This Tantra vision is one of the greatest visions ever dreamed by man: a religion without the priest, a religion without the temple, a religion without the organization; a religion which does not destroy the individual but respects individuality tremendously, a religion which trusts in the ordinary man and woman. And this trust goes very deep. Tantra trusts in your body; no other religion trusts in your body. And when religions don’t trust in your body, they create a split between you and your body. They make you senses of your bodies, they start destroying the wisdom of the body.
“Tantra trusts in your body. Tantra trusts in your senses. Tantra trusts in your energy. Tantra trusts in you – in toto. Tantra does not deny anything but transforms everything.
“How to attain to this Tantra vision? This is the map to turn you on, and to turn you in, and to turn you beyond.
The Indian perspective says that the aim of human life is to grow by inner and outer experience till man lives in god, realises his spirit, becomes divine in knowledge, in will and in the joy of his being. In the course of achieving this transforming experience, the guru holds a special place. The guru-disciple interaction touches deep and regressed layers of the two main features of the relationship, surrender of the shishya and intimacy with the guru. Real teaching is believed to occur when the disciple has disciplined himself and is tuned to the wavelength of the guru. Teaching, example, and influence play significant roles in mentoring. One very distinctive characteristic of guru-shishya relationship is its poly-variant nature. It indicates the all encompassing quality of this relationship. Dynamics of the relationship indicate that its basis was a complete transformation of the shishya by the guru.
An Indian legend tells of a man who carried water to his village every day, in two large jars tied to the ends of a wooden pole, which he balanced on his back.
One of the jars was older than the other, and had some small cracks; every time the man covered the distance to his house, half of the water was lost.
The younger jar was always very proud of its performance, safe in the knowledge that it was up to the mission it had been made for, while the other jar was mortified with shame at only fulfilling half of its allotted task.
It was so ashamed that one day, while the man got ready to fetch water from the well, it decided to speak to him:
“I want to apologize, but because of the many years of service, you are only able to deliver half of my load, and quench half of the thirst which awaits you at your home.”
The man smiled, and said, “When we return, observe carefully the path.”
And so it did. And the jar noticed that, on its side, many flowers and plants grew. “See how nature is more lovely on your side?”, commented the man. “I always knew you were cracked, and decided to make use of this fact. I planted flowers and vegetables, and you have always watered them. I have picked many roses to decorate my house with; I have fed my children with lettuce, cabbage and onions. If you were not as you are, how could I have done that?”
All of us, at some point, grow old and start to acquire other qualities. We can always make the most of each one of these new qualities and obtain a good result.
Jesus says love is God. Osho says God is love and I say love heals. love heals it is food for soul. you need love as your body needs food. love nourishes you. If you don’t get love you become angry and violent. Hindus offer mustered oil to god Shani .the massage of oil or just a hug nourishes your body. give loving hug or Pyar Ki Jhappi or hug to somebody if somebody is angry. or hug a tree. after breaking of a unfinished relation people go in to rage as your body now no more getting love. your body becomes attached to your lovers body in love. But when you break the relation without completing it you feel sadness and rage. you can avoid sadness by being total in love and by completing it. but people don’t know how to be total in love and they blame lovers or love for their wounds. You get wounds in love because you play games when love is there and you don’t surrender and total in love. and you blame love .but in reality love is not problem but the problem is that we don’t know how to love and how to relate. tantra is about learning the art of relating. a tantric never get attached and wounds in love. read another meditation technique from Osho’s book “The Open Door, Breathing in Love” Love is always new. It never becomes old because it is non-accumulative, non-hoarding.
It knows no past; it is always fresh, as fresh as the dewdrops. It lives moment to moment, it is atomic. It has no continuity, it knows no tradition. Each moment it dies and each moment it is born again. It is like breath: you breathe in, you breathe out; again you breathe in and you breathe out. You don’t hoard it inside.
If you hoard the breath you will die because it will become stale, it will become dead. It will lose that vitality, the quality of life. So is the case with love — it is breathing; each moment it renews itself. So whenever one gets stuck in love and stops breathing, life loses all significance. And that’s what is happening to people: the mind is so dominant that it even influences the heart and makes even the heart possessive! The heart knows no possessiveness but the mind contaminates it, poisons it.
