Tantrism – Basic Belief

the basic belief of tantrism is that one should experience all in their pursuit of enlightenment .. rather than refrain from pleasures and/or practice harsh self-discipline, one can nourish all senses and enjoy and indulge albeit  with control and balance

tantrikas believe that one can achieve a higher spiritual awareness whilst indulging in sensory experience; a simple awareness and sense of control is all that is required to be able to enjoy ‘all’ … when one can control their chariot (spirit) one can travel everywhere

tantrikas perception is :

if this world is so sacred, so beautiful and so gifted, then all that resides in this world must be entitled

and deserving of recognition and homage

a mantra is a vedic hymn, it is a word, sound, phrase or collection of syllables that is repeated with deliberation to aid clarity and focus and concentration in meditation … mantra assists with the quieting and stilling of the mind .. it directs spiritual energy

the ‘circle worship’ ceremony was (and still is) the basic ceremony for tantric practitioners, its name: chakrapuja / chakra = circle / puja = worship       …………     a guru would oversee proceedings allowing for purposefulness to remain clear throughout the event .. it was a small gathering allowing members of the group to indulge in the ‘five enjoyments’ ……

meat

wine or hashish (soma)

grain

fruit

sexual intercourse

the male members, known as heroes (vira) had the purpose of increasing the concentration of the Shakti (potencies) female energies and bringing it into the male body … discipline was required and the male could not have intercourse until the female was highly sexually excited and then ejaculation could not occur until the woman had multiple orgasm

there are three caveats :

~ to be aware of the perspective of the writer of the text that is being studied … does the writer have biases? what is their background? are they writing in a positive frame of mind? are they of a balanced point of view?  should you believe every word of their text? are they believable? do they support their work with facts, examples, evidence? one must consider all areas of another person’s work

~ to be aware of the student’s own cultural biases in trying to analyse the information presented … this could mean that one should look at their own thoughts and observations and reflect on whether they are positive or negative, well-founded or unsupported … one needs to realise that their views will be concurrent with their upbringing, background, descendants and all of this will culminate in their perception and analysis of ‘the study’ … does your race, creed and colour denote how you would embrace the study of religion, history or other?  one must make the effort to view and analyse all information presented with a more impartial perspective, and of course, open mind

~ to be aware of the context of the situation being studied … hold comment whether to criticise or not, to gain first a greater insight, following any information may bring greater understanding to the situation, like parts of a jigsaw, all can not be seen until all is fitted together in place and time …. awareness can be retained that through ‘context’ a greater understanding will evolve, bringing with it clarification and thus, throughout anyone’s altering perception, it is best observed until full sense of the study has been made and can then be spoken of, written about, and communicated with a balanced and universal point of view

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