“I think tantric imagery is far too esoteric for general consumption, but it certainly is becoming mainstream among tattoo artists.” Robert Beer, Tricycle, Winter 2010
“Saints of all religions have attained God-realization through the simple concept of the Cosmic Beloved. Because the Absolute is nirguna, “without qualities” and acintya, “inconceivable,” human thought and yearning have ever personalized It as the Universal Mother. A combination of personal theism and the philosophy of the Absolute is an ancient achievement of Hindu thought, expounded in the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita. This “reconciliation of opposites” satisfies heart and head; bhaktis (devotion) and jnana (wisdom) are essentially one.” Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda, 1946
Tibetan Buddhism is very close to Hinduism and shares with it the tradition of studying with living enlightened beings. As for Yogananda’s quote the first thing I find striking is that the personalized “God” is female. Second is that what the eastern philosophers were trying to reconcile with the idea of the Absolute was, unlike western Existentialists, the truth of their emotions as opposed to an unrelenting rationalism.