Your Questions About Tantras
June 17th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Lisa asks…

What is wrong with the practice of tantras?

For example, it suggest meditating in a Graveyard to get rid of the inner fears and concentrate all your thoughts towards God. Also,sometimes, the person is surrounded with worldly pleasures such a wine, but the objective of such a practice is to make a person give up all those worldly desires and concentrate towards the absolute...

Not just that, not everyone can do tantra practice, it can only be done for people who can attain control through such a practice.

Witch Girl answers:

I have to disagree with your premise, there is nothing wrong with Tantra - the practice of Tantra is open to all, but not everyone will try it.

Please quote any book on Tantra philosophy which asks one to meditate in a graveyard...

True tantra spiritual practices are not gross and tamasic ( leading to fatigue and being unfocused) in nature. Though a few rituals are wild, basic meditative techniques calls for indulgence, not suppression...

Carol asks…

Does the word Tantrum got anything to do with Tantras in terms of its origination?

Witch Girl answers:

No, the word tantrum came into usage around 1715 and means to loose control in anger, basically. The word Tantra is thousands of years and refers to religious literature, originally written in Sanskrit, that tells of powerful ritual acts of body, speech, and mind.

Ruth asks…

Are there any female brahmans, rsis, or ascetics in the Vedas, Puranas, or Tantras?

Please include a reputable source if possible

Witch Girl answers:

Yes... Gargi Vachaknavi is mentioned in the Sixth and the Eighth Brahmana of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.

Twenty-seven women rishikas were responsible for the composition of mantras for Vedas especially the Rig Veda. Some of them were Vishvarava Ghosh, Apala Atreyi, Indrani, Kakhi Vati Ghosh, Surya Savitri, Dakshina Prajapati, Vak Ambhireni, Ratri Bharadwaj, Gasha, Shrudha Kamayani, Yami Shachi Paulomi, Sarparajni and Urvashi.

Rishikas in the Rig Veda Samhita

(one or more mantra was revealed to each rshika)
Verse      Rishika
4.18 Aditi
10.72       Aditirdakshayani
8.91 Apala atreyi
10.86      Indrani
10.85      Urvashi
10.134      Godha
10.39, 10.40      Gosha Kakshivati
10.109      Juhurbramhajaya
10.184      Tvashta Garbhakarta
10.107      Dakshina Prajapatya
10.154      Yami
10.10      Yami Vaivasvati
10.127      Ratrirbharadvaji
1.171      Lopamudra
10.28      Vasukrapatni
10.125      Vagambhrni
5.28       Vishvavara Atreyi
8.1       Sashvatyangirasi
10.151      Shradhda Kamayani
10.159      Shachi Paulomi
10.189      Sarparajni
9.86       Sikata Nivavari
10.85      Surya Savitri
1.126      Romasha
10.108      Sarama Devashuni
9.104      Shikhandinyava Psarasau Kashyapan
10.142      Jarita Sharngah
8.71       Suditirangirasah
10.153      Indra Mataro

(The list is not exhaustive)

Mandy asks…

In Zen Buddhism, there are no Sexual rites tantras right?

Witch Girl answers:

You are right.
No sexual or Tantra rites in Zen Buddhism. Zen neither prohibits sex nor urges it.
Not only sexual rites, Zen buddhism's ultimate goal is to be free from any rites, or even anything written. So they did not value anything written.

One of the key concept of Zen Buddhism is the premise that "Truth cannot be described in words, There could be different answer other than the doctrine you got"; (You need to find your own Answer by yourself - through the sitting meditation by all means, and the Answer is unteachable from any preacher nor maser).

Of course, in Tantra the goal is to seek enlightenment through sex...

Linda asks…

Hinduism... How many tantras and what are they?

Please name them...

Witch Girl answers:

Basically there are two types of Tantra - Dakshina Chara and Vaama Chara. Dakshina Chara or right hand Tantra is Satwik (helping the other) in nature and is most practiced by the traditional conservative people, while Vaama Chaara or left hand Tantra is Taamasik (involved with self) in nature and is difficult to be practiced and hence is not advised. There are many subsets in these two main branches, in fact more than hundred within these two doctrines. The popular ones are Mahanirvana Tantram, Vigyana Bhairava Tantram. Other tantras, that Iknow of are ;

Dakshinamurthy Samhita, Gyanarnava Tantra, Nityotsava, Yogini Hrydayam, Srinathanavaratnamallika, Guhyakakalikakhanda, Kankalamalinitantra, Kalitantra, Niruttaratantra, Guptasadhantantra, Siddhasidhantapadhati, Yogavisaya, Akulaviratantra, Kulanandatantra, Gyanakarika, Brahannilatantra, Tararahasya, Brihattarasara, Saktanandatarangini, Devirahasyatantra, Merutantra, Yoginitantra, Rudrayamala, Kamadhenutantra, Malinivijayottaratantra, Netratnatra, Uddamareshwaratantra, Kulachoodamanitantra, Kularnavatantra, Mahakalasamhita, Matrikabhedatantra, Gandharvatantra, Tantrarajatantra, Nityasodasikarnava, Vamakeshvaratantra, Kaulagyananirnaya, Yogavija, Karunamaya, Yonitantra, Chandamahrosanatantra, Todalatantra, Saradatilaka, Devirahasyatantra, Yoginitantra, Rudrayamalatantra, Mundamalatantra, Kubjikatantra, Dhanatatantra etc.

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