The Heart of the Secret: A Personal and Scholarly Encounter with Shakta Tantrism in Siddha Yoga

  title={The Heart of the Secret: A Personal and Scholarly Encounter with Shakta Tantrism in Siddha Yoga},
  author={Sarah Caldwell},
  journal={Nova Religio},
ABSTRACT: This article suggests two apparently contradictory theses: namely that Swami Muktananda (1908––1982) was an enlightened teacher and practitioner of an esoteric form of Tantric sexual yoga, and that he also engaged in actions that were not ethical, legal, or liberatory with many disciples. These two theses are brought into creative tension through a developing Tantric hermeneutic. In discussing secrecy and power, the article addresses critical cultural, feminist, and psychological… 

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