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Obsidian Eagle's

Blasphemous Bazaar


META-Poems For A New Millennium

<br>META-Poems For A New Millennium<br><br>

The Flagship of Anti-Poetry — est. 2010





What Tantra Actually Means

"The word Tantra is derived from the root tan (meaning, to spread or propagate) ...
The etymological interpretations point to the fact that Tantra was a general term for any system serving as the guiding principle of any work and that the use of the word in a strictly religious sense was a later growth. In the religious sense Tantra first came to mean 'the scripture by which knowledge is spread'. In the next stage it was defined as a class of texts 'which promulgates profound matters concerning Tattva (theory, which later came to mean 'pure knowledge') and Mantra (practical means, which later came to denote 'mystic sound')' and was therefore looked upon as a technical branch of spiritual knowledge. Thus Tantra came to mean the essentials of any religious system and, subsequently, special doctrines and rituals found only in certain forms of various religious systems."

~ N.N. Bhattacharyya; History of The Tantric Religion



What Tantra Actually Means


Nowadays the term Tantra has become synonymous with SEX.
Its original meanings have been perverted and obscured by Western commercialism
Because as everyone is acutely aware, sex sells
And the popularity of books like the Kama Sutra
Only makes matters worse
By misrepresenting ancient arts;
Reducing a once-sacred practice
Down to a series of dirty pictures.

Tantra is not so much a Religion in itself
As it is the basic substratum of many Religions.
These include: Sufism, Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism.
Really though, it amounts to a way of approaching things.
Especially those things which are normally forbidden to us by mainstream religion.
Tantra defuses destructive energies 
Via the vehicle of one's creative drive.

A true Tantrika doesn't resist desire
But instead transmutes it skillfully as an expedient force!

There are five types of practice in traditional Tantra.
Briefly, these are:

  • Madya (partaking of ritual intoxicants)
  • Mudra (dancing and related gestures)
  • Maithuna (consecrated sexuality)
  • Mamsa (controlled consumption of meat)
  • Matsya (controlled consumption of fish) 
Image: Shri Yantra, the highest expression of Tantra.

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