Category: Tantra Mantra Yantra and Vedic Tradition
Tantra also means a “loom” as well as the process of “weaving”.
This goes to explain that the tantric teachings inter-weave various philosophies, activities and techniques such as the ancient texts, mediation, mantra-chanting and so on to spiritually transform a practitioner and help them advance on their spiritual path to ascension.
The first tantric pathway is the right-handed tantra called as the Dakshinachara. Dakshinachara practices tend to be in line with societal norms and so have traditionally been accepted by people. This path involves using ascetic principles and practices to attain ascension. Dakshinachara (right-handed tantra) practices try to enhance the Sattva guna- the positive principle of cosmic truth in our body.
The second tantric pathway is the Madhyama tantra. It is the middle pathway that utilizes some techniques from the right-handed tantra and some others from the left-handed tantric practices so as to work with the Rajasic guna of activity, transition, and transformation.
These Vamachara techniques work to transform the “decaying aspect”- i.e. the tamas guna in such a way that it will give us the understanding of the Divine absolute- (that which is beyond all the three gunas of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas).
All the tantric pathways are ultimately a way of manipulating the subtle energies of our bodies and thus bring about the required spiritual transformation.
Tantric practices can seem challenging at first glance- but the divine grace and a wise guru can help one on this path. If one is able to truly understand the underlying significance and correctly work with that guidance, then they can use these practices to easily transform their energy state and ascend to higher dimensions.