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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 9 Jun 2006
This review is from: Aghora Volume I: At the Left Hand of God: At the Left Hand of God v. I (Paperback)
This delightful book on Aghoris- the most feared of all Tantrik sects. The book starts with the author doing Shav(Dead Body) sadhna. His Guru tells him "Sometimes they wake up and attack you, so be careful!".

Westerners may find it unbelievable, and it is a bit exaggerated, but those whose who know about Hindu Tantra and Aghoris will there are some very important truths here too.

The book tells the Aghoris life, and his strange way of looking at things.

He gives good explanation for why the Hindus do Yagya- they are worshipping the fire element, which is the easiest to worship, but the key is worship the Fire inside you(as Manipura Chakra).

Some good info about different types of Spirits, heavenly beings, and why you should never have sex with a Demon or Yaksha(Angel).... for this reason alone, worth buying!

But dont be confused- this isnt one of those hippie new age books- the author makes it very clear he considers most Westerner New Ager Gurus as just Egoistic fools.

The book also is very serious at times. Vimalananda(whose story the book tells) knew when his son would die, yet could do nothing to prevent it. So he goes and takes his anger out on his Guru. His Guru just laughs and says "If you are so angry, why dont you commit suicide? You didnt love your son, it was just Karma". Then he shows him how his son had only been born to fulfill some Karma, and left when it was finished. This is the main Moral of the book- your Karma is too powerful for you to fight alone, you have to bow down to the Divine Mother and ask for her help. This theme is continued in the next 2 books in series, which I very strongly recommned you read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book ,superlike, 30 July 2014
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This book is awesome ,i use to perform lot of puja etc but i never knew what i was doing and what is meaning of those things .This book made all of my concept clear.Nice book with proper stories.

few stories in the book were copied from other places (it is my guess). But overall worth reading .

nice book and worth reading
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into the left hand path, 7 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Aghora Volume I: At the Left Hand of God: At the Left Hand of God v. I (Paperback)
If you already have some knowledge of Indian vedic philosophy and spirituality and would like to delve further into it this book is highly recommended. If you are new to the spiritual wisdom of India, do start elsewhere as it may be overwhelming and give the wrong impression.

Important aspects of Indian spiritual knowledge are explained in this book, including major dieties, karma and fate, maya, shakti, shiva, gurus, spirits, sex, health and procreation, and of course the main subject which is Aghora, a particular form of tantra. For those looking for sexual tantric knowledge look elsewhere, since - as Robert Svoboda makes it clear from the outset - tantra has been polluted by western thought and incorrectly diverted to only referring to sexual practices, which is just one of the many aspects of real tantric knowledge.

This book will disturb your senses and mind. It is meant to - to give you a flavour of what an Aghori experiences and overcomes. It will also educate, elucidate certain aspects of Indian spirituality and religion, and also give hope and direction if you are ready for it. It will also probably leave you searching for more spiritual knowledge, which can only be a good thing in this day and age.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating study of an extreme branch of Indian mysticism, 13 Oct 2000
This review is from: Aghora Volume I: At the Left Hand of God: At the Left Hand of God v. I (Paperback)
Svoboda's experiences with an Aghora guru.
The text has a powerful style, composed largely of myths and stories. We are not intended to take it all literally, though the line between instructive metaphor and true personal history is difficult to perceive in places. A macabre theme pervades the book: Aghora is concerned, among other things, with death and the realisation of our mortality. As such, the book is often confrontational and disturbing.
As a book on Tantra, it is unusually low on sexual practices, seemingly to remind us that Tantra is a spiritual path that includes sexual techniques rather than the reverse. Annoyingly, full instructions are ommitted for techniques that are hinted at. This is my main criticism of the book - few practical techniques are given. Still, worth it for the ride.
Grim, surreal, fascinating.
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