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Tantra, also called Tantrism and Tantric religion, is an ancient Hindu tradition of beliefs and meditation and ritual practices that seeks to channel the divine energy of the macrocosm or godhead into the human microcosm, to attain siddhis and moksha.

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What are the Rahasyas mentioned in Vedas?

As per Vedas, the Rahasyas are mentioned in the same breath as other sacred scriptures like Itihasas, Puranas and Vedas. "In this way all the Vedas are manifested along with the kalpas,rahasyas, ...
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What exactly is Nada, Bindu and Kala?

I have come across the term Nada, Bindu and Kala etc many times and they seem to be talking about various different concepts sometimes personal and sometimes cosmic. In one explanation Bindu is ...
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How factually correct is the verse translation and order given in Osho's Book of secrets on Vijnana Bhairava Tantra to the original Sanskrit version?

For any slow people, reading this quesiton, first of all this is not an opinion based question, it is a factual, scriptural based question. It is asking whether the order of the methods are same and ...
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How authentic is Osho's Book of secrets on Vijnana Bhairava Tantra? [closed]

First of all this is not an opinion based question, it is a factual, scriptural based question. Osho has translated(?) and delivered a set of lengthy discourses on Vijnana Bhairava Tantra which is ...
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What are the mahāyāga and rahoyāga kramas that are mentioned in the śrī lalitā sahasranāma stotra?

In śrī lalitā sahasranāma stotra, we come across the names mahāyāga-kramārādhyā (230) [1] [2] [3] and rahoyāga-kramārādhyā (381) [4] [5] [6]. Are there any texts which point to the mahāyāga and ...
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Who authored Vijnana Bhairav Tantra or what is it's Guru parampara?

Wikipedia says The Vijñāna-bhairava-tantra (VBT, sometimes spelled in a Hindicised way as Vigyan Bhairav Tantra) is a Shaiva Tantra, of the Kaula Trika tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, dated to ca. the ...
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Yantra- Pran Pratishtha

My simple question is- If, for some reason, yantra made from precious metals is not available for sadhana, is it possible to do pran-pratishtha on a paper(laminated) yantra and then use it for sadhana?...
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What are the differences between Dakini and Yogini?

As far as I know, Yoginis are Devi's attendants. I have no clear idea about Dakinis. On many occasions, Dakinis and Yoginis are mentioned together. What are the differences between these two creatures?...
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Namaskaram. Anyone know if there is an English translation of Rudrayamala Tantram?

Is there an English translation of Rudrayamala Tantra available? Please provide the link for the same. Thank you.
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What is the difference between chakra, yantra and mandala?

I have seen both the terms: Sri Chakra and Sri Yantra. Are these things different? In general, my question is whether Chakra and Yantra are the same or different. Also, what is the relation of Chakra ...
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How many schools of Tantra are there?

Is Tantra related to Shakta sects or Shaiva sects? How many Tantra schools are there in total?
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What are Sadakhya Tattva, Ishwara Tattva, and Suddha Vidya Tattva?

I was going through a book when I came across these terms- Sadakhya Tattva, Ishvara Tattva, Suddha Vidya Tattva. I'm not sure what they mean. The author didn't explain their meanings. Perhaps some ...
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What are process by which one can still live without the need of body?

Shri Sarvananda of Meharpitha is one of the foremost Tantrik saint, it is said that he still lives through a mystic process called "कायपरिवत्तैन" (Kay-Pari-Vatt-Tayn). Shri Sarvananda who is ...
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Scriptural reference for Navadurga

Navarātri is popularly considered to be 9 days dedicated to the worship of Navadurgā i.e 9 forms of Bhagavatī Durgā. However the Devi-Bhāgavata Purāna, which describes the procedure of Navarātri vrata,...
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If I attain turiya is it possible to turn things to gold by rubbing one's feces over it?

If I attain turiya is it possible to turn things to gold by rubbing one's feces over it? I've read that a yogi can convert iron into gold by rubbing his feces or urine over it. Śivasaṃhitā and ...
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Mantra And Its Mechanisms

I have recently gone through a couple of books on mantra, yantra, tantra, and I got to know that all these things are pure science, and not mere superstitions. My question is, how does a mantra work? ...
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How big can circle of protection be for sadhna in the cremation grounds?

