is composed of two words, i.e.tan and tra which implies that through sadhana
and pooja one can mould nature and God according to one's desires. Tantra is a
sadhana, a method, a technique or a path that is available in all religions.
Tantras are deeply associated with the mantras. Without mantras tantra
cannot be successful. Both are practiced simultaneously to achieve success in
tantra. Tantra is not a religion but is a sadhana, a shastra, consisting of
religion's treatise compiled by Lord Shiva containing mystical formulae for the
attainment of supernatural powers. Mantras are continually whispered by a
tantrik while performing the rituals as they help to energise tantras for
specific purposes. The mantras produce appropriate vibrations within a psychic
field. Besides mantra the asana is also closely related to tantra.
is actually a step by step dissolution of the body into the subtle elements, a
process of gradual involution whereby the body is identified with the sense of
smell, water with taste, fire with vision, air with touch, ether with sound.
These five elements are merged one by one into their sources with potentials of
energies and ultimately ego is dissolved into mahat, the great one. Sahkti or
pure consciousness is constantly coming down in a shower on human beings,but on
account of cosmic bombardment, it is immediately transformed and diffused
throught the body.
reuniting Shiva shakti, the adept can reach out and enjoy the benefits falling
from the sahastara chakra, the centre of communication directly between the
individual and infinite consciousness above. It is also stressed that all the
rituals should be performed under the guidance of the Guru. Various kind of
initiation by a Guru are mentioned in Tantra sastras.They are
bidhanmdya,etc.Despite different kinds of initiation,all produce the same
effect and lead to liberation from bondage.
Division Of Tantra
Tantra is a shastra which indicates ways to bring people and situations under
one's control through sadhana. Sadhana shastra contains the various methods of
sadhana which can be divided into 5 parts.
1. Pattal : This part details the importance, of jaap for desires, homa,
mantra and homa articles for a particular Deva or Deity. Use of mantras if any
are also indicated in this.
2. Paddati : The methods of sadhana indicated in this part, includes the
methods of taking bath from morning to puja jaap mantra, their use and methods
of sadhana for particular occassions.
3. Kawach : The method which we adopt to appease each devta through
their names and pray for protection is known as kawach. It is a way through
which siddhi of devtas is obtained. Kawach is used after japa. Talismans are
made through it and clothes etc. can also be infused for use in tantra.
4. Sahastra Nam : It implies to thousand names. The verses contains
thousand names of the devta for which pooja is performed. It indicates the
various details of different deities,etc.Specific mantras for siddhi of these
deities are detailed therein.
5. Stotra : They are the verses of pooja, prayer of deities. Also
methods are indicated for use of mantra, method of making yantras, use of
medicines, and other details have been provided in the stotras.
Yoga And Tantra
The yoga comes from the sanskrit word 'Yoj' which means to unite,to synthesise
i.e. it's ultimate aim is to join oneself with the universal self. But the self
is not gained by a weak body. Hence the principal aim of haath yoga is to build
a healthy body and train the mind. Yog being another technique of
transformation is an important part of tantra. Yoga used in tantra is based
more or less on the haath yog with extra dimension. The bodily attitudes,
contractions and pressures which make haath yog are designed to specifically
work upon the inner mechanism of the human body. To perform haath yoga without
doing inner work on the subtle body is a pointless execise from the tantra
point of view, though it may help the outer body's health and stamina. A person
practicing haath yoga will easily recognise the relations between it's pulls,
twists, contractions, pressures and various centres of the subtle body.
Practical Use Of The Tantra
Tantra is fundamental and total. It's real importance is that a tantrik can
reach the heart of the problem. The tantra if practiced methodically and with
full faith and respect so as to achieve success. Directions whenever specified
should be followed and homa whenever indicated should be performed with correct
material and appropriate mantras.The result is assured if tantras are performed
To vanish worries - when a man/woman cries in happiness tears should be sucked
by one who has worries and the worries will be vanished.
To have a child - The milk teeth of a child when it falls should be picked up
before falling on the ground. If a lady childless ties it on her left hand in
silver or copper talisman, she will be blessed with a child.
To get respect - If the teeth are kept by anybody with him or her and uses it
in a silver talisman the person will be respected everywhere.
