The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga

The Serpent Power The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga Two works on Laya yoga translated from the Sanskrit with introduction commentary Written by a leading authority on Shaktic Tantric thought this book is considered the prime document for study appli

  • Title: The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga
  • Author: Arthur Avalon John George Woodroffe
  • ISBN: 9780486230580
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two works on Laya yoga, translated from the Sanskrit, with introduction commentary Written by a leading authority on Shaktic Tantric thought, this book is considered the prime document for study application of Kundalini yoga It probes the philosophical mythological nature of Kundalini, the esoteric anatomy associated with it, the study of mantras,Two works on Laya yoga, translated from the Sanskrit, with introduction commentary Written by a leading authority on Shaktic Tantric thought, this book is considered the prime document for study application of Kundalini yoga It probes the philosophical mythological nature of Kundalini, the esoteric anatomy associated with it, the study of mantras, the chakras, or psychic centers in the human body, etc Sir John George Woodroffe 1865 1936 , aka Arthur Avalon, was a British Orientalist whose work helped to unleash in the West an interest in Hindu philosophy Yogic practices His The Serpent Power is a source for many modern Western adaptations of Kundalini yoga practice It s a philosophically sophisticated commentary on, translation of, the Satcakra nirupana Description of Investigation into the Six Bodily Centres of Purnananda dated c 1550 the Paduka Pancaka Five fold Footstool of the Guru The term Serpent Power refers to the kundalini, an energy said to be released within an individual by meditation techniques.

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    1. In the tangled history of lies and counter-factualizations and blasphemies that is the "Western" creation of the "Eastern" creation of "Tantra," Sir John Woodroffe aka "Arthur Avalon" turns out to be, oddly, one of the most sincere and sympathetic figures, neither attempting to read Indian religion as sex-mad decadence nor as mystical hoodwinking, nor allowing himself to be shocked by his own thoughts. Would that we all could be so gentle.

    2. Sir John Woodroffe (Arthur Avalon) has written several incredible volumes on yoga. Considered a "masterwork" even by Indians, these books offer an incredible wealth of information. The Serpent Power is a classic of Kundalini Yoga.

    3. This sounds like it ought to be one of Llewellyn's dodgier offerings, but is actually a serious translation by an Edwardian gentleman scholar (legal name Sir John Woodroffe) of two Sanskrit yoga texts and associated commentary, both describing chakras and associated concepts. Avalon's introductory chapters are longer than the works themselves, and I would advise readers to skip them or read the texts first and then return to them, as I found them considerably harder to follow than the texts them [...]

    4. This book is very dense and a slow read, however, based on other readers' reviews, extremely valuable and worth working through. I have put it down and will pick it up after I read The Origins and History of Consciousness.

    5. Sir John Woodroffe or Arthur Avalon was a scholar and he translated complicated Sanskrit texts into English with a commentary. This book is a milestone in the western attempt to understand Indian mysticism. It explains fundamentals of Kundalini Yoga.

    6. For how old this book is, Woodroffe (a.k.a. Arthur Avalon) does a really good job at being informative and well-researched, citing sources often and yet also elucidating concepts in fairly clear language. Recommended for those who want a more 'traditional' understanding of Hindu tantra and kundalini which draws from Upanishads & tantras (rather than the typical modern teacher who appears to be making up everything as they go along).

    7. Un saggio che non può certo mancare nella nostra libreria. Fondamentale per chi si occupa di yoga o vuole conoscere il pensiero indiano. E, parlando dei Chakra dei quali tutti ormai parlano ma nessuno sa di fatto cosa sono, qui c'è il testo originale.

    8. this book translates two important tantric texts. in addition to the primary source material, the author provides long analytical commentary about mantras, chakras and other elements of kundalini yoga. she is the aspect of creative energy that eventually forms mind and form, and comes to rest in the lowest form of matter. she is consciousness: the power of matter to know itself. she is the goddess. it seems silly that as a woman, that i have avoided truly studying this topic for so long.

    9. A extensive thesis on the subject of kundalini tantra. The book covers the subject in more of a theoretical approach and offers a lot of references from ancient Indian writings. One of the oldest but live description of the journey and experiences of the author. Only i felt that more illustrations could have been added. This book is for serious readers, novice may get easily distracted reading it.

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