TANTRA / EASTERN MYSTICISM
The AGHORA Trilogy
by Robert E. Svoboda
The Aghora books have been embraced world-wide for their frankness in broaching subjects generally avoided and their facility for making the "unseen" real. By story and living example the Aghori Vimalananda transports us into the true reality while stripping away the unreal. In the process of revealing essence behind substance, countless questions are answered for the spiritual aspirant.
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AGHORA, At the Left Hand of God, Robert E. Svoboda
A rare view into the life of a practicing Tantric master. We are taken into realms of consciousness seldom visited yet clearly explained. Astounding tales by Vimalananda and his master yogi friends (one of whom has lived for centuries) reveal truths with eye opening clarity. Aghora teaches that the world is not as it seems, that reality is obtained by embracing the world rather than renouncing it; that by totally giving oneself to the Great Mother can we break through into the Light.
"I was tremendously impressed by the account of a truly remarkable Tantric teacher of the most extreme type. Required reading for anyone interested in knowing and experiencing Tantra." Nik Douglas, noted Tantric author and photographer.
Cover art by Robert Beer. 327pp., 6 X 9, 0-914732-21-8 $26.95
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AGHORA II: Kundalini, Robert E. Svoboda
Kundalini: the Force of forces, Mantra, Tantra, Yantra, the sacred fire, chakras and consciousness. "We Aghoris believe in using fast, terrifying methods of sadhana because we ache to return to God immediately; we cannot bear being separated from Him. An Aghori meditates on burning corpses to force the consciousness beyond all limitations of the personality. Aghora sadhanas destroy everything down to the ground of consciousness and rebuild from the bottom up. Then there is nothing to fear, because the new personality is engineered to be totally surrendered to the Will of God."
"Often even a sentence or two will shed more significant light on profound states of consciousness or very complex stages of meditation than the reader is likely to find in whole volumes intended to illume the same subjects." Robert Masters, Ph.D.
Cover art from The Great Yogic Sermon published by Allied Publishers, New Delhi. Over 40 illustrations by Robert Beer. 304pp., 6 X 9, 0-914732-31-5 $21.95
Nik Douglas Review in Tantra, The Magazine
AGHORA III: The Law of Karma, Robert E. Svoboda
In this third volume of the Aghora trilogy, the Aghori Vimalananda uses the backdrop of the Bombay racetrack as a potent metaphor for the ultimate game of life, where destinies and fortunes are won or lost on the momentary edge of the finishing line.
Weaving all the characters favorites and outsiders, jockeys and trainers, owners and 'rail-birds' into the field of karma, Vimalananda masterfully entwines the external reality of the racecourse with the subtle internal reality of creative spirituality.
Hidden within the form of every sliding moment are the infinite tracks of destiny and the profound and underlying philosophical truths they reveal. Emphasized is the intertwining of relationships (rnanubandhana - the bondage of karmic debt) which perpetuates itself until recognized.
An enlightening window into the seemingly endless cycles of death, rebirth and the intertwinning of relationships which revolve around the universal laws of cause and effect. In depth and consummate.
"These books are bracing in their cheerful, unabashed frankness." Roger Taylor, Yoga Journal." This book could easily be retitled Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Karma or Could Ever Think of Asking. This is a book for those seriously seeking to understand the traditions and beliefs that mystics have spent lifetimes trying to master." From Los Angeles' Bodhi Tree Bookstore review
Cover Art from a photo taken by Stuart Haman (The Preakness, 1996) 322pp. 6 X 9, 0-914732-37-4 $18.95
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Svoboda is the first and thus far the only Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was also tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and allied subjects by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He moved to India in 1973, and lived there for more than a decade. Since 1985 he has continued to spend many months of each year there when he is not lecturing, consulting or teaching in other lands. He is the author of 12 books and serves on the Faculty and the Board of Directors of the Avurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM.