01 November 2005

A note on Tantra

There is a difference in meaning between 'tantra' in the historical usage, and the current perverse meaning.

In the period 6th-10th centuries CE, a 'tantra' was a category of spiritual literature, a 'how-to' manual for spiritual enlightenment, in the form of instruction from enlightened Guru to disciple:

The Hevajra Tantra:
The whole world is of the nature of Sahaja – for Sahaja is the quintessence (svarupa) of all; This quintessence is nirvana to those who possess the perfectly pure Citta [mind].

The Kularnava Tantra:
Yoga is not [attained] through the lotus position and not through glancing at the tip of the nose. It is the identity of the self [jiva]and Self [atman] which the yoga experts [visharada] called "Yoga".

For an overview of the early Hindu and Buddhist tantras, see:

1 comment:

Mohan said...

Very interesting post... i will definetly follow it up.