Tantra Illuminated Volume 1 - Christopher D. Wallis & Ekabhūmi Ellik

Tantra Illuminated Volume 1

By Christopher D. Wallis & Ekabhūmi Ellik

  • Publication Date: 2014-01-05
  • Genre: Philosophy
5 Score: 5 (From 5 Ratings)

Book Overview

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.

Volume 1 of Tantra Illuminated is the first of three volumes, all of which will be available soon here on iTunes. Volume 1 contains the Introduction and Part 1: The Philosophy of Nondual Śaiva Tantra from the second edition of the print book, as well as multimedia content not available in the print book. The History and Practice sections will be included in volumes 2 and 3, respectively.

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Users Reviews

  • dense, but easily readable

    5
    By masta1311
    Of the books of tantra that I’ve read (or tried to read!), this is manages to convey the teachings the best, at least for a relative beginner. Tantra can be experienced at many levels, but many books are written only for the scholar, leaving the student with very little guidance. And, rather than throwing out a myriad of esoteric facts, Hareesh guides you through it all so that it actually makes sense as a spiritual system. Other trantric books are still fairly difficult for me to read, but after reading Tantra Illuminated, those books are less of a mystery now. It can be read cover to cover and is spiritually enriching and I’ve also found myself going back to it for reference quite a bit.
  • This is what Tantra really is...

    5
    By Dancesquire
    There are many misconceptions in America about tantric philosophy and this book sets the record straight. This book lays out the wonderful world view that is tantra, a view I wish to understand more and live by. Wallis’ writing is incredibly clear, articulate, thorough and accessible to any reader, whether the academic, wishing to learn the truth about tantra, or the spiritual seeker who wants to understand and actually be able to live by and apply these teachings. I am a full time yoga teacher and have read and perused several books on tantra and yoga philosophy in general. I have many hours of study at workshops and retreats with several yoga philosophy scholars. In my experience, this is The Best Book on tantra and an invaluable addition to my yoga collection; it is my main source for yoga philosophy for my teaching and my own practice. If you are at all interested in this subject, for whatever reason (academic / intellectual, personal / practical) this is The Book to have on Tantra.
  • Beauty and clarity about this deep spiritual path

    5
    By 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Christopher Wallis has written one of the most profound and accessible books about a spiritual path I have ever read. I am reading it through for a second time and still am finding treasures in nearly every page. Some things I just had to say "wow" when reading. It is difficult to bring this kind of clarity to such a complex and arcane subject as a thousand year old system. He has done a brilliant job indexing it so that you can go on a bit of a treasure hunt (referring you to pages where a topic is further discussed so you don't have to guess where you read it before or wait if you want to go deeper) and a good job of showing us the original Sanskrit sources. Plus he partnered with a wonderful artist to make this book a beautiful one to look through.
  • Infinite joy!

    5
    By LauraGDapena
    I am so happy and grateful. This version of 'Tantra Illuminated' is just what I needed to deepen my understanding of the tradition and the source of the teachings. I used to take the book with me every time I traveled but my shoulders weren't very pleased with five hundred pages in my bag. Now I can take the book with me, wherever I go, literally. Plus, multimedia content? Do not hesitate. Get you copy NOW. Great!