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  • What is Tantra ?

    Hi guys,

    found this in my readings, found it a nice definition of tantra.

    A simple question without a simple answer, and any attempt at
    definition will necessarily be incomplete. The roots of the word are
    Sanskrit:
    Tan - thread, web, stretch, weave, spread or expand, and
    Tra - tool or instrument.
    Tantra - tool for expansion or a weaving.
    Through tantric practice one can experience an expansion of
    consciousness and recognize the interconnectedness of the web of
    existence.

    At the same time, "Tantra" can refer to any of a number of sacred
    texts in the Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Many of
    these texts contain detailed guidelines for spiritual practice. From
    this perspective, Tantra is a vast body of spiritual and physical
    knowledge, encompassing an array of practices, including many forms of
    yoga. These practices are aimed at expanding consciousness and
    liberating oneself "through life and not through escape, using the
    body as an instrument". In Tantra, the energies of the body are used
    as the fuel for spiritual development.

    In the West, Tantra is often called the "Yoga of Sex". While there is
    a kernel of truth in this phrase, the popular press has created a
    misleading impression that Tantra is about having better orgasms or
    about becoming a better lover. Since tantric practices are designed
    to expand consciousness, they can expand a person's capacity to give,
    receive and experience pleasure, not only in the sexual realm but in
    all areas of life, provided that person is willing to do the work. It
    is important to be aware that Tantra is not an easy path; it is "the
    way of the hero who neither rejects nor fears any aspect of life".

    Many Western Tantra teachers emphasize very powerful techniques for
    enhancing sexual pleasure and intimacy, while some traditional
    teachers discourage students from exploring sexual Tantra at all.
    (Both approaches are incorrect, and are not scripturally based.)
    "There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all." - Anonymous
    The Infinite Strength of Spirit empowers the Will to embrace the Beauty of Change - Patryc
    "If I distrust the human being, then I must cram her with information of my own choosing lest she go her own mistake way. But if I trust the capacity of the human individual for developing, then I can provide her with many opportunities and permit her to choose her own way and her own directions in learning." - Rogers & Freiberg, 1994, p. 160

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  • #2
    Excellent info Patryc, thank you!

    “What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if,when you awoke,you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?”
    ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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    • #3
      enjoy
      "There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all." - Anonymous
      The Infinite Strength of Spirit empowers the Will to embrace the Beauty of Change - Patryc
      "If I distrust the human being, then I must cram her with information of my own choosing lest she go her own mistake way. But if I trust the capacity of the human individual for developing, then I can provide her with many opportunities and permit her to choose her own way and her own directions in learning." - Rogers & Freiberg, 1994, p. 160

      30 Bananas - low fat raw vegan site
      Not Milk - all about what milk does
      http://www.biologyofkundalini.com/
      http://cronometer.com/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Patryc View Post
        These practices are aimed at expanding consciousness and
        liberating oneself "through life and not through escape, using the
        body as an instrument". In Tantra, the energies of the body are used
        as the fuel for spiritual development.
        .
        This sounds so exciting...
        *tingles of delight*
        spirit glowing already


        Thanks Patryc.
        Sooo.... lay it out, all exposed.
        In Lightness, Darkness can not grow.

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        • #5
          Come on over to my place and I'll show you what tantra's all about.

          Love,
          Will
          ॐ Breathe ॐ
          Galactic Free Press

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          • #6
            ...this sounds like a more expanded meaning of the predefined word... hmmm???

            sounds interesting though ...
            My already confused energies would probably just get more confused...again...and short circuit and zap out...

            ew..ew.. get fatigued just thinking of it.

            footnote:
            Tantra has always reminded me of a 'tantram'...that lose of physical 'control' some children have.
            Sooo.... lay it out, all exposed.
            In Lightness, Darkness can not grow.

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            • #7
              Some more on the subject - fascinating reading

              http://newfrontier.com/nepal/nik_douglas.htm

              “What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if,when you awoke,you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?”
              ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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              • #8
                thanks SS
                "There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all." - Anonymous
                The Infinite Strength of Spirit empowers the Will to embrace the Beauty of Change - Patryc
                "If I distrust the human being, then I must cram her with information of my own choosing lest she go her own mistake way. But if I trust the capacity of the human individual for developing, then I can provide her with many opportunities and permit her to choose her own way and her own directions in learning." - Rogers & Freiberg, 1994, p. 160

                30 Bananas - low fat raw vegan site
                Not Milk - all about what milk does
                http://www.biologyofkundalini.com/
                http://cronometer.com/

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                • #9
                  sex
                  DONT DREAM IT BE IT!

                  Know thy enemy

                  Don't live in fear of words alone, live in fear of the actions behind the words or what may happen if those words are never uttered!


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                  • #10
                    always wanted to try tantric sex
                    DONT DREAM IT BE IT!

                    Know thy enemy

                    Don't live in fear of words alone, live in fear of the actions behind the words or what may happen if those words are never uttered!


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                    • #11
                      Very nice. If I had learned about Tantra sooner, I might have pursued a career as a Tantric priest. Evangelical preachers haven't gotten much action since Jimmy Swaggart got caught with a dog collar around his neck
                      Last edited by UntoldGlory; 04-28-2008, 12:46 PM.
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                      The essence of divinity
                      " - The Cruxshadows, "Defender."

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                      • #12
                        *grins*

                        “What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if,when you awoke,you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?”
                        ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sshenry View Post
                          Some more on the subject - fascinating reading

                          http://newfrontier.com/nepal/nik_douglas.htm
                          thanks for the link.. it helps create a bigger picture..

                          this still sound pretty wild and awesome too...hmmm.. who knew???
                          Sooo.... lay it out, all exposed.
                          In Lightness, Darkness can not grow.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by lavella
                            it isnt trying it,,,,its an aquirement of a skill between two partners..
                            lot of practice..

                            date sex will never thrill you...agian
                            this kind of sex will be the things that make you grin when you are old
                            This sounds like a ballet... a dance .. the intimate melding of two spirits and souls with the ultimate of physical and sensual pleasure.
                            Always kinda knew this did exist...
                            Just never saw it in writing before...
                            Tantra....cool now I know...
                            Thanks Patryc for this thread.
                            Sooo.... lay it out, all exposed.
                            In Lightness, Darkness can not grow.

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                            • #15
                              Eh - but if I'm not mistaken, Tantra isn't just about sex - it is about the channeling of all physical energies for spiritual advancement. Tantric sex is just one aspect of Tantra. A great aspect mind you, but just one facet of the diamond.

                              “What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if,when you awoke,you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?”
                              ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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