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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. This Hindu Tradition was emerged in form of dialogue between Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati.

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Effect of sound on nature

Are there any scientific/mathematical studies or research on the effect of sound (MANTRA/BIJMANTRA) on human beings, or living beings? Can they be used for the treatment of diseases?
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If All the doctrines outside Vedas are useless and False, Why is a Mahavidya Goddess like Tara pleased only when worshipped through an unvedic Achara?

Manusmriti says - 12.95. All those traditions (smriti) and those despicable systems of philosophy, which are not based on the Veda, produce no reward after death; for they are declared to be founded ...
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What was Swami Vivekananda's opinion on Nagajurna and Abhinavagupta?

What was Swami Vivekananda's opinion on Nagajurna? Did he ever talk about Abhinavgupta or Nagajurna at any one of his talks? I know he has talked about Buddha, Jainas and others but never saw him ...
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Question on the Sākta conception of Mukti

While reading about the conception of Mukti in Shaktism, I came across the following - This Absolution, advocated by the Sakta philosophers differs only slightly from the Absolution advocated by the ...
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Is it possible for humans to attain the power to display Vishvaroopa (cosmic form)of their own through any Yoga , Mantra or Tantra Sadhana?

Is it possible for humans to attain the power to display a cosmic form through any particular Yoga, Tantra or Mantra sadhana? What do different scriptures and philosophies say about it? It's ...
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Is it possible for humans to attain the power to create Universes or Multiverses of their own through any Yoga , Mantra or Tantra Sadhana?

Is it possible for humans to attain the power to create Universes or Multiverses of their own through any particular sadhana? What do all the different scriptures and philosophies say about it? It's ...
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Are Sākta Tantras mentioned/named in any purānas?

From what I have seen It is a Pretty common occurrence to See Vaishnava and Shaiva Puranas mention their respective Agamas by name. E.g. Varaha Purana mentions Narada Pancharatra and similarly Shiva ...
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Vaishnava Prayogas and agamas

Does anyone know about vaishnava abhichara prayogas?. There's so little info about them.
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Why should people aim for moksha and god realisation rather than occult powers?

Realised beings like Ramakrishna paramahamsa have always advocated for god realisation and have criticised occult powers as they tend to remove the focus from god realisation. Why should one aim for ...
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Where can I find reference of Caturvarga?

According to Hinduism, there are four Purusharthas or the goal of life: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. However, in Mahabharata (Mahabharata 1.139.69-70) and Arthasastra (Arthasastra of Kauṭilya 1.7.3-...
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What is Vinayaka Rahasyam? Where can I find it? Is it a part of Mudgala Purana?

Where can I find Vinayaka Rahasyam?
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I want to find out which form of mahavidya to worship according to shaktism/tantra

So I have read that in tantra or kula path, each person is given a specific form of maha vidya to worship ( By their gurus i think). I dont have a guru and I dont mean to do tantra without a guru but ...
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Dhumra Ganapati in Dhumavati Sadhana

I am seeking a deeper understanding of Dhumavati Sadhana. In this mahavidya there is Dhumra Ganapati to be worshipped before. I'm seeking more resources about this form of Ganapati and it's mantras. ...
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Shabar Mantras and their potency

Shabar Mantras more potent than sanskrit tantric mantras for kamya prayogas? Dhumavati practice against enemy is available in both sanskrit originals and shabara vidya. Which of the two would be more ...
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Are there any Female manifestations of Shiva and Vishnu (other than Mohini)?

Has Lord Shiva Ever taken any Female manifestations in the Puranas or Shaiva Agamas/Tantras? Similarly, Does Lord Vishnu have any feminine manifestations? (Other than Mohini because I know that one) ...
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Is Dharmasastha mentioned in Tantras and Agamas?

Is Dharma Sastha mentioned in Tantras and Agamas, like Puranas and Vedas (as i discussed about it here)? If yes, which Tantra mentioned him or at least they mentioned "Sastha" (but that is ...
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Reference Request: Nadis, Chakras in Hindu (or preferably Indian) nomenclature

Consider this question as a reference request. Nadis are branch points corresponding to nerves in the physical body. The branch point of Nadis is called Chakra. Primary nadi involves - Sushumna Nadi ...
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Kashmir Shivaism: Is the tradition extinct or alive?

