdom and spirituality gained from the life of an ascetic and the beauty, love, and sensuality of a life of passion. He found both in Shivaic Tantrism, the secret spiritual path that seeks to transcend ego and rediscover the divine by embracing the passions. In an isolated Himalayan forest Odier met Devi, a great yogini who would take him on a mystical journey like none he had ever imagined. At times taking him beyond the limits of sexual experience, at times threatening him with destruction, she taught him what it is to truly be alive and to know the divine nature of absolute love. This is the personal memoir of one of France's most honored writers. Tantrism is the only ancient philosophy to survive all historical upheavals, invasions, and influences to reach us intact by uninterrupted transmission from master to disciple, and the only one to retain the image of the Great Goddess as the ultimate source of power.

Tantra in Practice

Author: David Gordon White
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691190457
Release Date: 2018-06-26
Genre: Religion

As David White explains in the Introduction to Tantra in Practice, Tantra is an Asian body of beliefs and practices that seeks to channel the divine energy that grounds the universe, in creative and liberating ways. The subsequent chapters reflect the wide geographical and temporal scope of Tantra by examining thirty-six texts from China, India, Japan, Nepal, and Tibet, ranging from the seventh century to the present day, and representing the full range of Tantric experience--Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, and even Islamic. Each text has been chosen and translated, often for the first time, by an international expert in the field who also provides detailed background material. Students of Asian religions and general readers alike will find the book rich and informative. The book includes plays, transcribed interviews, poetry, parodies, inscriptions, instructional texts, scriptures, philosophical conjectures, dreams, and astronomical speculations, each text illustrating one of the diverse traditions and practices of Tantra. Thus, the nineteenth-century Indian Buddhist Garland of Gems, a series of songs, warns against the illusion of appearance by referring to bees, yogurt, and the fire of Malaya Mountain; while fourteenth-century Chinese Buddhist manuscripts detail how to prosper through the Seven Stars of the Northern Dipper by burning incense, making offerings to scriptures, and chanting incantations. In a transcribed conversation, a modern Hindu priest in Bengal candidly explains how he serves the black Goddess Kali and feeds temple skulls lentils, wine, or rice; a seventeenth-century Nepalese Hindu praise-poem hammered into the golden doors to the temple of the Goddess Taleju lists a king's faults and begs her forgiveness and grace. An introduction accompanies each text, identifying its period and genre, discussing the history and influence of the work, and identifying points of particular interest or difficulty. The first book to bring together texts from the entire range of Tantric phenomena, Tantra in Practice continues the Princeton Readings in Religions series. The breadth of work included, geographic areas spanned, and expert scholarship highlighting each piece serve to expand our understanding of what it means to practice Tantra.

The Hindu Tantric World

Author: André Padoux
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226424125
Release Date: 2017-03-07
Genre: Religion

Tantra occupies a unique position in Western understandings of Hindu spirituality. Its carnal dimension has made its name instantly recognizable, but this popular fascination with sex has obscured its philosophical depth and ritual practices, to say nothing of its overall importance to Hinduism. This book offers a clear, well-grounded overview of Tantra that offers substantial new insights for scholars and practitioners. André Padoux opens by detailing the history of Tantra, beginning with its origins, founding texts, and major beliefs. The second part of the book delves more deeply into key concepts relating to the tantric body, mysticism, sex, mantras, sacred geography, and iconography, while the final part considers the practice of Tantra today, both in India and in the West. The result is an authoritative account of Tantra’s history and present place in the world.

Kashmir Shaivism

Author: Swami Lakshman
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0887065759
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Religion

Swami Lakshman Jee is the last living Master of the oral tradition in Kashmir Shaivism. This exposition of the non-dual philosophy with practical applications is his first book in English. The tantric teachings are hidden in a language of allusion and symbol. Swamiji offers the skeleton key of the oral tradition that allows access to the secrets. The intent is to preserve the tradition and to make it available. The emphasis is on practical realization of Truth through the experiences of Kundalini Yoga. The author contrasts this realization with the concepts of liberation taught by other schools of Indian philosophy, especially Advaita Vedanta. Kashmir Shaivism experiences the world as real and true--as real and true as the existence of God. Liberation is the unbroken awareness of this universe as one's own transcendental Consciousness. It is a blissful realization.

History of the Tantric Religion

Author: Bhattachary
Publisher: Manohar Publishers
ISBN: 8173046506
Release Date: 2005
Genre:

The Book Presents In Historical Outline, The Genesis, Development And Structural Analysis Of The Tantric Tradition In India And Its Place In The Indian Religious And Philosophical Systems. It Studies The Different Aspects Of Tantrism, Its Vastness And Intricacies, Its Heterogeneous And Contradictory Elements And Gives A Historical Perspective To The Conglomeration Of Ideas And Practices Through Space And Time. This Important Work Also Incorporates A Review On Tantric Art And A Glossary Of Tantric Technical Terms With Reference To Text, And Intermediaries.

