Tantra (and from it, Tantra Massage) is a spiritual science that is pretty ancient it goes back over 7,000 years back to ancient India tan means expansion tra means liberation so therefore what you’re doing in Tantra is you are expanding your consciousness or going through a process of expansion in order to attain liberation. And the basic premise in Tantra is that all unit beings, human beings, animals, plants fish, all individual unit beings have consciousness, going from crude to subtle and subtle meaning that it is slowly becoming one with infinite consciousness. So that is the objective with Tantra. The objective is to take your unit consciousness and merge it with infinite consciousness.
It’s that spiritual journey that we’re all going through to ultimately arrive at our destination being one with the infinite consciousness. So like we said Tantra goes back over seven thousand years and it’s basically equated with also the creation of civilization as well, at least for there in India. So before Tantra you know you could say that life in India or life in the world, it was it wasn’t civilized as we would consider it today. So when Tantra came around it really helped to organize life not only in a spiritual way but actually in creating the foundation of civilization, and who was the first Tantra guru or the first person to actually teach Tantra give Tantra a name package Tantra it was a guy by the name of Sada Shiva also known as just Shiva, the guru.
Sometimes that word Shiva is very confusing because when you say Shiva some people might think you’re talking about the Hindu god of destruction Shiva or the concept also in Tantra of Shiva and Shakti. Shiva being the cognitive principle of what is God and Shakti being the operative principle of what is God, but right now as I say Shiva I mean that historical guru who lived seven thousand years ago who wasn’t the founder of Tantra per se, not the inventor of Tantra, because there were other you know Yogi’s along with him that were already practicing Tantra but he’s the guy that made it an institution, made it a thing.
So he’s an example of a Tantra guru. The concept of the Guru is also big in Tantra we can name a few more um 3500 years ago there was another famous guy that came to the planet by the name of Krishna thankfully so because you can imagine from 7,000 years ago when Shiva started it to then about 4000 years later or less when Krishna came around there was no written language then many of these original tantric practices were lost and so you know thankfully then Krishna comes around 3500 years ago in revamps Tantra and gives it a reboot.
And then years later – in modern history we can think of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtii, a Tantra guru from 1955 to 1990 also revamped Tantra. Also it’s important to consider the many different tantric lineages that derived from its original form you know so for example Tibetan Buddhism is a tantric lineage Zen Buddhism is a tantric lineage Taoism is a tantric lineage ananda marga is another tantric lineage. So, therefore Tantra kind of splintered off also into these different paths, which is pretty normal for any spiritual tradition, any spiritual science. Some of the things that I always think of when I think of Tantra is this idea of what does it mean to expand, to be in this process of expansion to ultimately arrive or merge you know by expanding one’s consciousness to merge with the infinite consciousness.
This process of you expanding your unit consciousness takes struggle takes a lot of work and that’s one of the tenants of Tantra. Tantra recognizes that expansion is always going to be difficult there’s always going to be a clash. I mean just imagine that you have a rope tied around you, if you try to expand your body so that it can break that rope there’s going to be a clash there, there’s going to be pain there’s going to be problems and Tantra recognizes that and tells the Tantrika practitioner that they’re going to have to go through obstacles in life. In fact just sitting for meditation which is a big tenant of Tantra, is a struggle because when you sit for meditation you are on the one hand trying to merge with infinite consciousness, I mean what a glorious thing to do, nothing should be standing in your way but yet the whole world stands in your way, where our material attachments, that other element very human material aspect of ourselves is what begins to clash with this longing that we have to merge with infinite consciousness.
So in all areas of life we see the clash we see the struggle and this is the tantric journey this is what it means to live a tantric life is to be fearless and to be able to overcome those obstacles in order to attain the goal which is to merge with that infinite consciousness in the universe. And there’s going to be a struggle in all areas of life not only in your individual spiritual practice in family life, in social life and in society we see the struggle. You know it takes protest in order to get a law passed that is going to end oppression, it takes struggle in order to get to the goal and it takes struggle in your meditation for you to go from crude to subtle. For example a human being, a human being can be very animalistic in fact human beings are animals but when human beings control those animal instincts, they become they move from being animalistic to being human and then from being human they can learn to control that in order to then become Godlike all right or transcend their humanity so that it becomes more godlike.
It becomes more subtle, it comes closer and closer to infinite consciousness. So I’m sorry to disappoint some of you that might have thought that Tantra was about sex. I know when you google Tantra those are the things that come up, that it’s all related to sex but recently I’ve heard that that’s more like Western Tantra or at least that is what the West has really absorbed or simplified Tantra to be as just something that has to do with sex anyways maybe in another video we will discuss those misconceptions. Let me go ahead and try and put Tantra in at a more concrete way. Somewhere down the road there was a guy named Patanjali who came around who wrote the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and this gentleman patanjali is also known for having created, not created but packaged the eight limbs of ashtanga yoga. The reason I’m mentioning the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga is that if you know what those eight limbs are, those have their root in Tantra.
If you’re practicing any of the eight limbs of ashtanga yoga you are practicing Tantra. Let’s go over them quickly there are a Yama and niyama these are ethical guidelines they’re kind of like the ten commandments of yoga or Tantra they are ethical guidelines that a Tantra yogi should follow in order to be successful in their meditation and we’re going to have a video on all of these. Remember I said there’s eight. The third one could be asanas which are the yoga postures. Then there is Dharna – concentration.
There is pratyahara which is withdrawing the senses. Then there is Pranayama which is the practice of withholding the breath in order to attain certain spiritual heights. and Then there is Dhyan which is very devotional. Dhyan is this sort of bhakti-yoga idea of experiencing this love or devotion for that supreme consciousness, that infinite consciousness, and then the last limb of Ashtanga Yoga is Samadhi which is the ecstasy that comes from practicing you know meditation for years when you start achieving this goal where your unit consciousness is merging with infinite consciousness that ecstatic moment that bliss is what Samadhi is. Maybe we’ll have a video on Samadhi and we’ll have some demonstrations of people going into Samadhi, not me, but other people. So therefore if you’re practicing any of these eight limbs of ashtanga yoga you are practicing Tantra.
I’m going to end with one last thing to say about Tantra that I think is pretty remarkable. You’ll notice that a lot of spiritual traditions, they don’t really have a role for the body. They don’t really give the body its place in spiritual liberation but Tantra does. That is why in the eight limbs of astanga yoga, you do asanas you do these yoga postures when you’re doing yoga, you are working the chakras you’re working your glandular system, you’re improving your meditation.
This is one way to become enlightened is by doing yoga that’s going to ultimately help you in your meditation doing those yoga postures. You see you don’t find that in Christianity you don’t find that in Buddhism you don’t find that in Islam that there is something for the body to do in order for a person to become spiritually enlightened. You know just think of the lotus posture for meditation like sitting as I am right now in the lotus posture to do meditation. You need the body to do meditation, you need to be sitting like this to achieve that spiritual goal.
So Tantra is pretty interesting and pretty beautiful because it gives the body a place, it gives the body a function and and puts the body in a very high regard. It even says without a human body, you cannot merge with the infinite consciousness. Okay, so you are very lucky to have a human body….. now let’s get that body rewarded with the best London Tantric Massage.