We're supposed to be retreating from the instinct, subduing, controlling, etc., not finding ways to increase it's affect on us.
The Tantra establish that people of predominant tamasic nature should be given initiation in pashyachara; people of predominant rajasic nature in virachara; and only pure people of very high sattvic nature should practice the way of divyachara.
There are some rites prescribed in the Tantras that involves sexual intercourse with a woman (bhairavi). But those rites can only be done under very sctrict rules laided by the tantra shastra and only by those initiated in virachara and of advanced practice.
The problem arises when people ignorant of this fact (or pretending to be ignorant) start to preach tantra as if it was a system where sex is used freely and that its sexual rites are for everyone to do in every way possible, and this is very far from what the scriptures says.
Ritual intercourse is only a very little part of the whole of Tantra. The rest is happily ignored by those who are only after enjoyment under the disguise of spirituality.
There is a Tantriks temple on an island not far from where I live. To be honest, I won't go to that temple even though I am a temple fanatic. Frankly, it seems they worship blood from females and the pujaris are Euro females who seem masculine. Sort of scares me.
But some Tantra is nice. But most Devi temples here are your village type Hindu Devi temples you find in India, which are the ones I love. They may have a Hreem Kleem here and there, but the Goddess is always beautiful and electric and the pujaris (often with a red vertical tilak) are wonderful.
As for Kali pujaris, only a very special one can be a Kali Pujari. I never will question a Kali Pujari. They are very specialized.
Om Namah Sivaya
Tantra means literally, "doctrine"; think about the true meaning and root of this word for a clear picture.
Tantra has risen from the sāṃkhya school of philosophy, one of the six principle philosophies of sanatana dharma.
Reality has been explained here, initially by way of 25 tattva upon which at a later date, Ādi Śaṅkarācārya has expanded the advaita philosophy to unite the duality all whilst preserving the foundations; Think of this as a mathematical model and refer again to "doctrine".
The Western interpretation of tantra is a rather contorted affair.
Arguably some of the "tantric" Indian interpretations also; The Kashmir shavite master swami Lakshman Jū has sited there to be a certain amount of misinterpretation of many of the tantra, and thus a failure to produce fruit by their practice.
You might like to investigate śāradā tilaka tantram, to get a feel for what tantra is or can be ... But remember that with out a Guru, interpretation is only that, an interpretation. Reality manifests from sound and not from form; which comes afterwards, in accordance with śāradā tilaka.
The tattva of creative action, one of the panca karmendriyas is upastha, this is force creativity, for tool making and invention music even; I think, often mistranslated as sex.
There is an interesting innate connection between bi-polarity and invention ...
Last edited by Mana; 02 June 2014 at 12:07 AM.
Vannakkam Icy: This may (or may not) also be helpful..
from the lexicon of Dancing with Siva, (but summarised by me for simplicity)
1) most generally, a synonym for shastra (scripture)
2) a synonym for the Agamic texts, especially those of the Shakta faith
3) a specific method, technique, or spiritual practice within the Shakta or Saiva traditions, generally used to have energy flow upward through the sushumna
so from 3 above, pranayama would be considered a tantra.
For me personally, I see it as #3.
After the Satayuga,
The knowledge of Veda
Fragmented into many.
The two most prominent parts
came to be:- Vedanta and Yoga.
For some reasons,
Political and social power
Remained with the Vedanti-s.
Yogi-s were discarded
Off the mainstream.
The start of Yoga.
It could be violent,
It could be silent,
For even HaTha Yoga
Is a kind of Tantra.
The illiterates are
The wisest people.
They live in villages,
And just do bhakti.
Things to remember:
1. Life = yajña
2. Depth of Āstika knowledge is directly proportional
to the richness of Sanskrit it is written in
3. Āstika = Bhārata ("east") / Ārya ("west")
4. Varṇa = tripartite division of Vedic polity
5. r = c. x²
r = realisation
constant c = intelligence
variable x = bhakti
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