Through the telling of the story of his own personal journey into tantra, Daniel Odier explains the depths and profound beauties of all of the relationships and energies involved, and yet, he manages to keep it simple.
This is an amazing book. It is short enough to read in one sitting, which I recommend, and it took me just over two hours to get through.
Almost by chance, Daniel encounters Devi, a female tantric master, in a remote Himalayan woodland. She takes him through a detailed exploration of his own spirituality using a series of very challenging, and sometimes dangerous, tasks and trials.
Shaivism is broken down into 36 tattvas. The first five are earth, water, air, ether and fire. Devi guides Daniel through making contact with every single one of the thirty-six along a very tough path.
Before it all starts, we witness the following conversation.
“What should I call you?”
“Sometimes I am called Kali, the destroyer, sometimes I am called Lalita, the playful one, sometimes I am called Kubjika, the potter, but I am always called Devi, the goddess. So call me Devi.”
This is a sign of what is to come. As I said, it is a tough path to travel.
The sexual initiation is as intense, if not more so, than the rest of the path.
You can almost feel the depth and intensity of it all as you read.
Read this and feel the power.
Additional note – an after-thought
If my review inspires you to want to read this book, don’t just add it to your to-read stack and leave it festering there. As I recall, it took me just over two hours to read, and it is mind-blowing.
I actually read is AFTER I had already had some tantric encounters with a Ukranian shaman, not even realising that the word “tantric” came into it. She described what was happening using different terminology. What I went through with her was a mini journey, which was nothing when compared to Daniel Odier’s journey as he describes it in this book. Nevertheless, my journey was life-changing.
I’d also had an experience with a shaman near the Rio Napo in the Ecuadorian (Amazon) jungle. That was different, but still amazing. Almost unbelievable, actually.