It is said that evil forces in the cremation ground will attack if you dont make a circle for protection. But how big can it be? Is 3-4 metre circle effective?
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Preservation of food in the vedic/tantric culture

Is there any specific vedic/tantric science that deals with the preservation of food? i.e. methods use to preserve food that people used to implement in acient times?
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Goddess kubjika importance in trika shaivism

Kubjika important in trika shaivism
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Are there Mandalas in Trika Shaivism (like in Tantra Buddhism)?

For example, Lord NilaLohita is surrounded by different forms of Rudra like Bhava, Sarva, Pashupati, Rudra, Mahadeva, and Ishana in different directions in Atharvaveda Vratya Sukta (chapter 15). Are ...
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The yogasutras 1:33 the key to peace is a inspiring verse . Can i get beautiful teachings from tantraloka of sri acharya abhinavagupta

I want beautiful verses which deals with compassion, peace, freindship and humanity of tantraloka in English translation and transliteration
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Are there any living traditions in the tantra and the agama today?

May I request members, if they get the time, to guide on the following: A large number of sampradaya-s in the Tantra and Agama are vanishing/have disappeared, and are now historical details. But ...
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Are Ashtamurti Swarupa, 11 Rudras, Pancha brahma shiva, Ashta(8) Bhairavas important in trika shaivism

Please give a detailed account of trika beliefs regarding ishwara gita and shiva gita too. Currently I have assimilated some verses from shaiva upanishads and vedas,aranyaka and samhitas in my prayers ...
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Which out of Shaktism and Shaivism is older?

Which one out of Shaktism and Shaivism is older? I've heard that Shaktism is essentially derived from Shaivism but am not sure how much of that is correct because Shaktism as far as I know has Shakti ...
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Does Muṇḍamālā Tantra permit cow sacrifices for Goddess Mātaṅgī?

In the sixth verse of this stotra dedicated to Goddess Mātaṅgī from the Muṇḍamālā Tantra, there seems to be a provision for cow sacrifices: rAtrau pUjA baliyutAM gomAMsa rudhirapriyAm | nAnA.ala~...
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Should fire generated by match-sticks or petroleum-based products be used in homa?

In the Bṛhat Tantrasāra, it is stated that fire used for Tāntrika homa should belong to any one of the following categories : It should be generated by araṇi wood. It should be generated by stone (i....
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Do any Hindu schools of thought ascribe to the efficacy of prayer wheels?

Prayer wheels are commonplace in Tibetan Buddhism. According to their lineage texts regarding prayer wheels, spinning such a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the ...
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Texts on Aghori Keenaram

One often encounters the name of Aghori Keenaram while studying the history of Vama Marga. Who exactly was Aghori Keenaram and what are his contributions to the Aghori sect? Are there any ...
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Tantric Krishnaism?

I have heard about Sahajiya Vaishnava who follow Tantric form of Yoga in their Krishna-centred devotion ( cfr Dasgupta, Shashibhusan (1946, 1962 revised)' Obscure Religious Cults as a Background to ...
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Is there any pramana of 'evil eyes' existence in shastras? [duplicate]

People usually believe in casting a bad eye or evil eyes but is this believe authentic in the light of shastras ?
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List the steps to perform astral projection

Astral projection is quite an interesting topic.Would someone please list down how it is done?What are its prerequisites? Is it another name for “travel of the subtle body”?
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Who is an “Adhishtathri”?

I have heard that Lord Shiva made Mother Parvati the “adhishtathri” of tantra sidhdhi. I have also heard ISKCON Acharyas saying that Mother Parvati is the “adhistathri” of maya. I would like an answer ...
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Why is it considered as bad to become ghost after death ? Do ghosts live a very miserable life?

