Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy

By Georg Feuerstein

Publish yr note: First released in 1998
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Tantra—often linked to Kundalini Yoga—is a basic measurement of Hinduism, emphasizing the cultivation of "divine power" (shakti) as a route to countless bliss. Tantra has been generally misunderstood within the West, notwithstanding, the place its practices are usually careworn with eroticism and licentious morality. Tantra: the trail of Ecstasy dispels many universal misconceptions, delivering an available advent to the heritage, philosophy, and perform of this amazing non secular culture.

The Tantric teachings are aimed toward the attainment of enlightenment in addition to religious energy and are current not just in Hinduism but additionally Jainism and Vajrayana Buddhism. during this ebook, Georg Feuerstein bargains readers a transparent figuring out of real Tantra, in addition to applicable information for non secular perform and the attainment of upper realization.

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Their hassle is enormously exacerbated via the truth that such a lot japanese academics actually have a character variety formed through their very own tradition, which could conflict rather seriously with the Western psyche. those mental variations triggered Carl Jung to fully push aside any recommendation that yogic and Tantric practices may be worthwhile for Westerners. 2 The guru, as said within the above quote from the Shiva-Samhitā, is to be considered father, mom, and deity. What does this suggest? inside of conventional Hindu society, professionals definitely are imbued with parental authority, and male lecturers are greatly addressed as bāba (“grandfather” in Hindi), while girl lecturers are referred to as mātā (nominative of mātri, Sanskrit and Hindi) or mā (Hindi), either which means “mother. ” This formality is estranging and occasionally even offensive to independent-minded Westerner seekers. Hindu academics operating within the West have needed to make changes, and those that haven't been in a position to achieve this have unavoidably encountered issues of their scholars. whereas non secular parentalism has its intrinsic problems whilst transplanted right into a Western context, the equation of the guru with God continues to be extra not easy. Western scholars, who're conversant with psychology yet would possibly not have an in-depth wisdom of jap non secular traditions, are apt to brush off this conventional equation as ego-inflation and as an open invitation to religious tyranny and exploitation. Addressing this factor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama correctly prompt that guru-yoga, which revolves round seeing one’s instructor because the final truth, shouldn't be engaged by way of newbies. three after all, as a Tantric adept, he absolutely endorses this conventional perform at extra complicated degrees. The guru is God now not within the feel of getting extended (inflated) his or her human character to divine proportions. relatively the guru, having transcended (not obliterated) the character, is in a position to assuming a releasing functionality in regard to the disciple. In different phrases, the guru—if she or he is a sad-guru, or “true teacher”4—is absolutely in a position to postponing own issues whilst it tomes to aiding the religious awakening of others. It obviously is helping the disciple to grasp that the guru is himself or herself liberated, or enlightened. yet no matter if that isn't the case, the disciple is often inspired to seem upon the guru as though she or he have been enlightened besides. therefore the disciple’s religion (shraddhā) performs a wide function within the good fortune of his or her discipleship. after all, it is sensible to decide on one’s instructor conscientiously. If one can't discover a absolutely woke up guru, then one needs to a minimum of make sure that one’s instructor possesses absolute integrity and is totally devoted to aid one’s personal awakening. the cause of treating even an unenlightened instructor as though she or he have been enlightened is easy: with out this assumption one would regularly query the teacher’s causes, which in flip might merely handicap one’s religious perform. additionally, if you possibly can learn how to belief the guru’s counsel, even if it significantly demanding situations one’s own personal tastes and perceptions, then you can still discover ways to belief existence itself, improve persistence, humility, and plenty of different virtues.

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