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How to Practice Tantra

by Alyson Paige

Tantra is an ancient mystical system that originates from Hindu and Buddhist texts. Contrary to Western notions and applications of tantra, it is not a program that encourages licentious carnality. Tantra is a spiritual path, followed by adepts whose spiritual progress enables them to perform esoteric rituals. As with most spiritual paths, tantra requires a lifetime commitment to study and practice tantric principles. To practice tantra, a believer must study ancient sacred texts, practice specific meditation techniques and commit to the soul's journey toward union with the divine.

Commit to tantra (Hindu or Buddhist) as a spiritual way of life, rather than focus on the sexuality with which tantra is associated in the West. Tantric practice brings into harmony the mind and body by specific Kundalini yoga practice.

Submit the body and the mind to the divine. By sacrifice and detachment, the whole being becomes a vessel for the divine, which leads to liberation from rebirth (samsara) and release from illusion (maya). Perform puja (worship) to God, meditate in the lotus position, fast and bathe with humble respect of the divine.

Locate a tantra guru. Tantra is a complex spiritual system. Novices are advised to find a teacher who can guide them through the intricacies and often puzzling teachings, texts and tantric practices. In the quest for a guru, know that they are not listed in the Yellow Pages. Find a Hindu temple and proceed from there. Consider that your search is part of your commitment. Also, the adage, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear" is wisdom that can accompany you.

Investigate Kundalini tantra. Kundalini is a path (yoga) that proceeds through the journey of tantra in systematic ways. As you awakens the energy in the chakras, you begin to experience harmony between masculine (Shiva) and feminine (Shakti) principles in your whole being.

About the Author

Alyson Paige has a master's degree in canon law and began writing professionally in 1998. Her articles specialize in culture, business and home and garden, among many other topics.

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