So remember that: be in love with existence! And let love be like breathing. Breathe in, breathe out, but let it be love coming in, going out. By and by with each breath you have to create that magic of love. Make it a meditation: when you breathe out, just feel that you are pouring your love into existence; when you breathe in, existence is pouring its love into you. And soon you will see that the quality of your breath is changing, then it starts becoming something totally different to what you have ever known before. That’s why in India we call it ‘prana’, life, not just breathing, it is not just oxygen. Something else is there, the very life itself.
Osho, The Open Door, Talk #13
The world has known many saints and prophets and as the central figure of Christianity, Jesus Christ is one of the most popular personalities. Who doesn’t know the story of his birth, persecution, death and subsequent resurrection? However, there is a relationship to ancient Tantra to his story, as well. Do you wonder at this? Read on…
From the age of 13 to 29 years, Jesus’ life is mostly unaccounted for by Christian history. There are, in fact, elements of a resurrection or ‘rebirth’ even to this part of his life. Allow a Tantra teacher to explain the message of this obscure fact to you.
The scriptures of Tantra list Jesus as one of the 84000 avatars of the Almighty. An avatar, in Sanskrit, means a divine being sent down to pursue a certain spiritual mission.
Jesus Christ, in fact, belonged to this hierarchy of saints and prophets, sent down by the Almighty to chalk out a specific path of spirituality for the people of the pre-Biblical period ruled by King Herod. He had to chalk this path out from the vast eternal knowledge, also known as the ‘Sanatana Dharma’ in the Tantric Scriptures.
The three wise kings of Bethlehem, or the Magi, knew of his coming, and followed the bright star to the stable where the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus. The scriptures of Tantra, however, have a different take on their journey; they tell us that it was the full moon that led the three wise kings to their destination.
According to Tantra, a divine being or a messenger of God always chooses to ‘descend’ on earth at the time of a full moon – an auspicious time for all divine beginnings. Thus the full moon is always a signal to those who know how to read the signs, like the Magi.
Christ’s spiritual awakening began during his childhood, when his purpose on earth dawned on him. He had visions of a land awaiting him … a land that held the promise of vast eternal knowledge or ‘sanatana dharma’ for him. These led him on a long and arduous journey that ended in the land of ‘sanatana dharma’ or India – the birthplace and stronghold of ancient Tantra.
For sixteen years, he lived and studied in India under the tutelage of various teachers who were ready and waiting for him, just as his visions had foretold. It was from them that he learnt all the streams of philosophy and wisdom that would be required for the success of his earthly mission.
Of everything that he learnt, there were a few things that are particularly noteworthy. He learnt a sacred Tantra kriya that enabled him to project his life-force or ‘prana’ onto an inanimate object, an ancient tantra skill that he utilized at his crucifixion to eliminate all consciousness of bodily pain even as his soul lived on. This Tantra kriya is called ‘Kaya Pravesham’ or Projection of Life-Energy onto an Object.
After crucifixion, when his body was left in a cave and found to have disappeared on the third day, even his persecutors had to admit that he was no ordinary being. His resurrection, in fact, is further proof that he had mastered this tantra kriya completely.
The Vedas talk about him as Ishu which became, by popular spelling, Jishu and subsequently Jesus to the world. ‘Ish’ means the Almighty; add ‘u’ to that and the word immediately signifies one who is a part of Him.
It is a known fact among Tantra masters that Jesus Christ spent a large portion of his life in India -at a divine place called Jagannatha Dhama, meaning The House of God. It is God Almighty’s abode on Earth, according to the Vedic scriptures. Jesus, too, believed it to be the earthly abode of his Father in Heaven. This was the very place that taught him the intricacies of Hinduism and all the allied branches of religious and spiritual wisdom.
Interestingly, during this period, he also visited another divine place called Banaras (Varanasi) for advanced learning of some aspects of philosophy and spiritual logic. During that period not a soul – not his father nor his mother – knew where he was… a prerequisite for all saints-in-the-making so that spiritual missions are not disrupted.
Tantra scriptures give an account of Christ’s journey to India and his studies there. Jesus Christ came to India and was instructed to preach Christianity derived from the Eternal Truth or ‘Sanatana Dharma’ from which all religions evolve.
