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.