Aghora II

Kundalini

Aghora II

Book 2 of the trilogy explores the kundalini, the force of forces. Tantra, mantra, the sacred fire, chakras and consciousness. Written in the personable form of Vimalananda's storytelling and recounting of life's episodes we are able to truly enter the invisible realms.

Aghor Medicine

Pollution, Death, and Healing in Northern India

Aghor Medicine

"Aghor Medicine moves seamlessly between an ethnography of religion and medical anthropology. The stories of suffering and renunciation, of collective experience that turn Indian hierarchy and discrimination upside down are quite marvelous. The writing is clear and direct and the interpretations balanced and scrupulously documented. Barrett has written one of the best accounts on local traditions "modernizing" in ways that combine indigenous significance with globally crucial changes that react against health and social inequalities."—Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University "Ronald Barrett's fine account of aghor medicine reveals essential characteristics of India's popular culture, and, since an ashram in California has an important role in the story, of American popular culture as well."—Charles Leslie, author of Death Row Letters (forthcoming)

Cremation, Corpses and Cannibalism

Comparative Cosmologies and Centuries of Cosmic Consumption

Cremation, Corpses and Cannibalism

Death matters and the matters of death are initially, and to a large extent, the decaying flesh of the corpse. Cremation as a ritual practice is the fastest and most optimal way of dissolving the corpse’s flesh, either by annihilation or purification, or a combination. Still, cremation was not the final rite, and the archaeological record testifies that the dead represented a means to other ends – the flesh, and not the least the bones – have been incorporated in a wide range of other ritual contexts. While human sacrifices and cannibalism as ritual phenomena are much discussed in anthropology, archaeology has an advantage, since the actual bone material leaves traces of ritual practices that are unseen and unheard of in the contemporary world. As such, this book fleshes out a broader and more coherent understanding of prehistoric religions and funeral practices in Scandinavia by focusing on cremation, corpses and cannibalism.

Against the Current

The Life of Lain Singh Bangdel, Writer, Painter, and Art Historian of Nepal

Against the Current

Bangdel's life was infused with a deep understanding and empathy for the oppressed of his native land. His artistic works served both to interpret and to preserve the rich ancient culture of his country. The work of Lain Singh Bangdel (1912-2002) was always infused with a deep empathy for the downtrodden of his native Nepal, as well as a burning desire both to interpret and to preserve the rich ancient culture of his country. In his lifelong career as a painter, he achieved lasting acclaim as an innovator and leader in the field of modern abstract art. His novels, all

Lords of the Left-Hand Path

Forbidden Practices and Spiritual Heresies

Lords of the Left-Hand Path

Examines the left-hand path and reveals the masters of the tradition • Explores the practices and beliefs of many left-hand path groups, including the Cult of Set, the Hell-Fire Club, and heretical Sufi, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Muslim sects • Investigates many infamous occult personalities, including Helena Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, the Marquis de Sade, and Anton LaVey • Explains the true difference between the right-hand path and the left-hand path--union with and dependence on God versus individual freedom and self-empowerment From black magic and Satanism to Gnostic sects and Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way, the left-hand path has been linked to many practices, cults, and individuals across the ages. Stephen Flowers, Ph.D., examines the methods, teachings, and historical role of the left-hand path, from its origins in Indian tantric philosophy to its underlying influence in current world affairs, and reveals which philosophers, magicians, and occult figures throughout history can truly be called “Lords of the Left-Hand Path.” Flowers explains that while the right-hand path seeks union with and thus dependence on God, the left-hand path seeks a “higher law” based on knowledge and power. It is the way of self-empowerment and true freedom. Beginning with ancient Hindu and Buddhist sects and moving Westward, he examines many alleged left-hand path groups, including the Cult of Set, the Yezidi Devil Worshippers, the Assassins, the Neoplatonists, the Hell-Fire Club, the Bolsheviks, the occult Nazis, and several heretical Sufi, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Muslim sects. Following a carefully crafted definition of a true adherent of the left-hand path based on two main principles--self-deification and challenge to the conventions of “good” and “evil”--the author analyzes many famous and infamous personalities, including H. P. Blavatsky, Faust, the Marquis de Sade, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, Anton LaVey, and Michael Aquino, and reveals which occult masters were Lords of the Left-Hand Path. Flowers shows that the left-hand path is not inherently evil but part of our heritage and our deep-seated desire to be free, independent, and in control of our destinies.

Do You Need a Guru?

Understanding the Student-Teacher Relationship in an Era of False Prophets

Do You Need a Guru?

The author of Halfway Up the Mountain shares her experiences with Hindu gurus, shamans, and witches to outline the rules for setting up a student-teacher relationship in the West.

Concept of Death in Indian Traditions

Concept of Death in Indian Traditions

Professor Filippi Explores The Indian View Of Mortal Existence From An Individual S Conception To His/Her Journey To The Kingdom Of Yama With Rare Scientific Objectivity By Unveiling A Complex Network Of Sentiments, Beliefs, Scriptural References, Customs, Etc.

Gaṇeśa in medieval Nepal

Gaṇeśa in medieval Nepal

Ganesa, the elephant-headed god, is a popular deity all over South Asia. Worshipped as Vighnesvara or Vighnaraja, Ganesa is propitiated before embarking on any venture as he is the remover of bstacles, the regulator of success, and symbolizes auspicious beginnings. Ganesa in Medieval Nepal is not only relevant in Nepal, but in all regions where Hinduism is followed. This book is complete study of the Ganesa cult.

Aghora

At the Left Hand of God

Aghora

The Aghora trilogy have been embraced world-wide for their frankness in broaching subjects generally avoided and their facility for making the 'unseen' real. We enter the world of Vimalananda who teaches by story and living example.