Christianity is what the people of that time period needed, for they belonged to a certain category of spiritual consciousness. They needed something to give them respite from King Herod’s dictatorial reign. Christian spirituality restored their faith in the Divine and helped them fight the repressive and destructive forces of King Herod.
Yet, all that we know of Christ has come to us from the Church. This particular phase of his life (from the age of 13 to 29 years) may be unaccounted for by Christian institutions, but the scriptures of Tantra provide us with richly detailed accounts of it. The earthly lives of the Messengers of God hold many a wondrous secret and a treasure trove of wisdom, but to understand them one must go to the right people.
One must refrain from relying on a few authors who may never have had access to the original Tantra scriptures; most have isolated their personal research from the base source. One must go to the few who have made good use of their access to the original scriptures.
On the fringes of Indian civilization, in the unsettled areas, in the edges of the forest, and in the frightening and impure spaces in the cremation grounds on the edge of major cities, a new vision of Buddhist practice began to emerge. This vision eventually came to be known as Tantra.
The Tantric version of Buddhism brought about a profound change in Buddhist values. Tantric Buddhism began to emerge in India during the 6th century A.D. I use the word emerge because we don’t really know when it began. There are stories that trace back the tradition to the time of the Buddha, but it only emerged as a fully cultural phenomenon many centuries after the lifetime of the Buddha.
Tantra is really a pan-Indian phenomenon. It’s not just found in Buddhism, but also in Hinduism, and in other Indian religious traditions as Jainism. You can also find Islamic Tantra. It is a religious tradition that is found across the whole sweep of the Indian religious landscape.
Tantric Buddhism shares a lot of important concepts, symbols and ritual practices with its tantric counterparts in other Indian traditions. As was true with earlier movements like the Mahayana, Tantric Buddhism produced an extraordinary transformation in Buddhist values. The first question we might ask is wether this means that Tantra is in some sense a whole new form of Buddhism.
Sometimes, people treat the Tantric tradition as a separate vehicle, alongside the Theravada and the Mahayana. I think that it is more accurate and helpful for us to think of Tantra as an extension of the values of the Mahayana. In the next series of articles we are going to study Tantra and its fundamental teachings:
- The Meaning of Tantra: The best way for us to start studying Tantra is to look at some of the names that people use to refer to the Tantric tradition. What does the word Tantra mean? It turns out that this is pretty mysterious. It has several meanings and it is hard for us to know exactly which one is the one that most directly applies to the Tantric tradition.
- The Fundamental Teaching Of Tantric Buddhism: What is the fundamental teaching of the Tantras? Think of Tantra as simply a radical extension of the idea of non-duality. It is about overcoming duality. How does the Tantra do this? In a way that for us is quite striking.
- The Practice of Tantra: A common question about Tantra is whether there is anything that distinguishes the practitioners of Tantra from the ordinary practitioners of other traditions. Who are these people? Who practice Tantra in this form?
- The Buddhist Mandala: The Mandala is a system of Tantric symbolism that is based not in the number two, but in the number five. The word Mandala means simply “circle”. In its most simple form, a Mandala consists of five major points: North, South, East, West and the point of the center.It is useful to think of the Mandala as functioning in a simple ritual way. It simply draws a line around some ritual space, demarcates it and separates it from the profane space that lies outside.
When a person practices Meditation on Twin Hearts, divine energy flows down to the practitioner; filling him with Divine Light, Love and Power. The practitioner becomes a channel of this Divine energy.
Spiritual aspirants who have practiced this meditation for quite sometime may experience being enveloped by dazzling, sometimes blinding light. In addition, practitioners may experience divine ecstasy and bliss, and a feeling of oneness with all creation. This has been a common experience among advanced yogis and saints of all religions, and can be verified through their holy scriptures.
This blinding, brilliant, and dazzling light is known as Heaven Ki in Taoist yoga, or the Pillar of Light in ancient Jewish Kaballah traditions. In Judaism it is Shekhinah- The Shekinah is held by some to represent the feminine attributes of the presence of God (shekhinah being a feminine word in Hebrew), based especially on readings of the Talmud. To the Indian yogis and saints, they call this pillar of light, the Antakharana, or spiritual bridge of light. The Christians refer to it as the Descent of the Holy Spirit, symbolized by a pillar of light with a descending white dove. The white dove represents the coming down of divine energy. The descent of the divine energy causes the temporary expansion of the practitioner’s major chakras and inner aura. When meditation is practiced on a regular basis, the expansion may become permanent.
