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Vedic vs. Tantric Hinduism (Mythic May Vol. 8)

Vedic vs. Tantric Hinduism



Author's Note: This article is in reference to The Soma Tantra



Differences and disagreements among religious factions don't mean that spiritual truths don't exist, but that we as humans can't communicate very well.

If you study any religion enough (whether Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism) you soon discover that even within its corpus nobody can agree.

Similarly, Hinduism is a blanket term for several strains of Indian philosophy that focus on particular deities and what they represent, without uniformity.

Some Hindu sects reflect the Vedic caste system brought by Aryan invaders while others represent the folk beliefs of Indus Valley Dravidians.

Historically, a process known as syncretism (merging) occurred between Vedic and Dravidian beliefs; giving rise to the rich panoply of Hindu polytheism.

Since "Hinduism" bears the influence of disparate schools of thought, there still exists a sociological friction between Vedic and Tantric strains of it.

Class struggles borne out by the traditional Varna caste system (as well as between various ethnic groups) are hidden within the subtext of mythology.

In Hinduism Brahma and Vishnu tend to represent Aryan-Vedic ideals / morals whereas Shiva and Kali are Tantric-Dravidian forces of untamed freedom.

Devotees of Vishnu are thus referred to as Vaishnavas while Shiva's followers are called Shaivas, Shaivites, or Siva Sadhus. Shakti (the divine feminine) outweighs Brahma (a patriarchal creator) in this schema.

Analogously, the competition between Vedic and Tantric ways of thinking / acting was also mirrored by the ancient Greeks with their Apollo-Dionysus dichotomy. Indeed, Nietzche extrapolated it to full effect in his seminal debut: The Birth of Tragedy. Even renown Indologist Alain Danielou documented it extensively in a fine piece of comparative religion: Gods of Love and Ecstacy.

The Soma Tantra is a contemporary work of Mythic fiction that portrays said friction between Vedic and Tantric branches of Hinduism as a war between Devatas and Ashuras (gods and demons, respectively).

Only those capable of delving beneath the surface of such a fantastic tale will see through to the deepest layer of its abstracted narrative ...


Further Reading: Past Issues of Mythic May

Meditating On The Fields of Naraka (Mythic May Vol. 7)

Meditating On The Fields of Naraka


Skandha, son of Shiva Mahadeva, sits firmly lodged in samadhi
Awoken to the harsh reality of suffering amid ephemeral qualia
A world set ablaze by impure desires and all our best intentions
Charnels filled with piled-up corpses felled in war, famine or plague
Endless transmigration of finite souls learning lessons for ascension

During darkest times concentrate on those awful fields of Naraka
Pain is a purifier, an agent of both Karma and Dharma
Everything experienced is reciprocal; always balancing out
No one is altogether righteous or evil, innocent or to blame
This plenum of open-ended possibilities refines sentient beings

Cosmic Christ within is perpetually nailed onto crosses
Transcending death despite misleading appearances
Skandha bearing heat from flames, transmutes it to bliss
Defying, nay, reifying unassailable natural laws
Cracked universal egg making way for the phoenix...


Further Reading: Past Issues of Mythic May

Balam Ahau (Lord Jaguar) Mythic May Vol. 6

Balam Ahau


Seated aboard bus with arms across chest
It suddenly dawned
That Jaguar as worshipped by the ancients
Was an ideal
A visionary fusion of all that is noble in ape
And feline alike.

The unmitigated ferocity and stealthy mobility
Of Totemic biped
Unflinchingly attentive reptile, crafty coyote
Chimeric eclipsed sun
Whose illustrious wingspan brightens emblazoned
Against the moon.  

Prowling through mortality with vigilance
Every act dignified
Growling only when necessity dictates
Amidst backdrops espied
Trailing zigzaggurat lightning ricochets off
Edges of mind.

Further Reading: Past Issues of Mythic May

Pot-Bellied Buddhas (Mythic May Vol. 5)

Pot-Bellied Buddhas


Buddhism is still fairly new in modern North America and Europe.
As such, it's also misunderstood and misrepresented in the media.
For one thing, people have come to associate Budai with Buddha.

What's the difference? Well, Budai was a fat Chinese monk
Who it's said travelled the countryside with a sack (like Santa Claus).
In other words, he wasn't Siddhartha Gautama, the historic Buddha.

The confusion that gives rise to this misconception is simple:
Like Christ, which is an honorary title meaning "Anointed One"
Buddha means "Awakened One" and this title has been given to many monks.

Some believe Budai (Hotei in Japanese) was an incarnation of Maitreya
It doesn't matter though, since Siddhartha Shakyamuni preceded him.
So those who rub Budai's belly for good luck are really only indulging naive superstition!


Images (from top to bottom-right):  Laughing Budai Maitreya - circa 10th Century CE, Gandharan Buddha - circa 1st Century CE & Emaciated Buddha (Sikri Stupa) - circa 1st Century BCE.


Further Reading: Past Issues of Mythic May

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