Beginning Tantra – Two Books for a Start

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The best book about Tantric initiation that I’ve ever read, and I’ve read dozens, is Tantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Love, by Daniel Odier. First hand experience is always the best teacher, and this book is an intimate, detailed and thrilling account of Odier’s own initiation into Tantra. The book is accurately titled, because he did set out on a quest, and he ultimately found his teacher, and the experience that he shares in his book is moving, exciting and inspiring. Although it’s a man’s story, the principles and practices we read about in the story apply to women as well, and the book is so exciting, I re-read it immediately.

For a completely different approach and view of tantra, Tantric Love, by Ma Ananda Sarita and Swami Anand Geho is a visually stunning book and is filled with fundamental teachings and detailed descriptions of Tantric practice that you can easily follow. The introduction included this message, which is, I think, one of the most important elements of Tantra:

“It is possible to enter the Tantric path from wherever you are. If you are angry, you can use your anger as a meditation. If you are full of passion, you can use that too . . . If you bring acceptance and consciousness to what you experience, it will automatically be transformed into its divine aspect.”

This book gives you ancient principles and concepts in a Western context and vocabulary, but without losing the spiritual and ethereal aspects of Tantric tradition. There are also detailed and beautifully illustrated instructions for chakra massage, varied forms of meditation and simple Tantric practices. If you follow this book closely and with intention, it is possible to experience some of the fundamental wisdom and great joy of Tantra.

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