Yoga Tantra

The art of transformation

Tantra yoga is not a clear classification within western yoga because for thousands of years it has been passed from master to student, and because of inherent dangers within tantric practices the real knowledge has been kept out of the public domain. So unless one is raised within Hindu or Buddhist societies engaged in tantric practise, understanding tantra in any classical sense is impossible without years of detailed study.

Most hear of Tantra as a new age buzz word that has evolved over the past 50 years. Mention tantra to many people and they think of kinky sex and a mystical union between men and women. This is a limited view because there is no context to explain tantra outside of the field of deep mystical experience. But it has nothing to do with human sexuality and relationships although some of the games that people play in the name of tantra may have some social benefits.

The worlds is full of tantric experts who have cobbled together bits and pieces of esoteric knowledge. Some of the practices that they promote are dangerous so if you have an interest in exploring the deeper side of mysticism, you need to find a master of the art who can guide you safely.

What is Tantra?

Tantra is a technological system of yoga more commonly associated with Buddhism. As a technology, tantra is very powerful and for most people this can be likened to giving a three year old familiar with toys cars a real life formula one car. People can kill themselves although it's more probable they will end up being locked in some asylum for the brain damaged. Therefore tantra is not something to be messed with.

As a path of yoga that is not actually a path, as a system that is not actually a system, tantra is a technology that for thousands of years has been used as a shortcut to enlightenment. Enlightenment itself is a very ambiguous word, but it simply means to know one's self and one's place in the universe.

This path to enlightenment that is not really a path, it's more a shift in attitude is often likened to a journey up a mountain. Throughout the course of evolution we all eventually reach the top but some people like to go by the most direct route. The majority take the easy path over many lifetimes and over millennia, countless yogis and mystics have explored the mountain and charted various routes.

The path defined within Buddhism is clear and verifiable, by adhering to the eight precepts enlightenment is a certainty. But within yoga and Buddhism, there have been so many people wanting to find out what happened at the end of the story they learned how to take shortcuts. Like the story of Icarus, many flew to high and paid a heavy price, but enough people persevered and established a challenging but direct route. Think if you will on the route to the summit of Mount Everest, the first explorers and to make their own way but so many have followed that there is now an established path though the mountain still claims many lives.

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At its heart, tantra is a process of embodying the divine and to do this, one must have a very clear understanding of what the divine is. In this beliefs are useless because every step of the way must be based on real knowledge. When you climb the mountain you believe the snow was solid yet stepping and falling through a crevasse proves the belief was false. Therefore every step of the way must be tested before stepping.

There are very few yogis teaching tantra so if you want to learn this most sacred art, it is best that you find a qualified teacher. If you are unsure where to look for a teacher, enroll yourself in one of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism.




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