- Taschenbuch: 576 Seiten
- Verlag: Avalonia (30. September 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1905297378
- ISBN-13: 978-1905297375
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,6 x 3 x 23,4 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 252.118 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Kali Kaula - A Manual of Tantric Magick (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. September 2010
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Now Kali Kaula is a wonderful book, especially now a-days for a western and predominately new age audience who has an interest in the subject covered and I share his animosity in that you have to wade through tons of crap before you get to a book that is not some new age fixation on sex and/or westernized interpretations of what actually is taught.
I don't have a large knowledge base in tantric traditions, but its subject has always been a big interest of mine as I have been a great lover of Maha Kali, almost all of my adult life. So I initially purchased this book with the hopes that it would deepen my understanding of not only tantra but also Kali Ma, which it did.
One of the biggest things that I learned is the term Tantra is really just a place holder, for a vast school of Hindu teachings, Tantra we learn means "texts" (basically), and that there are several school most notably Kriya and Kaula which are what most think of when they think of Tantric Teachings.
Fries, goes into great depth of the history of Tantra without becoming to drawn out and the original artwork done by the author are great. I particularly enjoyed the Night Side interpretation of Ganesha, as he sat on the cremation grounds. Particularly as one of his notable characteristics is as a remover of obstacles.
Now I can’t sing high praises for this book in totality for two reasons, 1. Jan Fries, albeit a wonderful author, can get pretty dry when he steps away from historical information and into explaining the teachings specifically, as they read much like stereo instructions. Cut and Dry. This can get pretty boring fast as you go from one to the next explanation explaining posture and breath, but I can’t knock him too hard for this because if you read them and apply them, which I have done with many of his works, they do what he says they will. Even though dry, it doesn't leave room for error if you are given instructions without a bunch of filler you have to wade through.
The second reason, and quite honestly the only reason why I gave this book four stars rather than the five it deserves, and I do feel a bit petty about this but I will state it anyways, is the book is ungodly expensive, which avalonia publishing is well known for doing. Granted I understand that we are looking at a niche market of a niche market when it comes to Fries writings, and the author should get there well and do in profit for writing such texts. At least give a book that is top quality for the price. Now the book is bound average, the paper is average and the cover is average. But I’m sorry if you expect me to pay over 35 dollars for a soft cover book, and then I expect to get a top quality book. Granted, I have paged through avalonia's hard covered versions of Fries books, and they are really good quality, but 65 + dollars, (*(*&%*(&%&^!!! You have to be kidding, you might as well tack on "University of...." when you put the publisher because you are right up there with college presses. Ok, off my soap box.
Overall this is a good book, if Tantra interests you this is a wonderful book to start with, or for that matter base much of your backbone practices on. But keep in mind you are just going to have to tell yourself your paying all that money for the content and not book quality. Granted I will agree, High quality book with s*** for content is certainly worse....
Worth a read!
take a lifetime looking to find elsewhere. JF's easy
writing style plus his own illustrations gives the reader
the best info since Arthur Avalon.