This is a reference to the Garuda Tantras, a set of Agamas which are now lost. Here is what pages 39- 42 of this book say:
No Garuda or Bhuta Tantras have been found.... The Shrikanthiyasamhita that the number of Garudarantras was traditionally said to be twenty-eight[.]... While the Vamatantras are traditionally said to be concerned with the acquisition ...
I have posted it in my groups and blogs and reposting it here in parts.
षट् त्रिंशत् तत्त्वानि विश्वम्
ShaT triMshat tattvAni vishvaM (ParashurAma kalpasUtra.) This universe is nothing but the 36 tattva-s.
So what is meant by tattva ? If the universe is made up of these tattva-s then they are verily the basic elements. By the very definition of ...
There have been, in India, two main ways of approach to Reality or the Essential Nature of Self,
Vivekaja mārga. (the path of distinction or discrimination). Systems following this mārga are patanjali yoga & Sankara Vedanta.
Yogaja mārga.(the path of union or integration). Saivāgama has adopted the Yogaja mārga in which the goal is not isolation of ...
Black magic is real and is mentioned in Vedas itself.
Quoting from this page:
Core of Atharva Veda
The subject matter of the Samhitā of this Veda has no systematic
division in the first twelve kāṇḍas. The last two again, deal with
miscellaneous topics. However, there are eight topics that are
1.Bhaisajya: diseases, their causes and ...
First of all it's a very very long answer.
PurAnic accounts of how the DashamahAvidyAs manifested
The following account appears in Devi PurAna, however the same appears also in the BhAgavata PurAna (as per some book that i have):
Once the greatest of Yogis, Lord Maheswara worshiped MahAdevi and
obtained from her the boon that She will be his wife. ...
I'm also surprised that why people in this site are spreading rumours that concept of Dashavatar have no base in scripture.
It is true that Lord Vishnu have countless incarnations, also major 24 incarnations but scriptures clearly mention 10 incarnation among these incarnation also. You do not need to go in Todala tantra to get base of this:
Here are some ...
Yes obviously. Like all other Hindu scriptures they also hold the same opinion about cows.
Trinam vapya-vidhAnena chedayenna kadAchana | VidhinA gAm dvijam
vApi hatvA pApairna lipyate ||
If it is not prescribed in scriptures, then never even tear a piece of
grass. But if prescribed in scriptures, one does not commit any sin by
killing even ...
Among the Dasa mahAvidyAs, the third mahAvidyA is Devi Shodashi or Goddess TripurA or TripurAsundari. Here is how they are mentioned in a verse from the ViswasAra Tantram:
KAli TArA MahAvidya Shodashi Bhuvaneswari | Bhairavi ChinnamastA Cha
Vidya DhumAvati TathA || BagalA SiddhavidyA Cha Matangi KamalAtmikA |
Eto DasamahAvidyA SiddhavidyAh PrakirtitAh ...
Tirumular in Tirumantiram condemns Vamachara practises like drinking wine:
326: The Wicked Drink In VAma Tantra
Lust and drink, fit for the wicked are they;
In ritual unholy they drink and lose the senses
But the wise drink the nectar streaming from his feet, Which destroys egoism and bigotry.
327: Drinking In Vama Tantra Worship Leads ...
First verse of Pratyabhijna Hridayam states:
chiti swatantrA vishwasiddhi hetU: (pratyabhijna Hridayam 1.1)
The cause of manifestation of Universe is freedom (swAtantrya) of Universal Consciousness (chiti).
Thus the freedom of consciousness ie, swAtantrya of chiti/Shakti/Mahakundalini is the cause of the manifestation of all this. Thus the cause is ...
As explained in this answer, Tantra is quite a deep subject and is meant to be kept as top secret too. Neither i will be able to explain to you its secrets nor you will be able to grasp what is being said in its entirety but still here are few inputs from my side.
Why use panchamakara in sadhana and how is it justified?
It is justified because it is ...
Durvasa Rishi created one mind-born daughter, whom he initiated completely in the monistic way. Known as the Ardhatryambaka school of the Bhairava Tantras, this teaching manifests itself secretly from one woman to another. Kashmir Shaivism does not recognize women as inferior. In fact, Swami Lakshmanjoo tells us, “if a woman
remains one-pointed in her ...
Shaktipata is the most essential part of the the Tantrik Deeksha Samskara. It literally means the transfer of energy from Guru to the disciple.
In KulArnava Tantram Lord Shiva clearly says, that Deeksha where Shaktipata is absent fails to bear any fruits.
ShaktipAtAnusArena Shishyohanugrahamaharti |
Yatra Shaktirna Patati Tatra Siddhirna JAyate ||
ChinnamastA means the one with severed head. In the shAkta tradition, she is the sixth cosmic goddess of the ten "mahAvidyAs". Her form is very fierce and hence has attracted many controversies over the meaning. Some have even linked it with black magic etc. Let us see the esoteric meaning of the iconography,
The most controversial and important feature is ...
