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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
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 12 months ago 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 18 months ago 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