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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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Were there any Vaishnavite Sri Vidya practitioners?

Are there any Sri Vidya upasakas who also had Vaishnavite inclinations? i.e They must have worshipped both Mahavishnu and Maha Tripura Sundari, and attained siddhi. Sparing Bilvamangala Thakur, who ...
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What Devas Are Governing Organs of Our Body

Namaskar! Id like to ask to our community where can I find texts and information about devas and organs of our body and specifically digestivo system. Also if you know some tantra about devas ...
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How to get siddhi in Rama mantra?

What is Japa Vidhana of Rama mantra to get siddhi for shudras ? How shudras should do anganyasa and karanyasa without Swaha, Vashat, Vaushat .. etc ? “According to dharma Sidhu and brihaddharma ...
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List of mantras that can be chanted by anyone - does this have a scriptural backing?

Let me just quote a part of a book called 'The Ancient Science of Mantras' by a certain 'Om Swami' that I was reading. QUOTE Rudrayamalam and other scriptures are quite clear on the mantras that don’t ...
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Who is the author of the Kularnava Tantra

I asked this question to ChatGPT and the answer was that it's believed to have been revealed by Lord Shiva to the sage Matsyendranath. Is this accurate? Kindly shed some light on who is the author and ...
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Tantric text books about mahavidyas

The mahavidya deities are associated with vamachara method of worship which not well informed in the open network which the public uses. I know that for maa Tara I must look up to the brihat Nila ...
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What is the origin of Chakra affirmations? Are they based on Vedic texts?

There're multiple ways to open the 7 Chakras. A well-known method is resounding the Mantra corresponding to it. For example, the Mantra "Yam" represents the Heart Chakra. Similarly, there're ...
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Questions about Satvata tantra?

Hello fellow Vaishnavas, It's my first question. I wanted to know about satvat tantra, like is it indipendent or taken from some other scripture? Who developed it and when? Also is it a pancharatra?
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Is upanayana must to learn vedic suktas?

Is upanayana ceremony needed or is it must to learn Sri rudram, purusha and Sri suktams.im asking this question especially from the perspective of tantra as there are certain Tantric procedures mixed ...
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Information about shabar mantras

For sanskrit mantras, we do have compilations like the tantrika nibandhas. Is there something similar for shabar mantras? Also, is nath sampradaya the only tradition which uses shabar mantras?
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Stages of diksha in shaktism

I'm aware of samanya diksha(shaktipath+guru mantra iirc) But what exactly define the other stages like shaktabhishek, purnabhishek, etc.?
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Need to know something about semen in tantras

https://sci-hub.scrongyao.com/10.2307/3176673 this is a research paper on a tantric text which basically says that mixing of semen and menstrual blood was used in initiation rituals in tantra or to ...
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Sampradayas which believe that sadhakas transcend varna after a particular stge of initiation?

I had heard that gaudiyas believe that a person loses varna after diksha(and that, in some parivaras, dvijas are supposed to throw away their janeu). Is this true? Also some shaktas claim that after ...
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What are the blessings given by Maa Kamakhya?

We all know in SriVidya Mother blesses us with Bhoga and Moksha. She blesses us with Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha everything. Similarly, Maa Matangi blesses us with knowledge and Maa Bagalamukhi ...
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Which scripture mentiones about Goddess Gandheswari?

Sometimes ago, i have saw the picture of a goddess named Gandheswari and she is considered as the one saves her devotee from an asura. But, Which scriptures mention about her? If yes, is it also had ...
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What is mukhe, pAdyoh and sarvAnge in mantra nyasa?

I'm specifically referrring to the nyasa of the Gopala sahasranama (from Sammohana tantra), although this one is there in many other mantras/sahasranamas/stotras in the rishi nyasa. The given nyasa ...
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Despite Vritrasura, are other dragons mentioned in the scriptures?

I know that Vritrasura is mentioned as dragon in Vedas, from this question. However, i also wanted to know about is any other mentions of dragons in any scripture. So my question is, despite ...
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Some tantrik text books and sampradaya for mahavidya upasana

As a resident of West Bengal , India, I have only seen the Dakshineswar Kali Devi , and the tarapith tara Devi, the two foremost mahavidyas. But where can I find the temples of all the other ...
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Are the 3 Acharas and 5 makaras a part of Kashmir Shaivism?

I have been learning about Kashmir Shaivism and it personally looks more philosophical than ritualistic. I have been trying to find the 5 makaras and the 3 Acharas which are a prominent part of Tantra ...
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What is the origin of kosa-kusi?

I have seen in the eastern side of India, that often kosa-kusi is used in puja for achaman and samanya arghya sthapan. I would to know what is the origin of this kosa-kusi, is there any scripture that ...
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Effect of sound on nature [closed]

Are there any 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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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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