By Christopher D. Wallis
Contributor note: Illustrator Ekabhumi Ellik
Tantra Illuminated takes the reader on a desirable trip to the very center of Tantra: its key teachings, foundational lineages, and transformative practices. because the West s discovery of Tantra a hundred years in the past, there was significant fascination, hypothesis, and greater than a bit incorrect information approximately this religious stream.
Now, for the 1st time within the English language, Tantra Illuminated offers an obtainable advent to this sacred culture that started 1,500 years in the past within the some distance north of India. utilizing translations from from fundamental Sanskrit assets and providing a profound examine non secular perform, this e-book unearths Tantra s wealthy heritage and robust teachings.
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But it must be the eternal that draws forth your strength and beauty, not desire of growth. For in the one case you develop in the luxuriance of purity; in the other, yola harden by the forcible passion for personal stature," The writer of the above words has made so plain the meaning of this two-fold statement of truth, that very little comment upon the same is needed, even for those just entering upon the Path. The distinction between the "desire for growth," and the unfoldment that comes to the advancing soul lies in the motive.
The student of occultism cannot be warned too often against such desires and practices-it is the dark side of the picture, and those who pursue the descending path meet with a terrible punishment by reason of their own acts, and are often compelled to labor for ages be. fore they find their way back to the Path upon which the sun of the Spirit shines brightly. The natural growth of the soul-that growth &ich is compared to that of the flower-gradual and unconscious, but yet eager in the sense of opening up one's soul to the beneficient rays of the great Central Sun of Life-the growth which consists in "letting" rather than forcing, is the growth to be desired.
Returning to the subject of the relative qualities of the mind, we would say that selfishness ;all the animal desires, including sexual desires ort tiic physical plans (there is much more in sex than physical plane manifestations) ; all passions, such as hatred, envy, malice, jealousy, desire for revenge, self-glorification, and selfexaltation; are also a pact of it. Low pride is one of its most subtle and dangerous manifestations, and one which returns again, and again, after we think we have cast it ofb-each return k i n g in a more subtle form-physical pride, being succeeded by the pride of the intellect-pride in psychic attainments-pide In spiritual development and growth--pride in m o d worth, chastity and chancter-the "I am holier than SOME LIGHT ON THE PATH.