During the time of the great philosopher and tantra master, Abhinavgupta and Asia's biggest ruler in history, Lalitaditya, it was said that Kashmir Shivaism thrived. A very unique blend of Vajrayana ...
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Is there any relation between Bhairava (as Himself, not as Shiva) and Krishna/Vishnu? If so can someone please elaborate?

I have heard of the relation between different gods, however in the pantheon of Bhairavas, the association is mostly to do closely with manifestations of Shakti. Therefore it would be interesting to ...
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I have heard meat when offered to Gods or pitrus removed the sin of eating it. How can we do it ritual procedure and if there are any books on it

Namaskaram. So as I said in above statement in today's world I can't offer a whole goat or a hen to god's like narasimha or Kali. I have to get it from meat shop and offer it. The reason why I'm ...
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Resource for Uma Samhita Tantram

I am looking for the Uma Samhita Tantram. It can be in Sanskrit, Hindi, English, or Telugu.
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Are there any healing or medicinal meditation in Hinduism?

In the realm of spiritual practices, various traditions incorporate healing techniques, such as Reiki in Buddhism and the Siddha form of treatment in southern India. However, despite the extensive ...
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Forms of Parvati/Durga that depict her riding a wolf

Agni Purana, in 'Describing the Characteristics of An Idol of Devi Parvati' says the following:- 10b-13. (In the worship of the manifest form of the goddess) (the goddess should be worshipped) as ...
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How many sects of Shakta Tantra are there?

How many sects of Shakta Tantra are there? There's one called Sri Vidya. What are some of the other sects or sub-sects of Shakta Tantra?
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Purascharana for stotras?

While doing purascharana of Mantra firstly we do japa then what about purascharana for stotras ? Purascharana for stotras is japa or reading loudly?
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Laya Yoga: Upanishad References

Laya Yoga - references in Upanishads. I've heard that the methods of creation of mantras (beeja mantras specifically) follow from laya yoga where they use petals of certain chakras (or nadis) OR hear ...
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Seeking information about Shaivite sect 'Thirikam' and its Tantra Shastras

I am seeking information about the Shaivite sect 'Thirikam' and its Tantra Shastras, which are 'Malini Vijayotharam', 'Sidhayogeshwarimatham', and 'Tantra Sadhbavam'. Are the shastras available ...
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Are shudras and women not allowed to chant Aum i.e Pranava?

Are shudras and women not allowed to chant aumkara? I heard many purohits and one great saint say that. Is there any scriptural basis? Please give the reference of scripture for such injunctions. I ...
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What are the principal Saiva Tantras?

Saiva Agamaic literature has two divisions. One is Saiva Agamas. These are dualistic in nature. Mostly prevalent in Tamilnadu. Based on it Saiva Siddhanta Darshana was formed. However, apart from ...
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Agama prescribes that the dead bodies of Sannyasis should be buried. Then, why are the dead bodies of monks of the Ramakrishna Mission cremated?

Mahanirbana Tantra categorically says that The corpse of an ascetic should on no account be cremated. It should be worshipped with scents and flowers, and then either buried or sunk into water. - ...
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What does dharma say with respect to destroying an adversary in peril?

It is said that adversities accrue to a person because of his prarabdha karma; whether he be a dharmik or adharmik person. In an enmity between such people, if the adharmik person is affected by his ...
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Saivite rasarnava tradition

Does somebody have any idea about this rasarnava tradition as in is it still alive and how can I increase my lifespan using mercury as these guys of this saivite rasarnava tradition did. I want to ...
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Authentic Kula tantra books mentioning methods to achieve brahman using Sex or masturbation

I want to know if any authentic tantra books (like kaulavali tantra or others like this who people of nath tradition or other tantric schools like mishra , kula etc ) mention ways of achieving the ...
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Do yoga scriptures mention the average number of human thoughts per day?

