Friday, September 27, 2013

What is Tantra Yoga ?

Tantra Yoga is a holistic technique of studying of the macrocosm from the point of view of microcosm. It is the study of the universal through the study of the individual. Tantra Yoga brings into play all the sciences - astronomy, astrology, numerology, physiognomy, physics, chemistry, alchemy. Further it is also inspired by Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India), psychology, mathematics, geometry, so on and so forth.

All this in a bid to provide a practical means of realizing the highest ideals of philosophy in daily life. Rather than and categorize the different areas of human knowledge, Tantra Yoga pulls them together.
Rather than limit itself to any one branch of a tree, Tantra Yoga studies the whole tree of life itself. This tree is a microcosm, a great organization of miscellaneous essentials all connected together by a uniting law (called the dharma), which is intrinsic in their very nature. Tantra Yoga makes an attempt to understand this law.

The purpose and objective of Tantra Yoga is to develop awareness in all states of consciousness. This may be waking state, dream state or sleep states. To achieve this sort of deprogramming and reprogramming of the human computer becomes necessary. Our being born in a certain place and time is responsible for our fundamental programming. This is further impacted by heredity and environment. If we are satisfied with the outcome and continue living our lives devoid of many problems, then there is no need for transformation of any sort. But when we go through a lot of trials and tribulations in life or start to look for something beyond our limited program then we require some way to modify it.

Tantra Yoga offers the line of attack as well as the means and devices for this. Tantra Yoga tutors us in identifying the wide range of factors that impact our thoughts and feelings. It helps us rise above the impediments to our development, particularly those cropping up from ignorance, intolerance, attachment to our animal nature, and selfishness. By purifying our thoughts and feelings with the help of these Tantra Yoga techniques and methods, we learn to create peace, harmony, and order within ourselves. Tantra Yoga thus inculcates a centeredness, concentration and focus, which help us to release our consciousness from limitations.

What is Tantra according to hindu philosophy?

Yoga is an ancient Indian form of meditation and exercise that deals with the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of an individual's life. According to Hindu philosophy, tantra involves the practice of various spiritual exercises and techniques to achieve spiritual liberation. In that sense tantra and yoga are similar. However, tantra yoga is a fairly odd statement as the tantric practices tend to differ quite a lot from yoga. However, there is a branch that deals with how to practice tantra yoga. Tantric yoga is an extremely intense and advanced form of yoga where all physical barriers and inhibitions are done away with.

What is Pancha Makara in Tantra?

The term pancha makara is used to describe the five practices performed as a part of tantric prayer. These are wine, meat, fish, gestures and sexual intercourse. These five aspects were used to as dual meanings referring to important aspects of life such as speech, good company and spiritual union. The term tantric massage panchamakara is most of the times misinterpreted. Perhaps one could apply sensual panchamakara as a part of the process of achieving true union which is described as the fifth aspect of panchamakara. This is only one aspect of panchamakara. However, the aspect of union between two bodies is of great importance in tantric yoga.

How to understand Tattwa Elements in Tantra?

The understanding of tattva elements depends on one's spiritual leanings. Tattva elements in Hinduism are differently applied when compared to similar practices in Buddhism. Even within Hinduism and Buddhism there are many different interpretations for the tattva elements and their importance. There is also the interpretation of tattva which applies to the Jain religion and to their practices. Therefore, the interpretation of this aspect is purely individual based on what the person believes in and practices. The pancha tattva elements or five tattva elements are air, water, fire, earth and spirit. The tattva elements for spirit are represented by an oval shaped depiction.

Does Tantra Vasugupta help to awake kundalini?

Vasugupta is a sage who is credited with authoring the Shiva Sutras. The tantra Shiva Sutras of Vasugupta are believed to have been taught to him during his meditations and during dreams where he is said to have been in contact with Shiva. The Shiva Sutras are thus considered to be of holy origin and not a human product. The terms tantric massage Vasugupta and sensual Vasugupta are misinterpretations of the teachings of Vasugupta. The tantra Shiva Sutras of Vasugupta are meant mainly for the spiritual salvation of human beings. This is done through the attainment of liberation from the physical form.

What is Tantra Massage? Is is sensual?

The term tantra massage is used to describe massage techniques that are sexual in nature designed to provide the ultimate pleasure and relaxation to one's partner. The yoni massage is used on a woman's vagina whereas the lingam massage applies to the penis. These massage techniques are well described and are used to provide intense pleasure to one's partner. A sensual massage is important from the aspect of human bonding. The sensual massage is also important to bring one's partner to a state of heightened pleasure where spiritual satisfaction is achieved through physical actions. The prostate massage technique is an extension of a sensual massage and is performed through the anus.

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