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Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition Audiobook

Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition

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Tantra Illuminated takes the listener on a fascinating journey to the very heart of original Tantra: its key teachings, foundational lineages, and transformative practices. Since the West's discovery of Tantra 100 years ago, there has been considerable fascination, speculation, and more than a little misinformation about this spiritual movement. Now, for the first time in the English language, Tantra Illuminated presents an accessible introduction to this sacred tradition that began 1,500 years ago in the far north of India. Using translations from primary Sanskrit sources and offering a profound look at spiritual practice, this book reveals Tantra's rich history and powerful teachings.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Christopher D. Wallis (P)2015 Christopher D. Wallis

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    david ibrahim 03-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Tantric knowledge"

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 08-29-16
    Michael 08-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating introduction to the world of tantra"

    I want to listen to this book again. There's so much information it was hard to retain it all on the first listen. It summarizes the philosophy, history, and practices of tantra, ending with a discussion on how those who are interested can go even further. Along the way it dives into topics such as "How do you choose a guru, or spiritual leader?" and "Is tantra even applicable in today's world?" A really thorough, comprehensive introduction to a subject that's too often sensationalized and misunderstood.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Wolfe Vancouver, WA 07-03-16
    C. Wolfe Vancouver, WA 07-03-16 Member Since 2012
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    "excellent book !"

    For those Interested in the origins of yoga and how western yoga became separate from the spiritual path. It's academic, and its spiritual. It's wonderful!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    H. Gallagher 06-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Tantra Illuminated is brilliant!"

    Tantra Illuminated is brilliant, and so is Hareesh (Christopher Wallis)! He is masterfully adept at transforming ancient wisdom, and it's historical and modern contexts, into a powerful download. Listening to this book is akin to a tantrik ritual, with Hareesh's beautiful oration, annunciation, and voice. While listening to this book, I feel like I am on a refreshing retreat for my spirit and self.

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    Paola Willis 04-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing..."

    Iincredible book, i express my gratitude,
    With humble pranams..
    Read by Hareesh talks directly to your heart, inspiring beyond words

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "beautiful, calming voice, Wallis is the real deal"
    What made the experience of listening to Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition the most enjoyable?

    Wallis is authentic and passionate about Tantra. You can tell from his presence and tone of voice that he practices what he preaches. This is a great book for the beginners mind to understand the beauty of tantra.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition?

    I realized tantra is a great way to balance self-realization and being part of a community.


    Any additional comments?

    If you get a chance to meet Wallis, he is brilliant.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Twinny 11-24-16
    Twinny 11-24-16

    Identical twin-both All American Swimmers. I coached world record holders, taught Peak Performance Practices, wrote Winning Ways for Living

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    "Awesomely clear presentation of profound Sutras"
    What did you love best about Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition?

    The heartily clear description of the subtitle. It forces one to concentrate through the authors having practiced what he teaches.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition?

    too many for me to want to choose...


    What about Christopher D. Wallis’s performance did you like?

    His attunement to the cadence necessary for one to receive the incredibly profound material. Material that would allow anyone at any position in society to achieve full realization of whom they really are...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So many, over numerous readings of the material...


    Any additional comments?

    If you like using your mind, getting beyond the mind into the Play of Consciousness, you'll love this text. He reminds me of Abinavagupta, the great Kashmir Shaivite.

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    Amazon Customer Oakridge, OR, United States 10-04-16
    Amazon Customer Oakridge, OR, United States 10-04-16 Member Since 2002

    Nature, animals, sociobiology, science, spirituality art, travel, healthy cooking are my main interests. I love a great novel but don't enjoy works where there is no real point just one description of people after another. I wont read Steven King anymore because of one scene in his book that put an experience in my head I didn't need to have.

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    "brings understanding to many yogic traditions"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book for anyone who has interest in yoga or Tibetan buddism as spiritual traditions. I love the history and the wisdom the scholar has researched and shared.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition?

    understanding that tantra means the book the way and not our common misconception of what it is


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved learning how other cultures use symbolism and metaphor to invoke the sacred.


    Any additional comments?

    frustrating that the hard copy of this is not offered discounted to audible listeners as he refers to many illustrations. Also no pdf.

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    Amazon Customer 08-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "5 star all the way."
    Would you listen to Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition again? Why?

    I have read this book several time but still cannot get enough of it! I had no idea about Tantra's prior to reading this book. This book has been a very rewarding journey to understand the Tantra Philosophy and author's explanation of complex Tanta concepts could not have been any better!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Luke Benard Ottawa, Ontario 08-26-16
    Luke Benard Ottawa, Ontario 08-26-16
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    "Get this Audiobook!"
    Where does Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tantra Illuminated has had me captivated from the start, and continues to illuminate every time I listen. If you're interested in Tantra THIS is the only book/audiobook I can recommend without reservation! 💜🙏🏽💚


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Kesava
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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