Tantra, perhaps the most popular and yet most misunderstood of yogic teachings today, is a vast ocean of ancient wisdom for enlightening the mind and the body. Tantrica, Tantra or Sacred Tantric Practice, in its purest form, describes both the process and methodologies for the reslution of all conflicts of opposites. Tantra, as currently and popularly defined and interpreted within the concept of sacred sexual practices can be considered as a defilement f the essence of Tantra. The origins of sacred Tantric practice and doctrine can be traced back at least to the “Indus Valley” civilization that was contemporary with the Sumerian and the beginnings of the Egyptian Old kingdom. The records and doctrines and practices found in archaeological digs find parallels in ancient Hittite worship.
It has been seen that anyone who translates anything from one language to another with a purpose or intent will “flavor the translator” with their own preconceptions based on their own learned beliefs. There are, however, versions of most Tantric Texts available which have been translated into English by scholars whose native tongue was the language in which the text were originally written.
Tantric Textbooks can make very difficult reading for anyone who is not prepared t come from a position of “heart” and because they are so often written in metaphor cannot be learnt. They can only be “ingested” or experienced as an “expression of consciousness” when there is an understanding of the use of metaphor within the culture of the riginal texts. However, the parallels are there and the metaphors can be seen by those prepared to shift their perception to a “heart” focus.
Because of the relative inaccessibility of the Tibetan Tantric texts and the fact that they were maintained within a monastic library environment and were not regularly copied, I feel that the written expression remains closer to what was originally spoken by the originators.
The Atharva Veda is one of the prime tantric scripture which was created between 5-9th Century AD. Generally, tantric worshipped either goddess Shakti or Lord Shiva. Though, Thantra has been the most neglected branch of Indian spiritual tradition and it is an accused or being a kind of black magic. But the follower of tantra is fundamentally the same as the vedic follower.
The various practices of Tantras are – Hatha Yoga, Pranayam, Mudras, Rituals, Kundalini Yoga, Nada Yoga, Mantra, Mandala, Visualizatin of deity, Alchemy, Astrology, Ayurveda and several other esoteric practices for generating wordly and spiritual prosperity.
Tantra Yoga lays special emphasis on the development of the powers latent in the six Chakras, from Muladhara to Ajna. Kundalini Yoga actually belongs to Tantric Sadhana which gives a detailed descriptin about this serpent-power and the Chakras (plexus). Entire Tantric Sadhana aims at awakening the Kundalini and making it to unite with Lord Sadasiva in the Sahasrara Chakra.
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