Tantra, also called Tantrism or Tantric religion, is an umbrella concept within Hinduism. Yoga, mantras, the construction of mandalas, visualization, and many other Hindu practices are all part of the larger whole, which is Tantra. To a follower of Hinduism, Tantra is simply an attempt to connect to the divine, to achieve a higher state of consciousness, and to channel divine energy through the human body. Tanta uses rituals to integrate the body, soul, spirit, emotions, will, and mind into a perfect union. It seeks to enlighten both the spiritual and physical aspects of a person.
One definition of Tantra is that Asian body of beliefs and practices which, working from the principle that the universe we experience is nothing other than the concrete manifestation of the divine energy of the godhead that creates and maintains that universe, seeks to ritually appropriate and channel that energy, within the human microcosm, in creative and emancipatory ways”
Tantra teaches the existence of chakras and kundalini energy, Tantra promises to emancipate humanity, Tantra’s concept of divine energy is impersonal and can be manipulated for one’s own purposes.
In Hinduism there is no set of laws or traditions followed by every Hindu, and there is no religious authority or any authoritative holy books. A Hindu can choose his own path to the divine, be it pantheistic, monotheistic, atheistic, or humanist. For this reason, any comprehensive definition of Tantra or Tantric religion is difficult to achieve.
Tantra’s concept of the divine in men is an impersonal, non-salvific force that can be accessed (or not) by various rituals, sacrifices, sex rites, and various other methods. The connection to the impersonal divine, in Tantric religion, is laid on man’s shoulders. If he or she wishes to connect to the divine, he or she must work at it.
Tantra offers no sure, absolute guarantee of success. Tantrists strive to connect to the divine, but there is no way to know for sure that they are connected or that the connection will be maintained. Tantra’s divine power ebbs and flows and is as impersonal and uncaring as the ocean tide.The deeper one can focus and meditate the more divine the experience.
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