For many reasons, Tantra is a complete spiritual system for our modern times. It is both eminently practical – solving daily-life issues that plague us, such as emotional imbalance, stress overload, and low energy – but it also answers life’s greatest mysteries and can take us from A-Z spiritually in planes of personal expansion. Tantra provides the mind, which is at the core of both practical and spiritual concerns, with myriad tools for self-discovery that helps us to remain buoyant upon the waves of life as well as to achieve our intended purpose as human beings.
Tantric meditation is a fundamental component of the larger Tantra system. Because Tantra is the science and study of energy, tantric meditation is 100 percent energetically based. This is a new concept for people familiar with meditation styles that are supposed to represent merely empty thoughts. In order to produce effects within the human structure, tantric meditation uses different aspects and formats of energy such as sounds, colors, mantras, yantras, vibrations, visualizations, and the power of kundalini. Each type of energy cultivates a resonance within us that can produce its own different and potent results, but all of them are simply diverse pathways to the same top of the mountain. Which top of the mountain are we speaking about? The verifiable, indisputable personal development and spiritual evolution of a human being, all the way up to enlightenment for those who seek it.
Energy, the building block of the universe, is limitless in nature. When harnessed and used according to defined tantric laws and principles, it can act as rocket fuel, propelling a person exponentially forward spiritually. For the true spiritual aspirant, tantric meditation represents the “fast track” in evolution. Not only is it backed by a powerful universal force but it is systematic and precise in nature, providing results which can be predicted and replicated, thereby avoiding the pitfalls of ambiguity that plague many of today’s so-called meditation practices.
Yoga IS meditation and meditation IS Yoga!
This ancient practice is exemplified in a variety of techniques. The more commonly known ones include a tantric form of Vipassana, the utilization of mantras, meditation on yantras and mandalas, arousal of the chakras in a specific manner, proper channeling of kundalini energy, as well as using designated music in a deliberate way. Laya Yoga is a more obscure form of tantric meditation, and perhaps one of the most powerful.
According to ancient tantric traditions it is crucial that such techniques are shared with a student by a sanctioned teacher through a sacred rite called initiation. Initiation enlivens the technique with the power and influence of the lineage and, through diligent practice on the student’s part, it can blossom beyond just a seed of knowledge. It can become a viable tool and a bridge to spiritual maturation. Therefore, a teacher imparts not only a teaching, but also a force known as virya in Sanskrit. This is an impulse of power that renders a dry teaching a live and potent teaching which unleashes the energetic potential.
As mentioned tantric meditation is a form of meditation that uses energy for the purpose of transformation. Because energy is at its core, the depth of its reach is quite significant and it has the ability to touch a person on all levels and aspects of the being. Here are a few benefits and effects a practitioner may experience, from the most gross to the most subtle:
Physical: Reduced blood pressure, reaching parasympathetic states, a remodeling of the nervous system, heightened immunity, improved health and well-being
The results of tantric meditation are inevitable but undefinable. They depend entirely on the individual practitioner and a number of spiritual factors such as karma, level of purity, blockages, degree of aspiration, and divine grace.
There exists a famous tale in the Buddhist tradition about a monk who was diligent and devout in his spiritual practice and meditation. He practiced for many years with very little evidence of gains or development. One day while preparing lunch for his fellow monastic brothers he was cutting fish and experienced a sudden state of enlightenment. Stories such as these implore us to regularly flex our patience and faith muscles when pursuing an authentic path, surrendering our destiny to divine benevolence and timing.
According to many ancient texts and spiritual masters who have realized the pinnacle of spiritual achievement through tantric meditation, no other practice compares in terms of power, potency, and effectiveness. It is without peer for these reasons:
If you are spiritually oriented and keen to uncover the mysteries of your own mind, tantric meditation provides essential and practical knowledge for doing so, in an unprecedented and extraordinary way.
Founder and Head Teacher
Spiritual yogi, lecturer, teacher and author, Somananda is the founder and head teacher of Somananda Tantra School.
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