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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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How many stages are there in Samadhi? Does Patanjali yoga sutras mention different stages of Samadhi?

Patanjali yoga sutras mention 8 stages to reach ultimate union with supreme. Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyan, and Samadhi. But while reading tamil literature yesterday,it is ...
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Is tantra sadhana always restricted?

I will classify mantras into two types as follows: 1) Mantras with no restrictions and with no negative effects; 2) Mantras with restrictions and hence having negative effects when recited in ...
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Which all sects accept three forms of Vishnu as described in Satvata Tantra?

As already mentioned in this answer, Satvata Tantra describes three Vishnu forms, namely Karanokadasayi Vishnu, Garbodhakasayi Vishnu and Kshirodakasayi Vishnu. The exact verse talking about three ...
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Is it possible to get the accurate translation of Vigyan Bhairav Tantra in English? [duplicate]

I am a little slow on Hindi because I am from Nepal. So, is it possible to get the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra book in English? (Not the one Osho wrote)
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how can I start Tantra sAdhnA? which all are the scriptures I need to study to have in-depth knowledge?

I am new here and have many questions. I am interested in Tantric sAdhnA and first I need to study the Tantric scriptures in details. I have studied yogA-VedAnta and Buddhism in detail also mahAmUdrA ...
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Is there a curse associated with misuse of Tantra?

I have heard that Tantra has a curse associated with it; that any misuse will lead to Naraka. rauravaM cha pade pade "In every step you take a very great hell by the name raurava awaits the ...
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Where can I find the sadhana for the Vidyadharas?

Where can I find the mantras and sadhana for the Vidyadharas? I was able to find some information from a Buddhist source, but not from any Hindu one. Which Hindu scriptures would most likely mention ...
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Is the Sri Yantra a cool geometric configuration or a configuration of keys that enables Tantric practicioners to yoke with Atman [duplicate]

Sri Yantra The Sri Yantra image is an iconic symbol that is believed to have the ability to transcend the veils of separation between the phenomenal world and the noumenal world. How is this yoke ...
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Why does Prakirti / MahaKundalini Shakti descend from her blissful state into worldly phenomena?

The descent of prakriti essence via her beautiful creative power known as Maha Kundalini Sakti is there for all those who have eyes to see. The world of phenomena has been created and her work is done ...
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What is the physical location of the chakras? [duplicate]

Where exactly are the chakras located ? If one is to visualise and meditate on a chakra, where in the spine are the chakras ? If looking at the spine's 3-D image, are the chakras located ...
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What is “twelve fingers” in Pranavayu?

In Shiva Sutra, III.4 it is mentioned about Pranavayu that this is a way of meditation to concentrate on Prana i.e. on the expiration and inspiration of breath from the centre of the body upto a ...
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Scriptural sources for different classification & types of mantra and their science

In which all scriptures (Vedas, Tantras, Agamas, etc.) is the science of mantra and the types of mantras mentioned? To be specific, the answer can be on the lines of following sub-questions: Where ...
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Worshipping Lord Sharabha in Tantra

According to Shiva Puran, Lord Shiva had to take avatar of Sharabha to stop Lord Narasimha from destroying whole universe out of anger after killing Hiranyakshipu. His power is intolerable for a ...
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What are the age limits for an Agamic initiation? Can a very old person be initiated as well?

For the Vedic initiation (the Upanayana) the prescribed ages (when to perform the initiation) are given in various scriptures like the Manu Smriti etc. And, the age limits till which the disciples can ...
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Does Kundalini Shakti once awakened cures all major disorders of mind and body?

Kundalini Jagran is considered as one of the greatest experience of one's life. Does an awakened Kundalini cures diseases of body and mind? How does this happen? How safe it is to awaken the ...
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What are the characteristics of kerala mAntrikam?

It is lesser known fact that the tantra flourished in southern India in the state of Kerala. Like that of Kashmir and Bengal. Kerela tantrism is also specialised and is called as kerala mantrikam or ...
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How safe it is to perform Das Mahavidya anushthanas or sadhanas?

