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The hidden power of the Yantra

Symbolism and magic in Tantra

In Tantra, yantra is called both a single point, like a majestic temple, which is defined as such, possess occult properties.


Yantra is the name that a magical-symbolic diagram is designated in two or three dimensions. Each yantra is the support of a dynamic, which led to a science of yantra, which deals with the strict rules that must obey its construction. 

Are fundamental to the Tantric ritual and each has a symbolism. 
Yantras most important and symbolism:

Triangle:

  • Isosceles = symbol of harmony and balance.
  • based top = water
  • based bottom = fire

Red triangle upper base: Is yantra of femininity, embodied Shakti, as creative power and cosmic matrix.

White triangle lower base: Represent Shiva, the static substratum of the universe, the male principle.
The latter two overlapping, indicate the cosmic union of Shiva and Shakti.

Two triangles joined at the tip: in two dimensions, is the beginning or the end of the union of Shiva and Shakti, the beginning or end of the manifest universe.

The point: It's All around him every yantra is structured. The maximum condensation energy, where attention is focused, multiplying the mental and physical strength.

Square: Is the static base represents the earth element includes the four cardinal points and the four dimensions of space-time.

The circle is the cosmic form par excellence.

The lotus flower: Hotdog yoni, the female principle.

The most important and irreplaceable yantra is the body , one of the most powerful instruments of spiritual transformation.

What are Chakras

Concept of Chakras

Tantra Chakra introduces the concept to refer to psychic energy centers within the study of human biology.


Originally, the tantric science addressed both the study of mathematics, astronomy and medicine and also alchemy , palmistry and astrology.

They developed advanced atomic physics theories , spatiotemporal and sound waves. The invention of the decimal zero and discovery in ancient India is attributed to Tantra.

Within the study of human biology , Tantra incorporated the concept of Chakras , translated as psychic energy centers.

The chakras are subtle bodies or energy body , which differs from the physical body , which is independent.

In Tantra , speaks of several bodies :


  • the outermost layer consisting of the skin and bones
  • the more subtle respiratory system
  • cognitive , deeper and subtle system
  • the subtle body , the thin layer of all , the intuitive or psychic system of the body where the chakras , through which you can achieve physical and spiritual ecstasy are binding .

In Tantra , the science of the chakras enables a bridge between matter and mind, body and spirit , the individual and the universe.

In the subtle body , there are seven major chakras , each of which is generator and reservoir and psychic awareness . Are interconnected by means of channels, called Nadis .

Thereby functions as a system in which the energy of each, fed to the whole body . These channels coincide with the meridians in acupuncture is based .

Tantra, the plot of the vital energy

The release of energy to the expansion of consciousness

The root


Literally, the word Tantra , can be translated as weaving, knitting, warp, weft, but also as a doctrine or rule. If the term is separated into: 


  • Tan whose meaning is extended
  • Tra whose meaning is free


Tantra would be the doctrine, whose practice allows expansion of consciousness , through the release and channeling of energy . As such, this energy official vehicle by which individual consciousness can travel in the opposite direction, the path of manifestation, for the reintegration of the individual into pure consciousness. At the end of this way back, is a state of super consciousness , which is known as the awakening . 's Tantra is the oldest doctrine known. Deals with the study, application and conscious development of the 108 different types of fundamental energies that manifest in humans and channeled, for a given path of evolution.

The benefits of the practice of Tantra

Benefits of Tantra for overall health and psychophysical

By generating more energy, Tantra has powerful effects on the vitality and health of those who give to their practice.

The benefits of Tantra on the body and the mind in general, have not, as popularly disseminated in the West as its effects on sexual life . Nevertheless, its good practice not only represents an additional input of energy for everyday life, but also regenerates, revitalizes and rejuvenates, making it suitable for curing all kinds of diseases, in addition to providing more magnetism and personal power. A level of mind, it is a path of self-knowledge and improvement, leading to increased : 


  • of self-esteem
  • of adaptability
  • of decision
  • the search for harmony

His overall view of the human being contributes to the harmony , which is obtained from merging the intellectual and rational with the emotional and intuitive . constant invocation of the love of life and the conscious feelings of joy and fulfillment, help heal emotional wounds and mental blockages. Moreover, to allow for better communication with our inner self, helps us develop psychic senses, intuition and clairvoyance. Channeling sexual energy is a potent neuronal stimulation, which increases mental efficiency , to harmonize the two hemispheres of the brain. On the sexual plane, not only increases the ability to enjoy sex , but also to control it .

Tantra as a lifestyle

Pleasure, power source to achieve a full life

Tantra is an ancient doctrine, based on a series of esoteric writings known as tantras, written in symbolic key.

These manuscripts, metaphorically interpretable, have given rise to many variants, stored in common, the idea of the cult of ecstasy , from a vision of cosmic sexuality. This basically involves a lifestyle and includes a number of other elements . involved, such as signs and symbols, ritual, magic, myth and philosophy Tantric texts or tantras , are generally structured in four sections: 

  1. Jnana: Knowledge
  2. yoga: practice
  3. kriya: action
  4. charya: conduct and worship

The Tantric doctrine is in favor of the cultivation of pleasure, which channeled in the right way, is a valuable source of energy, as it not only benefits the individual, from the constant intensification of ecstasy, but also the society as a whole. As such, the Tantra is not a religion, but a lifestyle and a way of acting. The body must be prepared to be able to serve consciousness. Listening to the body itself is the safest way to expand it. For Tantra, the creative force is expressed in humans through sexual energy and the integration of male and female attitudes.

