Tantra is an ancient technique, which gives us opportunity to acquire the state of enlightenment and re-discover who we truly are. It is a metaphysical practice, which takes a person into a path of spirituality, breaks down all the laws of physics and enables a person transcend beyond mind’s limitations and capabilities. It is a method, which works on a human’s body, mind and soul, let’s discover different states within and learn about ourselves, not just as animals but as human beings.
Tantra has originated thousands of years ago in India, however its history is complex and thus it’s difficult to trace back its real origins.
Generally, it is said that there are three main schools, which tantra originates from: Shakti, Shiva and Sri Vidya. Each of these schools uses completely different tantric techniques, which brings loads of confusion about what tantra really is, as all of those techniques are referred to tantra.
Shakti tradition – follows the concept of divine union between shiva and shakti (our consciousness and the supreme consciousness) that is achieved by mandala gazing, deities worshipping, chanting and etc.
Shiva tradition – focuses on worshiping of deities, in particular Shiva and Kali and often includes practices, magic or rituals, which are considered to be extreme and controversial at times.
Sri Vidya tradition – is one of the six yoga branches of Vedas, which is referred to tantric yoga or tantra. It excludes deity worshiping concept and includes meditation, breathing and intimacy techniques.
Sometimes tantra is classified into white tantra (right hand path), red tantra (left hand path) or other styles, which simply represent different teaching methods, taught at those schools. There are also various other practices, which greatly differ from the three schools’ traditions but are still called tantric and are practiced among monks in Buddhism, Taoism and Tibetan culture.
Back in the days tantric techniques were hidden from public and were practiced only among royalties and higher cast societies (Brahmins). Most of the knowledge was passed personally from a teacher (Guru) to the individual disciple. However, there is still some written knowledge preserved up to this day, available in written tantric texts, called “Tantras”, “Agamas” and “Samhitas’.
Tantra from Sanskrit translates as “tan”- to expand; “tra”- to liberate, which means that tantric techniques let us transform and liberate our mind and expand awareness of ourselves. Through this expanded awareness we can go deeply within and re-discover our true nature, which has been hidden or forgotten under thousands of layers of mind patterns and conditioned beliefs. Once this self re-discovery happens, we become aware of how endlessly orgasmic and truly alive we are.
Tantra works on many different levels on a human’s perception. It lets us explore our sexuality and energetic essence, heightens our sensory stimuli and guides us through our bodily functions, transforms our mind and its habitual patterns by expanding awareness of ourselves and lets us tap into our hidden potential and power within. Tantric practices bring about numerous transformations, within us on psychological, sensual, emotional and physiological levels, which in return let us discover our true nature and consequently the whole universe around us.
Nevertheless, the true essence of tantra is meaningless to explain in words, as it’s too complex for human’s mind to understand it solely based on intellectual level. Tantric techniques should be experienced and felt through our body, as only through our senses and feelings the transformation happens and we can grow on our spiritual path and discover our true selves.