What Tantra Means and What Doesn’t?
What Tantra means and what doesn’t?
The word Tantra in Sanskrit means weaving. That means practitioner weaves all the methods and experiences on his path into his very own life.
Tantra sublimates relative reality rather than negates it.
Generally, Tantra works by re-uniting of what in our relative dimension seems to be dually, separated, into one entity. Mostly it is expressed, both metaphorically and technically, as male and female elements.
What the “Sexual Tantra” is?
What is called “Sexual Tantra” is mostly some kind of New Age or even quackery.
As we already told, Tantra works by re-uniting what seems to be dually, into one entity. The best and the most easy-to-understand way to realize that – is to represent two aspects of duality as male and female elements. That way, by uniting male and female elements, the Tantric practitioner unites the duality on all levels of existence.
Such a tantric ritual culminates in a sublime experience of infinite awareness, by both participants. In the Tantra, sex has three distinct and separate purposes – procreation, pleasure and liberation.
Tantrics understand the sexual act on multiple levels. The male and female participants of the act are conjoined physically and represent Shiva and Shakti, the male and female principles.
Here, physical action leads to union on all possible levels.
Nowadays the Tantra is very often being misunderstood. People tend to take only outer side of the Tantra and then they miss all the inner meaning.
Then they think that Tantra is all about some exiting sex in some mystical surrounding. Which is obviously not a case.
Of course, there are quite a few New Age “gurus” who have read some books (written or translated by some other guru), and they lead courses, write new books etc.
One should know that the real Tantra is much more than some course by some homegrown “teacher”; and that there’s no such thing as “Sexual Tantra”.