Unravelling The Secrets Of Tantra
Nov 25th, 2010 by Aldouspi

Unravelling The Secrets Of Tantra

Ancient tantra and tantra secrets are the subject of a lot of online and print literature. In most of this material, the student of tantra and the Kama Sutra is made out to be someone who is well on the way of becoming and the greatest lover the world has ever seen. This is nonsense. The art of tantra is not about untethered morals and unrestricted sexual activity, deviations and perversions. It is  a holistic approach to life via the study of the Universe from the point of view of an individual. Tantra celebrates the mystical and religious aspects of sexuality, revealing secrets that allow men and women to reach a zenith of ecstasy in divine communion.

Studying the secrets of tantra through a qualified tantra master can help create an intensely deep and sensual connection with your partner. This connection can be used to transcend the limits of normal human awareness and allow the student of tantra to be totally present in the moment. It has nothing to do with sexual superpowers.

To explain even the most rudimentary tantra secrets in day-to-day language is difficult. At the root, this ancient science concerns itself with two basic poles of energy - Shiva and Shakti.  In fact, Shiva and Shakti exist in the cosmos - and in the individual – at various levels.  On the physical plane of human society, man and woman represent Shiva and Shakti respectively; in spiritual life, Shiva and Shakti are manifested in mind and prana.

Finally, the Universal Mind perceives time and space as representative of Shiva and Shakti aspects. Once this concept is firmly grasped, the student of tantra embarks on a journey of discovery that will transform his or her awareness and life forever.

Some of the original works on ancient tantra have been lost in translation; others are written in indecipherable code to protect their contents from the uninitiated. In other words, all the precepts and concepts of this ancient science have never been clearly explained. Nevertheless, these secrets have been passed down generations of tantra teachers. These tantra masters are now the sole means for modern minds to be initiated into the ancient secrets of Tantra.

It must be understood that tantra and tantra secrets need to be approached with utmost reverence and caution. Unlocking these secrets is a spiritual undertaking whose ultimate goal is authentic self-realization. Tantra has the power to influence the mind, body and soul in dramatic and permanent ways. To practice tantra and tantra techniques effectively and without causing more harm than good, the student of tantra must be guided by experienced tantra teacher.

Acharya Subhojit Dasgupta is a http://www.subhojitdasgupta.com">Tantra Teacher with an in-depth knowledge of traditional Indian sciences and Sanskrit literature. Visit his tantra online guide for Tantra Lessons, kriyas and mudras from this young Tantra Master.

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Tantra: Discovering the Divine Union of Man & Woman
Jun 16th, 2010 by Aldouspi

Tantra Meditation

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Tantra: Divine Union of Man & Woman

The meaning of the word Tantra, derived from Sanskrit, is “to weave”. In the tantric lifestyle, we weave together all aspects of our lives into one harmonious whole. Work becomes a meditation, making love becomes our spiritual practice, the lover and the beloved melt into one.

In the Tantric cosmology, the whole universe was created and continues to evolve through two fundamental forces, which together, form one indestructible divine union. These are the male and the female aspects, and in Tantra they are represented by the goddess Shakti and the god Shiva.

Shakti represents the female principle of pure energy and dynamic potential, whereas Shiva who embodies the male principle, emanates creation and power. Together, Shiva and Shakti are the divine couple. Their erotic interplay, their cosmic dance, is how the world was created, according to the Tantric belief.

You may have seen Indian art depicting a man (often a Buddha-like figure) sitting with his legs crossed on a lotus flower and across his lap sits a woman, often depicted nude. This is the classic tantric position also known as Yab Yum, and those pictures are known as Yab Yum Deities.

In Tibetan, yab yum stands for “mother father”, and it describes the divine union – energetic and sexual - of mother and father, the female and male principles, Shiva and Shakti. In Tantric practice, the woman is honored as Shakti, and the man as Shiva.

There are many tantric rituals in which these essences are visualized and embodied.

There is one tantric practice in which the woman straddles the man and together they visualize the divine powers of a Yab Yum Deity above their heads, and eventually allowing these powers to enter their energy system at the 7th Chakra, the crown of our head.

This sounds very interesting indeed, however, how does this apply to our everyday life? Tantra acknowledges that every man has some feminine aspects and every woman has some male aspects. And to live most harmoniously, all aspects are consciously woven into a fabric of balance and understanding.

Let’s look at it from the perspective of the Chinese Yin and Yang philosophy. Yin is the female principle – receptive, soft, flowing - and Yang is the male principle – outgoing, full of initiative, strong. We all carry Yin and Yang inside of us and our actions throughout the day reflect the Yin and Yang aspects.

A simple and fun tantric practice is to become aware of our Yin and Yang aspects. Not only is the practice itself entertaining, but it can dramatically change the way we relate to our beloved, the world around us and our attitudes at large. Yin and Yang is represented in us in many ways, just as the male and female principles have many colors. For example, we consider that the act of giving is a yang action, while receiving is considered to be yin.

Once you have mastered the delicate art of observing yin and yang in your love life, you can apply the same attitude towards other actions in your life. You can consciously switch roles for the day.

Let’s say your partner tends to be very directive (nothing wrong with that) and you are the one who always does things the way he wants (nothing wrong with that either). But just for the experiment, decide one day that you are going to be the directive one and your partner will surrender to the way you want things done.

It will give both of you an understanding about the other person, and deepen the intimacy, clarity and harmony of your relationship.

The Yin Yang symbol describes a harmonious circle divided into two areas – the black (Yang) and the white (Yin), with a circle of white in the black part and a circle of black in the white part. In Tantra, this symbol represents complete balance of male and female principles.

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About the Authors: Steve & Lokita Carter are the directors of the USA SkyDancing Tantra Institute. They have been devoted as tantra teachers since 1999, and have been practicing it for many years beyond that. Visit http://www.skydancingtantra.org to learn more about Tantra, Tantra Workshops.

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