There are many religions in this world. While some are widely followed, some have less following than the others. Similarly, many sects or studies are considered occult. Tantra is one such genre where the lack of knowledge and lack of foresight has led it to believe that Tantra is one of the many forms of black magic and occult. It is a form of the Indian spiritual study and has been neglected since ages. Many predetermined thoughts and feelings that have stopped many an enthusiastic persons from studying this spiritual science. Many people think that giving Tantra a place in their lives is not worth it as it this science has many obscenities. Many followers of Tantra idolize either GoddessShakti or Lord Shiva. Before moving, any further first let us see what Tantra actually is.
Tantra is being followed since the Vedic ages. In fact, Tantra is one of the most important part of the Vedic tree. The basic word Tantra has been derived from two words namely “tattva” and “mantra”. Tattva is the science of celestial principles. Mantra is the science of various holy pronunciations and mystic sound. Tantra hence becomes the application of the celestial principles in order to attain spiritual ascendancy.
The people or the sages who follow Tantra are called tantriks and they worship deity of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti. In Tantra, there is a lot of focus on giving sacrifices. These sacrifices are also called balis. There are a lot of scripture that deal in Tantra. Among these scriptures, the primary one is the Athrvaveda.
According to Vedas, the cycle of life since the inception of this Universe is purely distributed among the three basic natures of human beings, namely: "sattva", "rajas" and "tamas" . Tantriks may give out mystifying, sceptical sensations to the world around but in a fact, they very much believe in the Vedas and so they seek out our three basic gunas in “Dakshina, Vama and Madhyama”. Here, Dakshina represents the “Sattva” traits, therefore, bringing out the best in a person; Madhyama, as the name suggests, is in the middle and holds the mix bag having the good and bad of both Dakshina and Vama; Vama; is an equivalent of tamas guna, and hence, is considered lowly in character.
A spiritual guru can be someone who seeks contentment in solace and disparages the worldly needs but a tantrik is someone who is to be accepted the way he is, he can devour on liquor, gobble down meat without any qualms and can have lust for the shimmery, shiny world outside, and one cannot question a tantrik. Yet he is often approached by people lacking proper education and is given a lot of importance by the rural population. The educated and urban dwellers do not believe in his offerings and in his peculiar ways to please the lord. For Tantriks, this universe is like a thread, they let everything and everybody to get stringed up with the original thread, and the thread keeps on growing and building, thus, providing themselves with all the space and charm required to emanate tantras and make them do wonders.
Mike Yap is a student and teacher of Yoga and Meditation. He is very passionate about I.T. and has recently released an iPhone alarm clock app called ZenAwake. Even though Mike enjoys thinking of exciting new projects to share with the world, his real passion is studying the various philosophies and religions of the world, specifically, Tantra and Kashmir Shaivism.