The heart chakra is a replica, or twin of the crown chakra. When you look at the heart chakra, it has twelve petals, similar to the twelve petals which form the inner core of the crown chakra. The crown chakra, on the other hand, is the center of illumination, or divine love, or oneness with all. It is situated on top of a person’s head, providing energy for the brain and the glands therein. When the Crown chakra is sufficiently activated, its inner core of twelve petals unfurl, open and turn upward like a golden cup, golden crown, golden lotus, or golden flower, to receive spiritual energy which is distributed to other parts of the body.
What is Meditation on Twin Hearts?
Meditation on Twin hearts is based on the principle that some of the major energy centers or chakras are entry points or gateways to certain levels or horizons of consciousness. The Twin Hearts pertain to the heart and crown energy centers. The heart chakra is an energy center in front of a person’s chest. It is the energy counterpart to the physical heart. The heart chakra is the center for compassion, joy, affection, consideration, mercy, and other higher refined emotions. The Crown energy center (also called the spiritual heart) located on the top of the head is the entry point to higher spiritual consciousness. To achieve illumination or cosmic consciousness, it is necessary to sufficiently activate the crown chakra. This can be done only when the heart chakra is sufficiently activated. Only by developing the higher refined emotions can one possibly experience divine love. When the crown center is highly developed, one experiences Divine Love and Oneness with All.
Blessing the earth with loving-kindness, peace and goodwill following the Meditation on Twin Hearts can be done by a group as a form of world service. The effectiveness of the blessings is magnified many times more when done as a group rather than as an individual.
Who introduced Meditation on Twin Hearts?
Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, an internationally known spiritual teacher and lecturer, introduced Meditation on Twin Hearts to the public for the first time in the 1980’s. This exceptional meditation is based on an ancient secret only revealed to advanced spiritual aspirants. Grand Master Choa Kok Sui utilized different advanced meditational techniques and synthesized it into one simple yet powerful meditation.
WHO SHOULD NOT PRACTICE THE MEDITATION ON TWIN HEARTS?
1. Persons below 16 years old.
2. Patients with severe heart ailment, hypertension, glaucoma, or kidney and liver problems.
3. Pregnant women.
4. Heavy smokers.
5. Heavy meat eaters (particularly pork).
6. Persons with excessive alcohol consumption or use of addictive and hallucinogenic drugs.
The Meditation on Twin Hearts is a method used for gaining deep relaxation, eliminating stress, promoting health, increasing creativity and intelligence, and attaining inner happiness and fulfillment.It is practiced by millions of people worldwide.
– Meditation on Twin Hearts is used as a meditation tool for stress relief in Stress Management Programs.
– There is a noticeable relaxation of the body, calming of the emotions and stillness of the mind.
– Regular practice of Meditation on Twin Hearts results in increasing contentment, happiness, inner peace and joy in life.
– There has been improved and enhancement of relationships with spouses, family members and co-workers.
– There was complete cessation of drug abuse following the Meditation on Twin Hearts and is presently being used in drug rehabilitation programs.
– In conjunction with Pranic Healing, Meditation on Twin Hearts has also shown increased academic performance, athletic skills, behavioral functioning, improved memory and overall school and job performance.
– Improved Family and Interpersonal Relationships – Regular practice of Meditation on Twin Hearts has shown improved and enhanced relationships.It has proven to save marriages and relationships that were falling apart.
– Improved Work Performance – In Columbia and India, Meditation on Twin Hearts is done every morning before starting the work day. There has even been use of Meditation on Twin Hearts in corporate companies such as banks and businesses.
– Dramatic Social Change – There has been promotion of peace in the environment, society and country, and a significant reduction of violence. In Columbia there are regular groups of Meditation on Twin Hearts practitioners blessing the country and their areas.There has been a greater response in aiding catastrophies such as storms and floods (Venezuela), earthquakes (India). Several positive political changes have taken place in the Philippines, Columbia, and El Salvador.
– Meditation on Twin Hearts opens the awareness to the infinite reservoir of energy, creativity, and intelligence that lies deep within everyone
– The meditation relaxes the body, calms the emotions and stills the mind.
