Tantra Essence with Ma Ananda Sarita & her kaula team
Secrets of Tantra from the Ice Age to the New Millennium
This book contains a treasure trove of information and interesting insights. It also contains astonishing pictures of archaic Tantra paintings and sculptures, unique quotes from Tantra scriptures and is generally compelling in every way. Anyone who is genuinely interested in Tantra will benefit greatly by reading it.
The author learned Sanskrit in order to be able to translate certain texts directly. His in-depth research and practice of Tantra lends credibility to the book.
I am always a bit suspicious of Tantra scholars who preach about the subject only from the intellect. They have only studied about Tantra, but have not practiced it and because of this, their words automatically lack the magic inherent in Tantra.
Nik Douglas, a Tantra adept, while being very good at research, is also able to convey the magic of Tantra through his words and the layout of the book. I consider this book to be a true support on the path of Tantra, like holding the hand of a wise friend who knows the path and encourages you to take the plunge into the heart and soul of Tantra transformation.
This book is built around an in-depth exploration of the vast history of Tantra, both east and west, from the ice age to the present. I believe we can never truly appreciate Tantra unless we come to know its history. The wealth of historical information in this book is truly a revelation.
A quote from the book says:
“Tantra is a ‘sexual software’ a ‘software of love’, that makes use of the senses in pursuit of spiritual liberation. Tantra’s most potent tools are the sense organs, the mind, plus the skin, the eyes, ears, tongue and nose. Our most potent activity is the sexual act.
Tantra is entirely relevant to the present needs of western or westernized seekers desiring both sensual satisfaction and spiritual liberation. It offers a holistic way of interacting with the universe we inhabit, without denying any of the impulses that drive us. Tantra teaches how we can use sexual energy to take control of and transform consciousness.
Tantra is a radical approach to spiritual liberation, equally relevant to men or women, singles or couples. People from any religious or cultural background can progress their evolution by adopting a Tantric attitude and empowering their natural spirituality with the wisdom of Tantric teachings.”