True Tantra As A Spiritual Practice
We live in a western world, where we’ve all heard about Tantra. But what if I told you that true tantra isn’t about the sexual practice or the kama sutra?
I’m going to dive deep into true tantra as a spiritual practice. What it truly is, what it encompasses, and how it can help you transcend your current reality.
Today I’m going to share with you the lessons I’ve learned about true tantra from the well-known tantric master, Shri Aghorinath ji.
Tantra is a spiritual tradition found in both Hinduism and Buddhism, which also has influences in other Asian belief systems. It is described as “systematic quest for salvation or spiritual excellence by realizing and fostering the divine within one’s own body. One that is simultaneous union of the masculine-feminine and spirit matter, and has the ultimate goal of realizing the primal blissful state of non-duality.”
Tantra is a branch of Indian spiritual studies that has been one of the most neglected despite the many texts devoted to this practice, which dates back to the 5th to 9th century CE.
The religious attitudes of the tantrics is fundamentally the same as that of the Vedic followers, and it is believed that the tantra tradition is a part of the main Vedic tree.
The Meaning of Tantra
The word tantra comes from two words: tattva and mantra. Tattva means the science of cosmic principles, while mantra refers to the science of mystic sound and vibrations. Therefore, tantra is the application of cosmic sciences with a view of attaining spiritual ascendancy.
In another sense, it also means the scripture by which the light of knowledge is spread: tanyate vistaryate jnanam anemna iti tantram.
Within Indian scriptures there are traditionally two schools: Agama and Nigama. Agama are those that are revelations, while Nigama are the traditions. True tantra is an Agama, called srutishakhavisesah, which means that it’s a branch of the Vedas.
Take a Tantric Approach to Life
True tantra is different from other traditions because it takes the whole person, including all of their worldly desires into account.
Other spiritual traditions and practices teach that desire for material pleasure, and spiritual aspirations are mutually exclusive, which sets the stage for an endless eternal struggle.
Although most people are drawn into spiritual beliefs and practices, they still have a natural urge to fulfill their desires. With no way to reconcile these two impulses, they fall prey to guilt and self-condemnation, or become hypocritical. Tantra offers a different path.
The tantric approach to life avoids these pitfalls. Tantra means “to weave, to expand, and to spread”. Tantric masters say, the fabric of life can provide true and everlasting fulfillment only when all threads are woven according to the pattern designated by nature.
When we are born, life naturally forms itself around that pattern. As we grow, our ignorance, attachment, desire, false images of others and ourselves, fear, tangle and tear the threads, disfiguring the fabric.
Tantra sadhana, reweaves the fabric and restores the original pattern. The path is comprehensive and systematic. These are the profound sciences and practices of hatha yoga, pranayama, rituals, mudras, nada yoga, kundalini yoga, mantras, mandala, visualization of deities, alchemy, ayurveda, astrology, and many other esoteric practices for generating worldly and spiritual prosperity blended perfectly into the tantric disciplines.
If you want to learn more about true tantra, stick around as I will be breaking down each of the practices and principles to help you reach the spiritual heights you were brought here to reach.