The life-affirming philosophy of tantra and its application to everyday life have created wide and enthusiasticinterest in the West in the past decade.
The Tantric Way
isa practical guide to the creative mystery of this religiousand mystical system to achieve awareness.Derived from the essential tenets of Indian thought,tantra was nourished by radically different, even heretical,sources. It embraces the fullest acceptance of physicaldesires; it regards man as the embodiment of universalforces; it accepts the natural world. Contemplation mustbe
and includes the use of meditative tools, grouprituals, rhythmic breathing, and sexual union. Nor does itrule out the use of drugs to reach an expanded andcreative awareness. The sexual component of tantra haslong been misunderstood, obscured by the distaste ofnineteenth-century scholars and the secrecy of theinitiates;
The Tantric Way
explains the symbolism behindthe forthright language of the texts and the eroticpostures of tantric art.The book is fully illustrated with paintings, drawings,and diagrams. The illustrations serve to explain andinstruct, but the compelling work produced by tantricartists will also have strong visual appeal to the Westerneye educated by Klee, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Rothko, andNoland.Ajit Mookerjee, author of
(NYGS, 1975), is anoutstanding expert on tantric art and an importantcollector, and his deep knowledge of the West makes himan ideal interpreter. Madhu Khanna is a distinguishedscholar of Eastern and Western philosophies.
ON THE COVER:
A gouache painting from a series illustrating the rise of Kundalini throughthe psyche: the fish symbolizes its most primitive form, the lotus its most subtle and complex.Rajasthan.
18 color, 130 black and white illustrations,80 line drawings
New York Graphic Society
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Printed in England