– Regular practitioners of Meditation on Twin Hearts attain inner happiness, inner peace and fulfillment
– Meditation on Twin Hearts can hope to achieve Illumination and profound expansion of consciousness
– Spiritual aspirants who practice this meditation regularly may experience envelopment of dazzling, even blinding light. Practitioners may also experience divine ecstasy and bliss, and a feeling of oneness with all creation. This can be verified through the holy scriptures of all religions.
– Regular practitioners of MTH have increased sizes of chakras and auras making the energy body stronger and more dynamic.
– After practicing Meditation on Twin Hearts, pranic healers were noted to heal patients quicker than before and with amazing results.
– As a result of practicing MTH, one becomes more intelligent and develops increased intuitive abilities.
Steps in Meditation on Twin Hearts
1) Cleansing The Etheric Body Through Physical Exercise
Do physical exercise for about five minutes. Doing physical exercise has a cleansing effect on the etheric body. Light grayish matter or used-up prana is expelled from the etheric body when exercising. Physical exercises have to be done to minimize possible pranic congestion since this meditation generates a lot of subtle energies in the etheric body.
2) Invocation For Divine Blessing
Invoke the Divine Blessings. Hindus pray for Shiva or Krishna or to the Guru, Christians to Jesus or Christ or Mary, Muslims to Allah, and Buddhists to Buddha. If you are eclectic, you may say, “To the Universal Supreme God.”
You can use the following invocation:
“To the Supreme God, I humbly invoke for divine guidance, divine love and illumination, divine oneness, divine bliss, divine help, and divine protection. With thanks and in full faith.”
3) Connecting The Tongue To The Palate
Connecting the tongue to the palate completes the connection between the front and back energy channels of the aura, thus increasing the energy level and facilitating the circulation of energy during the meditation.
4a) Activating The Heart Chakra And Blessing The Entire Earth With Loving Kindness
Press your front heart chakra with your finger for a few seconds. This is to make concentration on the front heart chakra easier. Visualize a small earth, the size of a small ball, directly in front of you. Concentrate on the front heart chakra and bless the earth with loving kindness at the same time visualizing pink light flowing from your heart chakra enveloping the entire earth. You may use the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. Be aware of your heart and hands as you say silently say the following.
To the Supreme God,
Make me an instrument of your peace.
Feel the inner peace within you. Allow yourself to be a channel of divine peace. Feel the peace within you. Let it flow to your arms, to your hands. Bless the earth with peace. Gently and lovingly share this peace with the small earth in front of you.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Feel the divine love within you. Allow yourself to be a channel of divine love. Feel this love within you. Feel this love flowing from your heart, to your arms, flowing to the small earth in front of you. Bless the earth with peace and with love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
4b) Feel the spirit of reconciliation. Allow yourself to be a channel of divine forgiveness, divine reconciliation. Bless the earth with the spirit of forgiveness, reconciliation, understanding, harmony and peace.
Where there is despair, hope; doubt faith.
Feel the divine hope and faith. Allow yourself to be a channel of divine hope and divine faith. Bless the earth with hope and faith. Bless people who are having a difficult time with hope and faith. Silently tell them, “You can make it.” Bless them with divine hope and divine faith and divine strength.
Where there is darkness, light; sadness, joy.
Allow yourself to be a channel of divine light and joy. Bless the entire earth with divine light and joy. Bless people who are sad, depressed and in pain with divine light and joy. Fill them with light and joy.
5) Activating The Crown Chakra And Blessing The Earth With Loving-Kindness
Press the crown chakra with your finger for several seconds to facilitate concentration on the crown chakra and bless the entire earth with loving-kindness while visualizing divine white light flowing from your crown and enveloping the earth in front of you. When the crown chakra is fully opened, some of you will feel something blooming on top of the head and some will also feel something pressing on the crown. The following blessing may be used:
From the center of the heart of God,
Let the entire earth be blessed with loving-kindness.
Feel the divine love and kindness. Allow yourself to be a channel of divine love and kindness and share these with the whole earth.
Let the entire earth be blessed with great joy and happiness.
Feel the joy and happiness and share these with the entire earth. Visualize people smiling, their hearts filled with joy and happiness.