The body, temple of Tantra

The cult of the body and the body as a place of worship

For Tantra, the body is a manifestation or a biological mechanism, is a place of worship, service and soul, therefore, divine.

Tantric doctrine considers that the body is a complex universe, which for the most part, is unknown to us. The only aspect that we can access, it is lived . However, this is nothing more than an image, a mental representation of the real body . 

The creative intelligence that moves the universe, which is also produces and animates our body. 

The real body, always exceeds the body perceived as such, and that in its depths, hidden potential, only wake up and developed through practice. 

From this view, the tantric sex act is conceived as the union of two complex worlds. The man and woman are connected together, at all levels and each opens to both the body of another universe as his own. 

It is an attitude, which is given a contemplative relationship, completely different, to that experienced in Western culture. Prolonging the ecstasy of union, whose goal is the integration of cosmic consciousness with creative energy, allowing the expression of power that would otherwise remain hidden. 

Obviously, the correct practice Tantra a healthy body, which largely depends on proper breathing, as this is what connects him with the spirit is required. 

Therefore, although the work of Tantra is done in the mind, it is understandable that the determine quality of breathing, the strength of all manifestations of our lives and our thinking.

History of Tantra

Origin and evolution of Tantra

The origin of Tantra goes back to caveman and their representations, are already present in the paintings.



Background:

The Stone Age has left evidence of devotion to the woman and her erotic and fertile power through representations painted on cave walls, with apparent magical and sexual symbolism 
have also found numerous statuettes of Venus with sexual, overly highlighted attributes. 
All these representations, dating from ancient times relate to the worship of the mother goddess, which focuses on women as bearers of magical powers and fruitful. 


Evolution: 


From these origins, which are incorporated shamanic cults and magic comes the Tantra , as a cultural current that has evolved with humanity and whose existence can be traced, at the origin of most Eastern cultures. Their arrival in Europe in the Middle Ages, it was through the Knights Templar, who learned of the tantric traditions, in their expeditions crossed the East. Starting the third century, beginning early writings of deep symbolic meaning and understanding difficult, interpretable only to the initiated. 's heyday of Tantra in India occurred in the XI and XII century, amid a burgeoning bourgeois society, a refined and philosophical form, which detracted from its true origins. Tantric texts known were written in Vedic India, at the height of patriarchal power and therefore, the interpretation made ​​of the old tradition was distorted. Thereby, they lived at the time: 


  • one bourgeois tantra worship and the service of powerful men with many women at his disposal.
  • one popular tantra taking place in isolated places and used the magical power of sex, for concrete things, in which the woman was initiated.

Today, we talk about Neotantra , to refer to a reintrepretaci├│n of ancient tradition, according to the modern Western mind.

Tantra Paths

The two branches of Tantra

Tantra in the West has been interpreted almost exclusively as a spiritual sexual relationship, however, there is a Tantra based on meditative practices.

Traditional Tantra merged with Vedic culture, reaching a remarkable philosophical development and roads or dividing into two branches:

  • Dakshinamarga
  • Vamamarga


Tantra itself, which is a set of knowledge, both philosophical and practical, which is balanced properly, both paths.

1. Dakshinamarga



  • Also called Tantra the Way of the right or of the right hand.
  • It is based on sublimation and meditation.
  • Accepts the transformation of sexual energy, only in the form of sublimation, as recommended celibacy and chastity.
  • It is practiced by the sannyasin who abstain from sex, transmuting sexual energy into spiritual energy.
  • It falls into the stream which considers the world as an illusion that is necessary to transcend.
  • In this branch, all rites are performed symbolically.
  • It is the most popular and accepted by the Vedic orthodoxy as it is respectable and is usually followed in the monasteries.

2. Vámamarga



  • Also called Tantra the Way of the left or of the left hand.
  • It is practiced by kaula.
  • It is based on ritual practices including sex.
  • They use sex to reach enlightenment.
  • Point to the transmutation of sexual energy.
  • It is a hidden, quiet road, is the path of magic, special, mystical and psychic powers.
  • The science of this branch is only open to people who have been initiated by a master, as in rituals, every act has a special symbolism and significance.
  • Sex as a tool to achieve Liberation use.

The goal of Unity in Tantra

The union of cosmic consciousness with creative energy as tantric goal

For Tantra, Shiva and Shakti are the masculine and feminine that penetrate and animate all things of creation.




Unity in Tantra, symbolizes the union of Shiva with Shakti, the masculine polarity of the feminine polarity of the cosmos. while Shiva is identified symbolically with white cum, moon, passivity and consciousness, Shakti, is associated the red blood, the sun, activity and nature. Shiva and Shakti are an inseparable combination. The goal of Tantra is to transfer that transcendent fusion of the two principles to the individual. Tantrism emphasizes the dynamic aspect of the Divine, represented by Shakti, rather than putting it in the Self, represented by Shiva. 


  • Shakti is the power and energy of consciousness arising from Shiva, is force of creation, nature and strength, change, spiritual transformation and destruction of the ego. It is the universal, female, active, moody mother, the complex mind-matter, the set of all psycho-physical activities, all in motion, which thus becomes the power of Shiva, the Self
  • Shiva in turn, is the substrate of the universe, the static charge fruitful fecundity all by Shakti. Contains the all-embracing, it emits and reabsorbs. Unlimited, transtemporal, immeasurable, the great peacemaker, the imperturbable, the giver of life, the lord of life and death, the Lord of the chakras, the observer, the witness consciousness.

The release is to return to Shakti for her lead us to Shiva. This is achieved only through the proper attitude and discipline.