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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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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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Where in chandas shAstra can we find what the 'samrAT' chandas is?

This chandas is listed in many mantras of chinnamastA but I am unable to find any direct vaidika prototype like gAyatrI etc for it(Like there is often trishtubh or anushtup for tantric mantras too and ...
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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)?

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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How to co-relate Atman with Kundalini?

Vedanta philosophy states that samâdhi is obtained by realising one's identity with the soul(âtman) separate from the body & mind. Tantra philosophy, though not denying the existence of âtman ...
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Which scripture/s describe 15 faced to 21 faced Rudraaksha-s?

The Rudraaksha Jaabaalopanishad describes the lord and merits of wearing 1 faced to 14 faced Rudraakshas. The Shiva Puraan (Vidyeswara Samhitaa) goes no further. The Shrimad Devi Bhaagvatam mentions ...
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Background of the Viśvasara Tantra

What is the origin of the Viśvasara Tantra? Does anyone know, when about it was written? It is given as the source for the Guru stotram, but I have not been able to find out more, except that all ...
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Historically, did the sanskrit varnamala contain two 'la' vyanjan varnas?

Historically, did the sanskrit varnamala contain two 'la' vyanjan varnas? It seems there was one in the 'ya' varga and another one in the 'sha' varga. Current texts on sanskrit or hindi grammar and ...
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What is setu, Mahasetu and Kulukka?

In Saraswati Tantra, I came across three things: The Kulukka (कुल्लुका), setu (सेतू) and Mahasetu. Although the tantra says that these are body parts of Japa, the tantra does not address much on what ...
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A question about gods [closed]

if I attain turiya state, do gods exist on that loka or not? because I do know that turiya is unmanifested state and we're indiffrent from Narayana/Purusha and we're very himself in turiya, and gods ...
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What are six darsanas or philosophies, known to be limbs of Shiva?

What are the six darsanas or philosophies mentioned in kularnava tantra which are known to be the six limbs of Shiva?
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Commentaries by Tantrika Acharyas on Mukhya Upanishads

Did Any Acharya like Bhaskaracharya, Utapaladeva, Abhinavagupta etc. from Tantrika sect write their own commentary on Mukhya Upanishads? If yes, Please share the link to the book/text.
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What are the Siddhis associated with each of the Chakras based on the scriptures?

What are the Siddhis that are obtained by mastering each of the Chakras through kundalini according to our scriptures? Please mention your sources in the answers.
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Are deities visible on an idol for those who attained state of Turiya? [closed]

To those who're (have attained) turiya, are the deities actually visible in their sukshma sharira rupa on an idol or a place which has prana parthishta done? for example I've read somewhere that In ...
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Please translate the following shloka from Kaulavali Tantra

I'd like to to know the meaning of the following sloka from "Kaulavali Tantra": Yantram mantramayam proktam mantratma devataiva hi Dehatmanor yatha bhedo yantra-devata yoshtatha
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Relation between OM and Sri Yantra

Namaskar to all saintly ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to know the evidence sloka about relation between OM and Sri Yantra. Recently I read an interesting article that OM sound creates Sri Yantra by ...
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Putting Mata Shodasi Mahavidya picture with other gods and recite mantras

Can Mata Shodasi Mahavidya picture be put in pooja room with other gods? I don't know anything about MahaVidya but want to do Mata Shadoshi puja. Is there any special rule to do her puja and if not ...
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Can someone tell me the chapter and verse of mund mala tantra where dashavatar is said to be incarnated from dasa mahavidya

There was a post that in mundamala tantra and todal tantra there is mention of 10 mahavidya as dashaavatar. The verses of todal tantra is already given But I need verses of mundmala tantra, chapter ...
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From where can I get Mrtyunjaya Tantra / Mrtyu-Sanjaya Tantra book?

Pranam! I am looking for above mentioned book named as Mrtyunjaya Tantra which is mentioned by Srila Jiva Goswami in his Krishna Sandarba and also mentioned by many scholars somewhere. It is one of ...
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What is Nilavanti or Neelavanti granth? What is so special about it?

I recently read about Nilavanti { Neelavanti } book just a description of it. Says it was a rare book not printed just written on a metal plate that too lost these days. It had recipes for alchemy, ...
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Why is Om believed as Pranav mantra? although humming sound Mmm.. in the AUM chant is the Pranav/moola mantra

Mmm, the humming sound of a bee, is the Pranava mantra. This is the sound of our Pranan or breathing. That's why it is called Pranava - the sound of breathing. Why is this fact not preached? Often ...
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Where does the baDabanala tantra recognize vajravarahi as a Buddhist diety originally? [closed]

From the article "VajravArAhI" at the Kamakotimandali website: BhagavatI bimbAmbikA recognizes the fact that the deity is Buddhist in origin, as does baDabAnala tantra, and both prescribe ...
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What is the “dhyan” of laghu shodashi mantra?

I am looking for dhyan of laghu shodashi mantra which I am not able to find in texts that I have. Please help.
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Can you reverse a diksha?

I took a shiva diksha today at my local temple. I have been a non-vegetarian all of my life. Today the priest at the local temple who initiated me told me that I had to give up eating meat. I agreed ...
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Which of these Bhairava shruti texts / Tantras are lost?

The following is a list from the Shrikanthi Samhita of the 64 Bhairava Tantras and their 8 classifications: Yamalasataka - BrahmayAmala, VishnuyAmala, Rudra-yAmala, Swacanda yAmala, AtharvanayAmala, ...
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Difference between Vaishnava agamas and tantra

There are two main agamas according to which Vishnu temple puja is performed, namely, Vaikhanasa agama and Pancharatra agama. In addition to these modes of worship, Vishnu temples in the West coast, ...
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What is the significance of ह्रीं HRIM beej mantra?

I have seen the reference of ह्रीं at multiple mantras. What is the exact significance of this mantra and how powerful is this?
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Who is Brahmi mentioned in this verse?

In Spandakarika Section III Verse 15, Page 162, it says: Svarupävarane câsya saktayah satatotthitäh! Yatah sabdanuvedhena na vina pratyayodbhavah/ 15 "Brahmi and other Powers are ever in ...
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The correct Kali Gayatri mantra

Does anyone know the difference between these 3 Kali Gayatri mantras? The First one: om pishachadwajayai vidmahay shoolahasthaya dhimahi tanno kali prachodayat Second: oṃ mahākālyai ca vidmahe ...