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Tantra - The Inside Story

The word “Tantra” has often been used with much misunderstanding in society today that many have been misled by the glamour and perception that Tantra is just about physical pleasure, when in actual fact the true path of Tantra is Sadhana, discarding the layers of the personality nature through a deep inner soul searching journey that goes way and beyond the confines of just the form (the body).

Traditional Tantra follows three paths. The first path is called Kaula Tantra which focuses primarily on sexual practices, sexual pleasure, rituals and the awakening of the life force energy known as Kundalini. Kaula Tantra is more genitally based and is concentrated through the body known as the “form”. In western society, sex is likened to being on a roller coaster. It’s all go, go, go until orgasm is reached. Tantric sex is the opposite; it is likened to being on the most beautiful wave in an ocean of crystal clear water. The sensation and the pleasure is endless – there is no outcome, no agenda, time stops and every fibre of your being is totally submersed in the moment and every one of your senses reaches heightened states of pleasure and ecstasy.

The second path is Mishra Tantra and focuses on the devotional aspects of love through the heart. It is a journey of discovering self-love first, and then love of family, love of a partner, love of community, love of humanity and eventually the unconditional love of Divinity.

This path is explored through practices of meditations through the heart and its aim is to lift the sexual impulse away from the sex centre (genital area) and transmuted into the heart for unconditional love. The final path is Samaya and is referred to as “cosmos of mind”. This is the final and most highly advanced path to the journey of self-realisation using meditations and yoga asanas (positions) and discarding the layers of the ego self. There is no focus of sexual energy on this path and the practices are only offered and taught by a high Initiate Master, there is no known literature written on Samaya Tantra.

All three paths have an important role in the teachings of Tantra. It is like a building, you have to start with the foundation before you can add the walls then lastly the roof. It is unfortunate however that the West has become fixated on just the lower centres of pleasure and sexual gratification only, focusing on the form and what the body can provide including emotional and orgasmic pleasure and release. This type of Tantra offers no importance on “spiritual and mental knowledge” which is the most vital on the pathway to revelation. The body cannot heal the body by itself; the body can only heal through the plane of mind and the wisdom of the eternal spirit or soul force.

The word Tantra “Tan-tra” means to weave, expand consciousness, and in other words step outside the square. One analogy I use to describe Tantra is to imagine a snow cone, the little ornaments filled with water and glitter and the glitters looks like snow encapsulated inside the cone. This snow cone represents our life, the only life we know, what we believe, what has been “planted” and “doctrinated” into our belief pattern and experiences. Imagine then if you dropped the snow cone and it smashed apart and the glitter and water ran everywhere. This is the journey of Tantra, to be able to look outside the square, expand consciousness, lifting the veil of illusion of what you thought you were and what you thought you are. It is a powerful, challenging and one of the most life changing journeys you will ever embark on. Tantra is also one of the world’s oldest practices and all yoga systems are derived from some form of Tantric Tradition.

There are many different types and varieties within the three traditional paths of Tantra that are practiced world-wide. To give you an example, there is Jain Tantra, Buddhist Tantra, Hindu Tantra, Tibetan Tantra, Tantra Mantra, Tantra Yantra, Tantra Yoga, Kama Sutra, The Way of the Geisha and the Tao (Chinese Philosophy).

There is no right or wrong path and no religion per say, only philosophies that have been guided, shared and passed down by the wise sages of centuries gone by.

Tantra is a science of unlocking and decoding life’s many mysteries and discovering the journey of self, self realisation, self-knowledge and self-love. It is the pathway of Duality to Unity, the polar opposites coming together to create unity, a oneness and completeness with all things.

Cathy Wood
Founder of the Sanctuary of Ananda
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