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In 1976, Dr. Jonn Mumford gave a series of groundbreaking lectures on sexual Tantra at the annual Gnosticon conference. Thirty years later, his teachings still resonate. Based on Dr. Mumfords pioneering work, The Essence of Tantric Sexuality introduces Tantric theory and practice-revealing powerful techniques that, until now, have been kept secret. From autoerotic mysticism to sex magic, this book reveals how internal energies can be used to reach altered states of consciousness and transcendence. Much more than an erotic sex manual, this book also carefully explains the Tantric philosophy and the principles of this Indian tradition, effectively demystifying Tantra and making it accessible to beginners. Erogenic zones, perfume magic, secret Tantric symbols, Tantric massage, the Tantric mass, and Tantric terminology are all explored in this comprehensive guide to sexual Tantra.

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"Michaels and Johnson have created a book that is incredibly respectful, informative, and enlightening. The Essence of Tantric Sexuality is a timeless reference to a mode of thought that is much more sane and healthy than anything I've encountered in Cosmo." SexHerald.com

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"Their book has a very practical and explanatory bent that emphasizes working with your committed partner to expand spiritual understanding through awakening energy in the body." Metro

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"Even if you aren't into the Tantric approach, there is much to stimulate your creative juices with reading this text, and plenty to draw from with regard to this distinct approach to sex and sexuality." Erotic Authors Association

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"The Essence of Tantric Sexuality provides a unique introduction to a widely misunderstood discipline. Like Hatha Yoga, what is taught in the West as Tantric sexuality often has little foundation in traditional practices. Just as Hatha Yoga is more than just stretching and calisthenics, Tantric sexuality goes far beyond merely enhancing orgasm and postponing ejaculation." The Shadow Sacrament: A Journal of Sex and Spirituality

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"I cannot recommend The Essence of Tantric Sexuality highly enough to those readers who wish to deepen the connection with their beloved partners. This beautifully written, yet scholarly, book makes available the true meaning of Tantra, its origins and how the very words from Tantra's past have led to our present day thinking. The Essence of Tantric Sexuality dispels many of the popular myths about Tantra while offering readers a way to begin to incorporate some of the wisdom of the East into their daily lives." Alice K. Ladas, co-author of The G Spot

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"The authors write with uninhibited lucidity, erudition and humour. Everything is a gateway, an entry point to the potentiality of Life, for the Tantric. They have made a magnificent contribution to both the classical and contemporary literature of Tantra. This book is indeed a revelation of the essence of Tantric sexuality!" Yogacharya Swami Ajnananda Saraswati (Paul Skye), author of Mastery of Stress

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"Mark Michaels (Swami Umeshanand) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand), using the strong light of Dr. Jonn Mumford's (Swami Anandakapila) 1976 Gnosticon lectures, illuminate deeply into the cave of ancient Tantra and share with us how vitally relevant Tantra is for today. Not shy with any area of Tantra, they guide us through Tantric thinking and practices, showing how ancient techniques are still vibrant and meaningful. With this work we are given passwords to access knowledge, understanding and power that were formerly available only to the selected few. The reader will find immediate and engaging access to the Tantric world of spirit and sexuality for men and women of all sexual orientations." Bruce Anderson, author of Tantra for Gay Men

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"At last! A book that presents authentic Hindu Tantra in a delightfully accessible format. The Essence of Tantric Sexuality is a must-read for everyone just beginning to explore Tantra and an invaluable, nuanced resource for more experienced practitioners. Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson have done a stunning job of placing Dr. Jonn Mumford's Gnosticon lectures in context between their ancient roots and their modern application. Most impressive is Michaels' and Johnson's ability to separate — without prejudice or judgement — the essence of authentic Tantra from the many varieties of popular American neo-Tantra. This is a truly liberating book." Barbara Carrellas, founder of Urban Tantra® and author of Urban Tantra, Luxurious Loving

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Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson have written a modern and comprehensive book that celebrates the sacredness of the body (and desire) within the Hindu Tantric tradition, one which aims to dispel remnants of our Puritan past that define many natural activities of our daily life, including sexual activity and desire, in negative terms. Based upon the teachings of Dr. Jonn Mumford, their book is much more than an erotic sex manual-though, it is that, too The authors explain the Tantric philosophy and its principles, demystify it for beginners, and offer authentic exercises and techniques that will help turn your every moment of pleasure into an opportunity to experience the divine.

Winner of the 2007 USA Book News Best Books Award

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trbrady, December 23, 2007 (view all comments by trbrady)
“Tantra uses touch as the primary sensory avenue for the focusing of the mind and when sexual sensation expresses itself in orgasm, the bursting or climax, we achieve a state of yoga, or union.”

Those looking for a general introduction to Tantric Yoga will find this an invaluable and informative book.

Based on the lectures given by Dr Jonn Mumford (aka Swamiji, or Swami Anandakapila) and developed further by the authors, Essence gives an insight into the practical exercises and techniques available for the western Tantrika (practitioner), as well as a greatly expounded explanation for those unfamiliar with Tantric sexuality.

