What Is Tantra Meditation?
- Michael Davis
Tantric Meditation: What Does It Involve? This is a technique that blends movement, breathing, meditation, and music in order to aid us in opening the chakras that are contained inside us. When the chakras are opened, they make it possible for energy to move unimpeded across the system of seven chakras.
What is tantra in spirituality?
How does the sexual practice of Tantra fit into the much greater body of Tantric tradition and practice? Tantra is a spiritual practice that is based on the heart and emphasizes embodiment. It views every facet of life on earth as a step along the path to (spiritual) enlightenment.
- The essence of the practice consists in going into everything with as much completeness, totality, and consciousness as is humanly feasible.
- The word “loom” or “weaving” can be translated from the Sanskrit word “tantra.” Tantra is a term that may also refer to “a continuous process,” “the carrying out of a ritual,” a system, a philosophy, a doctrine, a technique, or even a part of a book.
As a consequence of this, the term “Tantra” may be used to refer to a treatise on any topic at all. Even when we use the term “Tantra” to refer to the religious practice that welcomes sex into its fold, we are likely to come across a wide variety of perspectives and understandings of what we mean by that.
- Tantra has been forced underground on several occasions throughout history, and as a result, countless texts related to the practice have been lost.
- A great number of other lessons were never reduced to written form in any way.
- They were passed down from guru to student by oral tradition, with the latter typically being required to swear absolute confidentiality before receiving them.
Nobody really knows when the practice of Tantra first started. Numerous academics are of the opinion that the origins of Tantra may be traced back to shamanic, matriarchal communities between three and five thousand years ago. The Tantra, which was the ancestor of the present type of Tantra that we are going to investigate, was first practiced in India in the sixth century, which was a time of cultural prosperity, intellectual growth, and regeneration.
At the period, Buddhism, Jainism, and the several Vedic traditions that make up what we now call Hinduism were the predominant religions in India. Within each of these faiths, gender and caste roles were strictly enforced. Tantra was attractive to the growing middle class, which was excluded from these religions for the very reason that gender and caste discrimination existed.
Tantra was a form of personal spiritual practice that also served as a form of social and political protest in this way. Tantra, in contrast to the established religions of the time, provided the spiritual seeker with a direct relationship to a guru or teacher, potent rituals, an absence of (and sometimes a deliberate flouting of) traditional religious and cultural rules, acceptance of people of most castes and genders, direct participation with—or embodiment of—the divine, and a belief that the sensual experiences of the body were an effective and legitimate path to enlightenment.
In addition, the primary idea of Tantra was that enlightenment could be achieved in one’s present lifetime, eliminating the necessity for reincarnation as a means to achieve it. Tantra is most commonly thought of in modern times in relation to sexual practices. In the course of Tantric practice’s long and illustrious history, sexuality has been referenced in the ancient scriptures only on rare occasions and in passing.
There were many distinct Tantric groups, but only a few of them followed the maithuna rite, which lasted for many days and involved sexual activity, illegal narcotics, and meals that were strictly banned. The intensive ritual programs that involved ecstatic meditations, chanting of mantras, complex yogic postures, mental visions (yantras), and eventually gaining the ability to practice divine intercourse with oneself were more important than ceremonial intercourse with highly initiated partners (dakinis, also known as “vessels of divine energy”).
- Tantrics believed that the world was created when Shiva, the deity of pure awareness, and Shakti, the goddess of pure force and energy, joined in sexual love and gave birth to the universe.
- Ritual sex, whether it was performed out or pictured in meditations, was a physical manifestation of this belief.
This is the most sexualized account of the origin of the universe that I have ever come across, and I really like it. However, the ramifications of this go far beyond than that. Tantra sees life itself as a continuing creative process, a continual union of consciousness and energy at every level of existence.
- This is the fundamental belief of the tradition.
- The essential heart of Tantra may be summed up in a few lines; the following is an extract from the Vishvasara Tantra.
- What is Elsewhere may be Found Here What is not Present Here is not Present Anywhere What is spiritual is physical, and what is physical is spiritual.
This is one of those statements about which volumes have been written, yet I believe there is sufficient strength in its simplicity. If this is the case, then it stands to reason that if awareness can exist in my head, it can also exist in my body. If there is energy in my body, then there must also be energy in my intellect.
- Therefore, the eradication of duality is considered to be the essence of Tantra.
- Tantra does not recognize the existence of separate camps for the intellect and the body, for good and for evil, for matter and spirit, or for male and female.
- Tantra is the only spiritual system that I am aware of that has always recognised both genders as equally potent in all places and at all times.
In fact, this has always been the case. The colonial period in India in the nineteenth century was when Western culture first began to place a focus on Tantric sexual practices. The most disturbing part of the Tantras, according to Christian missionaries of the Victorian era, was its emphasis on sexuality.
- This association of Tantra with sexuality was made more problematic when Westerners discovered the Kama Sutra, despite the fact that the Kama Sutra was never considered a Tantric work.
