Tantra Illuminated

The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition

Author: Christopher D. Wallis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780989761307

Category: Kashmir Śaivism

Page: 506

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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.
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Tantra Illuminated

The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition

Author: Christopher Wallis

Publisher: Mattamayura Press

ISBN: 0989761363

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 516

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This book takes readers 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. The book uses translations from primary Sanskrit sources, offers a profound look at spiritual practice, and reveals Tantra's rich history and powerful teachings.
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Hinduism in the Modern World

Author: Brian A. Hatcher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135046301

Category: Religion

Page: 340

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Hinduism in the Modern World presents a new and unprecedented attempt to survey the nature, range, and significance of modern and contemporary Hinduism in South Asia and the global diaspora. Organized to reflect the direction of recent scholarly research, this volume breaks with earlier texts on this subject by seeking to overcome a misleading dichotomy between an elite, intellectualist "modern" Hinduism and the rest of what has so often been misleadingly termed "traditional" or "popular" Hinduism. Without neglecting the significance of modern reformist visions of Hinduism, this book reconceptualizes the meaning of "modern Hinduism" both by expanding its content and by situating its expression within a larger framework of history, ethnography, and contemporary critical theory. This volume equips undergraduate readers with the tools necessary to appreciate the richness and diversity of Hinduism as it has developed during the past two centuries.
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Understanding Yoga Therapy

Applied Philosophy and Science for Health and Well-Being

Author: Marlysa B. Sullivan,Laurie C. Hyland Robertson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429016735

Category: Psychology

Page: 260

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Understanding Yoga Therapy offers a comprehensive and accessible perspective on yoga therapy as a complementary, integrative route to promoting whole-person well-being. Readers will come away from the book understanding how the philosophy, texts, and teachings of yoga benefit a wide range of health conditions. The book is split into three helpful sections: Part I discusses foundational texts and their interpretations; Part II outlines the biopsychosocial-spiritual and neurophysiological model of integrative health pertinent to yoga therapy; and Part III focuses on practical applications separate from the more familiar diagnosis-driven models. Experiential activities and case studies throughout the text illuminate how yogic practices can be incorporated for optimal health. Bridging the ancient and modern, philosophical and scientific, Understanding Yoga Therapy offers a clear explanatory framework for yoga therapists, physicians, allied and complementary healthcare providers, and their patients and students.
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An Indian Tantric Tradition and its Modern Global Revival

Contemporary Nondual Śaivism

Author: Douglas Osto

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000049299

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

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This book analyzes the contemporary global revival of Nondual Śaivism, a thousand-year-old medieval Hindu religious philosophy. Providing a historical overview of the seminal people and groups responsible for the revival, the book compares the tradition’s medieval Indian origins to modern forms, which are situated within distinctively contemporary religious, economic and technological contexts. The author bridges the current gap in the literature between "insider" (emic) and "outsider” (etic) perspectives by examining modern Nondual Śaivism from multiple standpoints as both a critical scholar of religion and an empathetic participant-observer. The book explores modern Nondual Śaivism in relation to recent scholarly debates concerning the legitimacy of New Age consumptive spirituality, the global spiritual marketplace and the contemporary culture of narcissism. It also analyzes the dark side of the revived tradition, and investigates contemporary teachers accused of sexual abuse and illegal financial activities in relation to unique features of Nondual Śaivism’s theosophy and modern scholarship on new religious movements (NRMs) and cults. This book shows that, although Kashmir Śaivism has been adopted by certain teachers and groups to market their own brand of "High Tantra," some contemporary practitioners have remained true to the system’s fundamental tenets and teach authentic (albeit modern) forms of Nondual Śaivism. This book will be of interest to academics in the fields of religion and Asian philosophies, especially South Asian, tantric, neo-tantric and yoga philosophies, alternative and New Age spiritualities, religion and consumerism, and NRMs and cults.
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Origins of the Tarot

Cosmic Evolution and the Principles of Immortality

Author: Dai Leon

Publisher: Frog Books

ISBN: 1583942610

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 548

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Conventional wisdom traces tarot cards to medieval Italy, but their roots go much further back in time and draw on a startling variety of cultures and spiritual traditions. Combining pioneering scholarship with practical spiritual instruction, this ambitious book is the first to unveil the full range of the ancient streams of wisdom from which tarot emerged. Author Dai Léon explores a confluence of philosophical schools from East and West as they relate to tarot, giving each its due in the exposition of a universal procession of evolution and the soul’s quest for enlightenment. That the tarot reflects such a great history of conscious realization and cosmological principles has never been demonstrated in such depth. Origins of the Tarot incorporates and synthesizes material from Kabbalah, Western esotericism and alchemy, Buddhism, Taoism, yogic disciplines, Sufism, mystical Christianity, Gnosticism, and Neoplatonism. Léon traces the origins of the tarot’s names and hierarchy and makes a thoughtful analysis of the tarot trumps and their richly interwoven symbolism. The book’s unprecedented range of references is sure to attract close study among students both of the world’s most enduring esoteric tradition and of esotericism itself.
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