An Introduction to Tantric Philosophy

Author: Lyne Bansat-Boudon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136930751
Release Date: 2014-06-11
Genre: Philosophy

The Paramārthasāra, or ‘Essence of Ultimate Reality’, is a work of the Kashmirian polymath Abhinavagupta (tenth–eleventh centuries). It is a brief treatise in which the author outlines the doctrine of which he is a notable exponent, namely nondualistic Śaivism, which he designates in his works as the Trika, or ‘Triad’ of three principles: Śiva, Śakti and the embodied soul (nara). The main interest of the Paramārthasāra is not only that it serves as an introduction to the established doctrine of a tradition, but also advances the notion of jiv̄anmukti, ‘liberation in this life’, as its core theme. Further, it does not confine itself to an exposition of the doctrine as such but at times hints at a second sense lying beneath the evident sense, namely esoteric techniques and practices that are at the heart of the philosophical discourse. Its commentator, Yogarāja (eleventh century), excels in detecting and clarifying those various levels of meaning. An Introduction to Tantric Philosophy presents, along with a critically revised Sanskrit text, the first annotated English translation of both Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra and Yogarāja’s commentary. This book will be of interest to Indologists, as well as to specialists and students of Religion, Tantric studies and Philosophy.

Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power

Author: Laura Amazzone
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761853145
Release Date: 2012-07-10
Genre: Religion

This book takes us on a pilgrimage to explore the Goddess Durga in ancient and contemporary culture. The mythology, rituals, philosophy, and spiritual practices of this distinctly female-centered and millennia-old tradition of Durga offer female potential and empowerment, focusing on peace, healing, spiritual liberation, and realization of inherent divinity.

The Radiance Sutras

Author: Lorin Roche
Publisher: Sounds True
ISBN: 9781622031665
Release Date: 2014-08-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

The gateways to wonder and delight are flung open wide for all to enter. At once a beautiful love song and an encyclopedia of yogic techniques, the cherished text known as the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra shimmers with new effulgence in Lorin Roche's The Radiance Sutras. Lorin brings us his unique perspective on each of 112 Sanskrit teachings, along with his one-of-a-kind guidance in how to meditate with, embody, and practice them—what he describes as "answering the call of the sutras you love." Here is an invitation to experience directly the ecstatic depths of yoga as revealed by the divine partners Shiva and Shakti, through an intimate exploration of: The divinity that is permeating your body at this very moment The alchemical power of Sanskrit Yoga meditation—harmonizing all the elements and levels of your being The depths of your connection to the energies of life Taken as a whole, this teaching is startling in its breadth and the huge range of human experience that it encompasses. This is a book to savor one phrase at a time, over a period of days or years or a lifetime. With The Radiance Sutras, yoga and meditation students everywhere can nurture their own relationship with these living wisdom teachings.

Yoga Spandakarika

Author: Daniel Odier
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781620554418
Release Date: 2005-03-23
Genre: Religion

Translation and commentary of one of the most important texts of the Kashmirian Shivaism tradition of Tantra • Author was a student of the late Kalu Rinpoche • Explores the transmission of Mahamudra, the Great Cosmic Gesture • Includes the Vijnanabhaïrava Tantra, which contains the totality of the oldest source text on Yoga The Spandakarika, the "Tantric Song of the Divine Pulsation," is said to have been transmitted directly to the sage Vasugupta from the hands of Shiva on Mount Kailas. In his commentary on these fifty-two stanzas, the sage Ksemaraja described them as the heart of the Mahamudra. The oldest masters of Spandakarika viewed everything in the universe, including matter, as consciousness and created a yoga practice in accordance with this realization. The sacred dance of Yoga Spandakarika, Tandava, is extremely subtle and difficult, requiring thousands of hours of practice to master, yet it surpasses any other physical practice, allowing the practitioner to touch the divine inner pulse. Once its third stage has been mastered, the yogi or yogini is able to manifest the dance of Shiva in space, a tradition visible in the statuary of Tantric temples in India and Tibet. Energy is no longer contracted by the perception of duality, and the mind and body become unbounded, forming a sphere that contains all that was formerly outside. In Yoga Spandakarika Daniel Odier passes on these vanishing teachings as he received them from his Tibetan master, Kalu Rinpoche, and Kashmiri yogi Lalita Devi.

