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.
©2012 Christopher D. Wallis (P)2015 Christopher D. Wallis
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.
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.
"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!
"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.
"beautiful, calming voice, Wallis is the real deal"
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.
I realized tantra is a great way to balance self-realization and being part of a community.
If you get a chance to meet Wallis, he is brilliant.
"brings understanding to many yogic traditions"
I would recommend this book for anyone who has interest in yoga or Tibetan buddism as spiritual traditions. I love the history and the wisdom the scholar has researched and shared.
understanding that tantra means the book the way and not our common misconception of what it is
I loved learning how other cultures use symbolism and metaphor to invoke the sacred.
frustrating that the hard copy of this is not offered discounted to audible listeners as he refers to many illustrations. Also no pdf.
"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.
"5 star all the way."
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!
"Get this Audiobook!"
Tantra Illuminated has had me captivated from the start, and continues to illuminate every time I listen. If you're interested in Tantra THIS is the only book/audiobook I can recommend without reservation! 💜🙏🏽💚
Iincredible book, i express my gratitude,
With humble pranams..
Read by Hareesh talks directly to your heart, inspiring beyond words
"excellent and magnificent book"
to anyone interesting in comprehending Tantra, this book is a true gem. combines scholarship competency with advance practitioner perspective.
This is a book to own and what can be learned from it has no price.
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