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The Essence of Tantric Sexuality Paperback – July 8, 2006
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"A joy to review and amazing to read about. I would recommend this tantalizing and great teacher to those seriously interested in learning the marriage of sexuality on a physical and spiritual level." -- Mystic Living Today
"Michaels & Johnson have crafted a solid, detailed, and highly readable brief text intended for those with a moderate or greater background in yoga or other Tantric practices." -- Michaels & Johnson have crafted a solid, detailed, and highly readable brief text intended for those with a moderate or greater background in yoga or other Tantric practices. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality
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"The authors write with uninhibited lucidity, erudition and humour. Everything is a gateway, an entry point to the potentiality of Life, for the Tantric. They have made a magnificent contribution to both the classical and contemporary literature of Tantra. This book is indeed a revelation of the essence of Tantric sexuality!"Yogacharya Swami Ajnananda Saraswati (Paul Skye), author of Mastery of Stress
"Mark Michaels (Swami Umeshanand) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand), using the strong light of Dr. Jonn Mumfords (Swami Anandakapila) 1976 Gnosticon lectures, illuminate deeply into the cave of ancient Tantra and share with us how vitally relevant Tantra is for today. Not shy with any area of Tantra, they guide us through Tantric thinking and practices, showing how ancient techniques are still vibrant and meaningful. With this work we are given passwords to access knowledge, understanding and power that were formerly available only to the selected few. The reader will find immediate and engaging access to the Tantric world of spirit and sexuality for men and women of all sexual orientations."Bruce Anderson, author of Tantra for Gay Men
"At last! A book that presents authentic Hindu Tantra in a delightfully accessible format. The Essence of Tantric Sexuality is a must-read for everyone just beginning to explore Tantra and an invaluable, nuanced resource for more experienced practitioners. Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson have done a stunning job of placing Dr. Jonn Mumford's Gnosticon lectures in context between their ancient roots and their modern application. Most impressive is Michaels' and Johnsons ability to separate-without prejudice or judgement--the essence of authentic Tantra from the many varieties of popular American neo-Tantra. This is a truly liberating book."Barbara Carrellas, founder of Urban Tantra® and author of Urban Tantra, Luxurious Loving
"The two effortlessly model the tantric tradition that invokes the beloved as an incarnation of the divine."The Village Voice
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Top Customer Reviews
I have studied Tantra for five years and have trudged through numerous books on the subject. Until I read this book, I was under the false impression that Tantric study was demanding, laborious and technical. What occurs in this book is that all of the excess is trimmed away and we are left with a clear path on how to use Tantra to reach new levels of ecstasy.
The book is based on a series of lectures given by Dr. John Mumford in 1976. What these lectures accomplish is to successfully combine eastern and western perspectives on Tantra. The translation of eastern beliefs into a manageable path for the western mind is what makes this book so valuable.
From the use and mastery of yantras, geometric symbols whose purpose it is to open the chakras, to the Tantric massage, everything is laid out in simple to understand steps. Don't get me wrong. Each simple step is backed up by in depth explanations and extensive examinations of linguistic origins of many words to reveal how their meanings connect in incredible ways.
Over fifty pages are dedicated to the three levels of erogenous zones and a systematic method of manipulating them to open the chakras in the most advantageous pattern. By following the path prescribed in the book, the tertiary erogenous zones are made available, a group of areas on the body which are not sensitized unless preceded by the manipulation of the primary and secondary erogenous zones. These simple techniques and patterns extend the number of erogenous zones on the body from eight to eighteen.
From this basic knowledge, the Tantric massage can be added in order to begin the opening of the Chakras.Read more ›
There is a huge pile of Tantra books available,trying to take advantage of the fact that sex sells. Many of them are exploitive and ignorant. This one is the real deal: expert, wise and loving.
The authors recognize the importance of shakti worship, and also cover some obscure topics such as the use of perfumes and incense.
Sure sex is a part of tantra, but the authors also recognize the importance of the mental component too, such as meditation, concentration, and visualization.
This book is a welcome addition to the library of any serious practitioner.
Many tantric and sex magic secrets are revealed in this book with substantial never before in print material such as tantric perfume magic and the tantric mass and the secret of Amrita.
The Essence of Tantric Sexuality is perfectly balanced in expounding theory and practice. Brilliant study and manual for any esoterist, yogi and tantric library. Highly recommended and a job most well done by Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson.
differences between Hindu Tantra and "Neo-Tantra". It is insightfully and intelligently
written. The sections on the erogenic zones as well as the suggestions for sexual work
with your partner are my favorite parts. Trying some of these suggestions has already
enriched my sexual life with my partner as well as my awareness of and feeling of
presence within my body. I also love the bits of humour. You can't put it down -- very
I was a bit concerned before reading the book that a lot of what it has to say would be beyond my understanding, as I was a total novice to tantra. But I soon found I was mistaken. The book is so well written - the authors use simple to understand language to make otherwise complex ideas easy to digest - and I was astonished at how quickly I moved through the chapters and how much of it I retained.
If you're looking for a great book on tantra this is the one. A++++!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting, informative book about a subject that is shrouded with mystery and misinformation. Actual transcriptions of talks by a Swami who is an expert on this subject. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stan Schultz
Full of history, science, Hindu philosophy, medical information, with a touch of humor.
And how it all applies to men and women and towards a better understanding of what... Read more
This is a great companion to the other book by Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson "Tantra For Erotic Empowerment". The book is based on the lectures of their guru Dr. Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by Alex G.
This is not an easy read type book because the auther uses a lot of technobable that is unique enough to spin anyone's head like a demon being exercised. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Wayne J. Villines
Very pedantic and not useful if you want to learn how to PRACTICE...! I was expecting more of a tantric guide after hearing the authors interview with Kelly Howell... Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by astrida
I have been scouring the planet for the last twenty years looking for books on Tantra, and have never read anything like this before. Read morePublished on April 25, 2010 by Mr. C. J. Allen
"Tantra uses touch as the primary sensory avenue for the focusing of the mind and when sexual sensation expresses itself in orgasm, the bursting or climax, we achieve a state of... Read morePublished on October 16, 2009 by TCM Reviews
excellent text and very helpful. I enjoyed the 'modern' interpretation of this very ancient practice. Very readable - with detailed information.Published on April 24, 2009 by B. Conover