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Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition Audiobook

Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition

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Tantra Illuminated takes the listener on a fascinating journey to the very heart of original 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 primary Sanskrit sources and offering a profound look at spiritual practice, this book reveals Tantra's rich history and powerful teachings.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Christopher D. Wallis (P)2015 Christopher D. Wallis

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    Kesava 24/06/2016
    Kesava 24/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    Good fortune I stumbled on this book. Oh I wish I had been given this as an insight when I was a boy and watched all these rituals in temples in Tamilnadu. I was so ready to merge to my favourite God. Without knowing the significance of the rituals they became meaningless superstition to me. Tantra can easily revive in India if the teaching in this book were given to young children there. I see so many with passion and faith there. Most will loose their innocence in due time.

    From personal perspective I am relieved to know that karmic patterns are can be lost by changing ones entire being. I highly recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Carr 04/01/2017
    Victoria Carr 04/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "more genuine than other tantra books I've read"

    although this book dosnt entirely match up with the understanding of traditional tantra that I study with Shri Kali, it clears up a lot of the confusion that new age neo tantra has created in day to day understanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • david ibrahim
    22/03/16
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    "Tantric knowledge"

    I commend Christopher for this body of work. It is much needed.

    Having that been said, I do feel for me personally it would be better to have another narrator that specializes in narration.

    Not to be picky, but there is a massive body of intelligence and mystic history that is shared in the text and I personally would've preferred having a professional narrator dictate it.

    Because sometimes I found myself listening more to the speaker than to the information. And in this case it wasn't a good experience. My Tantric powers were not at their best as a listener. But the information is well worth acquainting to. And I am glad to have listened.

    Additionally I feel the fat needs to be cut out. There is a lot of redundancy, pontification and sense of superiority that is convened through choices of words. I will not provide specifics here but do feel with some edits, small trims and cleaner intentions this would make a strong resource text on Kashmir Shaivism Tantra, and Abinavagupta.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    29/08/16
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    "Fascinating introduction to the world of tantra"

    I want to listen to this book again. There's so much information it was hard to retain it all on the first listen. It summarizes the philosophy, history, and practices of tantra, ending with a discussion on how those who are interested can go even further. Along the way it dives into topics such as "How do you choose a guru, or spiritual leader?" and "Is tantra even applicable in today's world?" A really thorough, comprehensive introduction to a subject that's too often sensationalized and misunderstood.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • C. Wolfe
    Vancouver, WA
    03/07/16
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    "excellent book !"

    For those Interested in the origins of yoga and how western yoga became separate from the spiritual path. It's academic, and its spiritual. It's wonderful!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • H. Gallagher
    25/06/16
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    "Tantra Illuminated is brilliant!"

    Tantra Illuminated is brilliant, and so is Hareesh (Christopher Wallis)! He is masterfully adept at transforming ancient wisdom, and it's historical and modern contexts, into a powerful download. Listening to this book is akin to a tantrik ritual, with Hareesh's beautiful oration, annunciation, and voice. While listening to this book, I feel like I am on a refreshing retreat for my spirit and self.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Paola Willis
    19/04/16
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    "Amazing..."

    Iincredible book, i express my gratitude,
    With humble pranams..
    Read by Hareesh talks directly to your heart, inspiring beyond words

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • doc
    15/02/16
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    "beautiful, calming voice, Wallis is the real deal"
    What made the experience of listening to Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition the most enjoyable?

    Wallis is authentic and passionate about Tantra. You can tell from his presence and tone of voice that he practices what he preaches. This is a great book for the beginners mind to understand the beauty of tantra.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition?

    I realized tantra is a great way to balance self-realization and being part of a community.


    Any additional comments?

    If you get a chance to meet Wallis, he is brilliant.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • JANIS
    03/03/17
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    "Very dense and very good book!"

    Very dense and very good book. Im very glad that this is my first tantra book which i've read (listened acutally)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brett Murrell
    14/01/17
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    ""illuminating" of the tantric philosophy"
    What made the experience of listening to Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition the most enjoyable?

    Chris does a great job to explain the philosophy and history. I especially enjoyed the chanting of key text in Sankrit and the interpretation that followed. Thanks you for an amazing work. It has given me a great grounding on the ideas of Tantra and their explanation of what reality is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tantra (non duel) seems to be the utlimate religion. Accepting of all beliefs and faiths and people. We are all one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Stories of abinavagupta the enlighten sage of the 10 century.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am already on my second listen. Much to digest.


    Any additional comments?

    Chris narration was great. Personnel and caring. Thxs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twinny
    24/11/16
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    "Goes beyond awesome and incredible. "

    Beyond the beyond. I'm amazed at the depth that Kashmir Shaivism takes in it's evolution. Wallis brings clarity to sublime and powerful practices along with its place in historical development. Hearing it from a practitioner and scholar allows the experience to be conveyed. What a blessing Wallis produces. Thank You.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    26/08/16
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    "5 star all the way."
    Would you listen to Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition again? Why?

    I have read this book several time but still cannot get enough of it! I had no idea about Tantra's prior to reading this book. This book has been a very rewarding journey to understand the Tantra Philosophy and author's explanation of complex Tanta concepts could not have been any better!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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