Author: David Frawley
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 812081357x
An excellent book introducing the essence of Hindu Tantrism. It discusses all the major concepts and offers valuable corrections for many existing misconceptions. It also introduces the reader to t5he core Tantric practices of meditation and 'mantra' recitation.
‘Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddess’ is an excellent book introducing the essence of Hindu Tantrism. The book discusses all the major concepts and offers valuable corrections for many existing misconceptions. It also introduces the reader to the core Tantric practices of meditation and ‘mantra’ recitation, focusing on the Ten Wisdom Goddesses (dasa-mahavidya).
This book presents the meditational and mantric side of Tantra, which is the more common side of Tantra, which is the more common side of Tantra practiced in India. It is written from the standpoint of a practitioner and also from one trained in Ayurveda (yogic medicine). It tries to present the living spirit and practice of Tantra, rather than just another academic view. The book is divided into three primary sections; with the fourth as an Appendix.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
Dr. David Frawley is one of the most important scholars of Ayurveda and Vedic Science today. I have gained great personal insight from his work and have great respect and admiration for his knowledge, and for the lucid way in which he has expounded the ancient wisdom of the Vedas. Anyone who is exposed to Dr. Frawley’s work is bound to not only become more knowledgeable but wiser.
—Deepak Chopra, M.D.
It is an enormous relief to discover a book in English that authentically represents the Tantric tradition. The difference between the manner in which Tantra is usually described in the West and the way I’ve seen it actually practiced in India is so vast I can scarcely believe the same topic is being addressed. David Frawley presents the living practices of Tantra in their true colors, against the backdrop of a millennial tradition of astonishing beauty and profundity. I am especially grateful that he is introducing Western readers to the major goddesses of the Hindu esoteric system. We are only now “discovering” the Goddess in West; in India She was never lost. Dr. Frawley’s new book provides invaluable insights into the most ancient continuously practiced Goddess tradition in the World.
—Linda Johnsen, Author; Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India
David Frawley in his book Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddess successfully removes the misunderstandings regarding Tantra which have clouded the vision of under-informed students of Tantra. His presentation is the first time that English readers have an opportunity to learn about the Ten Mahavidyas, the central doctrine and practice of Shakta Tantricism in great detail. The uniqueness of the book lies in how the author pulls together Tantric and Ayurvedic sciences in a manner which one can practice in one’s daily life.
—Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Himalayan Institute
Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddess is an excellent introduction to the essence of Hindu Tantrism. The author discusses all the major concepts and offers valuable corrections for many existing misconceptions. He also introduces the reader to the core Tantric practices of meditation and mantra recitation, focusing on the Ten Wisdom Goddesses.
—George Feuerstein, Ph. D.
Foreword by Georg Feuerstein
PART I: TANTRA RE-EXAMINED
1. Traditional and Modern Tantra
2. Tantric Paths
3. Levels of Tantric Teaching
PART II: THE TANTRIC TEACHING: THE TEN WISDOM OF GODDESS
1. Kali: The Goddess of Yogic Transformation
2. Tara: The Saving Word
3. Tripura Sundari: The Beauty of the Three Worlds
4. Bhuvaneshvari: The Queen of the Universe
5. Bhairavi: The Warrior Goddess
6. Chhinnamasta: The Consciousness Beyond the Mind
7. Dhumavati: The Grandmother Spirit
8. Bagalamukhi: The Hypnotic Power of the Goddess
9. Matangi: The Utterance of the Divine Word
10. Kamalatmika: The Lotus Goddess of Delight
11. Relationship Between the Dasha Mahavidya
PART III: THE PRACTICE OF TANTRIC YOGA AND AYURVEDA
1. Tantric Yoga: The Science of Psycho-Physical Transformation
2. Opening the Charkas
3. Tantric and Ayurveda Science Prana, Tejas and Ojas: The Spiritual Energies of
Air, Fire and Water
4. Tantric and Ayurvedic Secrets for the Practice of Yoga
5. How to Develop Tejas: The Spiritual Energy of Fire
6. How to Develop Prana: The Spiritual Energy of Air
7. How to Develop Ojas: The Spiritual Energy of Water
8. Integral Development of Prana, Tejas and Ojas
PART IV: APPENDICES
The Ten Wisdom Goddess and Buddhism
Pronunciation of Sanskrit
Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
Glossary of Special Oriental Herbs
Herbs and Remedies Index