Tantric Sadhana is the spiritual practice of a sadhaka (adept) which leads to self-realization and to becoming Tantrika in life.
MANTRA and YANTRA
Tantrism is an initiatory spiritual path and Mantra and yantras are part of the first initiation for a sadhaka.
Mantra is the vehicle of consciousness and connects to Sakti. Yantra and Mandala are the manifest form, configuration of Sakti, while Mantra is the link between consciousness and form. The visible form is expression, while Mantra is the vehicle of expression. The world we know and perceive is materialized and formed through Mantra, through sounds on all levels; they originate from the substrate of the consciousness of Siva, through their use it is possible to return to merge with that consciousness, it is possible to harmonize with the cosmic forces, it is possible to create a state of "resonance" between the individual and the depth of his inner being . The use of mantras is a real science, a science that in the past was freely practiced in every part of the world and then sadly rejected by people who became increasingly attached to the materialistic explanations of the phenomena.
The syllable Om, also known as Aum and Pranava, is the most sacred symbol of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism. It is used both as a symbol and as a sound in religious worship, in ritual singing, in the performance of sacraments and rituals, in yoga and in tantra. In Hinduism it is revered as Brāhman in the form of word (askhara) and sound (sabda). Mantrayoga Samhita, Om alone has no power if it is sung by someone who has not been initiated on the spiritual path by a guru. It remains ineffective as a vehicle of self-realization, unless personally instructed by an enlightened master (guru) to an initiate as part of a seed mantra (bija). According to Swami Sankarananda, the word could be derived from "Soma", the name of an important divinity who is frequently mentioned in the Vedas and with whom many esoteric rituals are associated. The word is also related to the sound of breath and to a subtle and high-powered universal vibration that can be heard internally on subtle planes as a deep sound (pranava nada) by adepts all the time. Tantra describe the primordial sound Aum as pure vibration (spanda), without cause and source of all sounds and vibrations. They explain the origin of primordial sounds such as dhvani, nada and subtle alphabets called matrikas and their association with Siva and Shakti. The Shàrada Tilaka Tantra reveals the source of all sounds such as bindu (dot) which has three constituent parts, namely nada (subtle sound), bija (seed) and bindu (dot). Nada has the predominance of Siva consciousness.
TANTRIC DHYANA (TANTRIC MEDITATION)
Kaula and Sakta tradition
The Tantra of yoga meditation technique includes the purification (physical and spiritual cleansing, followed by Tantric Pranayama (breathing exercises), the latter produces effects on the brain stem that controls respiratory function, after you practice in abstract thinking ( contemplation), in visualization, in the Japa Mantra. The work on the Chakras, Yantras and Mantras will be carried out. The chakras are energy points located along the vertebral column, in number of seven. They convey energies, dispensing and attracting them, and are configured as double funnels that rotate on themselves, converging in a single internal point, which is the authentic heart of the chakra, double wheels of vibratory and spiritual energy that spread outwards. Mantra Yoga and Yantra Yoga bring the individual to agree with the same forces that created nature, to create a conscious awareness; the practices required to reach the state of awareness are six: Sama (Q mental uiete and the governance of the Passions), Samadhana Dama (Self-control and governance of the five sense organs: see Useful Tables), Uparati (Block of active and perceptive faculties), Titiksa (Perseverance, patience), Shamadana (The constant concentration of the mind) , Shraddha (True faith, belief, devotion).
The practice includes a preparatory part on a general physical level with classic Yoga and relaxation exercises of our method as well as a part of meditations to train awareness in everyday life, unlocking and opening the intelligence of the body and full sensoriality, so as to recover and find authentic and deep contact with yourself.
With this quality listening, the sensation of the body passes through a number of transformations and, in a moment, the feeling of the body is emptied, it dies in your listening. Then there is a listening free from any direction, from any object. The essential becomes this listening that does not contain any memory.
I Ancient ritual of Nyasa which means superimposition or impression of Mantra or Bijia mantra on the body.
The ritual involves the superimposition of ancient mantras that must be repeated in certain pre-established parts of the body by means of a simple practice, producing a deep vibrational massage and the manifestation of pleasure immotated in the body.
Mantras are millenary syllables or sacred formulas made of pure vibration, which help protect the mind from the uncontrolled and repetitive flow of negative and useless thoughts.
They are activated both with the use of the breath and then recited, sung or whispered (external or audible), and purely mentally perceived with the heart and soul (internal not audible).
The purpose of the ritual is to recall, in the corresponding parts of the body, a vibration of pleasure, working on the deep layers of being.
When the body feels pleasure, the mind is induced to plan positive actions capable of improving health, increasing self-esteem, reducing stress, promoting concentration, promoting slowing down the mental flow, making the perception of true reality clearer, purifying emotions , improve relationships and awaken the Self.
The vibration of pleasure puts the body in harmony with the earth and nature. The body is the other face of the soul, in contact with the macrocosm.
When the body feels pleasure, it is not afraid, it wins over attachments, it becomes part of the whole.
It leads to awakening and liberation and gives a state of profound peace and harmony with everything or person.
Constant repetition of Mantra is a fundamental step in tantric practice.
Prana is the vital energy that permeates the whole cosmos; it is the universal soul that materializes in the breath. Pranayama is the technique of controlling and suspending breathing which has the aim of concentrating and channeling prana through energy channels called nadis. By inhaling we absorb prana, by exhaling we distribute it.
The pranayama techniques are varied - some involve alternate nostril breathing, some of sound respirations, others of energy exhalation.
We normally breathe fifteen times per minute. In pranayama we control respiratory flow by slowing it down to one breath per minute or increasing it to one hundred and twenty breaths per minute.
Bandha, literally "bond", is a postural fixing technique performed during the practice of asanas and especially pranayama. Bandhas consist of muscle contractions of certain parts of the body, with a specific neuro-muscular action. One of the purposes of these fixings, always accomplished both physiologically and energetically, is to encourage the flow of vital energy called Kundalini from the lower chakras to the upper ones.
The most important bandhas are: Mula Bandha (contraction of the perineum), Uddhyana Bandha (lifting of the diaphragm with empty lungs), Jalandhara Bandha (contraction of the throat, pressing the chin against the sternum).
Asanas are postures or postures used in most forms of yoga. Etymologically the term means "sitting position" and seems to indicate that, at least initially, it referred to the positions for meditation. Now the term indicates in a broader sense a body posture that improves physical and mental stability and generates a sense of well-being.
Mudras are hand postures widely used in yoga and especially in meditation.
In Indian and Buddhist iconography it is very frequent to depict divinities, spiritual guides, mythological figures or thinkers while they make symbolic figures with their hands. Well, these emblematic gestures are mudras.
One of the best known, also in popular culture, is the chin mudra, the "gesture of consciousness": the thumb and forefinger are united, the palm of the hand is pointing upwards, the little finger, the ring finger and the middle are relaxed. Can you imagine these hands as they rest on the yogi's knees in meditation?
Mudras are common to Hindu and Buddhist traditions, they are used in tantric rituals and Taoism, in classical Indian dances and in Tibetan Buddhism. The ritual gestures of the hands are common to all religions: even in the Christian religion the faithful gather in prayer with their hands joined together (anjali mudra).
THE ALCHEMICAL RITUALS OF TANTRA
Tantric rituals are the least understood of the whole Tantric tradition but they are the most alchemical and magical part that include practices reserved only for initiates.
These rituals cannot be revealed as they cannot be sacredly accepted by people who do not follow the tantric path.
Some of the less understood secret rituals are: Maithuna, Cakra Puja, La Yoni Puja, Lingam and Yoni Puja.