Hindus/Tantra

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Namastey sir,
         What is Tantra? To my knowledge it is a negative action for own selfish motive. Also it is opposite to the 'Adhyatmika'. What is your opinion on this?


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Dear Jagat,

Thank you for your question.

The word "Tantra" refers to a body of literature, the Tantras, that are sacred scriptures that prescribe how rituals should be performed in the Kali Yuga. They also contain other information such as the science of mantra. It is said that Tantra is Veda for the Kali Yuga.

The word also refers to a style of spiritual practice based on the philosophy that the Divine has become the universe and therefore can be known through it and not merely by renouncing it. Swami Vivekananda applied this philosophy in forming the Ramakrishna MIssion, exhorting his followers to worship jiva as Shiva.

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Brother William  

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William Schindler, a.k.a. Brother William

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I can answer questions about Vedanta philosophy, Patanjali Yoga philosophy and practice, Tantra, Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Vivekachudamani (Shankara`s Crest-jewel of Spritual Discrimination), Advaita (non-dualism), the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda tradition, Goddess worship, meditation practice, Hindu monasticism (sannyasa), and Sanskrit.

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I've been studying and practicing Vedanta and Tantra since 1969.

Organizations
I'm the founder and spiritual director of Ashram West, a gay spiritual community based on traditional Hindu Tantra. I have been a member of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since 1969.

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I have three books in print: GAY TANTRA, ESSAYS ON GAY TANTRA, BLOOD OF THE GODDESS.

Education/Credentials
I hold a B.A. in Sanskrit (UC Berkeley 1975) and an M.A. in clinical psychology (Antioch University 1986).

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