As with most ancient traditions, everyone wants to claim that theirs is the oldest and that all other traditions came from them. In the Western Abrahamic religions, both Christianity and Islam arose out of Judaism. Interestingly—some claim due to the monotheistic approaches of these faiths—they all claim that their's is the real religion and their God is the real God. Well, this is not going to be a discussion of that.
The world's third largest religion by number of adherents is Hinduism (about 1 billion followers) after Islam (about 1.5 billion) and Christianity (about 2.1 billion). However, I have to question whether it is appropriate to call any of these a single religion. Various
Are you familiar with Tantra?
If you live in a Western culture, you probably know that Tantra is "that sex stuff." It's about "spiritualized sex," the Kama Sutra, weird sex positions, and sex that lasts for hours. Didn't Sting say so? (Okay, now he admits it was a joke.)
Even in India, the birthplace of Tantra, most people think of Tantra as either "that sex stuff" or "black magick" or both.
Here in the West, the Tantra most people are familiar with is really more accurately called "Neo-Tantra." It has a focus on extended periods of ecstatic sex and, supposedly, leads followers to a more spiritual state. Practitioners will talk about moving energy, breathwork, and visualization—all
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 12, I'll be on the
Forbidden America Internet Radio Show
With host Steve McManus
It begins at 11:00 p.m. Eastern (8:00 p.m. Pacific)
The scheduled topic is: How Tantra has influenced Judaism, the Kabalah, Western Paganism and magick. Many people think of Tantra as simply being "that sex stuff." Even in India, the home of Tantra, many people think of it as either "that sex stuff" or "black magic." In fact, Tantra is one of the oldest complete spiritual systems in the world. Its earliest versions were practiced on the west side of India (now known as Kashmir) long before Hinduism developed. Magic and Tantric sexual practices are just tiny parts of Traditional
Even though billions of people around the world believe in reincarnation, and the belief in reincarnation has existed for thousands of years, it remains a highly controversial subject. Personally, I believe that's a good thing. We should examine our beliefs to determine whether they are based in reality rather than fantasy.
Most occultists, but definitely not all of them, accept reincarnation as a "given." Aleister Crowley, for example, thought he was the reincarnation of famed French occultist Eliphas Levi. He also thought that in a life previous to that he had been Edward Kelly, the assistant to Dr. John Dee, discoverer of the system of Enochian magick. Why don't more people accept