Since you are reading this book right now, it probably goes without saying that you understand the value of books in conveying information and important ideas. That is very fortunate, as books can be a huge help to you in your quest for Tantric awareness and enlightenment. Fortunately, there are lots of books about Tantra, written in many different styles and formats. If you scan the sex or relationships shelf of your nearest bookstore or library, you should find a wide variety of choices for your reading pleasure.
Different Books, Different Views
While you have hopefully found this book to be very helpful, it would be impossible for any one book to tell you everything you want to know about Tantra and Tantric sex. So you should make it a point to read as many books on the topic as you can, in order to achieve the greatest level of enlightenment possible. Many books focus on specific aspects of Tantra — its long and rich history, for example, or its emphasis on unity and closeness.
Some books are written from a strictly traditional Tantric viewpoint, stressing the ancient beliefs, while others take more of a modern Neo-Tantric approach. You will probably tend to gravitate toward books that complement your own Tantric approach, although it can be interesting to research other forms of Tantra, as well.
Also, many of the books and e-books out there were written by Tantric teachers and gurus, each of whom has a slightly different viewpoint and system of beliefs. By exposing yourself to a wide range of Tantric thoughts and opinions, you can make a fully informed choice as to which path is right for you.
It can also be interesting to see how these Tantric teachers/authors — while endorsing the same basic philosophy — put their own spin on the subject, adapting it to meet their specific needs and beliefs.
In a recent survey conducted by MSNBC, 52 percent of women and 41 percent of men said they regularly read magazine articles or books that promise to “put the spark back in your relationship.” Bottom line: There are a lot of people out there hoping to find the key to a better sex life in the written word.
Many of the new and popular books on Tantric sex are printed on visually pleasing glossy paper with a lot of romantic and attractive photos and illustrations. In fact, some of these books look more like an art collection catalog than a sex guide. Many people find these types of books more interesting and easier to read, especially because the photos (often featuring couples actually demonstrating the techniques or engaging in the positions) clearly illustrate the material being described in the text.
As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” And this is very true when it comes to sexual instruction in general, and Tantric sex specifically. It is one thing to hear a technique described. It is often far more effective to see a technique demonstrated with your own eyes. By looking at a book with rich artwork and pleasing colors, you will automatically feel a little bit more sensual before you even read a single word.
For a great example of a richly illustrated book on Tantric sex that features helpful photos and romantic art, check out The Art of Tantric Sex, written by Nitya Lacroix. You will love the book's warm colors and easy-to-read content. Another good choice is Tantric Love by Ma Ananda Sarita and Swami Anand Geho.
You can find a list of suggested books and videos in the Resources section at the back of this book. In addition, be sure to check out the online resources listed. Virtually every Tantra Web site features a section where you can order books and other materials.