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To: alt.yoga, alt.magick.tantra
From: sandymac@sandymac.demon.co.uk (Alexander Maclennan)
Subject: Re: Ramakrishna's Tantrika Guru (was: Re: Indian Men, American Women)
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 02:15:21 GMT

yohanan@my-dejanews.com wrote:

>> In the life of Ramakrishna paramahamsa, it is mentioned that he learnt
>> the tantra art  from a yogini. i remember reading it in swami
>> nikhilananda's book 'life of swami vivekananda' but never thought it
>> could provoke discussion. i would like to know who this yogini might
>> be. thanks Vasudevan S Atreya

> A few months after the Rani (Ramakrishna's original patroness) died in
> 1861, a strange woman appeared at the temple river landing.  An
> attractive--one text describes her as "extraordinarily
> sexy"--middle-aged brahmin woman (or "brahmani"), she was dressed in the
> red robes of a Bhairavi and carried a bundle of books in her hand.  Her
> hair was dishevelled, like that of Kali.  She claimed that she had found
> two out of the three great souls that had been revealed to her by the
> goddess.  She was now seeking the third.  

Much snipped

In this context it an enlightening study is Kali`s Child, Jeffrey J.
Kripal,Univ of Chicago Press 1995. In this he examines Ramakrishna`s
somewhat tormented sexuality and by going back to the Bengali
originals, circumvents the falsifications of the Ramakrishna Mission
in the English texts and shows that the `secret teachings` were
tantric.

Before the arrival of Bhairavi, he had been influenced by a wandering
sadhu called Kena Ram and it was after this he started to eat garbage
food and faeces.   This is an Aghori praxis and Kena Ram is the name
of an Aghori guru who set up a math at Benares in the eighteenth
century which is still active and this name is adopted by the
subsequent mahants there.   The book is a great read.   

--  

Alexander MacLennan  sandymac@sandymac.demon.co.uk

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