A Tantric journey to discovering Self
WHAT IS TANTRA?
Tantra can fall under a wide spectrum of practices and beliefs, ranging from more traditional forms, to Westernized Neo-Tantra,
to sexual massage practices.
Even eminent scholars have had a hard time explaining what Tantra is, and I have trusted my intuition and found a couple definitions that I feel speak the essence of Tantra.
What is Tantra? by Nik Douglas
(from the book Spiritual sex-The many teachings of Tantra)
The word Tantra is Sanskrit, the sacred language of Hinduism.
It derives from the root word "tan", which translates as "to extend, expand, spread, spin-out, weave; to put forth, or manifest."
Like the universe we inhabit, Tantra is continually expanding, spreading, and manifesting itself like a "cosmic weave," made up of different energies.
We are part of this weave, as are our forefathers and foremothers, all life, and every type of energy and matter. This includes thoughts, actions, and all physical matter.
Because Tantra is a mystical subject, it is nearly impossible to define. The different explanations of Tantra indicate its mutifaceted nature.
Tantra is a spiritual science, which means it is also mystical, in its interconnectedness, the holistic wisdom link between ourselves and the universe we inhabit.
By embracing Tantra, we become more "real", more "complete". How?
By recognizing and stimulating our inherent sensual spirituality, we discover parts of ourselves that have remained asleep or have been repressed.
With Tantra, an energy is released that is evolutionary and "upwardly motivated." We can learn to use this energy for pleasure, for achieving our worldly goals, and for aiding our spiritual evolution.
Familiarity with Tantra can help a person to enjoy life to the fullest.
It can help to do away with guilt or fear, break down self imposed or limiting cultural boundaries, and guide us in our search for solutions.
Tantra teaches us to become familiar with our mystical nature, and when we do so, our boundaries expand. We enter into new domains of awareness.
We become empowered, more fulfilled, and more authentic.
Tantra has been well tested over thousands of years, not in worldly laboratories but in the laboratories of the human body, by Yogi scientists and Tibetan Lamas who were not drivin by commerce, but by the earnest desire for spiritual knowledge and liberation. Their obseravations and insights have been passed down to us through time.
Tantra, in its essence, reveals the depth of oneness, the bliss of the union of opposites, the realization of the inter-connectedness of everything in the universe and the expansion and transcendence of ordinary consciousness.
I would encourage you to educate yourself and become more knowledgable about Tantra and decide for yourself how the way of Tantra can fit into your life.