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Tantra is a term used widely in Western society to refer to a developing system of sexual healing and way to improve sexual performance and communication within human relationships.
Tantra was originally developed as a spiritual practice and became accepted as a shortcut path to Enlightenment. It was adopted into Hinduism and was taken to Tibet where it became the central practice in Tibetan Buddhisim and has survived in its original form until today, the teachings being passed on from teacher to student.
Tantra had nothing to do with sexuality other than tantra is about all aspects of life, It is the sexual terminology used to explain tantra that causes confusion.
To understand Classical Tantra in this context it helps to understand the concept of the archetypes of our characters that were made better known by the psychologist Karl Jung. When we look at Buddhism and Hinduism we see a great many Deities such as Kali, Krishna, Laksmi, Shiva etc. These Deities are the character archetypes that exist within us. They are the prince and princess, king and queen, witch and wizard, the lover and the loved, the dragon and various demons.
Every deity has it's qualities of;
The embodying of these qualities helps you to become more whole and empowered.
Look now briefly at the history of Yoga.
1. Yoga has a history that goes back beyond 6000 years, and one possibility is that it has stemmed out of mankinds interest in himself. To me is probable is that yoga has developed from shamanizim and a basic human desire to undersatand our selves. Shamanisim incorporates many practices to alter both mental and physical states. And it seems that in this quest that an this traditional practise over time has developed into the science of yoga.
2. A rumour presented by Stuart Wilde and supported by many other teachers suggests that there was a super race of beings who assisted mankind in his endevour as a means to 'realise the self' However these beings left or died and religon developed out of the desire to maintain the qualities that were presented. However the meaning was lost and religon became more to do with power and control. So there has always been corruption. It seems that always when some one in out culture develops and idea, or a creation, others want to have and to control it.
Within yoga and tantra the body represents the cosmos and all of the Gods, liberation can only be gained by setting out from the body. So it is good to have a body that is healthy and strong. It is said that it is for the need to have this strong body that the physical Hatha Yoga was developed. Were as before yoga practices have been more concerned with meditative states.
The ultimate quest of yoga is to realise the self, to know God... To achieve the state of Buddha or Christ consciousness.
The path of yoga is to search, to know ones inner world, ones body mind and spirit and to develop ones latent potential.
Within Yoga, tantra became vouge In 6th centuary AD and spread over all sections of society.
According to Buddist history, Tantra was introduced by Asanga and Nagajuna who both lived on the border areas of Hindustan, which suggests that tantra may indeed have come more from aboriginal India.
Tantra is divided into 4 classes, 2 more for ritual and 2 for attaining the supreme truth.
Shiva The Male Principal and Shakti the Female Principal. God is still commonly seen as male, but the association of giving divine status to the Shakti also recognises the godliness of woman. A religious rediscovery of woman? A recognition of all that is remote, trancendant and invulnerable in woman, incorporating the mystery of creation and mystery of being. This has been described that phylosophicaly that the rediscovery of the Goddess is bound with the carnal condition of the Kali Yuga.
A new revalation of timeless truth for this dark age.
Sexuality in tantra serves as a vehicle for attaining transcedence.
An inward journey into the light.
Within Tantra there are two schools of thought;
In the Buddhist tradition of the Dalai Lama, Tantra is a meditative vizualization, involving immense detail. This is preceeded by the generation of bodychitta or right attitude.
The more liberal translation, is that tantra is about sex and a means of improving sexual performence, the bodys energies are stimuated and sexual practices engaged in. This concept is currently in vouge and results in the development of a new awareness of the self, one's partner and approach to love making. Includes are;
Body Consiousness and Sexuality.
Kudalini, ida, pingala, shasuma.
Force or Persausion?
Retention of semen.
Restaint of orgasim.
Peeling the layers.
Seeing the divine in each other.
Tantra Tantra is literally the ‘Fabric of Life’. It is about the connection with the Divine Principal within and learning to express this outwardly in the world and in communion with a partner. Tantric practises include Meditation, movement, sensuality, body awareness, energy awareness, communication, touch, music, play, opportunity to be more you. In Tantra and Yoga Tantra you are introduce to the energy of life. This EMPOWERS YOUR LIFE and allows you to be more of who you truely are. It can have a huge positive impact on your personal life, your relationships and your business.
Tantra makes clear the hidden, the inner you.
Tantra can enhance your sex life
Tantra helps you to attune to nature.
Tantra is a holistic concept.