To cure epilepsy - Heeng (half a masha) should be mixed with a few drops of
water. Put a drop in the nose on the side of nostril, than the side affected
To have a daughter - If the root of lemon tree is taken by a lady with water
who is blessed with sons and wants daughters, she will give birth or girls.
To stop stammering - Leaves of manduka parni should be dried in the shade and
powdered. This powder should be taken with crystal sugar twice a day.
For diabetes 1. The root of Brahma dandi (T. Balarakkisa H. Shial Kanta) must
be rubbed with water on a smooth stone and the paste taken. This is a reliable
remedy. 2. Tender leaves of Hema Pushpi (T. Tangeti, H. - Tarwar country soma)
must be dried and should be taken with pepper and sugar. 3. Ragi (broken or
Powder) must be cooked in hot water and the Kanji should be taken with butter
milk. It cures diabetes.
For night blindness :1. Tender leaves of Castor (4 or 5) taken every day cures
night blindness. 2. Tender leaves of Jivanti should be fried in ghee and eaten.
For toothache 1. Two or three drops of Juice of sitaphal leaves, when placed in
the crevices of the teeth, kills the worms and removes the pain. 2. Milk of
arka when placed in the damaged tooth, kills the worm and pain is lessened. 3.
Leaves of Vajradanti when put in the ear removes the pain. 4. Leaves of Jambu
should be dried in the shade and powdered. Add Khadirasara (T. Kaviri - Catechu
- and put between the teeth.
Herbal Plants In Tantra
Tantra deals with the medicinal and other uses of plants. This is called 'Kalpa
Tantra'.Some of the important plants are
Vajara Danti : The plant is well known as its roots are used for
cleaning the teeth. It is a herbal plant with a great medicinal and tantric
value. If the root or skin is kept between teeth for 21 days, the teeth become
strong. If milk of roots is taken in, it increases the semen. If drunk for 21
days, one is cured of all diseases. Flowers of sesame, with lotus flowers and
juice of leaves of this plant, in equal quantities should be mixed and warmed
in the sesame oil. The oil must be used for 7 days, the hair becomes thick and
Aam Tari : This plant is found around Dehra Dun and in the Lal Tiba area
of Mussorie. It is barely four or five feet in height and has small leaves,
which shine during the night. Its leaves dipped in water for three days and
then ground to a paste, if applied on the face, hands and body all wrinkles
will go and one will look young.
Black turmeric : It is known as Kali Haldi and is used in Tantrik
Sadhana. This plant is found around the Narbada river in Madhya Pradesh, in
Makwan Pur Dist of Nepal, and in the plains of Vastor.
Danwantri : The plant is available in Jammu-Kashmir area and being
called as Dhanuri by the local people. The plant is about three feet in height
and its growth is about two feet. This plant shines and twinkles like a fire
during the night. Its leaves are pointed and some thorns are found with its
roots. The trunk, leaves and its roots are very valuable and are used to cure
many diseases. One does not feel hunger and thirst for 24 hours if one takes
just one leaf.Fresh leaves made into a powder if taken with milk cures eye
diseases. Its root if mixed in vegetables and cooked removes the blackish hues
from the body and face.
The powder of its root processed through calcination, if applied as a paste
removes the black colour of the body and a new good colour of body appears and
one looks beautiful. One becomes lean if its roots are taken, weight is also
reduced by this plant. Dry its leaves in the shade and make a powder. This
powder when mixed with honey and taken for a week removes sexual
incompatibility. For ladies, the plant acts like magic. The powder if taken by
them for a month makes them beautiful and the body becomes lean and attractive.
If its root is cooked with dal, and taken for 15 days, it clears the skin of
blemishes and body becomes attractive. The powder of its root mixed with hair
oil and if rubbed on the hair, removes white hair and leads to a luxuriant
growth. The juice if applied on the face for three days removes all marks of
small pox and the face becomes clear.
Dev Adali :The juice of this plant with an equal amount of amalaka juice
and twice the amount of ghee is taken in an iron vessel and slightly heated
with dried stems of amalaka. It may be taken twice a day. Milk or milk and rice
should be taken. This cures epilepsy, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Rheumatic
diseases. If a pinch of Devadali and mustard is taken with ghee and water from
Oudumbar (wild Fig tree) diseases of liver and spleen, Fistula, Jaundice and
anaemia are cured. If the powder is taken with the powder of aswagandha and
ghee,it gives man a long life.
