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Good fortune I stumbled on this book. Oh I wish I had been given this as an insight when I was a boy and watched all these rituals in temples in Tamilnadu. I was so ready to merge to my favourite God. Without knowing the significance of the rituals they became meaningless superstition to me. Tantra can easily revive in India if the teaching in this book were given to young children there. I see so many with passion and faith there. Most will loose their innocence in due time.
From personal perspective I am relieved to know that karmic patterns are can be lost by changing ones entire being. I highly recommend it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
although this book dosnt entirely match up with the understanding of traditional tantra that I study with Shri Kali, it clears up a lot of the confusion that new age neo tantra has created in day to day understanding.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print version yet, but something comes alive when Christopher Wallis reads this text. I had to pause it several times or listen again because it was so powerful. The descriptions communicate the meaning and sense of what they signify - it's not just reading of words...Wallis brings life to sacred texts.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The narrator - his personal caring about the topic is very evident and comes through in the reading.
What does Christopher D. Wallis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Hearing the book out loud was magical. Wallis deeply understands these texts in a personal way. When he reads them, he not only communicates his caring, but he is transmitting his experience of the texts coming to life in him, too.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Time travel to the seed of wisdom.
Any additional comments?
Wallis makes accessible ancient writings that would have remained unknown to me or absolutely inscrutable if I had somehow come across these writings - which most likely would not have happened. For me this was an experience of sitting in on an historical discussion on the other side of the world with sages who saw the world in an entirely different light.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I commend Christopher for this body of work. It is much needed.
Having that been said, I do feel for me personally it would be better to have another narrator that specializes in narration.
Not to be picky, but there is a massive body of intelligence and mystic history that is shared in the text and I personally would've preferred having a professional narrator dictate it.
Because sometimes I found myself listening more to the speaker than to the information. And in this case it wasn't a good experience. My Tantric powers were not at their best as a listener. But the information is well worth acquainting to. And I am glad to have listened.
Additionally I feel the fat needs to be cut out. There is a lot of redundancy, pontification and sense of superiority that is convened through choices of words. I will not provide specifics here but do feel with some edits, small trims and cleaner intentions this would make a strong resource text on Kashmir Shaivism Tantra, and Abinavagupta.
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