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
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I had always enjoyed science fiction movies, but I had never seen anything like this. And here was a scene that was pivotal to the plot. The trash can-like robot, R2-D2 (Supposedly named after a request at an editing session during the making of Lucas' earlier film, American Grafitti. Lucas heard editor Walter Murch ask for "R2D2," short
As you get more and more into your study of magick, metaphysics, and the occult, you're going to hear about Tantra. For most Westerners, Tantra is just "that sex stuff." Some think it's all revealed in the book, The Kama Sutra. So how could I even ask if Tantra is a religion?
Tantra is either relatively recent or many thousands of years old, developing before there was writing. It developed out of the Hindu holy scriptures, the Vedas, or is a source of the Vedas. Or maybe it evolved out of Buddhism. Or maybe it evolved into Buddhism. So the problem is that Tantra is closely linked to religions, and some members of those religions are rather dogmatic. If anyone dares disagree with
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As most of you know, I am very interested in the subjects of Tantra, sacred sexuality, and sex magick. I discuss these subjects in parts of my Modern Magick and, of course, in my Modern Sex Magick. Although Tantra is quite old, it's introduction in the U.S. is relatively recent.
In fact, the introduction of the high level of Indian thought and theology is relatively new to the West. With the typical sense of Christian superiority at the time, most people thought that Hinduism was just the stupid beliefs of savages until 1893 and the Parliament of World Religions held in Chicago. There, Swami Vivekananda electified the audience as he described the