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6 years ago  ::  Nov 18, 2008 - 8:05AM #1
rideronthastorm
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Im getting a book on it this week, Ive seen tapes on physical Tantra Yoga as well as meditation, Im getting a book for my medtation, Im in love the idea of Tantra, Encyclopedia on the nte says Tantra people find their connection with God through their sexuality and romance, but most tantra people say Tantra has very little to do with sexuality.

Shikeshava? Is this the name of the Godess? theres a story in tantra about a God and Godess having a love affair I cant wait to get into this whole thing, i love the mantras too, the chanting its cool.
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6 years ago  ::  Dec 11, 2008 - 12:39AM #2
OmTatSat
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Tantra considers the universe to be a manifestation of pure consciousness. Through this process of manifesting, consciousness divides itself into two parts, which cannot exist without one another (though appearing to divide, they actually remain one and the same). One aspect remains as a static, formless quality (shiva), while the other is a dynamic, creative aspect (shakti). The two eternally coexist, like ink and the written word, which, though one and the same, are different. The journey of Tantra is to know them both, at once, as one. Through a process of kundalini awakening, the two are eventually experienced in their state of union.

It is often taught that there are two schools of Tantra, the left-handed path and the right-handed  path, depending on the nature of the practices. However, these two are actually divisions within one school, that of Kaula Tantra. The other two are the Mishra and Samaya  schools of Tantra. All systems or methods of Tantra fall into one of these three schools, though there may be many subdivisions within these three.

The Kaula Tantra school utilizes external practices and rituals, while the Samaya school is completely an internal process. The Mishra Tantra school mixes the external practices and rituals, along with internal practices. The three schools are progressively higher, with Kaula Tantra being the lower, Mishra Tantra going further inward, and Samaya Tantra for those who are prepared to do the advanced practices.

By being aware of all three schools of Tantra, one can more wisely see how Tantra might fit into his or her personal spiritual practices, not limiting one's scope to the choice between the two Kaula Tantra paths.

Each of the three schools of Tantra believe in purifying of the body, breath, mind, and the latent impressions called samskaras, which are the driving force behind karma. The purifying process is called bhutashuddhi, which means purifying of the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space in the various ways in which they manifest.

Each of the schools of Tantra also practice methods for awakening the spiritual energy of kundalini, though the methods and the height attained in that kundalini awakening may differ. Some of the methods of Tantra are taught under the names Kundalini Yoga or Kriya Yoga.

More is at:
http://www.swamij.com/tantra.htm
http://www.swamij.com/shakti.htm
http://www.swamij.com/kundalini-awakening.htm
http://www.swamij.com/yoga-vedanta-tantra.htm
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