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An authobiographical novel about initiation by a female spiritual master,
This review is from: Tantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Love (Paperback)
The full title is Tantric Quest: Encounter with Absolute Love.
Daniel Odier, the author, met a woman who intitiated him in the secrets of tantra and sacred feminine, and what is more important, she was belonging to the unbroken lineage of spiritual masters.How this happened? (Authentic initiatrixes are difficult to find). Odier went on spiritual quest during the sixties. He was fortunate enough to encounter in some remote rural area a woman who was a highly realized spiritual teacher, and after series of demanding trails, she initiated him in the practice of tantra (very much like Zen masters do, but without Koan questions, or Mahamudra and Dzogchen masters, but of course, initiations vary, I am talking her about general pattern).Odier lived with her, was empowered by her,and his quest was an unusual, spiritual journey,which deepened his insights and cleared neurotic patterns in his mind. And yes, there is also a sacred sex initiation described, but this is not neo-tantra.
There is recent years a lot of talk about sacred feminine. Many of those discussions are based on speculations, modern myths emerging from mixing facts and rumors.(Sacred feminine went pop-culture after the DA Vinci Code created such a stir).But what about something solid and alive? Here you can read about personal experiences of a man who was instructed by a woman from the tradition revering sacred feminine.(Hindu tantra). And the book is well written,as Daniel Odier had a career as a novelist before his journey. (For ex. he wrote the novel Diva, on which the movie of the same title was based). He is conducting workshops, and teaching theories of tantrism at American universities.He continues to write books.His background is very solid, and he does not sensationalize the subject.I very recommend this book to anyone who is interested in first person relation about initiatory experiences,and what it means being empowered by a woman of high spiritual standards.This book appears honest and authentic as the first hand relation .