Traditional tantric meditation retreat – tantric sadhana
Traditional tantra is a path of purification and preparation of our energy system and mind for the awakening of kundalini and for realizing our true essence. In the tantric path, we look at all our existence as one non-dual reality, while at the same time this non-dual reality is divided into Shiva and Shakti.
Shiva is considered to be the pure consciousness, pure being, manifested and perfect, which is the conscious background of this world. Shakti is all that is manifested in the world, she is pure energy and The Creation itself and all the phenomena inside this manifestation. When we evolve on the path of tantra we learn to meet Shiva and Shakti very intimately, we learn to dive into deep meditations of pure witness consciousness and stillness and also to cultivate energy and direct it, thus we can effect this manife
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In traditional tantra, we use different tools for purifying the energy system, the mind, and our karma. In tantra we chose an energy that we want to cultivate and work with, being a Shiva or Shakti form, we combine few tools that evoke this energy in our structure, purify what is needed and amplify this energy in our being.
The three most common tools of traditional tantra are:
1. Mantra (energy in word)
2. Yantra (energy in form)
3. Yagna (purification fire ceremony)
How does mantra work in this process?
A mantra is the sound form of a particular energy. Specific sounds, words or phrases are repeated.
By practicing the repetition of mantras and by verbalizing the sounds internally or externally, we commune with and invoke the beneficial energies specific to the mantras.
Mantra is an important tool used in many spiritual practices to generate the necessary energy to power a certain process.
The word ‘mantra’ is derived from two words – ‘manas’ meaning the cognitive mind, and ‘trai’ meaning to protect or free from. Hence mantra is a tool that can be used to become free from the mind.
Every sound has a form, and
every form has a corresponding sound. Therefore, every mantra has a yantra, and
every yantra has a corresponding mantra.
What is the significance of the yantras we will use?
The yantra is a geometrical design which can be used as a tool for meditation and transformation of the internal energies.
The different geometric patterns symbolically represent different aspects of the creative forces of the universe. For instance the central point represents the absolute or the infinite, the four gates around the edge represent the four directions.
But beyond the symbolism is the true science of Yantras, and its basis is in its geometry. Just as the sound of mantras can be used to transform your energy system, you can use Yantras to do the same.
Yantras can be empowered by invoking a mantra over the yantra, so that it becomes a living form of its particular energy.
That living form is often a particular aspect of the Goddess, such as Tara, Kali, or Saraswati.
Certain geometrical shapes are better than others in holding the energy that is poured into them. If you’re wanting to work with the energy of Tara, then you’ll create a geometry that holds the energy that’s poured into the Yantra. If you use the wrong geometry, the energy will simply slip away and will be useless in the process.
By combining the use of the mantra with the yantra we can experience a true process of Tantra.
What are Yagnas?
The aim of tantra has been to purify oneself without negation of life’s situations, without negation of the weaknesses which we have inherited.
Tantric yagnas invoke energy, shakti.
If you have a dirty pot you take a hose pipe and clean the pot with the water coming through the pipe.
Similarly, the tantric yajnas represent the flow of water in the pipe. We are the dirty pots and it is the force of the water that cleans the pot.
Yagnas aim at uniting the individual mind with the cosmic mind.
Offerings of ghee (clarified butter) are thrown on to the fire whilst reciting mantras.
This is done to connect with aspects such as the cardinal directions and particular energies of the yogic tradition that support the success of the ceremony.
Special herbs or rice, sugar and sesame seeds are further offered to the fire with a specific
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