Tantra

Tantra is India's earliest unique Spiritual System.

Tantra, is a spiritual practice that has endured for over five thousand years now.
The primary concern of Tantra is 'what is', a sincere and honest acceptance of oneself and the world around - 'the Truth of inner Being'. It is rather a spiritual science that examines experiences of 'Self' with the material world and explores man's inherent energies, spiritual and physical, methods to expand them, and his place and relevance in the cosmos –
'the ultimate ground of Being'.

Tantra accepts all actions as they are, transmuting them into inner awareness, and further into a creative evolution, all desires, into the vehicle of transcendence, and all energies, into the ultimate means of liberation. Thus, Tantra is the technique of harvesting inherent energies of body and mind by their acceptance. It is a process of elevating what one is born with.

Tantra identifies the 'Being' within in full acceptance, not in its negation or non-acceptance.

Tantra perceives in the 'Being' that consists of great mystery and many multi-dimensional energies the most potent vehicle to take off for such transcendence. Awareness, is Tantra's guiding principles. The fullest possible acceptance of oneself, one's all energies, desires, feelings, and even weaknesses that one has as a human being is in the Tantra the path to transcendence.

Once the Being moves with any of its energies, deep sensitivity and love, coupled with awareness and understanding, each desire becomes its vehicle to go beyond, each energy, a stepping stone, body, a temple, and world, 'Nirvana' - final extinction. It is
a state of sublimation . . .

. . . . . where one experiences God as his own Self, as his own True being, as he is – the Absolute state of Self Awareness.

The Western theory of 'sin', which overwhelmed entire Indian theology after its contact with the Western world, has never been the domain of Tantra. It does not deal with the models, of social or individual as portrayed by western ideologies.

The Magic of Kundalini Energy
Kundalini has been contemplated as dormant energy lying serpent-like coiled in the body. It is multi-million times more potent than our body's known energies. .

. . ..something like the assertion of modern sciences that talk of activating vast dormant areas of the brain which would release incalculable neurological capacities of man. Hence, once Kundalini is fully awakened, Cosmic Consciousness become one. Awakening of Kundalini is in the form of its ascent from 'Muladhara' to 'Sahasrara-padma/chakra'.

The body is perceived as comprising six 'chakras', namely, 'Muladhara', 'Svadhisthana', 'Mani-pura', 'Anahata', 'Vishuddha', and 'Ajna'. Over all them is situated 'Sahasrara-padma' - the thousand-petalled lotus. 'Muladhara', an inverted triangular space situated in the midmost portion of the body, is like a young girl's vagina in shape. At the base of the 'Linga' is the Brahma-dvara - divine door, where the Devi Kundalini lies asleep. Here itself is the seat of creative desire which, when awakened, pricks Kundalini to awake.

The Shiva – Shakti energy

Tantra perceives Creation as the 'Undivided Whole'. Tantra perceives the human body as microcosmic sample of the universe and is thus representative form of Divine energies. Both Hinduism and Buddhism contend that the entire drama that takes place in the universe is repeated in human beings for the man and the universe are the same.

They assert that the Void - Cosmic Consciousness and man's mind are identical. As in Cosmic Consciousness so like a mirror in man's Mind things spring up and also disappear.

The Tantra exploits this human body as its instrument, which when in absolute command of elements within helps command elements of cosmos beyond, and thus, the cosmos. Tantra asserts that the human body comprises four aspects : 'nirvana', 'sambhogya', 'dharma' and 'sahaja', that is, illusory body, paradisal body, body, and innate body, respectively. These four bodies correspond to four planes of reality, namely, 'kaya' - physical, 'vak' - verbal, 'chitta - spiritual, and 'jnana' - knowledge.

Shakti who enshrines universe's axis and is the source of joy and creation is Tantra's presiding deity. It is, however, Shiva's bliss and desire to create that the act of copulation and thereby explosion of energy and creation takes place. In Tantrika way a product of Shiva's desire to procreate and multiply, and hence, his microcosmic part, believes to attain the same state of bliss and joy as did Shiva-Shakti in the myth.

He begins by copulating as his first step. He believes that he is the cosmic male, his female counterpart, the cosmic female, and in their ultimate magnification, they are Shiva and Shakti; and, thus, their act of copulation represents the divine union of Shiva and Shakti on human level. He takes 'yoni' as the manifest form of Shakti, and discovers in the union of the two his means of attaining the ultimate bliss which revealed in the union of Shiva and Shakti.

While copulating, he commemorates the 'Mantra' to invoke the deity - Shakti, to manifest and elevate his act to the status of divine act. After the passion quietens, self-awareness emerges and body-moves are regulated, the sound of the 'Mantra' reduces to the audible level. The universe is his stage which he realizes a mystic diagram - a 'Mandala', represents the universe, and through various motifs, its other aspects - Shiva-Shakti union, emergence of 'seed', multiplication of his procreative act .

As his act of copulation magnifies into the divine union of Shiva and Shakti, so the mystic diagram begins revealing to him mysteries of cosmos - elemental, psychic, spiritual. Now it is no more a thing outside him. It is within him. He is one with the cosmos - an undivided whole.

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