“There is nothing esoteric in Buddhism – Buddhism is the very opposite of esoteric – it is a religion for the people at large, for

the poor, the suffering, the ill-treated. Buddha protests against the very idea of keeping anything secret. There was much more of that esoteric teaching in Brahmanism. There was the system of caste, which deprived the Shudras, at least, of many religious privileges. But . . . even in Brahmanism there is no such thing as an esoteric interpretation of the Shastras. The Shastras had but one meaning, and all who had been properly prepared by education, had access to them . . .


There is no mystery about it. Again it is true that the Vedanta, for instance, admit of an(Advaita and Visishtadvanta [Dualist, Non Dualist and something in between] interpretation and the same applies to the Upanishads. But all this is open and nothing is kept secret from those who have passed through the proper education. Besides in our time all MSS are accessible, the most important Shastras, and their commentaries have been printed. Where is there room for esoteric doctrine. No living Pandit or mahatma knows more than what is contained in the MSS, thought I am quite aware that their oral instruction, which is freely extended even to Europeans, is very helpful towards a right understanding of the Sanskrit texts and commentaries . . .” The celebrated Victorian Sanskrit scholar, Max “Moksha” Muller. Letter to the Theosophical Society received 4th July 1893 Published in A S Olcott, Old Diary Leaves 1893-96 (TPS 1975)


I first joined a tantrik cult back in 1980 – I didn’t investigate too much its particularities. As this talk concerns “Tantra” we maybe need some definitions. 3 . Meaning there are lots of different cults – and one tends to see things from the perspective of that cult. Tantra is a culty thing. It was a very odd cult – using the Indian term “Nathas” .Muller’s opinion was contested at the time by Theosophists and may need some revision but not untenable. and ignore pretty much everything else. If there is any supposed Tantrik secret – maybe its just about doing the work.

So one way or another. Which remind me that the founder of Neo-platonism (Ammonius Saccas) was. There are other nautical parallels 4 . But when they met. a Alexandrian dock worker and philosopher. he remade contact with disciples of Kenneth Grant in UK and with them founded an East / West version of the Kaula sect that survives today under the name AMOOKOS. according to Plotinus. in the mid 1970s.Our lineage came from a proto hippie called Dadaji. who had initially wanted to be a pupil of Aleister Crowley. But he never forgot his connection with Crowley and later. old crow told him to get himself to India. He took Old Crow at his word and arrived just after independence and became a wandering Sadhu – spending the rest of his life in Indian until his death in 1989. AMOOKOS traces its roots back to a late classical fisherman called Matsyendranath.

5 .Matsyendranath lived more than a thirteen hundred years ago – and developed his own magical style known as the Yogini Kaula – hence he maybe even be the creator of the so-called Kaula Practice. So by luck I wondered into a very important cult. So let me digress to tell you that its normal nowadays to recognise three stages in the development of Tantra.

These were divine half-human female beings who spend their time killing and eating babies. And it shares many of those features.. Our hero hopes to get the good graces of one of these feasting drunken bird-headed creatures who will then take him up into the sky and cavort with him and he will get siddhis. and don't forget the baby! love lal On Tue. The Kulas are said to be extremists in their magick.. Very in your face – rituals in graveyards.. orgies that sort of thing.. Its this I believe is contemporary with the Hermetic. an adept known as Lalita Mataji made the following post: Originally tantra was a way for a very brave 'hero' to seduce and bribe his way into the company of the Dakini/yoginis. Apr 15. when we were discussing this in a recent elist..X young gentlemen. 6 . for example the clan structure. To give you a flavour. or Pagan magic of the classical world.. 2008 at 11:36 AM. These fluids are some of the many fluids that females produce including sexual ejaculate which have been all mixed together in some recipe which is unique to each kula. They are bribed by the offering of sexual fluids which our hero has procured through his kula activities. drinking liquor and kula fluids and eating wild meat. Just sign here.The earliest stage is called “Kula” – which means clan or family..

The Kaulas were pretty much the inventors of Kundalini Yoga. and that is what is known as “Tantra”. 7 . Meetings took place on the new or full moons in isolated circles within the forest.“Kaula” comes next and is a development of “Kula”. Some (but which some) practices are internalised – thus the circle in the forest could also be the chakra in the body. Over time even the Kaula gets more and more refined or watered down if you prefer. discreet. It’s a secret society. This is mainstream and is pretty much synonymous with mainstream Hinduism. It’s more mellow. It’s final stage is purely internal.

That’s a history but all three stages persist in some form or another. 8 . “Eight” is a very significant number in Kaula lore. In my little book “Tantra Sadhana” I present a way of recognising Tantrism though eight characteristic activities. So trying my best to avoid repetition – I thought I’d add some more explanation of some of these categories – maybe not all eight as that would be tedious.

Initiation 9 . Nyasa 6.– The eight are: 1. Puja (especial sexualised rites) 8. Mudra 5. Mandala or Yantra 4. Sadhana / practice – 2. Mantra 3. Dhyana 7.