Articles Of Tantric Use
Nature has created some rare things, the use of which is auspicious for
health ,wealth and happiness. These rare articles are used as tantric articles
for different purposes.Few of them are
Shvetarak Ganpati : In Sanskrit it is called ark and in hindi is known
as aak. This aak plant has green and blue leaves. Its flowers are of small size
but without any fragrance. The aak plant has a rare white plant, which also has
white flowers. This is a rare plant and cannot be found easily. The root of
this white aak must be taken out carefully. When the bark and thin wood over
the root is peeled off, one will see an image of Ganpati below it. This
is called SHVETARAK GANPATI. Some people take the root of a white aak to the
carpenter and get a Ganpati made. This too can be useful after doing sadhana.
Yogis use it mostly for sadhana. The Shastras say that in any house, which has
a white Ganpati, remains free from all evils and the possessor is blessed with
immense wealth. This is used for pooja. When once Ganpati is awakened through
sadhana, nothing is immpossible for him. In addition, green topaz's Ganpati and
Ganpati made of crystal glass are very valuable.
Dakshineye Sankh : The seashell which opens towards the left hand are
commonly available but the shells which open towards the right hand are rare.
The right hand sankh or right hand conch is found in three sizes small, medium
and big and correspond to male, female and eunuch. The male sankh gives the
sound of 'Om' when put near the ear. The male sankh gives a sound when blowing
through the lips. The female conch does not give any sound. A conch, which is
eunuch, is always solid but gives no sound. A male conch is rarely available.
The place or house where this shell is placed and its pooja is performed brings
good future to all. It can be used in many ways in tantric sadhana. Puja is
performed by placing it on a silver plate everyday. It brings wealth and the
comforts of life.
Lagu Coconut : Generally the coconut with two eyes is found.This coconut
has three eyes and is rarely available. It is of supari size and too small.
This bestows wealth and all comforts of life.
Something About Rudraksha
A bead is the perfect article for offering prayers to God. The bead of holy
rudraksha is the best besides others of tulsi, silver, chandan, etc. The
rudraksha are of 38 types; out of which 21 faces are available in India.
How to purify the Rudraksha Rosary
On Monday morning, one should take a bath before sunrise, and the beads should
be well washed in Cow's milk. After that the rosary should be washed in holy
Ganges water. The rosary should then be put in the smoke of dhoop and after
reciting the mantra "Om Namah Shivaye" eleven times, the rosary may be
Importance of Rudraksha
Rudraksh trees are found in Nepal, Tibet, Indonesia and Malaysia. The trees
bear flowers and then the flowers turn into fruits, which are called
Rudrakshas. These are generally found with Yogis, Sanyasis and foreigners who
use them around their neck as beads or as a rosary. The rudraksha brings good
fortune. Out of the series of Rudrakshas One, Five, Seven, Nine, Eleven,
Fourteen and twenty- one faced ones are termed very lucky, and are rarely
available. This also includes Gauri Shankar Rudraksha, which is the most
auspicious for wealth, family and comforts.
The one-faced rudraksha is termed very auspicious as it bestows wealth and
happiness. It helps in attaining moksha and nirvan. The wearer has inclination
to do good deeds and it helps in getting the power of intuition.
The Seven-faced bead is auspicious for the birth of a son.
The Eleven-faced is good for religious purposes such as Bhagwat Darshan of
Fourteen-faced rudraksha is good for wealth,property and gains.The the 21 faced
bead is very auspicious. Panch or five-faced rudrakasa is worn as it is
auspicious and is a result giving rudraksh. It bestows on the wearer comforts
and peace of mind.
Besides above all toher rudrakshas are also genuine and have good effects.These
are often helpful in curing diseases. Those having blood pressure should wear
it on the right arm. Fatal diseases, epilepsy and fainting fits are cured by
rubbing it in honey. They are being used in many ayurvedic medicines and in its
capsules. These should be worn after performing due rituals to gain maximum
benefit out of this rare natural fruit.
The details of various tantras,their essence,use,complete procedure of
perfoming them,importance of various articles in tantra and tantric remedies
fro diseases and problems of life can be found in the book
'Secrets of yantra,mantra and tantra' by Dr.L.R.Chawdhri
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