I want to perform Das Mahavidya sadhanas. But I don't know how safe are they? Does anyone has experience of such sadhnas? Which mahavidya sadhna is beneficial to attain success in any field?
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Is Trika system mentioned in Shakta scriptures? What they say about it?

I want to know whether Trika which is technical term for Kashmiri Shaivism is mentioned in Shakta scriptures? If yes, what they say about it?
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How many verses are there in Sri TantrAloka?

Sri tantrAloka is a magnum opus text in the Kashmir Shaivism. How many verses and chapters are there? Are there any commentaries available ?
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Is there Vigyan Bhairav Tantra in Hindi available online?

Can someone kindly provide me the pdf of Vigyan Bhairav tantra? (I am looking for the original text and not the one written by Osho) And yes, it should have both Sanskrit and Hindi translation.
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Are there ways to count tithis that differs from traditional astrology?

Are there some text (specially tantras, agamas, nigamas, others) which explain how to count tithi in a different way to Vedic Jyotish? Traditionally, fortnight start day after purnima (full moon) or ...
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What is the distinction between yoga as Astika vs Nastika?

There are 6 orthodox (astikas) darshanas, very good explained in Keshav question here. At same time, yoga is based mostly on agamas or tantras, and other kind of writtings: Trika philosophy have ...
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What's that which make something insentient and other sentient? [duplicate]

Consciosness is ever present everywhere. There is no place where it is not! So on what basis something becomes insentient & other sentient according to Kashmiri Shaivism or Tantra?
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Why are Tantras used in fierce ways? To whom they are unaffected?

I have read rickross answers which are stated from tantras and angmas but almost i found nothing scarey in what he writed so how they are used in such a fierce manner? Is there are some type ...
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Where did Tantra originate?

Modern Hinduism is a synthesis of different currents of thoughts. The two main streams are Vedic and Tantrik. Both these streams have many sub-schools. We are more or less aware of the Vedic ...
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How do Hindus regard the Baphomet?

I noticed after looking up the Baphomet that it also has the concept of the left hand path and right hand path which are also similar to Tantra in Hinduism. So I guess my question then becomes, which ...
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In search of Tantra Practitioners [closed]

Are there any authentic Tantra practitioners in North America? The ones I've found all seem to be "Neo-tantra".
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What is navamundi asana and its significance?

Navamundi is a very special asana with respect to tantric tradition. Swami vishuddhananda paramahansa is believed to have set up this asana in his ashram in kashi. What is this ? What is its ...
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How did Bhadra conceive children from the corpse of her husband?

Mahabharata Sambhava Parva Section CXXI mentions an interesting story of a king Vyushitashwa who dies without siring any child. His wife lamenting on his death bed hears her dead husband's voice ...
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Is there a shrAddha ceremony as per agama? (if any)

We very well know about the shrAddha ceremony in our tradition which is done for the pitr/manes. It is towards their departed souls. Every year it is done during the pitru paksha. However, apart ...
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What are the letter of alphabets (varnas) associated with each of the Seven Chakras?

Body consists of mainly Seven chakras as I discuss here. In the Netra Tantra book I have; in the introductory preface part it is written: Muladhara, Swadhisthana, Manipura, Anahat, Shakini and Ajna ...
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How does Prana and Apana fuse outside the body?

In the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Lord Bhairava states: वायुद्वयस्य सम्घट्टाद् अन्तर् वा बहिरन्ततः । योगी समत्वविज्ञानसमुद्गमनभाजनम् ।। From the fusion of both Vayus (Prana and Apana), inside ...
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Which texts talk about alchemy?

Alchemy is the study of transmutation of matter, conversion of base metal into gold and development of the elixir of immortality. I have heard that Tantra talks about alchemy and I wish to do some ...
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Is there an online version of jayadratha-yAmala?

One of the category of tantric texts are the yAmala.granthas. Is there an online.version of jayadrathayamala tantra ?
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Do we have a Trishati Namavali for Varahi?

