By Georg Feuerstein
Tantra—often linked to Kundalini Yoga—is a basic size of Hinduism, emphasizing the cultivation of "divine energy" (shakti) as a route to countless bliss. Tantra has been largely misunderstood within the West, despite the fact that, the place its practices are usually pressured with eroticism and licentious morality. Tantra: the trail of Ecstasy dispels many universal misconceptions, supplying an available advent to the background, philosophy, and perform of this remarkable non secular culture.
The Tantric teachings are aimed at the attainment of enlightenment in addition to non secular strength and are current not just in Hinduism but additionally Jainism and Vajrayana Buddhism. during this publication, Georg Feuerstein bargains readers a transparent knowing of genuine Tantra, in addition to applicable assistance for religious perform and the attainment of upper attention.
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Tantra, or Tantrism, is an extremely ramified and intricate esoteric culture of Indic beginning. It made its visual appeal round 500 x Preface CE, although a few of its proponents declare a miles longer heritage. Tantralike principles and practices can certainly be present in traditions and teachings of a far previous period. As a full-fledged stream or cultural variety extending over either Hinduism and Buddhism, even if, Tantra turns out to have originated round the center of the 1st millennium CE. It reached adulthood round a thousand CE within the philosophical university of Abhinava Gupta. It profoundly prompted the outlook and practices of many non-Tantric traditions, akin to Vedanta. frequently practitioners of these traditions were blind to that effect and can also be indignant on the recommendation that they have interaction in in general Tantric practices. this is why in the fold of Hinduism, Tantra steadily fell into disrepute a result of radical antinomian practices of a few of its adherents. through the Victorian colonization of India, puritanism drove Tantric practitioners underground. this present day Tantra survives frequently within the conservative (samaya) molds of the ShrlVidya culture of South India and the Buddhist culture of Tibet, notwithstanding either heritages even have their extra radical practitioners who understandably wish to remain out of the general public limelight. rather Tibetan Vajrayana has develop into more and more renowned within the West, and it's particularly effortless to obtain initiation and guideline during this type of Tantra. From the start, Tantra understood itself as a "new age" educating in particular adapted for the wishes of the kali-yuga, the period of non secular decline that remains in development this day. in keeping with Herbert V. Guenther, a well known pupil of Buddhism, the Tantras - the scriptures of Tantrism - "contain a really sound and fit view of lifestyles. " 1 His implied element, that the Tantric view is legitimate and pertinent even at the present time, suits the appraisal of alternative Western students and scholars of Tantra. Robert Beer, a color-blind British painter of lovely, richly coloured thankas, remarked that the mental center of the varied Tantric legends "has a common attraction and alertness that transcends tradition, faith, and race. " 2 i might cross extra and say that many aspects of Tantric psychology and perform are correct to all Preface xi who search to domesticate self-understanding and are in actual fact engaged within the noble job of religious self-transformation. From the outset, Tantra has straddled either Hinduism and Buddhism, and Tantra-style teachings are available even within the Indic minority faith of Jainism. Hindu Tantra, which i'll a bit arbitrarily name "Tantra Yoga" to differentiate it from the Buddhist and Jaina forms, used to be brought to the Western international throughout the writings of Sir John Woodroffe. His English rendering of the recognized Mahanirvana-Tantra was once released in 1913 and used to be many years later by way of his books Shakti and Shakta and The Serpent energy.