All of these possibilities are before you. And then… when you come down finally to the last, you are born. And this little thing comes into the world, ignorant of all that it has experienced. It has been through the spheres of the gods and the light. And it comes out in darkness: the darkness and avidity… of the first chakra.
That’s the great cycle of the tantric spheres.—Joseph Campbell
By telling the tale of the ascent of the kuṇḍalinī serpent through the seven cakras or wheels of the spirit-body, Joseph Campbell explores the world of Tantra in its many forms—from the Bhagavad Gīta to the Bardo Thodol (the so-called Tibetan Book of the Dead) to Sukhavātī, the Western Paradise of the Amida Buddha, Campbell leads us on a hero journey through the heavens and hells of this great spiritual tradition.