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Excellent, accurate, easy to understand reference for serious students,
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This review is from: Kundalini Tantra/2012 Re-print/ 2013 Golden Jubilee edition (Paperback)
I am a personal growth coach who has been studying world religions for over two decades. I have a graduate education in integral psychology. This field studies psychology within the broader context of the world's wisdom traditions. I own over 800-900 books on philosophy and world religion and this one is special for a variety of reasons. Three of the most important are that it is easy to read, it comes from an authentic lineage and it includes quite a bit of in-depth information.
Unlike many books on Tantra or Kundalini written for Western audiences, this book has real substance and does a good job of explaining the philosophical foundation of this practice without adding a lot of unnecessary detail. It strikes a very nice balance between a traditional approach and one that takes into account the needs of Western students.
While I don't agree with every point in the book or take it as unquestioned truth, it certainly contributed to my understanding of this vast and complex topic. It also provided me with a lot of food for thought, good analogies for difficult concepts and useful practices.
This is real Tantra and geared toward serious practioners. However, it is useful for anyone looking for reliable information without buying ten different books and getting bogged down in a lot of detail and contradictory information from questionable sources. It presents Tantra from the Hindu point of view. If you are interested in the Buddhist perspective, then I highly recommend Lama Yeshe's "Introduction to Tantra."
I think it is very important to note that practicing Kundalini Tantra without a qualified teacher could be dangerous. At the least, you can have a minor spiritual crisis or some very uncomfortable psychological or emotional problems come up unexpectedly. In short, this is an area of study to approach with respect and the best tour guide you can find.