Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga” as Want to Read:
The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  179 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Two works on Laya-yoga, translated from the Sanskrit, with introduction & commentary.
Written by a leading authority on Shaktic & Tantric thought, this book is considered the prime document for study & application of Kundalini yoga. It probes the philosophical & mythological nature of Kundalini, the esoteric anatomy associated with it, the study of mantras,
Paperback, 545 pages
Published June 1st 1974 by Dover Publications, Inc. (NYC) (first published 1919)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Serpent Power, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Serpent Power

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Sep 06, 2008 Halliday rated it really liked it
Shelves: tantra
In the tangled history of lies and counter-factualizations and blasphemies that is the "Western" creation of the "Eastern" creation of "Tantra," Sir John Woodroffe aka "Arthur Avalon" turns out to be, oddly, one of the most sincere and sympathetic figures, neither attempting to read Indian religion as sex-mad decadence nor as mystical hoodwinking, nor allowing himself to be shocked by his own thoughts. Would that we all could be so gentle.
Mar 29, 2009 George rated it it was amazing
Sir John Woodroffe (Arthur Avalon) has written several incredible volumes on yoga. Considered a "masterwork" even by Indians, these books offer an incredible wealth of information. The Serpent Power is a classic of Kundalini Yoga.
Feb 21, 2009 Lizw rated it it was ok
This sounds like it ought to be one of Llewellyn's dodgier offerings, but is actually a serious translation by an Edwardian gentleman scholar (legal name Sir John Woodroffe) of two Sanskrit yoga texts and associated commentary, both describing chakras and associated concepts. Avalon's introductory chapters are longer than the works themselves, and I would advise readers to skip them or read the texts first and then return to them, as I found them considerably harder to follow than the texts them ...more
Dec 09, 2008 theresatya marked it as to-read
This book is very dense and a slow read, however, based on other readers' reviews, extremely valuable and worth working through. I have put it down and will pick it up after I read The Origins and History of Consciousness.
Vipin Goyal
Dec 23, 2013 Vipin Goyal rated it it was amazing
Sir John Woodroffe or Arthur Avalon was a scholar and he translated complicated Sanskrit texts into English with a commentary. This book is a milestone in the western attempt to understand Indian mysticism. It explains fundamentals of Kundalini Yoga.
Dec 03, 2014 IAO131 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysticism, oto
For how old this book is, Woodroffe (a.k.a. Arthur Avalon) does a really good job at being informative and well-researched, citing sources often and yet also elucidating concepts in fairly clear language. Recommended for those who want a more 'traditional' understanding of Hindu tantra and kundalini which draws from Upanishads & tantras (rather than the typical modern teacher who appears to be making up everything as they go along).
Jul 23, 2007 Erin marked it as to-read
I have this book and was supposed to read it for a class, but never did. Maybe I should pick it up.
Daniela Pandozi
Mar 08, 2017 Daniela Pandozi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un saggio che non può certo mancare nella nostra libreria.
Fondamentale per chi si occupa di yoga o vuole conoscere il pensiero indiano. E, parlando dei Chakra dei quali tutti ormai parlano ma nessuno sa di fatto cosa sono, qui c'è il testo originale.
Jul 31, 2007 Jessica rated it it was ok
this book translates two important tantric texts. in addition to the primary source material, the author provides long analytical commentary about mantras, chakras and other elements of kundalini yoga.

she is the aspect of creative energy that eventually forms mind and form, and comes to rest in the lowest form of matter. she is consciousness: the power of matter to know itself. she is the goddess.

it seems silly that as a woman, that i have avoided truly studying this topic for so long.

Kuldeep Singh
Aug 27, 2015 Kuldeep Singh rated it really liked it
A extensive thesis on the subject of kundalini tantra. The book covers the subject in more of a theoretical approach and offers a lot of references from ancient Indian writings. One of the oldest but live description of the journey and experiences of the author.
Only i felt that more illustrations could have been added. This book is for serious readers, novice may get easily distracted reading it.
Rahul Urs
Dec 22, 2014 Rahul Urs rated it liked it
great book
Josh Macleod
Josh Macleod rated it it was amazing
Oct 19, 2016
Raghunath Prusty
Raghunath Prusty rated it it was amazing
Nov 24, 2012
Duane Smith
Duane Smith rated it it was amazing
Dec 18, 2014
Vishal Patel
Vishal Patel rated it it was amazing
Jun 10, 2014
Na'eem Marjaui
Na'eem Marjaui rated it it was amazing
Feb 10, 2016
Mustafa Al-Laylah
Mustafa Al-Laylah rated it it was amazing
Jul 09, 2008
Donna rated it liked it
Sep 11, 2012
Pankaj Tiwari
Pankaj Tiwari rated it really liked it
Dec 26, 2012
Rakshindra Rakshasa
Rakshindra Rakshasa rated it liked it
Nov 22, 2012
Jyothi rated it really liked it
Nov 29, 2014
Ndmishra rated it really liked it
Nov 23, 2011
Gintas rated it liked it
May 28, 2015
Dalton Mortimer
Dalton Mortimer rated it liked it
Aug 15, 2014
John rated it really liked it
Jul 16, 2016
Sandeep GM
Sandeep GM rated it it was amazing
Jan 02, 2017
K. A. Schloegel
K. A. Schloegel rated it it was amazing
Jul 27, 2016
Amit Malhotra
Amit Malhotra rated it really liked it
Mar 24, 2015
Bruce Stephen Sloan
Bruce Stephen Sloan rated it it was amazing
Sep 23, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Yoga: Immortality and Freedom
  • The Yoga of Power: Tantra, Shakti, and the Secret Way
  • Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy
  • Kundalini Tantra
  • The Equinox: Volume III, Number 10
  • Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man
  • Yoga Self-Taught
  • The Chakras (Quest Book)
  • Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses: Spiritual Secrets of Ayurveda
  • The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1932
  • Moola Bandha: The Master Key
  • The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience
  • Light on Prãnãyãma: The Yogic Art of Breathing
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition
  • Kali: The Feminine Force
  • The Tibetan Yogas Of Dream And Sleep
  • Mudras - Yoga in Your Hands

Share This Book