tantra: of body; tantric: adjective form; tantrik/tantrika: practitioner of tantra (male/female);
tantraly: adverb – describing tantra in action (tantra used as a verb)
I have been studying, researching, and practicing tantra for over 25 years. This has taken me through life in a rather interesting manner: unusual but not abnormal! After all these years, my understanding of tantra is being synthesized and condensed into a few web pages and a few e-books. I want to combine the physical and meditative practices of Tantra Yoga, philosophoy of Existentialism, and modern psychology to provide a system of living. Consciousness and the mechanisms of our intellectual awareness are vital to this understanding. The scientific research into consciousness (Roger Penrose is one such researcher) shows us how we think and how we perceive reality. Are we different from any advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI)? I’m exploring these and related ideas through Tantrasm.Com .
Tantra – “of body”
Every definition – regardless of how succinct or elaborate it is – requires a description. This definition of two words will also require a description and a rather elaborate one at that. “Of Body” is the essence of this website and the few e-books that will come to fruition as a consequence. This description calls upon scientific, psychological, and philosophical discoveries to illustrate it and help you – the reader – to assimilate it in your life. This is the most definitive and lucid articulation of tantra as I know it. (Please do prove me wrong! I would love to have discussions with more knowledgeable tantriks or tantrikas.) Perhaps, you will also put it in action so that you could say, “I am living tantraly!”
Why “of body”
Tantra existed as a way of life hundreds of years before Christ. Depending on your attraction to how years add to the authenticity of a philosophy, you can make it a few hundred years or a few thousand years older. That does not change the essence of tantra! From my research, it appears to have been a way of life that incorporated ideas from the Six Schools of Indian Philosophy. At different times, different ideas were incorporated or discarded, but all these schools were engaged in the quest for knowledge about life, about righteousness, about the mysteries of the universe, about the ‘atma’ or the soul.
‘God’ was also a topic of discussion and but four out of the Six Schools denied God’s existence! Even within the other two Schools of Thought, though God is entertained, His/Her nature differs. For example: both these schools agreed upon the existence of God but only one accepted him/her as the Creator.) Please refer to the table at the Wikipedia site below to see how the human quest revolved around ideas of Free Will, Absolute Reality, Ultimate Void… and other metaphysical ventures: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_philosophy
Only the Body Exists
It is obvious that we owe our bodily existence to our biological parents, and for this reason parents are placed higher than gods in some cultures. But when realization dawns upon our growing minds that we are separate and independent of our parents, the existential question of our identity comes into being. We may realize this acutely or superficially, but we start forming our own notion of ourselves: sometimes striving to be like our parents (but unconsciously aiming to be better than them) and at other times purposefully (rebelliously even) striking out to be completely different.
It is clear that ‘God as Creator’ was a rather insignificant consideration for these early thinkers. In this context, Tantra states that our being – our existence – is not owed to any God!
Linking our existence to something supernatural and seeking some kind of meaningfulness is the primary purpose of religion. Tantra abstains from this by stating, rather plainly: “I exist.” By the sole act of reflecting on my existence, I exist; Without providing any justification, I am.
And the only proof of my existence is my body! So…‘of body.’