The Heart of Wellness

Author: Kavitha M Chinnaiyan
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 9780738754949
Release Date: 2018-01-08
Genre: Health & Fitness

"[The Heart of Wellness] is a must-read for anyone who wants to truly understand what it means to live whole-heartedly—regardless of one's state of health."—Christiane Northrup, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Goddesses Never Age "Along with her expert modern medical knowledge, [Kavitha] has brought compassion, gratitude, and Vedic wisdom in a clinical, helpful way to bring about total heath."—Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc, Ayurvedic physician and author of The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies Discover the Healing Power of Bliss Rx Transform your relationship with habits, lifestyle, and disease using Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan's remarkable approach to health. Integrating modern medicine and the ancient wisdom of Yoga, Vedanta, and Ayurveda, The Heart of Wellness shows you how to break free of the false assumption that disease is something you need to fight. Instead, you'll explore the mind-body connection and your true nature so that you can end suffering and embrace the unlimited bliss of who you are. You'll begin by examining the nature of disease: the causative and risk factors, the role of diet, exercise, and medication, and how Eastern and Western medical practices can come together. A holistic and self-paced practice is outlined, based on the author's successful Heal Your Heart Free Your Soul program. With it you'll learn to reduce stress, attend to inner needs with meditation and breathwork, declutter your outer life, increase forgiveness and gratitude, and so much more. Praise: "Provides a welcome paradigm shift in how we approach health, wellness, chronic disease, and for that matter, life."—Barry A. Franklin, PhD, FACSM, MAACVPR, FAHA, director of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital "Once in a generation a book appears that defines a new paradigm in its field. The Heart of Wellness is that book for our generation."—Joel K. Kahn, MD, FACC, clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and author of The Plant-Based Solution (Sounds True, 2018) "Heart of Wellness is a perfect blend of Vedic Wisdom with latest Medical Science. Dr. Chinnaiyan has created a much-needed template for the true application of Vedic Sciences in Integrative Medicine. Kudos!"—Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar BAMS, MD, author of Change Your Schedule Change Your Life (Harper Collins, 2018) "What sets Dr. Chinnaiyan's work apart from other books is the vital additional message that "we are not our body-mind." That is, while the wisdom of traditions such as Ayurveda do promote and sustain the health of the body-mind through diet and lifestyle, their ultimate value is the recognition of the primacy of Consciousness and capacity to cultivate awareness beyond the body-mind, of the Self, the true foundation of wellbeing."—Paul J. Mills, PhD, director and professor of family medicine and public health at UC San Diego's Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health "The Heart of Wellness details how the body can be an ally to self-inquiry, not an impediment. I recommend this unique book, whether your interest is physical health or spiritual enlightenment, or both."—Dr. Greg Goode, PhD, author of After Awareness, The Direct Path, and Standing as Awareness "[This book] harnesses the power of our mind, senses, and spirit, the discovery of latent bliss, and admirably refutes our endless seeking of material things and desires."—Barry A. Franklin, PhD, FACSM, MAACVPR, FAHA, director of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital "Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan adeptly explains that bliss is created when you understand your true nature. With her cross-disciplinary expertise, Dr. Chinnaiyan guides you through diet, breathing exercises, and meditation, and helps you inhabit your body, mind, and spirit wholly and with true understanding. . . The Heart of Wellness is a compassionate guide offering a way for the totality of your being to experience true healing."—Pratima Raichur, author of Absolute Beauty "In Dr. Chinnaiyan's passionate new book, she explores not only a modern approach to heart health through western medicine, diet, and exercise, but delves equally into the meaning of wellness and finding joy and bliss in health and disease."—Dr. Partha Nandi, MD, author of Ask Dr. Nandi "The Heart of Wellness is an important read for health care professionals and their patients with the vision to look beyond the medical model."—Melvyn Rubenfire, MD, professor of internal medicine and director of preventive cardiology at the University of Michigan and editor of Psychiatry and Heart Disease "The Heart of Wellness provides an intuitive, practical, and sensible approach to restoring balance and resilience. Kavitha has eloquently put together the Bliss Rx, taking the best from eastern philosophy and western science. I urge you to read this book."—Dr. Pankaj K. Vij, MD, author of Turbo Metabolism (New World Library, 2018) "Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan has written a masterpiece . . . Readers will be emboldened and motivated to realize their true blissful nature."—Todd C. Villines, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCCT, professor of medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Science and director of cardiovascular research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Aspects of Tantra Yoga

Author: Debabrata Sen Sharma
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015072805487
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Kashmir Śaivism

Spiritual discipline or Yoga constitutes an inseparable partof the philosophy of every school, and especially the Tantricones, in which spiritual practices or sÈdhana kriyÈ dominate.This book opens with an account of the nature, origin anddevelopment of ’aiva-’akta Tantras, their classification underdifferent schools, the wealth of literature available belongingto these schools, etc., and sheds light on the principal metaphysicaltenets of ’aiva and ’Èkta Tantras. The book dealsalso with the concepts of divine Grace or aktipÈta, guru andhis different kinds, the process of initiation (dÏk È) and itsvarieties, mantra s nature and place in sÈdhana kriyÈ, etc.This book also attempts to remove the misconceptions widespreadin the academic world about the theory and practice ofTantra Yoga, which have been deliberately kept secret by thepractitioners to prevent their misuse by unscrupulous persons.Dr. Debabrata Sen Sharma is a well-known scholar of theAdvaita Shaiva thought of Kashmir.