Over a decade ago I was feeling frustrated over seeing the way most Westerners thought about Tantra. If you're like most people, Tantra is "that sex stuff." Or perhaps you know a bit more about it and thought that it was all about sacred sexuality and extending periods of sexual bliss. In fact, Traditional Tantra consists of some of the oldest, continually practiced Pagan traditions in the world. To say that Tantra is just about sex is like saying Wicca is just about the Great Rite or that the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, the worlds fastest production car, is just about its gas cap.
[caption id="attachment_12594" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super SportPhotograph
In the blog Gleamings from the Dawn, Morgan Drake Eckstein seems surprised to hear that on another blog, a person wrote that you shouldn't use the term "cult" to describe "Golden Dawn groups." Eckstein writes, "If we cannot use the word 'cult,' especially in its technical sense, then what word are we supposed to use?"
Using a simple term to describe an organization (or individual) is a great advantage. After all, rather than give a list of characteristics, I can simply use that term, a label, and not have to describe all of the qualities I like or dislike.
The problem, however, is that your definition of the label may not be the same as my definition. Let's use this highly charged
In 1925, T.S. Elliot wrote a poem that is considered a classic, The Hollow Men. It's last two lines are the most quoted:
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
You may not have noticed it, but one of the greatest attempts to terrorize you has officially ended. On August 10, 2010, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, said that the world pandemic of Swine Flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, "has largely run its course… [and we] are now moving into the post-pandemic period."
Many people thought this illness was going to decimate the world. But it has left with barely a whimper. The story above didn't even make the front