From the center of the heart of God,
Let the entire earth be blessed with
understanding, harmony, and divine peace.
Allow yourself to be a channel of understanding, harmony and peace. Visualize people or nations that are on the verge of fighting or are fighting reconciling and living in harmony with each other. Visualize people putting down their arms, shaking hands and embracing each other.
Let the entire earth be blessed with
goodwill and the will to do good.
Imagine people not filled with good intentions, not only talking about doing something good, but also actually carrying out these good intentions. This is the meaning of the “will to do good.”
6) Meditate And Bless The Earth With Loving-Kindness Simultaneously Through The Heart And Crown Chakras
After the crown has been activated, concentrate simultaneously on the crown chakra and the heart chakra, and bless the entire earth with loving-kindness for a few minutes. This will align both chakras, thereby making the blessing more potent. Imagine the small earth in front of you. Visualize a golden light from your hands going down to the earth, filling the whole earth with light and love. You may use the following blessing:
From the center of the heart of God,
Let the entire earth, every person, every being
be blessed with divine love and kindness
Feel the divine love and kindness and share these with the whole earth, every person and every being.
Let the entire earth, every person, and every being be blessed
With divine sweetness, divine joy, with warmness,
Caringness and tenderness.
Feel the sweet, loving feeling and share it with the whole earth.
From the center of the heart of God,
Let the entire earth, every person, and every being be blessed
With inner healing, inner beauty,
divine bliss and, divine oneness.
Feel the divine bliss and divine oneness, and share these with every person and every being.
7) Achieve Illumination-Meditation On The Light, On The Mantra OM And The Interval Between The Two OMs
Gently imagine a brilliant white light or golden light on the crown. Look at it gently and lovingly. Feel the quality of the energy emitted by the light. Feel the inner peace, stillness and bliss emanating from the light. Be aware of the light, the inner stillness and the bliss. Gently and silently chant the mantra OM or Amen.
Continue meditating for about 10 minutes. Relax and let go.
8) Releasing Excess Energy By Blessing And By Rooting
After the meditation, raise again both hands with palms facing outward. Imagine the earth. Release the excess energy by blessing earth with light, loving-kindness, peace and prosperity for several minutes until your body has normalized.
After releasing the excess energy, you may bless specific persons or your family and friends.
Next, gently be aware of the base of the spine. Project your consciousness down into the earth and imagine light descending into the earth three meters or 10 feet deep.
9) Giving Thanks
After the end of the meditation, always give thanks to the Divine Providence and to your spiritual guides for the divine blessing.
10) Further Releasing Of Excess Energy Through More Physical Exercises And Massaging
Strengthen the visible physical through massage of different parts of the body and more physical exercises after the end of the meditation for about five minutes. The purpose is to further cleanse and strengthen the visible body since more used-up prana is expelled out of the body. This facilitates the assimilation of the pranic and spiritual energies, thereby enhancing the beauty and health of the practitioner. Massaging and exercising after this meditation also reduces the possibility of pranic congestion or energy getting in certain parts of the body that may lead to illness. You can also gradually cure yourself of some ailments by doing exercises after doing the Meditation on the Twin Hearts.
It is very important to exercise after the meditation; otherwise, the visible body will inevitably be weakened. Although the etheric body will become very bright and strong, the visible physical body will become weak because it will not be able to withstand the leftover energy generated by the meditation in the long run.
In spite of the opinions (and financial interests) of many Westerners, the term Tantra is not immediately synonymous with sex. The vast majority of traditions of Tantra have degenerated completely and are dangerous. One should study extensively before taking on any teachings or practice of Tantra.
Tantra Yoga had been one of the potent powers for the spiritual regeneration of the Hindus. When practiced by the ignorant, unenlightened, and unqualified persons, it has led to certain abuses; and there is no denying that some degraded forms of Saktism have sought nothing but magic, immorality, and occult powers. – Swami Sivananda
Genuine tantra is an exceptional method of purifying the consciousness of all egotistical elements: lust, pride, envy, gluttony, laziness, etc., but it is not easy or overnight, and requires great temperance, intelligence, education, and dedication.
