Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy

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Shambhala Publications, 1998 - Philosophy - 314 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Christopher Daniel Miles - Goodreads

Excellent overview of the tantric tradition, well structured and thoroughly discussed. Probably the best introduction to the subject available. Read full review

Review: Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy

User Review  - Ekstasis - Goodreads

Great introduction to Tantra and many book-sources at the end, which will not leave me bored too soon. Read full review

Contents

Tantra the Great Spiritual Synthesis of India
1
Cyclic Existence
20
Time Bondage and the Goddess Kalı
32
Samsara Equals Nirvana
42
As Above So Below
52
The Divine Play of Shiva and Shakti
70
Shiva Incarnate
85
Bringing Down the Light
95
Awakening the Serpent Power
165
The Potency of Sound
184
Nyasa Mudra Yantra
201
The Transmutation of Desire
224
Enlightenment and the Hidden Powers of the Mind
250
Tantra Yesterday Today and Tomorrow
268
Notes
275
Select Bibliography
295

The Ordeal of SelfTransformation
110
Ritual and Spontaneity
120
The Subtle Body and Its Environment
139
Index
301
About the Author
315
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About the author (1998)

Georg Feuerstein, PhD, (1947–2012) is internationally respected for his work on Yoga and is the author of over fifty books. He designed and taught several distance-learning courses on Yoga philosophy for Traditional Yoga Studies. For more information, go to www.traditionalyogastudies.com.

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