Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine: The Ten Mahāvidyās

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1998 - Hindu goddesses - 318 pages
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What is one to make of a group of goddesses that includes a goddess who cuts her own head off, a goddess who sits on a corpse while pulling the tongue of a demon, or a goddess who prefers sex with corpses? Tantra visions of the Divine Faminine deals with

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Kinsley is a howling idiot. Sorry to say this bluntly. Under the facade of book learning lies an empty head, and emptier soul. Practicing no sadhana, he enters areas well beyond his competence, quite unlike Mark Dyczkowski, whose books are illuminated by considerable internal progress. Kinsley is in a class of knaves who sell the shastras for personal benefit, and create garbage as a result. His informant, e.g. Jeffrey Kripal, appear to be of the same persuasion, a case of the blind leading the blind. I am disgusted by the endless repetition of Western Indological stereotypes about the role of women, of society and of "caste" and sexuality.
These schools, and this author in particular, understand nothing about Indian culture and spirituality as it is lived and practiced, beyond their own prejudices and the need to achieve notoriety amongst their peers in academia. Their publications are worthless, except for the efforts of a very exceptional few who labornot for gain but have a true vocation. Again, like Wendy Doniger, the work of a howling idiot.

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