[Buddha] Shakyamuni did not teach that people with loose ethics will succeed in Tantra. That is not the way leading to the city of nirvana. How could these evil churls succeed in Tantra? How could people with loose ethics go to the upper realms? They will not go to a high rebirth; they will not have supreme happiness. – The Manjushri Root Tantra
Success in Tantra is determined by the ethical discipline that leads up to it.
The term Tantra refers first (1) to the continuum of vital energy that sustains all existence, and second (2) to the class of knowledge and practices that harnesses that vital energy, thereby transforming the practitioner.
Tantra is primarily known in two forms:
Each have their own scriptures, schools, traditions, and practices, which vary widely.
There are many varieties of Tantra, but they can be classified in three types: White, Grey and Black. These are differentiated by examination of the results they produce.
- White Tantra: those schools that produce beings who are clean of all egotistical desire, anger, lust, envy, etc. Such beings are known as Buddhas, Masters, Angels, Devas, etc.
- Grey Tantra: those schools who want to be White but do not renounce Black methods. They are caught in the middle.
- Black Tantra: those schools that produce beings who sustain and develop the causes of suffering, namely lust, anger, greed, pride, etc. Such beings are called demons, sorcerers, Maruts, Asuras, etc.
Learn more about these types of schools here: Forms of Tantra.
This blog is solely concerned with the scriptures and techniques belonging to White forms of Tantra.
Tantra has long been known in the West as Alchemy, and has also been present in the esoteric heart of every great religion. Study of this site will demonstrate that fact.
Quotes about Tantra
“The Tantric student must be endowed with purity, faith, devotion, dedication to Guru, dispassion, humility, courage, cosmic love, truthfulness, non-covetousness, and contentment.” – Swami Sivananda
“The passions which bind may be so employed as to act as forces whereby the particular life of which they are the strongest manifestation is raised to the universal life. Passion, which has hitherto run downwards and outwards to waste, is directed inwards and upwards, and transformed to power.” – Mahanirvana Tantra
“In the view of Tantra, the body’s vital energies are the vehicles of the mind. When the vital energies are pure and subtle, one’s state of mind will be accordingly affected. By transforming these bodily energies we transform the state of consciousness.” – The 14th Dalai Lama
The Tantra attitude about sex is that sex is not a need. It is a cosmic experience, it is an experience of meditation. It is an instinctual return to our ultimate reality, one of the highest forms of meditation. In fifteen minutes to an hour or more of uninterrupted coitus, Tantra seeks a complete loss of the ego. Just see the difference. Freud says it is a gratification for the ego. And that’s how it has become, and Freud is not wrong. If you see the modern man, he is right. People go on making love just to prove that they are males or females, or what charming people they are, beautiful people they are. People go on finding new women, new men, just to prove that ‘I am still attractive.’ My observation of people is that they don’t fall in love.
Their joy is not love, their joy is conquest. Once they have achieved a woman they are no more interested in her. It is not love. Now they are seeking new pasture, now they want a new woman. Now they want to prove again that they are still young, looked at, they still have charisma, magnetism. And the more women they can make love with, the more their ego is satisfied. This is not love. And Freud is right that sex gives ego-gratification.
But look at Tantra. Tantra has a totally different idea. Tantra says: The appeal of sex is because it gives you a moment of egolessness, timelessness, meditation. Because of ego-gratification, sex has become very very superficial, it only scratches the skin. It does not go deep, it has no depth. So many people are worried about premature ejaculation. The reason? They don’t love. If they love, then naturally they can make love for longer periods — the more you are in love, the longer the period will be. For hours you can be in love, because there is no hurry, the ego is not controlling.
In a Tantra coitus you can remain for hours. It is a kind of melting with the woman or with the man, it is a kind of relaxation into each other’s being. And it is meditative, because there is no ego, no thought stirs. And time stops. This is a glimpse of God. Tantra is the natural way to God, the normal way to God. The object is to become so completely instinctual, so mindless, that we merge with ultimate nature — that the woman disappears and becomes a door for the ultimate, the man disappears and becomes a door for the ultimate.
This is the Tantra definition of our sexuality: The return to absolute innocence, absolute oneness. The greatest sexual thrill of all is no search for thrills, but a silent waiting. Utterly relaxed, utterly mindless. One is conscious, conscious only of being conscious. One is consciousness. One is contented, but there is no content to it. And then there is great beauty, great benediction