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ISBN: 978-1-905297-37-5
Released: Nov - 2010
List Price: $39.99

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Vox ID: 188617

Book ID: 2268

Posted: 10.12.2010

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Outstanding practical work which makes Tantra accessible from its early roots

Kali Kaula (A Manual of Tantric Magick)

Author: Jan Fries [a Witchvox Sponsor]

Publisher: Avalonia

Category: Tantra   Level: All

Kali Kaula is a practical and experiential journey through the land of living magickal art that is Tantra, guided by the incisive, inspired and multi-talented hands of Jan Fries. By stripping away the fantasies and exploring the roots, flowers and fruits of Tantra, the author provides an outstandingly effective and coherent manual of practices.

Acknowledging the huge diversity of Tantric material produced over the centuries, Jan Fries draws on several decades of research and experience and focuses on the early traditions of Kula, Kaula and Krama, and the result is this inimitable work which shines with the light of possibility.

Unique in style and content, this book is more than a manual of tantric magick, it is a guide to the exploration of the inner soul. It contains the most lucid discussions of how to achieve liberation in the company of numerous Indian goddesses and gods, each of whom brings their own lessons and gifts to the dedicated seeker. It is also an eloquent introduction to the mysteries of the great goddess Kali, providing numerous views of her manifold nature, and showing the immense but hidden role played throughout history by women in the development and dissemination of tantric practices and beliefs.

Jan Fries explores the spectrum of techniques from mudra to mantra, pranayama to puja, from kundalini arousal to purification to sexual rites, and makes them both accessible and relevant, translating them out of the Twilight Language of old texts and setting them in the context of both personal transformation and the historical evolution of traditions. The web of connections between Tantra and Chinese Alchemy and Taoism are explored as the author weaves together many of the previously disparate strands of philosophies and practices. This book challenges the reader to dream, delight, and develop, and provides an illustrated guidebook on how to do so.

Bliss awaits those who dare.

Table of Contents
The Scope of this Book
Abbreviations of primary sources with comments
1: Daksa’s Feast
2: Before Tantra
The Indus Valley
The Vedic Period
Seers on Soma
Vedic Religion
Spiritual Discipline
The World Soul
Classes of Society
Beyond Veda
New Faiths: Buddhism and Jaina
Elder Hinduism
Dharma and the Pattern of Society
Problems with Purity
Ups and Downs of the Deities
Vaisnavas, Saivas and Saktas
3: The Texture of Tantra
Twilight Language
Siva and Sakti
Sex, Gender, and Religion
Three Temperaments
Three and a half consciousness states
Skulls and Corpses
Animal Sacrifice
What have you learned?
4: Tantric History
Tantric Traditions
Kapalikas and Aghoras
Kula and Kaula
Sri Vidya
5: Masks of the Divine
The Guru Game
The Primal Guru
Guru Puja
Learning Together
Webs of Delusion
Divine Actors
Female Saints
Female Ascetics
6: Body as a Whole
Maps of the Body
Being at Ease
A Choice of Postures
Shaking, Swaying, and Primal Vibration
Nyasa: a Touch of the Divine
Initiation and Nyasa
An Armour of Protection
Helpful Hands
7: The Joy of Breath
Breath and suggestion.
Prana in Antiquity
Classical pranayama
8: Mantra
A World of Vibration
A Structure of Mantras
A Choice of Mantras
Sri Vidya’s Playful Goddess
Maya: Waking the Mantra
Lakmi: Maintaining a Mantra
Kali: Transcending a Mantra.
Japa Mala
Using the Japa-Mala
Counting digits
A Chance to Wake Up
9: The Heart of Kula
The Heart in Veda
The Heart in Tantra
The Heart as an Organ
The Heart as a Cakra
Home of the Personal Deity
The Heart in Kashmir Tantricism
Experience of the Heart
A Note of Caution
The Heart of Dao
10: Seeing in the Heart
A World of Visions
A Question of Perspective
Coding your Perception
A Shower of Ambrosia
The Black Elixir
Yoni Mudra
Going for Colour
Union with the Gods
11: The Path of the Serpent
Occult Anatomy
Bhuta Suddhi: the Purification of the Principles of your Body
A Look at Tradition
Kundalini: Consciousness, Power, and the World Glamour
Natha Lore
A Classical Approach
Kundalini Yoga
A Practical Approach
12: A Feast of Five
Tantric sex
A Day in the Life of a Neo-Kaula
13: Red and White
The Yoni Shrine
Mothers, Seizers, and Yoginis
Alone with Lilith
Secret Sacraments
Science of Rasa
Fluid Gnosis
The Partner for You
14: Mahavidyas
Ten Principles of Wisdom
The Mahavidyas and You.
Direct Experience
15: Kali’s Kula
Kali Rising
Kali Abroad
Masks of Kali
Hymn to Kali – Karpuradi-Stotra
Rites of Kali
Kali Yantra
Kali’s Flowers
Tribute to the Jackals
Playing in Guyana
Appendix One: Language and Pronunciation
Appendix Two: A Brief Glossary of Sanskrt Terms

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