In Profile: Tantra From India

Tantra Team member Chintan shares his knowledge about Gorakhnath (pictured), one of the Tantra masters of ancient India and an Osho quote on the unique, mystical nature of India.

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Chintan and Ahlmeirah

Tantra is anti-ascetic, not moralising, but eager of direct experience, and it wants to realise the truth in the body, through the body.

It develops the body’s energies to an unprecedented degree. It follows the principle that we can evolve even by means of what is usually a stumbling block.

That’s why Tantra uses desires, passions and all the mundane or critical situations of life to conquer freedom and supreme bliss. It enhances femininity, it cultivates wonder, and it constantly connects the gods with men, spirit and nature, the top and bottom, as above so below…

Sometimes in the sky there are stars that shine more than others. They participate intensely to improve the human condition by inviting us to be in communion with humanity and nature that is none other than ourselves.

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Master Gorakhnath

One such master is Gorakhnath. He was a foundation stone in the creation of Khajuraho, a Tantric city in India that was built about 1000 years ago.

His main teachings are centred around surrendering the ego to access the true Nature of who we are. He calls it Living Naturally.

“Laughing, playing, making merry”, as one of his poem’s says, was the heart of Gorakhnath’s teachings.

With my partner Ahlmeirah, we developed the Tantra Masters Series about the most famous Tantric masters, so we could experience this poetry in our bodies. The intention is to know and feel the juice as much as possible of Tantra through the poems and writings of these very evolved beings.

The poem is read first, and then explored in the group through exercises, dances and meditations appropriated to its theme. This becomes a kind of living and expressed poetry. This is very interesting work, which is not scholarly, although we speak of the master in question, of the imprint he left on Tantra and his influence on Indian culture, but it is not a history lesson.

We fully respect the ancient traditions and different streams coming from these masters even though we are not ourselves traditionalists. We wanted to touch the origins of Tantra without going through long and boring scholarly studies, indeed the poems and writings of these masters have touched us deeply as well as their respective lives.

Without these deep beings, Tantra would certainly continue its existence in a different way but they came each time to Earth to create a new impetus and dynamism to give a new phase of Tantra.

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Chintan and his partner Ahlmeirah are offering a weekend of diving into Gorakhnath and playing with his poetry, on 15-17 November in London. Find out more.

And here’s Osho’s take on India:

Osho

Osho

“India is not just geography or history. It is not only a nation, a country, a mere piece of land. It is something more: it is a metaphor, poetry, something invisible but very tangible. It is vibrating with certain energy fields, which no other country can claim.

For almost ten thousand years, thousands of people have reached to the ultimate explosion of consciousness. Their vibration is still alive, their impact is in the very air; you just need a certain perceptivity, a certain capacity to receive the invisible that surrounds this strange land….

….Light can be seen but cannot be thought. Truth can be seen, but cannot be thought; hence we don’t have a parallel word in India for `philosophy’. The search for truth we call darshan, and darshan means seeing….

…India is the only land in the whole world, strangely, which has devoted all its talents in a concentrated effort to see the truth and to be the truth. The whole country, in a miraculous way, was not interested in any objective research. To know the other has not been the goal here, but to know oneself.

For ten thousand years millions of people persistently making a single effort, sacrificing everything for it – science, technological development, riches – accepting poverty, sickness, disease, death, but not dropping the search at any cost… it has created a certain atmosphere, a certain ocean of vibrations around you.

If you come here with a little bit of a meditative mind, you will come in contact with it. If you come here just as a tourist, you will miss it. You will see the ruins, the palaces, the Taj Mahal, the temples, Khajuraho, the Himalayas, but you will not see India – you will have passed through India without meeting it.”

‘India My Love’ Osho

Picture of Osho copyright Seema

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