It is being said that people who die by suicide or suffer violent death usually become ghosts . So, why is becoming a ghost considered a bad thing ? Is there more suffering in it ? What things can a ...
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Why almost all Hindu scriptures are written by Non-Brahmins (as per Smritis)? [closed]

As per smritis only people born to parents who are both Brahmin parents can be Brahmins. For example, in Manusmriti 10.5, 10.10 and 10.14 it says: सर्ववर्णेषु तुल्यासु पत्नीष्वक्षतयोनिषु । आनुलोम्येन ...
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Sense organ suppression as a sadhna

Podcast with Sarvesh Shashi 5:28-6:00 He mentions Not touching , Staying silent, Vipasana,etc. Can someone elaborate on what sadhanas is Sarvesh referencing to? Please also give scripture reference. ...
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Elucidate on tantra Sadhna?

I have heard of different (tantric?) sadhnas like Vetal Sadhna,Pisach Sadhna,Bhuvaneshwari Sadhna,Hamjaad Sadhna etc..where the beings invoked through the said Sadhna will perform certain tasks/...
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Explanation of the terms Pinda, Pada, Rüpa and the Rūpātīta

In Ullasa 13 of Kaularnava Tantra, verse 76, Shree Shiva says to Shree Devi one of the characteristics of Guru: पिण्डं पदं तथा रूपं रूपातीतं चतुष्टयम यो वा सम्यग्विजानाति स गुरुः कथितः प्रिये ।। ७६ ।।...
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Is Kurma Purana really both highly praising and degrading Shaivas at the same time? [closed]

Here I am giving unconfirmed sources. In Kurma Purana II.39.56-62, Shiva says Indeed the holy Pasupata vow has been formerly designed by me for the achievement of liberation. It is the greatest of ...
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What is the meaning of three-headed Bhairav idols and Shiva Purana 3.8.2?

Shiva Purana 3.8.2 states: Bhairava is the prior form of Siva, the great soul. Fools who are deluded by Śiva’s Māyā do not know about it. Bhairavaḥ pūrṇarūpo hi śaṃkarasya parātmanaḥ | mūḍhāstaṃ vai ...
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What is the correct order for reading shastras? [duplicate]

There are lots of shastras in hinduism. Mahapurans and Upapurans, lots of geetas, dharma shastras, shad darshan, agamas, upanishads and vedas. Please tell the correct order to read them to grasp it in ...
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What are the names of different sects/traditions who follow dakshinachara tantra?

I only know Shrividya which is a dakshinachara tantric Shakta tradition. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shri_Vidya
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Will a sati go to heaven or hell?

Parasara Smriti 4.30 “A widow, who immolates herself on the same funeral pile with her deceased husband, resides in heaven for ten millions of years, which is the number of hairs on the human body.” ...
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What are the Beej, Vedic and Tantric mantras of all the navagrahas?

I have heard astrologers at times, specifically advising to use the Beej Mantras of a particular graha as remedy for the respective planetary afflictions. At other times, they specifically advice to ...
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Kreem Beej Mantra Sadhana

What is Kreem Beej Mantra Sadhana, can it be used for the recovery of a person. I want to know everything about the mantra, the pros and cons of it, and whether I have to offer any puja to Kali? If ...
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What's the concept of the Kṛityā (कृत्या)?

Hiraṇyakaśipu via his guru, Śukrācārya, is said to have deployed Kṛityā to destroy Prahlāda. I have read that it's some kind of an ogress or an evil demoness. What's a Kṛityā? Is it some ...
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How many Tantra (Sakta Agamas) texts are there?

I am only talking about Sakta Agamas (Tantra). How many texts are there? I somewhere read the number is 64. But I am not sure. I do not have any reference also. For example, we had a clear idea of how ...
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Do Tantras oppose Vedas?

I was wondering what is the opinion of Tantra on Vedas? Does it oppose the Vedas? Does it accept the authority of the Vedas?
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What are the famous Catus Peethas according to the early Tantra and Sakta tradition?

Now, the number of Sakta Peethas (seats of the mother-goddess) are 51. But ancient Tantra and Sakta tradition mentioned four important Peethas. These are known as Adi Peethas. What are these Peethas?
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Can a Beeja Mantra be pronounced in a slightly corrupted form? Will it count as an initiation? [closed]

The modern meditation discipline of Transcendental Meditation is taught by an official teacher over a course of four or five consecutive days at the beginning of which there is a Puja of the ...
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Is Tantra part of the Sruti or Smriti?

Is Tantra part of the Sruti or Smriti? I am a bit confused about where to place Tantra. Please answer with references.

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