There are numerous paths to achieve Realization. Of the many paths, Tantra is considered as the ‘crown’ of realization because it puts you in direct contact with the entire process of complete realization.
The reason why Tantra is so powerful is because Tantra interconnects and unites all of reality, and everything attained on the physical level also crosses into the spiritual level as well. And the spiritual and the physical are no longer separate but an integral part of each other.
Tantra is a way of life and a complete spiritual movement in itself, which originated in India, as per Vedic evolution. Tantra is a diverse and rich spiritual tradition of India and it forms an integral part of the Vedas or Vedic scriptures.
The process of Tantric Realization comprises a vast and diverse array of Tantric and Agaamic scriptures, some of which are yet to be translated from the ancient Sanskrit scriptures.
Tantric scriptures deal with extremely advanced meditations, rituals, symbolism, and energy-transfer processes known as Shakti-paat. The esoteric forms of Tantra using mantras or the powerful sacred sounds are known as Mantrayana.
An offshoot of Tantra is Tantric Buddhism known as Vajrayana or the Vehicle of the Thunderbolt. The vajra is a double-headed ritual tool, used with a bell. Held in the right hand, it represents the masculine, skillful means, and compassion. The bell in the left hand represents the feminine, wisdom, emptiness, and nirvana.
In the Vajrayana the five Jinas namely Akshobya, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi, Ratnasambhava, and Vairocana, also known as the Dhyani-Buddha, are a major focus of tantric meditation. But Tantra is regarded as a faster way of attaining Buddha-nature than the path of the bodhisattvas.
The process of realization with Tantra is through ALL our faculties – the senses, the emotions, and the intellect, encouraged and roused to their highest pitch, so that our deepest memories and responses are awakened and converted into the pure energy from which they all originated.
Tantra tries to realize the continuous connection between all human states and conditions. This realization is brought about by using more than eight million tantric mudras and their permutations and combinations used in Tantra meditation, as well as advanced sexual postures, as our deepest feelings and pleasures become the raw material for our transformation into supreme or Tantric Enlightenment.
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Subhojit Dasgupta is a teacher of Tantra