Mantras (मन्त्र) means “mystical formula” or a ritual formula used in worship , meditation , Yajnas (Sacrifices ) , devotion etc. in Vedic or Tantric practices and is associated or is of some deity or group of deities. Mantras are used throughout vedic and puranic literature.
Vayu Purana is giving us the definition of mantra as -
"How can I start Tantra Sadhana?" and "What are the scriptures I need to study in order to gain a thorough knowledge of Tantras?" are two separate questions unrelated to each other.
One can not practice Tantra without Guru Diksha (initiation).
As Lord Shiva says in the following verse that all practices that Tantras advocate, like Yoga, Dhyana, Puja, Japa ...
Yes, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras mention different stages of Samadhi.
Swami Vivekananda's Raja Yoga on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras:
वितर्कविचारानन्दास्मितानुगमात् सम्प्रज्ञातः ॥१७॥
17. The concentration called right knowledge is that which is followed by reasoning, discrimination bliss, unqualified egoism.
Samadhi is divided into two varieties. One is ...
People are scared of Aghoris because of traditional myths associated with them..
Some people believe that they have black magic powers, some believe that they eat human flesh, some believe that they are favourite devotes of lord shiva and they have "Saath Khoon Maaf"
Not all Aghoris are really Aghoris.. Majority of them are just wanted criminals from ...
In my personal experience I have seen several types of yantras used by Sri Vaishnavas and in Pancharathra/Vaikhanasa temples. It would be a futile attempt to list them all for the reasons I will outline below.
A yantra is a physical manifestation of a mantra. The text of the mantra itself is etched onto a metal sheet (typically copper/silver/gold/panchaloha)...
chakras have various number of petals which reflect their current. The life current in chakra is linked to its petals too. They are present in astral body.
moolAdhAra chakra - four petals - व श स ष (golden colored letters on red petals)
swAdhishthana chakra - six petals - ब भ म य र ल (with bindu, white lightning color)
maNipUra chakra- ten petals - ड ढ ण ...
“As one opens the door with a key, so the yogi should open the gate to liberation with the kundalini. The great goddess sleeps, closing with her mouth,, the opening through which one can ascend to the brahrnarandhra... to that place where there is neither pain nor suffering. The kundalini sleeps above the kanda... she gives liberation to the yogi and bondage ...
It is a noteworthy diety in shakta and shaiva tantric traditions. Also usually known by names like Sri Sharabheshwara or Sri Pakshiraaj. less audience is aware of such deities. It is also linked with other fierce deities like pratyangira and others.
Mainly it is considered best for protection and to get rid of possible preta and related problems.
I don't think it is mentioned as the supreme form of Lord Ganesha but it's worship is different from the usual worship. Because it is done (as the word Ucchistha already indicates) in an impure state viz - after not being washed after eating.
This is mentioned as a secret Tantric method.
sArabutamimam mantram na deyam yasya ksyachit | Guhyam
The sadhana of panchamakara is very a deep, secret and extensive subject. But since you don't have any backgrounds i am keeping my answer elementary and short.
According to the levels of advancement a Tantra sadhaka has the seven paths or stages (called as the AchAras in scriptures).
From the lowest (level of difficulty) to the highest (the highest is to ...
All Tantras and Agamas assume the form of a dialogue between Shiva and Parashakti and as far as the reasons are concerned i have till now found two of them.
And, both of them are from Scriptures.
In order to depict the importance of Guru
Guru Shishya Pade StitvA Swameva SadAshivah | Prasnottara
ParairvAkaistantram SamavatArayat ||
In most of the Shakta lineages, especially Sri Vidya lineages, Pujyasri Bhaskararaya Makhin is well known and highly revered. His commentaries are today considered as standard in most of the traditions. Apart from his works, even the works of disciples are also followed as a manual by the upasakas. (Nityotsava book).
He was adept in almost all the well ...
In his book The Spiritual Heritage of India, Swami Prabhavananda says (pp 143-145, section heading: The Tantras):
The Tantras are the scriptures by means of which knowledge is spread in order to save humanity from ignorance. They are also known as Agamas--revelations, in conformity, that is, with the revelations of the Vedas. Their authorship is unknown ...
Vamachara is not a synonym to tantra but one of the achara of tantra.
"Tanyate, vistaryate jñanam anena iti Tantram." According to this derivation of the word Tantra from the root "Tan" "to spread," it is defined as the Shastra, by which knowledge (Jñana) is spread. Mark the word Jñana. It is here we find that variety which is so puzzling to those who have ...