Monday, 24 September 2007

What is Tantra?

When first hearing about tantra, most people usually react in the same way... that it's something to do with sex or smut. It is unfortunate that most people get the wrong impression about Tantra.

Tantra actually is something completely different. Tantra is an ancient system of spirituality which is based on a unique understanding of the Universe.

The word tantra translated from Sanskrit means "weave" or "web" denoting continuity, Tantra in its various forms has existed in India, China, Japan, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Korea, Cambodia, Burma, Indonesia and Mongolia.

Tantra actually is that Indian system of beliefs and practices which, working from the principle that the universe we experience is nothing other than the concrete manifestation of the divine energy of the Godhead, under the form of Shakti, that creates and maintains that universe. Tantra seeks to appropriate and channel that energy, through specific esoteric practices and techniques, to awaken within the human microcosm, the inner force to bring the human being to unite with The supreme principle, Shiva or pure consciousness.

Sounds like a mouth full, I know. But actually it is a beautiful idea and even more so, it's very practical and life transforming.

Tantra needs to be studied from a true teacher (or Guru), one that has already succeeded to awaken the energy in himself and reach true accomplishments. I found such a teacher 8 years ago in India. His name is: Swami Vivekananda Saraswati.

It is amazing to see though, how a teacher that dares to teach the true, esoteric and powerful teachings of Tantra and thus help thousands of people to better their lives and shake down ignorance will sometimes be misunderstood by others. It is not a surprise really that Swami Vivekananda Saraswati (Swami for short), had to face many times in his life the anger of those who try to fight against these powerful teachings.

Tantra is based on the 64 Agamas (The traditional Tantric texts). When you read those texts (not all available in English and not all accounted for) you will find that they deal with many of the aspects of the Universe, like: Astronomy, mathematics, aesthetics, alternative healing, the science of sounds and vibrations and much more. The interesting thing is, that the ancient Tantrics, understanding the close relationship between the human being and the Universe, also knew that it was essential to study sexuality, as it is an integral part of any living organism's life. And that is why some 5% of the Tantric texts also deal with the issue of sexuality.

Tantra is a very vast and fascinating subject, I will post much more information about it in the near future.

In the mean time - you are welcome to read more practical information on the Agama Yoga website: www.agamayoga.com