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What's a good book on Tantra?

I’m thinking of picking up a copy of Francis King’s book on Tantra. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0892812745/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance
Tantra is a religious practice within many religions. some sects of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and even modern Neopagan movements have Tantric elements.

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  1. Kind of retarded that someone actually thinks that your Q is out of category huh?
    You might want to check on my recentl blog entry. You might find some insight on Tantra and Kundalini and parallels with the western tradition. I just uploaded an essay on the issue. The book you note might be useful to you and your path but I am guessing that it will not authentically define Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. It is a lot more than panchamatras and sex mysticism (that is a very small, marginalized part, in fact). But eastern Tantra does have many core similarities with western (ceremonial and alchemical) occultism.
    These are not “how-to books” but are one’s I value for insight into Indian Tantra:
    3 classic picture books:
    Kundalini The Arousal of Inner Energy by Ajit Mookerjee
    Yantra The Cosmic Symbol of Cosmic Unity by Madhu Khanna
    Tantra The Indian Cult of Ecstasy by Philip Rawson
    Another is: Kundalini Energy of the Depths by Lilian Silburn, a scholar on Kashmir Shaivism–the most authentic book I’ve read on Kundalini by a Westerner–and I’ve read a lot and most of it is crap.
    You can read the Tantras on the Web , but they will be hard to appreciate if you don’t understand the symbolism. Then there is Kashmir Shaivite scriptures and commentaries such as the Shiva Sutras or the Spanda Karikas, which will give insight into Shavite Tantric (“Agamic”) philosophy.
    Some of the writings of Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar school of Yoga–among all the other yogis and and what not out there writing about yoga and mysticism in relation to kundalini arousal/Tantra–probably is the most credible.
    Otherwise bookstores and the Internet are teeming with stuff they are calling Tantra.

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