The Serpent Power has ratings and 14 reviews. Sir John Woodroffe or Arthur Avalon was a scholar and he translated complicated Sanskrit texts into. Sir John George Woodroffe (–), also known by his pseudonym Arthur Avalon, was a British Orientalist whose work helped to unleash in the West a deep and wide interest in Hindu philosophy and Yogic practices. Contents. 1 Life; 2 Sanskrit Studies; 3 The Serpent Power and The Garland of Letters. 8 Feb The Serpent Power. This volume, by the foremost student of Shaktic and Tantric thought, “Arthur Avalon,” is the prime document for the study.

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Avalon’s introductory chapters are longer than the works themselves, and I would advise readers to skip them or read the texts first and then return to them, as I found them considerably harder to follow than the texts them This sounds like it ought to be one of Llewellyn’s dodgier offerings, but is actually a serious translation by an Edwardian gentleman scholar legal name Sir John Woodroffe of two Sanskrit yoga texts and associated commentary, both describing chakras and associated concepts.

He collaborated with the late Mr. This introduction, some pages of unique material, is followed by translations with long analytical commentary of two important Tantric documents: Avalon’s introductory chapters are longer than the works themselves, and I would advise readers to skip them or read the texts first and then return to them, as I found them considerably harder to follow than the texts themselves.


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It took half a lifetime of searching by Sir John Woodroffe to locate the key documents and further years to find a master able and willing to evoke from the cryptic texts a modus for study and application. Anyone who named himself after King Arthur or th mystic isle of Avalon would be thought to be identifying himself with occultism, in Theosophists’ eyes.

It explains fundamentals of Kundalini Yoga. He was born on 15 December and was educated at Woburn Park School and University College, Oxford, where he took second classes in avvalon and the B. Alongside his judicial duties he studied Sanskrit and Hindu philosophy and was especially interested in Hindu Tantra.

The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga by Arthur Avalon

Donna rated it liked it Sep 11, Want to Read saving…. Josh Macleod rated it it was amazing Oct 19, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Published June 1st by Dover Publications first published Maybe I should pick it up.

Duane Smith rated it it was amazing Dec 18, The name at any rate seems to hint at initiations and the possession of occult secrets. Wikiquote has quotations related to: I have this book and was supposed to read it for a class, but never did.

The Serpent Power By Arthur Avalon

The work is notable for many reasons and importantly mentions four kinds of Avadhuta. Learn how your comment data is processed. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Jun 07, Shekhar rated it it was amazing. Philosophically, she is the creative energy that eventually forms mind and matter, and comes hte rest in the lowest form of matter.

It is a distillation of Woodroffe’s understanding of the ancient Tantric texts and the philosophy. It is also a work that has great interest to Westerners who wish to acquire for themselves the validity of the ultimate experience. Dec 03, IAO rated it really liked it Shelves: It is a philosophically sophisticated commentary on, and translation of, the Satcakra-nirupana “Description of and Investigation into esrpent Six Bodily Centres” of Purnananda dated c.

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Leave a Reply Want to join the discussion? Jyothi rated it really liked it Nov 29, Teachings and Practice arfhur Tibetan Tantra. The result of Woodroffe’s work, however, was one of the most important developments in Indian thought, a key to many areas of art and religion that had hitherto been locked. Sir John Woodroffe Arthur Avalon has written several incredible volumes on yoga. The Kama Sutra of Afthur Aug 27, Kuldeep Singh rated it really liked it. This page was last edited on 10 Septemberat The Serpent Power is a classic of Kundalini Yoga.