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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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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?

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 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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Which are the 10 Mahapuranas dedicated to Shiva according to Skanda Mahapurana?

The largest Mahapurana, Skanda Purana of Shaiva sect in Kedara Khanda 1 says: अष्टादशपुराणेषु दशभिर्गीयते शिवः। चतुर्भिर्भगवान् ब्रह्मा द्वाभ्यां देवी तथा हरिः॥ or ‘अठारह पुराणों में दस में शिव-स्तुति...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the benefits of wearing lot of rudraksha mala [duplicate]

What are the benefits of wearing lot of rudraksha Mala like these aghori babas? Does wearing lot of rudraksha Mala strengthens aura, more rudraksha Mala, more energetic immune aura?
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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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What is tantra yoga? [duplicate]

I don't think this yoga was mentioned in bhagavad gita, does it have any origin in the vedas? This yoga is mostly associated with Shiva. It seems to me that there are at least two parts of hindu ...
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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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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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Understanding the history and construction of beeja mantra

Surely TM is not the only one to use beeja mantra, and sages probably was using them since time unknown. The philosophy behind agyamya, nigyama and mantras was that to make it available to all and ...
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Can anyone transliterate this text? [closed]

I got down the first part, it's Om namo Bhagavate. But the handwriting is confusing.
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How to attain siddhis? [duplicate]

Is there any source that contains description of methods or mantra sadhana to attain all the siddhis? Such as x samyama for x siddhi, or methods of worshipping a yantra or deity for x siddhi? Do ...
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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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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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Can anyone decipher the code in this text? [closed]

Recently I found an answer on this post, Scripture showing ways to summon Gandharva, Yaksha and Kinnar I have recently bought the KAmAkhyA Tantram. The 5th chapter of this text is called "Mohini ...
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Do gods appear on different lands [closed]

Let's say I'm turiya, but I'm not in India, but some northern Europe country, and since I'm turiya, gods are supposed to come, since I'm turiya and they're pleased with my tapas, but will they still , ...
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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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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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Yogic/Tantra practice providing ability to control body temperature

Tony Buzan in his book Make the Most of Your Mind relates the story of an Indian Yogi, Swami Rama, who in a lab experiment was able to willfully change the temperature of a spot on his right hand. ...
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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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Astral projection question [duplicate]

Where is method to astral projection (sookshma sharira,) described, is there any mudra/Asana to help simulate astral projection, mentioned?
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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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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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What is asana siddhi and its importance based on vedic srutis or smritis

What is asana siddhi and importance? It would be better to back it up with references from the vedic literatures. Also it would help to provide some scriptures that mention the importance and also ...
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From what tantric book is this illustration from?

From what tantric book is this illustration from
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Should Eclipses be considered as an auspicious and divine event or as an inauspicious occurrence?

Most Hindus just view eclipses as something which is an inauspicious thing and also believe negative energies are radiated from it. The word 'Grahana' itself also induces a sense of fear to many. ...
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Where do I find the authentic information about Ganesha Yantra?

I wish to learn about Ganesha Yantra but unable to find any details other than Ucchishta Ganapati Yantra. What is the authentic Tantra text that discusses Ganesha Yantra and its worship particualrly ...
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Why is Dhoomaavatii not to be worshipped in Kali yuga?

Dhoomaavatii is one of the Dasha Mahaa Vidyaas. Extreme warning has been given not to worship her in Kali Yuga. Na Prakashyam Na Prakashyam Na Prakashyam kalau yuge is what the line before the ...
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How is Ishtadevata determined according to the SPIRITUAL SCRIPTURES (NOT ASTROLOGY) [duplicate]

Is Ishsta-devata determined by the family tradition (Kula-Devata) or personal liking or something else? Are there any injunctions of the spiritual scriptures? If it is determined by the injunctions of ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Does Tantra say cow is sacred animal?

In Tantra, is there any mention of "cows being sacred"? Also, does Kaulācāra Tantra explicitly talk about it?
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Does anyone have access to bheedaa panchanga from 'Dashavidyaa Rahasya' of Rudrayaamala Tantra [closed]

Three panchaangas of the 'Dasha vidyaa' part form of the parishishtha of Devi Rahasya by Ramchandra Kak and Harbhatta Shastrii. Those are 1) Jvaalaamukhi 2) Shaarikaa 3) Mahaarajni In other material ...
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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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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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What is the difference between Dakshina Kali and Guhya Kali?

What is the difference between Dakshina Kali and Guhya Kali as per the Tantric Scriptures? Did Goddess Kali assume the Guhya Kali form to slay any demon? One image of Guhya-Kali from one famous ...
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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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Who is the author of Tantra sastras? [duplicate]

Who is the author of Tantra Sastras (if only one)? If there are multiple authors, then what are the names of them?
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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 ...