7 Things You Never Knew About Tantra Yoga – Part 1

Demystifying Tantra for those who are truly ready and interested

Tantra is an ancient term which, among other things, describes an authentic spiritual path that is characterised by a rare efficiency. It is a system that has recently been brought back into the awareness of contemporary culture; nevertheless it is often superficially explained, constantly leading to the same catastrophic results for those who are interested not only in some exotic spiritual entertainment, but in finding some effective ways to live a happy life in the middle of life’s storms.

The word “tantra” is a Sanskrit word which, similarly to the word “yoga”, has numerous distinct meanings which are all connected. Simply put, it means “network” or “fishing net”. Its etymology shows that Tantra is derived from the verbal root tan, meaning “to widen or extend”. It is deeply significant that this Yoga system re-emerges today when one of the most important ideas of human civilisation is the conscious acknowledgement of the interconnectedness with all its positive and negative effects.

To define the Tantra Yoga system in an essentialised way, we can say that it is a system of practices that generates a safe and effective expansion of individual consciousness beyond personal limitations, until reaching Cosmic Consciousness or Oneness.

More famous than known

Even though it is more famous than actually known in our modern age, Tantra Yoga still ceaselessly incites the imagination of those who are curious and attracts the attention of enthusiastic practitioners who are prepared to deepen its mysteries. What is this irresistible fascination of Tantra all about?

We can state with certainty that Tantra Yoga is one of the most fitting spiritual systems for our times, when spiritual values are most often replaced by ignorance and by a deeply materialistic orientation. Tantra is a specific spiritual system, which has at its roots the same fundamental principles on which the foundations of contemporary science are laid, while simultaneously succeeding to harmoniously and coherently integrate the highest spiritual ideals. Tantra Yoga is also a philosophy of life in which direct experience and awareness always validate theory: an efficient and transformative combination.

   #1. Tantra Yoga recommends lucidly looking into all areas of life, gradually replacing taboos and dogmas with understanding that comes through direct experience

In today’s world we are used to living a life full of diverse experiences, aiming for a large variety of sensorial stimuli, which are supposed to nourish our almost insatiable hunger for variety and novelty. This attitude apparently leads to exteriorising and creating conflict in the goals of our spiritual development. Different spiritual paths and systems often recommended the following spiritual solution: withdrawal from the bewildering tumult of life’s daily experiences, enclosure behind the fortified walls of monasteries, ashrams or spiritual communities, and total renunciation of all worldly temptations.

Yet this recommendation most often becomes a utopia for contemporary people, given the fact that most do not have the strength of character, the willpower and determination to make this decisive and radical step and they also lack a deep understanding of the benefits. Deep down many feel that refusing to live life in its entirety is not a complete spiritual solution…

Tantra Yoga offers a solution to this age-old dilemma, recommending not to refuse or deny sensorial experiences, and not to label anything as good or bad. With proper training, a practitioner can reach a level where a highly lucid immersion in desires replaces all these dogmas and limiting mental constructs. By training lucidity and awareness, Tantra Yoga leads directly to the state of freedom, without the need for intermediary dogmas that will eventually have to be eliminated after they have fulfilled their role. The role of awareness in the formation of our reality is an essential factor and the Tantra Yoga system offers the necessary tools to amplify our individual power of awareness.

At this point it is worth emphasising the astounding correlation between the ancient Tantra Yoga system and modern physics, especially quantum physics. The presence of consciousness in determining the unfolding of any phenomenon is becoming a fundamental crossroads between these two systems of human knowledge.

Tantra expansion

#2. At the heart of Tantra Yoga lies the fundamental universal energy: LOVE

The entire system of techniques and methods offered by Tantra Yoga are based on the Law of Occult Resonance and on the revelation that the entire Creation is made of vibration, SPANDA.

The Tantra Yoga system explains that the energy of love is a constant and extremely refined vibration, which is always the same in time or in space, and which exists everywhere in the Macrocosm. It is the energy that “binds” the whole Creation, also making a connection between the Creator and His Creation. The ancient Tantra Yoga science reveals that love is one of the fundamental universal energies, which is why it is found in the core of the entire Creation. From the tantric perspective the very essence of interconnectedness is the Law of Occult Resonance and the energy of love. All techniques and methods of evolution offered by Tantra Yoga are based on the awakening of the sublime energy of love, (in a specific way) and integrating it into your life. For the aspirant who follows the Tantra Yoga path with lucid care, the energy of love becomes the guiding thread which helps you to escape from the labyrinth of the mind and return to the essence of yourself, in the secret chamber of the Spiritual Heart.

The Tantra Yoga practitioner learns to control the mind through training and liberating the Spiritual Heart by actively loving. All inferior temptations can therefore be easily transcended.

Tantra and awareness

#3. Tantra Yoga is the science of spiritual evolution

Tantra Yoga offers a systematic approach to spirituality for anyone who gets close enough to this system and who does not allow themselves to be tricked by the over-simplification of so many Tantra Yoga presentations today.

Encouraging a lucid, practical approach to all spiritual experiences, Tantra Yoga offers methods for immediately validating all concepts that can be encountered in this system. Moreover it offers explanations about the mechanisms of our consciousness together with practical ways to validate this knowledge in our daily experiences. All aspects of life are rigorously integrated in a coherent and complete view upon Reality: nothing being useless or meaningless. For this reason within the Tantra Yoga system, even the deepest metaphysical aspects, such as, for example, the manifestation of Divine Grace, are approached in a systematic, lucid and integral manner, in the same way as intimacy, love or sexual power.

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