Welcome to the world of Aghoris! and wish you all the best for the journey ahead. This could be the most thrilling experience of your life. Who knows, might be worse. This is the advice I provide when i talk about Svobotha books. Thought he is fantastic (I mean his books) in many ways. Yes, we are talking about, the famous writer, Dr. Robert E. Svobotha. His books are enthralling. especially the Aghora Series. The series has 3 titles:
Aghora – 1 – At the left hand of God
Aghora – 3 – The law of karma
You start with the first one, and I bet, it will give you a shock of the lifetime. If you do not belong to the group, who have spent some time out of busy lives, to dig more about Mysticism, Ascetism, or Spirituality. The books narrate the story of Vimalananda – the Master and his daredevil spiritual stunts and bold discussions. A journey to dark realms. If you are interested in Tantra, or Aghora, then, you got to read these, before you proceed further. The experiences are narrated in a simple and touching language, which will definitely inspire you. You would wish that you could have met a master like Vimalananda. This is the world of darkness. Darkness of life and darkness of death.
The story of Vimalananda starts in the first title, continues soberly, with additional cherishing short stories and explanations. The second one i.e. Kundalini is dedicated to the Yogic and Tantric essence, the rising of Serpent Fire, although, I realized, very few chapters were dedicated to it. Vimalananda has suggested that Kundalini, is a yoga for practice and experience, under the blessings of a awakened master and not a topic of discussion. Aghora – 2 also opens some of the mysteries related to the five elements and their workings. The third one is more focussed on the law of nature and the law of karma. Overall, I will say, a must read series for Tantra seekers.
One thing, i noticed in all the titles, was, that, the techniques were missing. The books do not offer any of the techniques to practice Tantra or Kundalini Yoga, which in fact is the essence of Tantra teaching. Tantra is about techniques and not about Philosophy or fiction. This might have been the decision of the Master Vimalananda, i suppose.
The books are published by Rupa & Co (Aghora 1 and 2) and Lotus Press (WI) (Aghora 3) and are priced at rs. 195/- each for non-paperback editions.