Mantra: In TS I introduce lots of strange concepts – including a opening rite that is based on material from the Greek Magical Papyri – so I thought I’d take some time to explain that in more detail now. they all work on the same premise. even “Theosophy”. They certainly overlap in terms of time and there is a geographical connection. Hence my term “Tankhem” or “Typhonian” or indeed “Golden Dawn”. 10 . For some time now I have had a working hypothesis that there is some cross over between the idea late Egyptian and early “Tantrik” magick.

When the founder of my Kaula sect was compiling his tantrik “grimoire” – he seems to be aware of this doctrine of seven sacred vowels.Using careful detective work its been possible to discern that the priest magicians of Roman Egypt devised an international language – that combined ancient hieroglyphs with the Greek vowels. It combines Egyptian power of the word with Orphic power of sound. Much of this was either transferred to or found a home in India. Perhaps as we would do he used a very similar system – the eight vowels being: 11 .

using a simpler vernacular. has A as in but or father I as in fit/fee U as in put/boo R purdy L table Ai: bite Om: rope Au: found 12 .Matsyendranath.

from either system. The eight represent to eight fundamental yoginis or female spirits of Tantrism. Feed the Hot. 13 .Which is are pretty much the same as the Greek vowels – said to be the soul of the alphabet – which I suggested as a mnemonic Father. are pretty much the only “language “ you need to construct any number of mantras and spells. In permutation – 8 x 8 = 64. These eight sounds – combined with some consonants such as H or S. although in a different order. new home. Get Game.

Ok that’s a simple but also maybe a complex idea so I’ll just leave it with you to experiment. In the end it boils down to a freeform vowel song or chaos language. 14 .

(See also Tales of the Vampire) Both images are combined in the motif of cannibalism. Everyone has heard of its extreme rituals and its “sexual magick” or “Tantrik Sex”. 15 . meaning ritual is probable the most distinctive thing about Tantra. drinking liquor. the eating of human flesh.Puja Puja. kula fluids and eating wild meat. See for example the famous images of Goddess Kali. (KOTY: p17) . In fact there are two big themes in Kaula iconography “Sex” and “Death”. We heard earlier the accusation that Kaula goddesses are divine half-human female beings who spend their time killing and eating babies. who loses her head and those about her whilst engaged in sexual coupling with the god Shiva.

and overtime these have been mellowed and moderated or turned into metaphors or internalised.Some of the Yoginis are disease entities .which grew from a very bloodthirsty Vedic religion. This is same as in Hinduism . or be like medieval incubi/succubi. 16 .which do especially afflict children .some are tree goddesses. some are bird and animal entities. Like many religions (perhaps all) we have some bloodthirsty roots . Some may well be connected with abortion.

Sex in Kaula rites is never conventional. you must suck seed) This facilitates the process of fluid gnosis – from the yogini. the guru or some other intermediary to the would-be adept. On the whole it’s more oral than penetrative – (If you want to succeed. Example Cunnilingus according to etc [read from book] If you study magick one thing will begin the stick out more than anything else? 17 .

food. 18 . “everything is food” When we die we are consumed in the funeral pyre or digested in the warm earth just as we during our lifetime consumed other organises in the fire of our stomachs. According to Hindu intellectual tradition. Food is the secret key to magick in al traditions at all times.FOOD Perhaps from the beginning of time. has been the mediating principle of magick.

It’s a process as old as life itself. Its also the way we control the animal kingdom – think of the working elephants – living avatars of the god Ganesha – their trainers prepare embryo shaped balls of food for them everyday – which is then put directly into the Elephants mouth by hand.Think of rituals of commensatility – or put simply – if you want to seduce someone. you bake them a cake. It is no coincidence that Ganesha is an important Tantrik deity. 19 . Only thus can they release the colossal power of the elephant.

In folklore it is the stork that delivers the newborn babe In ancient Egypt various parts of the souls were represented by different water foul – – the Ba or life force the Jiburu Stork the Akh or transfigured self by the Crested Ibis (Thoth is the Sacred Ibis) In Plato one reads that when a soul is reborn. (thus the poem by W B Yeats – White Swans at Coole Park) 20 . We have long seen them as agents of disease – the current fear of Avian Flu is just the latest of a long line of examples. it takes flight on the wings of a swan. We also associated them with various aspects of the soul.Disease entities We humans have a very special relationship with the bird kingdom.

21 .In tantra one of the most powerful mantras is HanSA – which is also the “in and out breath. Hamsa can also mean “swan” or “goose” – and like many cultures the Hindus envisioned the lungs as the wings of a bird.

female divinities with whom human female “witches” were identified in ritual practice. (3) they were essential to tantrik initiation in which they initiated male practitioners through fluid transactions via their “mouths”. sometimes martial. 22 . both their own menstrual and sexual emissions.Read this fact in conjunction with following summary from David Gordon White’s “Kiss of the Yogini” “The Yoginis whose cults were central to Kaula practice had the following features: (1) they were a group of powerful. (their power was intimately connected to the flow of blood. and the blood of their animal (and human?) victims.

” 23 . (7) their temples were generally located in isolated areas. (5) they took the form of humans. and (8) they were never portrayed as practicing yoga for the simple reason that yoga as we know it had not yet been invented.(4) they were possessed of the power of flight. animals or birds. on hilltops or prominences and were usually round and often hypaethral.

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