Tantric Quest

An Encounter with Absolute Love

Author: Daniel Odier

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620554402

Category: Self-Help

Page: 192

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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.

Tantric Kali

Secret Practices and Rituals

Author: Daniel Odier

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620555603

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 128

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The mythology, rituals, meditations, and practices used in Tantric worship of the goddess Kali in the tradition of Kashmiri Shaivism • Reveals the practices of Vamachara, known as the Left-hand Path but more accurately translated as the Path of Shakti • Includes a Kali ritual from the Nirrutara Tantra, translated here for the first time • Presents devotional chants, meditations, and mudras specific to Tantric worship of Kali According to traditions going back to pre-Vedic times, Kali sprang from the third eye of the Goddess Durga as a destructive and terrifying manifestation of feminine power sent to lay waste to the forces of evil. Throughout India to this day, Kali is worshipped as the destroyer of bondage, capable of liberating her devotee from all rules and subjugation. In Tantric Kali, Daniel Odier presents the mythology, practices, and rituals of Kali worship in the Tantric Kaula tradition within Kashmiri Shaivism. He reveals the practices of Vamachara, commonly known as the Left-hand Path but more accurately translated as the Path of Shakti. In this tradition the body itself is Kali’s temple, and it is therefore unnecessary to reject or deny the body to know union with the divine. Instead, nothing is regarded as pure or impure and there is complete freedom from rules. Focused on working directly with forbidden emotions and behaviors, this path allows the seeker to transcend obstacles to liberation through sexual union. According to the Kaula Upanishad, “In your behavior do the opposite to what the norms dictate but remain in consciousness.” This is the essence of Tantra. Kali is absolute reality: manifested as woman intoxicated by desire, she frees the tantric practitioner from all desire except union with the divine. The author includes an evocative ritual from the Nirrutara Tantra--never before translated into any Western language--containing devotions to the 64 yoginis according to Matsyendranath, founder of the Kaula path. Offering devotional chants, meditations, and mudras specific to Tantric worship of Kali, this empowering book provides practices and teachings for those on the Tantric path to liberation.

Tantric Awakening

A Woman's Initiation into the Path of Ecstasy

Author: Valerie Brooks

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594779848

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

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The autobiography of an American Gen-X woman who immerses herself in the sexual mysteries of tantric yoga. • An engaging insider's story that intimately portrays the details of the tantric sexual path from a young woman's point of view. • Author is one of the few Americans to be initiated into the sacred cobra breath. • Reveals not only the benefits but also the pitfalls, problems, and temptations of this path toward enlightenment. • Includes meditations and exercises for beginning a tantric practice. Tantric Awakening discloses an epic experience of tantra that few have achieved, and even fewer would dare to attempt. This is the story of a 19-year-old girl, disillusioned by the questions that her religion and society fail to answer, who courageously enters the sensuous rituals of tantric sex. In search of authentic knowledge, Brooks was admitted into secret societies where she learned firsthand the ways of the tradition from tantric adepts. Amid disapproval from family and friends, her body and spirit awaken to ecstatic levels of orgasmic pleasure that allow her to experience loving relationships, better health, and a deep sense of oneness with God. A personal and intimate portrait, Tantric Awakening is tastefully written to reveal not only the ecstatic power and spiritual benefits of tantra, but also the pitfalls, problems, and temptations of this path toward enlightenment. With the inclusion of specific tantric sexual techniques the author shows how to use tantra to balance the spirit with the physical self in order to achieve personal empowerment, transforming fear and self-doubt into joy and self-confidence. Meditations, exercises, and important insights for beginning a tantric practice assist the reader who is inspired to bring a sense of the divine into daily life.

Tantric Love Letters

Author: Diana Richardson

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1780991541

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 212

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Diana Richardson, an acclaimed authority on human sexuality, began a personal enquiry into the union of sex and meditation (the essence of tantra) over twenty five years ago while living in India. Through these innocent steps and motivated by simple curiosity, she gained deep insights into the spiritual and generative implications of sex that lie beyond its reproductive aspect. She stresses that it is the how of sex, and not the what of sex, that determines the difference. With additional information we can begin to honor the innate sexual intelligence that exists in our bodies as a subtle electro-magnetic reality. On this fine and delicate level man and woman function as equal yet opposite forces that are highly complimentary. Embracing this polarity potential can elevate and transform sex into an empowering and spiritual act, an experience that creates and sustains love, peace and harmony. Her simple, down to earth and practical approach as presented in her books has created a wave of positive resonance and response from readers worldwide.