Rudimentary instructions begin with some basics: the use of yantras, or symbols, for visualization techniques; and mudras, hand gestures or body positions, used for creating psychophysical change.

Following these lessons, the authors then delve into various sexual aspects, reminding the reader that it is the process of getting to an orgasm that is more important than the actual climax itself. Essence deals with various exercises and rituals in order for men and women, individually or as a couple, to make that journey more fun, more rewarding, and more fulfilling so that the climax becomes the culmination of an already-exciting discovery process, ultimately a meeting with the divine.

They deal with sexuality in a straightforward, very matter-of-fact, and graphic manner.

Those willing to approach with an open mind and a teachable spirit will find a lot of material here to help understand many aspects of sexual pleasure, not only between two people, but also individually.

The authors cover many different areas of inducing pleasure, including masturbation, sexual fantasies, the use of perfumes and massage, and an in-depth look at the erogenous zones in men and women (and, yes, there are more than two!).

Later in the book, similarities are drawn between the symbology of Tantra and other religions and beliefs, including the Catholic Mass.

If you can handle the graphic sexual descriptions and illustrations, this is indeed a book with information worth perusing, studying, and practicing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780738709000
Author:
Michaels, Mark A
Publisher:
Llewellyn Publications
Foreword by:
Ballentine, Rudolph
Foreword:
Ballentine, Rudolph
Author:
Michaels, Mark A.
Author:
Johnson, Patricia
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Sex instruction
Subject:
Healing - Energy (Chi Kung, Reiki, Polarity)
Subject:
Tantrism
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
207
Dimensions:
9.14x7.52x.64 in. 1.10 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Michaels and Johnson have created a book that is incredibly respectful, informative, and enlightening. The Essence of Tantric Sexuality is a timeless reference to a mode of thought that is much more sane and healthy than anything I've encountered in Cosmo."
"Review" by , "Their book has a very practical and explanatory bent that emphasizes working with your committed partner to expand spiritual understanding through awakening energy in the body."
"Review" by , "Even if you aren't into the Tantric approach, there is much to stimulate your creative juices with reading this text, and plenty to draw from with regard to this distinct approach to sex and sexuality."
"Review" by , "The Essence of Tantric Sexuality provides a unique introduction to a widely misunderstood discipline. Like Hatha Yoga, what is taught in the West as Tantric sexuality often has little foundation in traditional practices. Just as Hatha Yoga is more than just stretching and calisthenics, Tantric sexuality goes far beyond merely enhancing orgasm and postponing ejaculation."
"Review" by , "I cannot recommend The Essence of Tantric Sexuality highly enough to those readers who wish to deepen the connection with their beloved partners. This beautifully written, yet scholarly, book makes available the true meaning of Tantra, its origins and how the very words from Tantra's past have led to our present day thinking. The Essence of Tantric Sexuality dispels many of the popular myths about Tantra while offering readers a way to begin to incorporate some of the wisdom of the East into their daily lives."
"Review" by , "The authors write with uninhibited lucidity, erudition and humour. Everything is a gateway, an entry point to the potentiality of Life, for the Tantric. They have made a magnificent contribution to both the classical and contemporary literature of Tantra. This book is indeed a revelation of the essence of Tantric sexuality!"
"Review" by , "Mark Michaels (Swami Umeshanand) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand), using the strong light of Dr. Jonn Mumford's (Swami Anandakapila) 1976 Gnosticon lectures, illuminate deeply into the cave of ancient Tantra and share with us how vitally relevant Tantra is for today. Not shy with any area of Tantra, they guide us through Tantric thinking and practices, showing how ancient techniques are still vibrant and meaningful. With this work we are given passwords to access knowledge, understanding and power that were formerly available only to the selected few. The reader will find immediate and engaging access to the Tantric world of spirit and sexuality for men and women of all sexual orientations."
"Review" by , "At last! A book that presents authentic Hindu Tantra in a delightfully accessible format. The Essence of Tantric Sexuality is a must-read for everyone just beginning to explore Tantra and an invaluable, nuanced resource for more experienced practitioners. Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson have done a stunning job of placing Dr. Jonn Mumford's Gnosticon lectures in context between their ancient roots and their modern application. Most impressive is Michaels' and Johnson's ability to separate — without prejudice or judgement — the essence of authentic Tantra from the many varieties of popular American neo-Tantra. This is a truly liberating book."
"Synopsis" by , Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson have written a modern and comprehensive book that celebrates the sacredness of the body (and desire) within the Hindu Tantric tradition, one which aims to dispel remnants of our Puritan past that define many natural activities of our daily life, including sexual activity and desire, in negative terms. Based upon the teachings of Dr. Jonn Mumford, their book is much more than an erotic sex manual-though, it is that, too The authors explain the Tantric philosophy and its principles, demystify it for beginners, and offer authentic exercises and techniques that will help turn your every moment of pleasure into an opportunity to experience the divine.

Winner of the 2007 USA Book News Best Books Award

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