- Due to the fact that Victorians were interested in both sexual mysteries and the mysticism of India, the focus that was placed on the sensual aspects of Tantra was unavoidable and has persisted to this day.
Since that time, this more Westernized understanding of Tantra has been merged with various beliefs and practices (such as sex magic) to form the several contemporary schools of Tantra that are practiced all over the world today. Tantra is not static; it adapts to the epochs in which it is practiced as well as the cultures in which it is done so, and it is also shaped by the intents of its instructors and practitioners.
- Still, some core concepts remain constant: Tantra is a personal practice that focuses on one’s own emancipation first and foremost.
- Tantra sees the human body and everything of earthly existence as direct representations of the divine energy that flows through all things.
- The Tantric idea that experiencing sexual ecstasy is like having a taste of heavenly energy is a profound and innovative thought that is as important today as it was in the past.
This belief has been passed down from generation to generation. My own contemporary Tantric practice is what I call Urban Tantra. This school is based on the fundamental Tantric practices and principles, which acknowledge that (1) sexual energy can be a potent path to spiritual progress, (2) sex can be sacred, and (3) all of life can be included and celebrated on the path to enlightenment.
What is the goal of tantric yoga?
Tantric yoga integrates a wide variety of yogic and contemplative disciplines into a single practice. The purpose of this exercise is to help you gain a more profound awareness of who you are as well as to foster sentiments of self-love and acceptance.
What is tantric breathing?
Tantric sex requires careful attention to the breath at all times. This is due in part to the fact that meditation is at the center of tantric sex. A person should make it their primary concentration during tantric sex to take slow, deep breaths into the diaphragm.
- In order for them to accomplish this, they need to inhale deeply through their nostrils for a count of five.
- They need to sense an expansion in their stomach.
- After that, they need to let their breath out through their lips for five counts.
- Synchronizing one’s breath with one’s partner while engaging in tantric sexual activity may improve feelings of connection and closeness.
Kapalbhati is another another kind of breathing that people might experiment with. Ejaculation can be prolonged in guys by practicing kapalbhati. When a man has the sensation that he is ready to ejaculate, he should first exhale powerfully through the mouth, and then immediately begin an instinctive inhalation via the mouth.
What are the principles of tantra?
The tantrikas, who are practitioners of Tantra, thought that the psychocosmological model of the cosmos that Samkhya had developed was good so long as it extended a certain far, but that distance was insufficient. The model worked well because, just like in all spiritual awakenings, the senses that show us the world only show us a small portion of what is actually there.
- This is why the model worked so well.
- However, the Samkhya yogis were not aware that they were being deceived by Maya; they were not able to look far enough into the true nature of the circumstance.
- A further twelve principles were added to Samkhya’s already extensive list of twenty-four.
- The illusionary levels of Maya are located just above the vast split that separates purusha and prakriti.
There are several interpretations that may be given to the word “maya,” ranging from “illusion” to “relative existence.” Tantrics hold the belief that there are five distinct manifestations of Maya. On a higher level than these manifestations of Maya are the three unadulterated principles of existence, which are referred to as Sad-Vidya, Ishvara, and Sada-Shiva.
- And ultimately, the ultimate truth of Shiva and Shakti resides above these three fundamentally good principles.
- Shiva and Shakti are inextricably linked; they are like two sides of the same coin.
- They cohabit as one, yet depending on which side you look at, you may perceive them as two.
- They coexist as one, but they can also be seen as two.
As we make our way down the left side of the figure, away from Shiva, the subjective facet of life becomes more apparent. As we move down the right side of the path, away from Shakti, the objective facet of reality becomes more apparent. Tantra presents a fresh perspective on the relationship between God, the Clockmaker, and his product, the Clock.
We come to the realization that God is the clock; God is a component of his very own creation. Additionally, we are the clock since we are a component of his creation and, at the same time, a component of God. It is not within the confines of this project to investigate the ontology of the Tantra paradigm in further depth.
Tantra, the Path of Ecstasy is a book written by Georg Feuerstein that might be instructive for those who are interested in the subject. According to Tantra, the meaning of all that we have discussed up to this point is that the One expands into the Many.
When we travel this journey in reverse, from the apparently numerous things that we encounter in our day-to-day lives, we are able to find our way back to the singularity, which is the destination of liberation. While we are here in this body, it is still possible for us to achieve liberation by discovering the One that is behind the Many.
In point of fact, the body is an instrument that must be utilized in order to arrive to this level of liberation. Only incarnate creatures have the potential to achieve enlightenment and freedom. Even the gods are envious of humanity since only humans have the potential to achieve true freedom.
What is the philosophy of tantra?
The concept of the human body as a miniature version of the cosmos may be found in Tantric thinking. It is thought that the entirety of the drama that unfolds in the cosmos is reenacted within this particular body. The entirety of the body, including all of its biological and psychological functions, transforms into an instrument that the cosmic power may use to express itself.