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Buddhist Tantra and the Emptiness of the Ego

The basic principle of Tantra is that once we have realised that we are ultimately empty of fixed existence, we should also realise that we are free from any constraints to our potential.

Tantric meditators start from where meditation on Emptiness left off. Having learned that we aren't obliged to use a biological body and evolutionary-detemined instincts as the basis of imputation of the self, we can use something else, for example a Buddha.

In Tantric practice we visualise our self as an Enlightened Being.

The practice of Tantric visualisations is said to hasten us along the path to enlightenment, and decrease our attachment to being reborn in the biological realms and other states of craving and suffering.

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Comment by mjfaustino arsatelier on May 23, 2009 at 5:24pm

Comment by pattimari on May 23, 2009 at 6:41pm
Thank you for the invite.
Comment by Kulananda on June 22, 2009 at 7:53pm
Most all my tantra comes from swami satyananda, a disciple of swami sivananda, satyanda was initiated into sexual tantra by a tibetan yogini, he was not alowed to discuss it because he later became a celibate yogi under shivananda, yet in his writings and the writing of his disciples they cleary explain the method transmuting sexual energy and even the sacred sex tantra practice of maithuna. I myself have practiced this and achieved samadhi and kundalini experience from such practice on numerous occasions. To deny sexual energy is like to deny our desire for food or any or the sense needs. tantra uses the senses and transcends them, goes beyond to the the ultinate, pure consiousness. Read "Kundalini:enegry of the depths" for a good overview of indian tantra and "introduction to tantra: by lama yehse for tibetan views.

Tantra means "liberation and expansion", consciousness is pure, undifiled by anything, it is only our limited EGO tha puts values on things. Of course we should abide by the dharmic laws for the betterment of ourselves and society. Yet if we really want ot achieve total liberatiojn we must experience that this is a dream life and all is in according to ones karma etc. and urge others to strive towards full liberation. It is said that karma has no effect on one who is liberated. What does this mean? I believe i know. For those too concerned with karma and virtue i say meditate more on the void and read the gita and mahabarata. Meditate that one may understand that in dream life all is illusion and we all play parts that we have choosen, then go beyond that to know THAT which IS.
Comment by Gregg Hill Gopal on June 23, 2009 at 12:28am
Swami Satyananda left Sivananda who advocates celibacy. Why didn't Sivananda give Satyananda Tantra to practice. When He was alive 400 people lived there surely Sivananda could have give him this so-callede tantra. Swami Satyananda couldn't make Sivananda's standard and found another Guru. You take vows for life. Did Mother Theresa need a "boyfriend" to get where she got ? All the modern day sex addicts are in Tantra, there all over India. Sivananda said, if you have sex with someone you have to come back in another lifetime and marry them. I hope your list is short. Laughing. Marriage is alot of work. Do you want to enjoy the pleasures of the world or get finished and move on.
I like to go to Ashrams where the woman are left alone so they can do their sadhana and not worry about what the men want.
Sivananda said the so-called religious people that mis-use their power go to a special hell. From him that sounds pretty bad. On earth what about all the diseases that get spread around by Tantra yoga Are you holy enough to stop that too ! Get married and enjoy that and leave everybody alone.
Comment by Gregg Hill Gopal on June 23, 2009 at 12:52pm
Master Sivananda misses nothing in this writing.


True wisdom is love. The way is only one - love divine - that is all. Love divine is a great power; it is the basis of all religious life. Divine love has no sex. It sees God in all and all in God. Where love is, there God is. From love the world is born, by love it is sustained and into love it enters. He who loves not, knows not God, because God is love.

Open the floodgates of your heart for the inpouring of love divine. The path is through love – every moment of separation is a pang of death to the lovers and the devotees. Day and night the flame of love burns in the hearts of the devotees. Solace comes to the devotee in the flow of tears. The creeper of love is nourished by the eyes.

Love is not a passing sentiment or a feeble emotion - it is strong, deep, enduring. There is real love only when there is true inward identification with the life of another entity. Pure love divine communes with the beloved, with unity, with the one, the all- pervading essence of bliss.

The most important aspect of spiritual life is bhakti (devotion), and the secret of bhakti is love, a love which embraces all. Company of saints, kirtan (chanting) of the Lord's names, study of the Bhagavatam and service of the saints will create love for the Lord.

Love of the body or skin is passion. Love of God is prema (or devotion). It is pure love, love for love's sake. To love someone for attaining a selfish gain, is selfish love. It binds you to this earth. To love all beings, as manifestations of the Lord himself is pure love and leads to liberation. Pure love redeems and purifies the heart and transmutes you into divinity. God is an embodiment of love - an ocean of love. If you wish to attain God-realisation you must also become an embodiment of love. Love inspires, illumines and leads the way. Love is giving and not taking. Love cements the broken heart. It is the key to open the door to moksha.

Love inspires love. It is divine elixir; it bestows immortality, supreme peace and everlasting joy. Love is the golden link which binds heart to heart, mind to mind and soul to soul. Love never reasons but ever profusely gives. It is not affected by offence or insult. It looks only with the heart.
Comment by Kulananda on June 23, 2009 at 4:48pm
Great comments Gregg, I agree with you on many points, "True wisdom is love. The way is only one - love divine - that is all. Love divine is a great power; it is the basis of all religious life. Divine love has no sex. It sees God in all and all in God. Where love is, there God is. From love the world is born, by love it is sustained and into love it enters. He who loves not, knows not God, because God is love."

Re tantra: you are right there are many sex addicts using tantra, and people use tantra as a way to engage is promiscuous sex and has nothing to do with traditional tantra or spirituality.
Comment by Kalipriya on June 23, 2009 at 5:47pm
Thank you Gregg for your wonderful comments.
This is the reason why we created this group, to show what tantra really means.
The object of Tantric training is to transcend the barriers between the holy and unholy as a means of achieving liberation and to see all aspects of the natural world as manifestations of the divine shakti.
Comment by Mata Narayani Devi on June 23, 2009 at 10:02pm
I agree with you the true way is love, divine love, that has to do with compación and deep feelings, no emotions, mental, physical. And I think that bhakti is a fundamental cmin kirtans and many of us do as we transform the hearts of the people involved, it is this encounter with the divine love that tansforma, not that commercial sale of tantra that causes people to confuse and blurring the true contents of Tantra.Namasté
Comment by Kulananda on June 24, 2009 at 4:47pm
Then since Divine Love is the way and goal how is it achieved? Shivananda says, from Gregg's post, what it is and some methods how to achieve it. I have experienced it on a few occasions. I have studied and practiced Bhakti Yoga under a certain Guru for a few years in the past and experienced and learned a lot. This is a tough subject for me to discuss. I can say that i believe that Divine Love is only sought by a few and achieved by fewer. In the beginning we can turn to Guru or Deity for inspiration. Eventually i believe we must turn to our own inner Shiva/Shakti. Experiencing transcendence (samadhi) is helpful and then to develop universal compassion. Tibetan mind training, Lam Rim, and various practices such as "exchanging self for others" are ways to develop compassion as well as bhakti and guru yoga, service and some tantric practices.
Comment by Gregg Hill Gopal on June 24, 2009 at 5:18pm
Master Sivananda told His disciples, 'Don't worry about Kundalini, just clean bedpans God will raise your Kundalini." Yoga comes down to Guru,Sadhana, & Shastra. It's funny to hear you have done something because you can't prove it.
Sivananda told everyone to "Be Good & Do Good." Just do that and you won't have to say anything as we'll see it.


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