The Radiance Sutras is now available at Amazon
This has all the latest versions of the Sutras, plus essays on interesting Sanskrit words in each verse.
The Radiance Sutras
Bhairava and Devi traversing the Night Sky, from Lotus Sculpture.
The Radiance Sutras 112 Gateways to The Yoga of Wonder and Delight
A new version of the vijnana bhairava tantra
by Lorin Roche
Now in print
Foreword by Shiva Rea
I came across the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra when I was 14 and it was my initiation into Yoga. My first love, this teaching has given me entryway into the vast wisdom at the heart of tantra. I feel I have a home base now.
What is so extraordinary about the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra is that it is a description of the vibratory intelligence that is guiding us at every moment of our lives. This text is loving – a rare thing in the universe of yoga texts. The teaching emerges from the lovemaking of the Goddess and the God within our hearts. This is the revealed tantra. If you are reading these words, the divinity in your heart is wanting to awaken you into the interconnected field we are all vibrating with.
This book is absolutely magical. One line, or just the pairing of some of the words, can change your relationships, activate an awakening. Reading one of these sutras is enough to change a life. I have seen this happen again and again in myself and in my teaching. People who find this text are enlightened by it.
The teaching is practical – here are 112 ways of yoga meditation. Inside any one of these, you can experience the highest yogic insights, through your own direct experience. These practices are at the heart of yoga. It is magical, the first experience of finding a sutra that hits you and sets you vibrating.
Lorin’s translation of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra is refreshingly intimate, sensual, fierce, and immediately effective. As you are reading a sutra, even if you are not doing a formal practice, your body is being affected, even from the first reading. The outer mind is reflected back to its sacred source.
This text glows with an expansive intimacy in the conversation between two lovers, Bhairava and Devi. It releases a naturalness of being. This is a very different feeling than one gets from the Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras, or the Bhagavad-Gita; when I read those texts I do not have the same somatic relaxation into my sacred body. This relaxation is so essential for Westerners. When we get the feeling of vertical ascension, it tends to tighten us up. We tighten up! We just do. Western yoga practitioners need an entryway into the quantum vibratory body, one that retains the magical spontaneity that is there in one’s original experience of finding such a work.
This text specifically releases us, through these practical methods, from the limitations of the way we think of space, of the material world, and transforms it into a living, flowing, vibrational consciousness. This is what the sages and yogis, are saying, that we are living in an incredibly spacious field of vibrational intelligence known as spanda.
I want this book to be on the bookshelf of every lover of yoga, next to the Yoga Sutras and the Upanishads. Lorin is on the front lines as a meditation teacher, bringing over into the Western world the deepest teachings of Tantra, giving them voice to sing out clearly.
– December 2008, Malibu