Intro To Tantra

What is Tantra?

Tantra is a personal spiritual pursuit that functioned as a socio-political revolt when the middle class in India was separated by gender and caste around the 6th century. Contrary to the popular belief, it’s not all about sex.
Tantra is a Sanskrit word that means “loom” or “continuous process”.


  • Life View: Ongoing process of creation, an ongoing marriage of consciousness and energy at every level of existence
    • Represented in the story: Shiva(The god of pure consciousness/Masculine energy) that makes sexual love to the goddess Shakti (Goddess of pure power and energy/Feminine energy)
  • Elimination of duality: Good/Evil, Mind/Body, Male/Female
  • “What is here is elsewhere, what is not here is nowhere” 
  • “What is spiritual is physical, what is physical is spiritual”

Root Principles:

  • Personal practice of liberation
  • “Divine energy”: View the human body and earthly life as a concrete manifestation of divine energy
    •  Sexual excitement is a taste of divine energy
  • Self-acceptance and self-love
  • Sexual energy:
    • Powerful path to spiritual progress
    • Exist beyond genitals
  • Sex can be sacred
  • All of life can be included and celebrated on the path to enlightenment 

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