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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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Can mantra siddhi once gained be lost due to some reasons?

A Sadhaka gains full mastery over a particular Mantra after obtaining it from a Guru and doing the japa as prescribed. This process is often called "Mantra Sadhana" or "Mantra Puruscharana".Now the ...
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Which Tantric scripture classifies the Agamas into SAttvic, RAjasic and TAmasic categories?

It is a well known fact that the PurAnas have a classification based on the TriGunAs (Sattva, Rajas and Tamah). That is, there are SAttvic PurAnas, RAjasic PurAnas and TAmasic PurAnas. Now, for the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 scriptures describe Durvasa having three sons who promulgated Agamas?

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Is yoga an independent philosophy as classified in shad-darshan? or was it later incorporated in Tantra? or is it a part of tantra itself?

There is a separate school in Āstika tradition of Sanatana dharma as "Yoga". Also, the tantrik texts consists a section as Yoga itself. So how does the yoga as mentioned in Shad-Darshana differs from ...
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Why Devi Para-Shakti is not shown with three eyes in many parts of India?

The dhyana mantras of Devi Para-Shakti in different Tantras and Puranas of forms like Durga, Kaali etc describe Devi as three-eyed. But most deities of Devi or even of Shiva outside bengal show Her (...
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Five bhavas as explained by Sri Ramakrishna

The concepts of 'bhava' is different in the Tantras and the Puranas. Sri Chaitanya mentions five bhavas to worship Sri Krishna, each corresponding to a particular relation with God -Santa, Dasya, ...
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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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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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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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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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How someone know that bad spell is done on him or other person?

Consider, that person X due to some reason did bad spell on person Y. How can Y or other person Z can identify that bad spell is happen on Y by X. Specially if X did spell that make Y ill or mentally ...
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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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What is meant by Āmnāya/Āmnāyakrama, Abhiseka, and Deekshyaa-krama in Tantra? Where can I learn about them in depth?

All I came to know about Āmnāya is that it refers to the 5heads of Shiva facing 5 direction and one being a secret (kālāgni Rudra) where each head revealed Āgama to Devi. So basically it means a ...
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Who is Shukla Avatar of Lord Vishnu?

The Satvata Tantra Part 2 Verse 8 mentions: Seeing Kardama Muni's austerities aimed at attaining mystic powers, the Lord appeared as Sukla in a pure and transcendental form. After giving him the ...
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How does tantra work?

I am trying to understand how mantra - yantra - tantra works ? After googling for few days I got a fair understanding that it is the use of sound and mantras have some words combined in such a way ...
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A question on Kali-Puja

According to Tantra-Vachana, Kali-Puja should never be done by the priests. If someone gets it done by a priest, the Mother becomes angry and ruins that person: purohitam samAniya yadi pujAdi ...
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Why are Vishnu and Narayana mentioned as separate deities in Tantra?

According to he Paschima-Aamnaya of Tantra, Krishna, Gopala, Narayana, and Vishnu are different deities (Sastramulak Bharatiya Shaktisadhana, Upendrakumar Das, RMIC, page 1049). Can anybody provide ...
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What is the basis of this image of Goddess Kali?

The dhyana-mantra of Dakshina-Kali quoted in Tantra-saara says that She is holding Kharga in Her upper left hand, chinna-munda in lower left hand, abhaya-mudra in upper right hand and vara mudra in ...
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Which scriptures mention Dhyana Mantras of the sixty-four Yoginis?

In different places of India, there are temples of sixty-four Yoginis. Can anyone provide names of the scriptures where the detailed dhyana-mantras of these Yoginis and their functions are found? I ...
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Where can I find Vishnu Yamala?

Is Vishnu Yamala available either offline or online in any one of the English / Hindi languages.
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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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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 scriptures describe the phenomenon of Fire Eclipses?

Just like Vaishnavas follow Pancharatra Agamas and Shaivites follow Shaiva Agamas, Shakta follow Shakta Agamas, aka Shakta Tantras. (I discuss an exception that proves the rule here.) One such Shakta ...
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which mahanirvana tantra book is he following

I came across this video of samarpananda, where he is explaining about the shakti mantra, I like how the book contains both the encripted slokas in sanskrit and the decrypted hidden meaning. The ...
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Does anyone have access to the texts or manuscripts of the Parameswara Tantram and the Vadavanaliya Tantram?

Paarameshwara tantra ( Contains Unmatta bhairava panchanga) Vaadavaanaliya Tantra ( Contains Shweta Kaalii panchanga) Does anyone have access to the texts or manuscripts of these two Tantras? Is it ...
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Why called Akala Bodhana

In chapter 10, sloka 12 of Sri Sri Chandi, devi says : शरत्काले महापूजा क्रियते या च वार्षिकी meaning that in the sarat (autumn) seaon, my great annual puja is done. So in the very Chandi, Sri Sri ...
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What is the form of Srikalika?

According to the chapter three of the Todalatantra, the eight forms of Devi Kalika are 1. Dakshinakali, 2. Siddhakali, 3.Guhyakali, 4.Srikali, 5.Bhadrakali, 6.Chamundakali, 7. Smashankali and 8....
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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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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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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 ...
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Do Vijnanabhairava Techniques work without initiation from guru?

I want to practice techniques mentioned in Vijnanabhairava Tantra. Urdhve prano hy adho jivo visargatma paroccaret / Utpattidvitayasthane bharanad bharita sthitih. Can someone explain How can ...
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What is the origin and meaning of this verse?

Kaulavalinirnya Tantra, सोपानभूतं मोक्षस्य मानुष्यं प्राप्य दुर्लभम् | यस्तारयति नात्मानं तस्मात् पापतरोऽत्र कः || ततश्चाप्युत्तमं जन्म लब्ध्वा चेन्द्रियसौष्ठवम् | न वेत्तात्महितं यस्तु ...
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relationship between tantra and devotion

I'm not really asking for the differences but I also believe that devotion as Lord Krishna mentions in Geeta is the best path for enlightnment. I'm just curious if there is any relationship between ...
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Need to know precise steps for tattwa shuddhi sadhana?

As the title says I need to understand in brief precisely all the mandatory steps a sadhak needs to follow for tattwa shuddhi sadhana. Please cite authentic references.
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Do gods need to come back to earth Chakra in order to procreate?

Do gods need to come back to earth root Chakra in order to procreate? For those who have become turiya/equal of gods, is procreation is possible or not without coming back?
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Does tapasya remove even dhatus?

Tapasya cleanses body of all toxins, especially solid, liquid, fat, pitta and kapha natured, (as well as perhaps nadis as well, though I'm not sure about this) by Divine purifying rays of the Sun, so ...