There are several references to the number of times a human breathes in a day in general, which is typically around 21,600 times. The frequency of breath is an important factor in practices such as ...
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The origin of the Puranas

I am interested to study the origin of the Puranas and the relationship they share with the Vedas. Any incident, for example, the origin of Maa Ganga on earth, has been variously described in the ...
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What sort of creatures are the Vinayakas?

As stated here, there are a number of different creatures mentioned in scriptures, one of them being the Vinayakas. As per the answer, they are described as: Vinâyâka(विनायक): Malefic spirits ruled ...
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What are all the Authentic Tantra Scriptures accepted by the Srikula branch of Shaktism?

Can someone list all the authentic Tantra Scriptures that are accepted by the Srikula Branch of Shaktism?
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Mantra scriptures

Which scripture contains list of various mantras to achieve various things in life? It should contain actual mantras not general guidelines about chanting mantras.
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Who is Mantramaheśvara mentioned in Shiva Sutras by Jaideva Singh?

In Shiva Sutras, section III, Sutra 7, Shiva says what happens when conquering moha/mãyã: मोहजयादनन्ताभोगात्सहजविद्याजयः ॥ ७ ॥ "By an all pervasive conquest of delusive Maya is there mastery of ...
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Are there tantric forms of Vishnu too?

The purpose of the following question is to have a deep understanding of the nature of Sanathana Dharma From my basic understanding (please correct me here if I'm wrong). The basic pillar of central ...
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How to get initiated in Shaiva Agamas? What to ask and to whom?

I live in New Delhi. Are there any mutt nearby? Regardless of if there are... (I can travel some distance) then what do I tell them? How do I ask? Do I simply say "I want to learn Shaiva Agamas&...
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What are the scriptures of Tantra that explicitly deals with the (all) devi forms of ma Saraswathi?

Although I do not know all the forms of Saraswathi that are explained in the Scriptures, I heard about Swetha Saraswathi, Neela Saraswathi, and some others. Each such devi has a visual form, mantra, ...
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Is current "Avadhoot Dattatreya Guru Gaddi tradition" the "MISSING IN SIGHT" Hinduism that is continuing from Harappan Avadhoot of 3500 BCE?

Three faced HARAPPAN AVADHOOT sitting in SIDDHA Asan (not lotus pose) having three in one headgear. This persona is there in all major urban sites of Harappa and even found at SANAULI coffin. The ...
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Is there any sattvic sadhana to experience divine beings extremely fast?

There is an abundant number of sadhanas in Hinduism. The nature of sadhanas can be classified into three categories: Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic. Doing Sattvic sadhanas are highly recommended for ...
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Statements In Hindu Texts Of Deliberately Mistaken Info

There are many places in Tantra excerpts I’ve read, Arthur Avalon and such, where Shiva tells Parvati that there is deliberate misleading info in Hindu texts. He says that stuff is put in there to ...
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What exactly is a "Chaattan"?

In Kerala,there is a continued tradition of worshipping "Chaatan".They are believed to be beings who can harm ,and are sent by an individual for a specific purpose(possibly even death).They ...
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Where is the Dakshina Kalika Stotram taken from?

The Dakshina Kalika Stotram in Sanskrit is a regularly recited hymn in many Bengali households, especially among Shaktites, that constitute the majority of Bengal. It is mentioned in almost all ...
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Is Mantra diksha (initiation) possible online?

Is it possible to have mantra Initiation online? How to know hoax among real Guru? How to know that mantra you will be given is initiated?
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Are there any Saraswati sahasranaamas other than those from Skanda purana and Rudra Yamala Tantram?

There are at least two Saraswati sahasranaamas, that I know, are available. #1: From Skanda purana 1,2 At the request of Narada, Sanat Kumara Maharshi enumerated these sahastranaamas. #2: From Rudra ...
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How many Devi Sahasranamas are there in scriptures?

How many Sahasranamas dedicated to Devi are there in scriptures?
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