“Tantra, i.e. the cult of ecstasy is a spiritual way based on the mystic experience of play, rather than stiff dogmas, as some might erroneously believe. Tantrics support life as a whole and they learn to discover the divine spark inside the human being. They use all senses, their mind and spirit to reach top mystic experiences. In Tantra the erotic play becomes sacred, being genuine cult, worship; it is a gift of life. The tantric art, the writings and rituals are a praise to the erotic play”.
Tantra does not confine to sexuality. More than anything else, Tantra is a spiritual inner attitude. Many people are attracted to it, but amongst many called, few are chosen. In order to understand it and then wisely practice it, open-mindedness, intelligence and courage are required. Such skills are extremely rare in this spiritually decaying epoch that we are being through (Kali Yuga). This is why, these days few of us are able to practice Tantra, though there are many that think they can do it. Righteous information about techniques and approaching methods and constant supervision of a tantric master are basic conditions for genuine tantric practice.
Yoga and Tantra form the primary basis of the Indian spirituality and they are closely connected to universal philosophy. There have been lots of things written and reported about these spiritual disciplines, but due to their depth and hidden symbolism, they mostly remain unknown to the West. Being concealed along ages, Tantra stays diffuse, mysterious and enigmatic though it occurs in lots of yoga techniques and particularly in the Tibetan forms of yoga. At a consistent approach it unveils as an original science about man, where the cosmic powers merge with physiology, psychology, magic and spiritualism. Tantra can offer a practical multilevel vision about the human being, a unified theory that explains the finest aspects of the human behaviour, which slip to minute analysis. A detailed research on tantrism would improve modern science and psychology in a new and original way.
The ultimate aim of all yoga forms is to point out the way of perfect communion to the objective Reality and accomplish a congruous union between different levels of cosmic phenomena manifestation. The main target is to perfectly comply with the superior cosmic harmony and existence. This is why by means of different yoga techniques, the consciousness of the yoga practitioner is widened and the ability of superior perception is developed and utterly enhanced. This is particular to all spiritual disciplines and Tantra couldn’t stand for an exception.Tantra conceives the Universe as a texture of invisible energies, quite complex and multidimensional. This science enables the controlled expansion of the consciousness beyond this tissue of illusive appearances and releases us from ignorance.
Tantra is also called Vama Marga, i.e. “the left-handed Way”, due to the essential role the woman plays as the Moon energetic influence here, supporting the negative, left pole. However, the recommended way here is not at all made up of negations and austerities as in most of the systems; on the contrary it is a way of acceptance, pleasure and bliss. The tantric tradition clearly points out that the state of congruous communion and spiritual freedom can be attained by direct experience and in everyday life. The lower levels of consciousness cannot be easily controlled and surpassed, unless they are wholly and frantically experienced, at a complete and intense level of their plenary power.
What is Tantra, and what is not Tantra?
When practiced in a couple, Tantra is a kind of meditation in two, which springs from the union of the feminine and masculine principles, and is fuelled by the sexual energy. It is an invitation to discover the sacred dimension of the erotic encounters and the means to make the body, soul and consciousness vibrate in unison. Nonetheless, all this cannot be attained in one single day. It is a path that requires a full commitment. It is the art of experiencing intensely every moment of life, as if it were the last of your life.
Tantra is neither a course of sexual education, nor a contraceptive method by withholding ejaculation. Not to take this into consideration means to loose the mystery of Tantra. It is true, as we will see that slow breathing enables to prevent ejaculation and prolong love making. Nevertheless, by doing so mechanically the man risks losing his spontaneity, innocence and his untamed wild side. If the mind takes over the control, there is no more room left for meditation. But the essence Tantra is not a technique, but love; a prayer; the relaxation of the heart to the point of generating a space where the man and the woman merge with each other.
In Tantra, we find the child’s innocence; we learn again how to play with the one we love, having no schedule in sexuality, for programmes inhibit the play and tears us from living the present moment. Total acknowledgement of what is happening determines the opening of the soul. The encounter is true and genuine since each of the two can show themselves as they are. There is nothing to prove, nothing to defend, nothing to protect. Two beings simply living an authentic love relationship. Time, age, or outer conditions, do not matter any more, only the present moment matters. The more we take the risk of being ourselves at the present moment, the more our relationship is rooted, the more it is fulfilling and flourishing.
Tantra is not a technical course, even though it makes use of specific methods and techniques which may enable access to the Tantric universe and imply constant practice and serious perseverance. You will encounter in Tantra an experience which may be a helpful answer to the social and affective chaos of our times.
Tantra is neither philosophy, nor religion in the dogmatic sense of this term, And yet it doesn’t oppose neither of them. it is an essentially spiritual experience. It is religious in the sense of RECONNECTING, as it rebinds that which is bellow to that which is above, heaven to earth, sexuality to the divine consciousness. In its profound nature Tantra is a science, a unifying experience of body, mind and soul. It shows us a spiritual path, which grants, if practiced, a checkable experience of expansion of the consciousness that enables ultimate liberation.
Tantra and the Western World. Tantra - from its origins to the Western World
The Sanskrit word “Tantra”, basically meaning “woven material, net” could be translated in several other ways such as “consciousness amplifier” for instance. Tantra is neither a religion – such as the term is generally understood - nor a philosophy or a mystical path based upon metaphysical concepts. Tantra is an empirical instrument of the searcher on the path to spiritual accomplishment. It is a group of practical techniques (not only erotic ones) whose success is based upon the personal experience acquired in daily life. Amplifying one’s consciousness, understood as such, includes all aspects of life and within this very frame Tantra is the only discipline generating a synthesis between the seemingly opposed dimensions of sensory pleasure and Liberation. Our very hedonist desires based upon the principle of simple and immediate satisfaction are Tantra’s dynamics generating consciousness expansion until the mystical experience is reached – thus, sexual practices turn into a vehicle of spiritual progress. As Guhyasamaja Tantra mentions, “no one can achieve Liberation only through difficult and tormenting practices; Liberation may be also achieved through conscious satisfaction of all desires.”