Barry Long, the Australian spiritual guru known as the “Tantric Master of the West,” died on Dec. 6 from prostate cancer. He was 77.
Although he worked as a journalist and editor in Sydney, Long abandoned his media career in his 30s to find spiritual enlightenment. He traveled to India where he experienced a “mystic death.” He moved to London where his spiritual quest culminated in a “transcendental realization.”
Long started teaching in 1968, and for 35 years, gave seminars and recorded videos and tapes offering his own brand of meditation and cosmic consciousness. He was particularly noted for his tantric teachings, and offered lessons on how to distinguish love from sex.
The spiritual guide moved back to Australia in 1986 and published a series of books advocating the search for God through self-discovery. Several topped the best-seller list, including “Origins of Man and the Universe,” which described the Big Bang in spiritual terms and contained Long’s description of consciousness — the basis of his teaching.