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Tantra: The Cult of the Feminine

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Known only for the virtues of its sexual practice, ancient Tantric ideology is a universal and wide-reaching ideology virtually ignored in the West. In Tantra: The Cult of the Feminine, one of Europe's foremost Tantric authors and teachers, Andre Van Lysebeth, gives readers a balanced, well-informed, modern examination of the secret teachings and symbolism of Tantra. Espou ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Weiser Books (first published May 1992)
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Matt Harris
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Van Lysebeth was a yogic master who wrote and studied extensively on the topic and passed away in 2004. Based in Belgium, but having travelled in India, he was fortuitous to study under Sivananda Saraswati, spreading Ashtanga Yoga precepts through teaching and books, generally in French. His later studies turned to the much maligned topic of Tantra, exploring the worldview, history, misconceptions and backlash from just about all other traditions and its subsequent burial. Yoga, with its focus o ...more
Isabel Losada
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little lengthy and the late Andre used far too many exclamation marks but a wonderful overview of the cult of the feminine in history and including an entire chapter on how to strengthen the sexual muscles. A little hard to find and expensive but a must read for anyone with a genuine interest in the history of tantric practice.
Juan Mestre
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fabtastic view of what tantra really is. Not the common, wrong sex-commercial approach that modern authors surround the tantra concept with
Martin Hassman
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tantra
Jedna z mála knih o tantře v češtině, ve které je jen malá část věnována sexuálním praktikám a větši část historickému indickému pozadí (sic!).
Monika Müller
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book translated into English. If the reader wishes to read a Tantra book which gives fast some tricks for enhancing the own sexual life, one feels deceived when using this book for the own need. André van Lysebeth is a very thorough researcher and teacher of the tantric way of life which has its roots in the ancient Indian culture. Specially men can find in this book some very profound knowledge about the male body and tantric practices. It is not a book what's easy to read (therefor ...more
Michal Krča
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book has introduced me to a very interesting topic, but I could not say I enjoyed the form. It was apparently written by westerner, but as an introduction great. Despite Lysebeth's criticism of Osho, I am going to read his approach next.

Throughout the major part of the book I could not avoid the feeling that this person was more into theory than into practical aspects. But then I reached the end of the book and it surprised me pleasantly.
Elizabeth Jacobs
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very down to earth book on the subject. However, I thought it could benefit from elaborating on how homosexual/bisexual relationships fit into tantric theory. Their is a brief mentioning of the relationship between the two which was defined by the balance of the energies of the masculine and feminine as opposed to physical bodies; but overall it felt like an aside or a brush off. Presently, I think such a large question deserves a larger answer. Overall it read very beautifully.
Inchka Mytteristen
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The most interesting book I´ve read on Tantra ...
Beatriz Díaz Ballesteros
Hay capítulos que se leen mejor que otros, pero por lo general es un gran libro incluso para los que no saben aún nada sobre el tantra. Muy, muy completo.
Rajan Mogha
Aug 25, 2015 is currently reading it
This is a very down to earth book on the subject. I want to read this book.
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Every adult should read this book, the earlier in life the better!
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André Van Lysebeth has practiced yoga since 1945 and is the founder of the Belgian Yoga Federation and co-founder of the European Yoga Foundation.

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