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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tantra: A Practice for Seducing Forces of Matter and Spirit


The practices that have made tantra popular are those that yield startling results quickly. They are simple and have few prerequisites. None of them has a direct effect on our spiritual growth; instead they help us achieve what we need to live a healthy and comfortable life. And if properly used they can help us remove obstacles that prevent us from engaging wholeheartedly in the spiritual quest.

The drawback is that after gaining the extraordinary powers induced by these practices students often become victims of their own achievement. For example a category of tantric practices known as stambhana gives the practitioner the capacity to immobilize.The energy it generates can be used either to immobilize our own negative tendencies or to immobilize another person's thinking or speaking capacity.How you use that energy is totally up to you, and it is easy to get excited and use it indiscriminately. That is why the scriptures advise that no matter how sincere you are or how accomplished, it is wise to study and practice under the supervision of a qualified teacher.Always have someone above you with the power and authority to point out your mistakes and help you correct them so that you stay on the right track.

There are thousands of relatively simple practices that yield startling results.They can be divided into eight categories:

1. Marana - practices to hurt, injure, or even kill
2. Mohana - practices to confuse and delude
3. Bashikarana - practices to subjugate, dominate,or manipulate
4. Ucchatana - practices to disrupt the flow of concentration and to create disinterestedness, frustration, and apathy
5. Vidveshana - practices to create hatred and animosity between people
6. Stambhana - practices to immobilize and render inert
7. Shanti karma - practices that lead to peace and happiness
8. Paushtika karma - practices that lead to health and healing


Practices in the first six categories can become a means to harm others, to feed our ego, to nurture our selfishness,and ultimately to block our spiritual growth; those in the last two categories are beneficial.

While I was visiting shrines and studying at the feet of the masters I learned several such practices that yield results quickly and have no harmful effect, either on the practitioner or on anyone else. They come from the most sublime tradition of tantra known as Sri Vidya, and they incorporate mantra, yantra, astrology, numerology, meditation,rituals, and a fire offering. These practices are done in several stages, and except for the step that gives the student the ability to transmit the power of the mantra to others,the student does not need to go through a formal process of initiation to undertake them. The only prerequisites are the basic meditation and pranayama practices, japa of the gayatri mantra, and the practice of non-violence,truthfulness,non-stealing, non-indulgence, non-possessiveness,cleanliness, contentment, self discipline, self-reflection, and surrender to the Divine.

What follows are instructions for a healing practice of this nature for calming phobia, soothing disturbed sleep,and eradicating nightmares. For centuries people have used this and similar practices to achieve their desired goals, and both the scriptures and the oral tradition confirm their potency. If you choose to do the practice that follows in the future posts, do not take it lightly just because it is simple and does not require much time.Do not modify the mantric injunctions or alter the perfectly balanced chemistry of the ritual ingredients. This practice is a meeting-ground of the spiritual dimensions of physics, chemistry, numerology, astrology, and mysticism, and completing the first three steps will yield a result that may well inspire you to begin your own tantric quest. Some of the ingredients may be difficult to find, but the more closely you can come to following the instructions exactly, the more powerful the result. And always remember: if you want to see a predictable result you must do this and other tantric practices at the right time and in the right place, and you must follow the ritual procedure precisely.


1 comment:

  1. What you're saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I'm sure you'll reach so many people with what you've got to say.

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