Do we have Trishathi Namavali (a stotra consisting of 300 names) for Varahi? I heard it's there in "Uddamaresha Tantra" (not Uddamareshvara Tantra). If anyone can provide any information it will be ...
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Which are these so-called Garuda scriptures, by mastering which, one can digest even poison?

In the KulArnava Tantram, Lord Shiva says to Mother Goddess: Shaive tattva parijyAnam gArude vishabhakshanam | Jyotishe grahanam sAram kaulehanugrahanigrahau || Meaning The essence (...
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Are the one lakh+ slokas of the KulArnava Tantram really lost or are they still extant under some other titles?

I have the book KulArnava Tantram, which is a ShAkta Agama. It is comprised of 17 chapters (each chapter is called an UllAsha here; so Saptadasha UllAsaha is the last chapter). Each chapter is again ...
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What is the actual name of these mysterious goddesses?

In the Gondwana region of India, which stretches from Madhya Pradesh to Chhattisgarh, I read about few mysterious Goddesses in the tribal area. The tribes make use of the powers acquired by these ...
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How to make a Yantra work?

Previously, I purchased few Yantras of Gods and Goddesses and kept in my Puja room. Even after 20-30 years, these yantras are still there and I worship them. I have not noticed any positive change in ...
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In which agamas/Puranas the 10 mahavidyas are mentioned? [duplicate]

The 10 mahavidyas are- 1)kali-The ultimate form of Brahman 2)Tara-The Goddess as Guide and Protector 3)tripura sundari-The Goddess Who is "Beautiful in the Three Worlds 4)Bhuvaneshwari-The Goddess ...
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What is the relation between Dash Mahavidyas and Dashavatar?

Various Tantrik texts like Mundamala Tantra and Todal Tantra mention the Dash Mahavidyas in respect to the Dashavatar. For example in Todal Tantra CHapter 10 we find the following declaration: "...
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In which scriptures can we find the original stories of the Mahavidyas?

The Dash Mahavidyas are an enigmatic group of goddesses worshiped majorly in the Tantrik disciplines but except Kali, the origins of most are unclear. In which scriptures can we find more about the ...
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Who was Sri Vidya guru Pujyasri Bhaskara Raya?

In the modern times, Pujyasri Bhaskara Raya Makhin is well known and respected by all shaktas across the country. His contribution to Shaktism and other shastras is phenomenal. Is there any details ...
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Do all Shaiva Siddhantins reject Vamachara practices as sinful?

The term "Shaivite" is overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they're actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect ((which I discuss here and here), ...
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In which of his books did Bhaskara Raya say “kaulaat parataram nahi”?

In his texts the great Sri Vidya guru Bhaskara raya says "kaulAt parataram nAhi". In association to the glory of kaula path. In which text is it found? What is its meaning and context?
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What is the difference between Dakṣiṇācāra and Vamachara Tantrism?

Tantra exists in 2 types- The orthodox Dakṣiṇācāra followed by āstika sects and the unorthodox and extreme Vamachara followed by nāstika sects. So what are the differences between the practices of ...
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How is tantric sex, meat eating and alcohol consumption justified?

Tantra which refers to the esoteric practices and traditions of Hinduism usually in Shaktism involves taboo activities of meat eating, alcohol consumption and sex. All these activities are perceived ...
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Kailāshpati Mahādeva is not the destroyer (one among Trinity)?

There are many planes of existence, grouped into hierarchies. Everything which is inside of human being is fated to be manifested outside ( or vice versa) is the reason of existence of worlds. ...
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Which Shaiva Agamas does Appayya Dikshitar consider anti-Vedic?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Who are all the Gurus of Abhinavagupta and what Paramparas did they come from?

Generally, Vaishnavas follow the Pancharatra Agamas, Shaivites follow the Shaiva Agamas, and Shaktas follow the Shaiva Agamas. But long ago, there was a group of people in Kashmir who followed the ...