Eros and the Mysteries of Love

The Metaphysics of Sex

Author: Julius Evola

Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

ISBN: 9780892813155

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 336

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A comprehensive work on the metaphysical aspects of sexuality. Julius Evola sheds new light on the mystical and spiritual expression of sexual love. This in-depth study explores the sexual rites of sacred traditions, and shows how religion, mysticism, folklore, and mythology all contain erotic forms in which the deep potentialities of human beings are recognized.

Tarot D'Amour

Find Love, Sex, and Romance in the Cards

Author: Kooch Daniels,Victor Daniels

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9781609256852

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

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"Our focus is on presenting material that soothes, stimulates, and awakens emotional and sexual understanding through learning and interpreting the Tarot", write the card reading husband and wife team in which they share more than a quarter century experience with the tarot and as life partners. Begin with the simple, yet never-before-written-about premise- every card and its reverse have romantic and sexual indications. And whether you're a newcomer to tarot, a longtime student, or somewhere in-between, Tarot d'Amour will unveil a whole new way to interpret the cards.

Desire

The Tantric Path to Awakening

Author: Daniel Odier

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620554429

Category: Self-Help

Page: 192

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• Explains how the primal energy generated by physical desire can be used to achieve enlightenment • Reveals the techniques used by Tantric adepts to attain mastery over breath, thought, and all physical processes Nothing can match the explosive energy created in the body by pure desire. For millennia, Tantric adepts have harnessed this force as a means of attaining the summits of the mystical life. The energies fueled by passion are used to nourish the inner flame that burns away the egotistical perception of the mind. Desire explores the subtle techniques of Tantra that enable the seeker to attain the triple mastery of the breath, thought, and the natural processes of the body. Tantrics believe that the body is the temple and divinity lies at its heart. In order to arrive at profound awareness, the body needs to be perfectly tuned and working toward a state of perfect fluidity. Desire reveals many of the secret practices intended for this purpose that have been passed down in the major Tantric treatises such as the Vijnanabhariva Tantra and Ch'an master Chinul's treatise on the Secrets of Cultivating the Mind, including the important techniques of the ritual sexual observances known as Maithuna.

Meditation Techniques of the Buddhist and Taoist Masters

Author: Daniel Odier

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620554437

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 192

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A guide to the mental disciplines and visualizations that Masters have used for ages in their quest for illumination. * An insider's view of specific meditation techniques and the steps necessary for a wide variety of * Buddhist and Taoist meditation practices. * By the author of Tantric Quest (15,000 sold) and Desire: The Tantric Path to Awakening. The esoteric practices followed in the quest for divinity generally remain a secret to the world--kept cloistered away for only the most ascetic practitioners. Now Daniel Odier, having immersed himself in the life and spiritual practices of Buddhist and Taoist monasteries throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Japan, reveals actual teachings passed on by the sages who are living expressions of their tradition. Looking beyond doctrine, dogma, and philosophical treatises that ignore direct experiences of the practice, Odier provides a direct path to the heart of the religious experience that can be discovered through meditation. Beginning with the simple and fundamental steps necessary to prepare for meditation, Odier guides the reader through the specifics of the mental disciplines and visualizations that Buddhist and Taoist masters have used for ages in their quest for illumination. To devote oneself to meditation, in the sense understood by Buddhists and Taoists, is to realize the understanding of how every fiber of our being converges with all creation. Meditation Techniques of the Buddhist and Taoist Masters is a valuable guide to all who are in search of that realization.

The Encyclopedia of Religion

Author: Mircea Eliade

Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA

ISBN: 9780029097106

Category: Religion

Page: 586

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A comprehensive guide to the history, beliefs, concepts, practices, and major figures of religions past and present.