KAREZZA, TANTRA, and SACRED SEX
on the WEB
The illustration on this page is a Peruvian munachi charm
from the pages of the Lucky W Amulet Archive.
I have been asked many times to supply a list of resources for tantrikas, karezza folks, and those interested in sacred sexuality techniques in general. The following sites are of interest, but be forewarned: they are a varied lot. Some are religious, others magical, still others new age. Some sites are host to essays and other free information. Some are essentially commercial ventures which advertise wares of varying relationship to tantra yoga and neo-tantric practices.
None of these sites has my endorsement as the proper path for YOU to follow; you have to make your own choices in life. Good luck.
TANTRA ON THE WEB
The Church of Tantra maintains a site filled with essays on tantra, karezza, and the like -- including some of my articles. Please note that although i gladly gave permnission for the reprinting of the articles (with nice html work and graphics, i might add), i am not a member of this church.
Tantra Works is the home site for the tantra author Nik Douglas. It contains many images from his collection of tantric art, plus excerpts from some of his writings. Of particular interest is his short essay on pre-Vedic tantra.
The Virtual Temple of Kali is an online site for worship of Shakti in her Black aspect as Divine Mother of the Universe, Sri Sri Ma Kali Dakshineswari, "available to all without distinction of religion, caste, creed, color, or sex." I am not a member of this church.
The Hindu Tantrik Home Page is a site devoted to Hindu tantra yoga. Here you will find yantra, mantra, tantra and other material relating to the tantrik tradition; texts on the siddhas and yogis of the Natha sampradaya including Gorakhnath, Matsyendranath and Dattatreya; much about kundalini, nadis, chakras; images of tantric kula devas (gods) and devis (goddesses) including Kali, Tripura, Shiva, Ganesha, Cchinnamasta, Durga and Tara; puja and practices; meditation and dharanas; the inner meaning of kaulachara, vamachara and svecchacharya; bibliographies and glossaries, and links to other sites. I am not a member of this religion.
COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Before you take a course or sign up for a workshop involving any sexual activity, i want you to read about Swami Muktananda. He is not the only such guru, but he presents a clear case history of how "tantra yoga" can become a front for sexual abuse. In the late 1970s my tantra lover David Haenke and i travelled 2,000 miles to meet Muktananda because David had been impressed by his writings. In the end, we decided that the Swami was too much of a grinning egotist to be credible and we did not become his followers -- but reading these articles taught me how little we knew then about what was *really* going on behind the scenes at his ashram! The Leaving Siddha Yoga website presents what i think is the most comprehensive set of links to numerous articles on Muktanada's abuse of his students. If you ony read one of the articles, i recommend "The Secret Life of Swami Muktananda" by William Rodarmor, available through this site. Although Muktananda is dead now, there are today many "teachers" of tantra whose major purpose is to sexually prey upon the young. I urge anyone interested in tantra or sacred sex of any kind to be careful. Programs that train couples in tantra techniques are inherently safer than those in which the student is required to become a "disciple" and take "lessons" from the "master."
The E-Sensuals Teachers List is the most complete listing of tantra teachers i have found. There are brief descriptions of each teacher's credentials and techniques; those who have web sites and/or e-mail addresses are linked via this page, for the rest, snail-mail adresses and telephone numbers are given.
The Church of Tantra Events Calendar is a place where people post notices of upcoming tantra and sex-healing courses, workshops, and lectures in diverse locations; check frequently for announcements of classes near you.
The Sunrise Center / Celebratrions of Love is a an organization in northern California that offers courses on the techniques of neo-tantra. This is where my friend and i attended the programs described in my articles Venus Takes a Refresher Course and Extended Orgasm: A Neo-Tantra Training Class. The full address is:Celebrations of Love
45 San Clemente Drive, C-200
Corte Madera, California 94925
(415) 924-5483 voice
(415) 924-4212 fax
Tantra: the Path of Ecstasy is a northern California-based center that offers courses in sexual tantra techniques, plus hynotherapy and massage. I have never taken courses here and have no experience with their work.
STUFF FOR SALE
The E-Sensuals Catalogue markets a good list of modern books and videos about Hindu-influenced tantra yoga and other sacred sex practices and techniques.
Secret Garden Publishing markets the books and videos of Kenneth Ray Stubbs, author of "Tantric Massage, "Sensual Ceremony," and "Sacred Orgasms." For comments about these books, see the Tantra and Karezza Bibliography, letter "S".
Tantra Works markets material by the tantra author Nik Douglas. For comments about his work, see the Tantra and Karezza Bibliography, letter "D".
The Church of Tantra Gift Shop sells a full line of modern tantra books and periodicals, plus aphrodisiacs, videos, and other sex-related items.
The Lucky Mojo Curio Co., my own comany, markets occult supplies such as anointing oils, spell kits, herbs, and folkloric amulets used in sex-magic.
alt.magick.tantra is a low-traffic usenet group devoted to discussions of sex magic, tantra yoga, karezza, neo-tantra, and the like.
alt.fan.kali.astarte.inanna is a low-traffic usenet group devoted to discussions of the goddesses named and others of their ilk; errant Shiva worshippers such as myself have been known to post there too.
alt.religion.tantra is a low-traffic usenet group devoted to discussions of classical Indian tantra yodga.
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