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Product Details

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Ganesh & Co. (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8185988056
  • ISBN-13: 978-8185988054
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born on December 15th, 1865,John Woodroffe was educated at Woburn Park School and University College, Oxford, where he graduated in jurisprudence and the Bachelor of Civil Law examinations. In 1890, He moved to India and enrolled as an advocate in Calcutta High Court. He was soon made a Fellow of the Calcutta University and appointed Law Professor there.He was appointed Standing Counsel to the Government of India in 1902 and two years later was raised to the High Court Bench.After serving for eighteen years in the bench, he became Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court in 1915.After retiring to England he became Reader in Indian Law at the University of Oxford, and finally moved to France in his retirement, where he died in 1936. Alongside his judicial duties he studied Sanskrit and Hindu philosophy and was especially interested in the esoteric Hindu Tantric Shakti system. He translated some twenty original Sanskrit texts, and under his pseudonym Arthur Avalon.He published and lectured prolifically and authoritatively on Indian philosophy and a wide range of Yoga and Tantra topics. His most popular and influential book, a major contribution to the appreciation of Indian philosophy and spirituality, is The Serpent Power The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga ,which is the source of many modern Western appropriations of Kundalini practice. Other writings (published under his own name, as well as Arthur Avalon include: Shakti and Shakta Principles of Tantra (2 vols) Great Liberation) Hymns to the Goddess and Hymn to Kali The World as Power The Garland of Letters

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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1999
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One of the most amazing books by a Western Orientalist on the subject of Kundalini and the Tantras. An indepth study for the serious student of the Tantras and the Yogas.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TE on January 12, 2014
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If you are seeking a comprehensive understanding about the chakras and their correlation to your body-mind, this book can be found to be helpful. This of course is with the understanding that books and authors only provide thoughts and books perhaps point a way but the work and it's result is for the doer.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harold Henson on July 16, 2007
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If you want to examine Kundalini from an occult Western perspective go for it. It is heavy reading but worth it if that is what does it for you.
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