Tantra is the art of integrating and sublimating every aspect of life into an ever increasing awareness of the Divine source. The word Tantra has historically meant a spreading, propagation or expansion. In time, the word came to suggest the teaching by which knowledge is spread. In a broad sense, Tantra refers to the tapestry of life with each portion related to all others. In ancient texts, the word is applied to a complex body of interconnected knowledge. It is an interweaving of the channels of consciousness through a web-matrix of the universal Mother spirit.
Tantra, like Yoga, uses breath, mind, and subtle energy to achieve inner empowerment. One very important branch of Tantra is the Kaula path. The Kaula path directly sublimates the energy of sexuality, lust of the mind and suble bodies and related human emotions into the Divine source. Tantrics on that path embrace the complete realm of human experience as tools for spiritual growth, rather than renouncing aspects of them. Classical works on Tantra, such as the Kulanarva and Yogi Tantra, echo a similar message in which Shiva revealed to his great Shati a great secret. “O my beloved, in other systems, a Yogi cannot be a person of sensual enjoyment (Bhogi) nor can such a person of sensual enjoyment be a Yogi, but in the Kaula tradition, both Yoga and Bhoga have a joyful union.
Breath of Sexual Ecstasy
“Let them the sexual act perform When the moon’s kalas shine bright And breath in sun’s nadis runs low Emit bindu, retaining breath Breathing through nostril right, quelling left.”
The name of the core Tantric technique is Bhairavi which is derived from the great Bengali Tantric who was initiated into Kaula Marg Tantra by Sathguru Kriya Babaji, her beloved consort and who in turn, initiated Ramakrishna. The technique is also known as Urdhvamnaya or Urdhvareta Kriya. Says the Kulanarva Tantra, “Urdhvarmnaya, which is the secret of all secrets, has thus been described only in brief and not in detail.” Urdhvareta Kriyas, as it has historically been known, is mentioned in the Ramayana and Mahabharata fut, according to scholar-historians, such as Bhattacharyya in History of the Tantric Religion, the word has been mistranslated in favor of Dakshina Marg theology, thus distancing it from the sexual act.” This was not the intent of the Tantric Siddhas, such as Macchendranath, Thirumoolar, Agasthiyar and Sathguru Babaji.
“Lest the silvery liquid into the golden flow The artful goldsmith covered it up with yogic breath The sparks of Kundalini that flew upward by way of spinal tube There above, he contained them with tongues tip.”
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One of the most powerful aspects of Kaula Tantra is the 64 Kriyas of sexual-spiritual transformation. These techniques have always been a highly treasured secret practice, typically shared only within small kulas, or spiritual clans. These 64 Tantric Kriyas form the technical component of the Kaula path. The breathing practices (pranayam) and meditation practices are mastered individually and ceremonial practices are a group sadhana (chakra puja). Through practice and surrender, one discovers that the 64 techniques of Babajis’ Kaula Tantric path are not confined to some ancient historical past, but rather are part of a living tradition in our current age.
“Om Tat Sat”