Secret Fire: The Relationship Between Kundalini, Kabbalah, and Alchemy. 11 March 1997 Foreword The following exercises are designed to assist in freeing the most potent energy known to humanity and resident in creation.
Kundalini And Qiqong Psychosis. The seeker who dares to awaken the kundalini power without the grace and guidance of a guru might become insane, succumb to diseases, or even die.
This is because he does not possess the necessary knowledge, steadiness of mind, or patience required for this difficult undertaking. Swami Kripalvananda Introduction I have been teaching Buddhist meditation for about 23 years. Being a doctor who is interested in psychiatry, I have always wondered whether prolonged and excessive meditation could produce mental imbalance. The Practice of Tantra and Tantric Ritual in Hinduism and Buddhism. History of tantra It is difficult to trace the history of tantra which is mostly obscure as in case of the history of religions.
Many tantras offer mythical explanations for their origins, often setting themselves as the given word of either Siva or a goddess such as Devi. Scholarly depictions of their origins are often as varied, ascribing tantras to pre-Aryan, Indus Valley civilizations or similar aboriginal, tribal groups or as integral part of an Indian cultural fabric.
In reality, no definitive accounting of the origins of tantra can be made owing to the significant polyvariance of the term tantra in Sanskrit. Tantra, which in its earliest written form was a distinctly iconoclastic, private, and esoteric practice, evolved into a number of respected, exoteric orders (sampradaya). Chakras. Chakras, meaning "wheel", are psychic centers that lie along the axis of the spine as consciousness potentials.
They are usually represented as lotuses. The chakras are not materially real and are to be understood as situated, not in the gross body, but in the subtle or etheric body. Mantra, Tantra and Yantra in Hinduism. By Jayaram V Be it a complicated form of vedic ritual such a yajna or some simple form of worship performed ordinarily in millions of Hindu households everyday, the process of worship in Hinduism invariably involves the use of three basic techniques, namely the mantra, the tantra and the yantra.
Symbolically, they represent the three basic spiritual paths of Hinduism, made hugely popular by the teachings of Sri Vasudeva Krishna in the famous Bhagavad gita. The mantra symbolically represents the use of Jnanamarg, the path of knowledge, the tantra of Bhaktimarg, the path of devotion, and the yantra of Karmasanyasmarg or the path of detached action. Unless these three are present in some form or combination, the worship is incomplete. Aum, Om, Pranava and Nada, Meaning and Symbolic Significance. By Jayaram V The syllable Om1, also known as Aum and Pranava, is the most sacred symbol of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism.
It is used both as a symbol and as a sound in religious worship, ritual chanting, performance of sacraments and rituals, yoga and tantra. In Hinduism it is venerated as Brāhman in the form of word (askshara) and sound (sabda). In actual practice it is rarely chanted in isolation and mostly in association with other mantras, prayers, names of gods and goddesses, either as a suffix or a prefix, under the belief that doing so would enhance their potency, vibrancy, sanctity and purity. According to Mantrayoga Samhita, Om by itself has no potency if it is chanted by someone who has not been initiated on the spiritual path by a guru. Sushumna, Ida and Pingala: Nadis of the subtle body. In addition to the seven chakras of the subtle body, the Tantras have described a network of subtle channels known as nadis through which the life force (prana) circulate.
Nadi means "stream". According to the tantric treatise Shiva Samhita, there are fourteen principal nadis. Of these, Ida, Pingala and Sushumna are considered the most important. Ida is the left channel. Tantra Sculptures. Tantra: The Method Of Kindling Dormant Energies. Tantra – a unique spiritual system capable of resolving the mystery of Being and its relationship with the world without itself being mysterious, caught in the cobwebs of misconceptions, misled beliefs, clergies’ disapprovals, moralists’ censure, ethical concerns, quakes’ and sorcerers’ misuses and abuses, opposition of the ‘authorised’ – theology, philosophy …, and above all, the centuries long antipathy of Islamic and Christian rulers, has been the subject of neglect, indifference and even aversion for quite some time now.
The term ‘Tantra’, often seen personified in the person practising it, the ‘tantrika’, brings to mind’s eye the image of a man with a rugged, coarse, hoary-looking, bearded and wrinkled face, eyes deeply pushed into their sockets, and locks of rough uncouth muddy long hair hung around shoulders. Experience It Now - Self Realization (Kundalini Awakening) through Sahaja Yoga. Now, after the end of the meditation, see if you are feeling relaxed and if your thoughts have slowed down or gradually disappeared.
This is the first stage of meditation - thoughtless awareness - where you are fully alert but without any thoughts, in a state of pure and peaceful consciousness. Now see if you can feel a sensation of a gentle cool breeze in your palms and above your head. Tantra: Sex or Enlightenment? Is this Tantra?! What is Tantra all about? Sacred sex, or enlightenment? Love and Passion in Tantric Buddhist Art. Notwithstanding the fact that the Buddha essence is non-polar, Buddhist iconographers use sexual polarity to symbolize the twin concepts of insight and compassion.
All goddesses are symbols of insight and the gods represent compassion. The union of compassion and insight symbolizes the non-polarized state of bodhicitta, or the mind of enlightenment, which is represented visually by showing two deities engaged in sexual union. Tibetans characterize such images as yab-yum, which literally means father-mother; in Sanskrit the expression is yuganaddha (pair united). Tantra - The Art of Philosophy. Tantra has developed a system of thought which makes us see the universe as if it were within ourselves, and ourselves as if we were within the universe.
Further the forces governing the cosmos on the macro-level are believed to govern the individual in the micro-level. According to tantra, the individual being and universal being are one. Tantra kundalini.