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 ...
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 ...
I am aware of only the Sahajiya-Vaishnavas (a sub-sect of Gaudiya Vaishnavism), prevalent in Bengal so consider this a partial answer. There are both Vamachara and Dakshinachara Sahajiyas. Famous Sahajiyas include the poets Chandidas, Vidyapati and Jayadeva.
The followers of this sect have been historically being persecuted and considered taboo by the ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The first misconception you have is that Tantra is equal to Vamachara which is not the case.Vamachara is only a part of Tantra.A Tanrik may not be Vamachari but still be a Tantrik.
Tantra is basically the mass of Agamas and Nigamas.Of which those Tantras which prescribe the use of the Panchamakara in Sadhana is called the Vamachara.
As per Shakta Agamas, ...
Anukalpa or substitutes are given in some Tantras. Can be found in KulArnava Tantram or in texts like ShAktAnanda Tarangini, Brihat TantrasAra etc.
I am quoting from Nityotsava:
Samskhep ArchA Vidhi:
Takram dadhi vA gura mishram, sasaindhavam payah, kshaudram gavyam
sarpih kshiram vA tAmrapAtragatam, tilAh sarkarA vA salila mishrAh,
Yes, Sahajiya Vaishnavites are vamachari Vaishnavites, they are not a part of Gaudiya Vaishnavites. According to this Sampradaya's philosophy Radha is supreme than Krishna, she is mula prakriti. They were Advaitans, according to them the supreme nature of the creation is void. Some of the Bauls are vamachari. Most of the Bauls are dakshinachari.