|Once upon a time, Narada Muni (a disciple of heavenly musician Tumburu), the future messenger of the gods and the medium between the divine and all of the mundane worlds, got the feeling that he could stop studying and begin creating his own music. He decided to leave his guru and begin making his own compositions. But then suddenly something happened in the universe-- disharmony and imbalance begin to dominate. Worried gods started looking for the source of this trouble and soon found it: the creativity of Narada Muni, who was very busy with the production of his sounds. So the suffering gods asked Lord Shiva, who was (as usual) immersed in Samadhi, to stop the artistic activity of Narada and thus save the universe. Compassionate Shiva agreed. He found out Narada Munifs whereabouts and then invited him for a walk through the Himalayas. As they were walking they discovered strange beings of both male and female gender that were injured and deformed. Even the air and space were filled with the odor of decay and screaming voices of half dead creatures. Narada was shocked and immediately asked Shiva, gWho are these beings? What happened to them? Who is the monster that committed this crime?h Shiva reanimated some of these beings and then asked them who they were and what had happened to them. They said, "we're ragas and raginis, creations of a bastard called Narada Muni, and now see our miserable condition and suffering which is also affecting the entire universe". As a result, terrified Narada experienced the life changing effect of art. He immediately returned to his guru with apologies and continued his studies on the secrets of blissful liberating art while realizing more fully the responsibility of an artist. Finally, after eons of study, Narada Muni became a true messenger of the gods.
fEnlightenmentf or eSelf-realisationf are not abstract ideas. They are a very certain physical, chemical and psychological state. This is a result of a certain process, caused by different etechniquesf of awakening, and the sublimation of energy/matter.
Tantra Yoga is the perfectly selected collection of techniques of enlightenment or self-realization that has been offered to humanity through the great masters due to their compassion and sense of unity in all things.
Tantra yogic eartf is a set of certain awakening and liberating techniques for the body, senses, and mind and also for instinct, intuition, and mentality; which when in sublimated and united form, will be turned into unlimited, blissful, and transpersonal super-consciousness.
The visibly effortless and spontaneous enlightenment of some of the modern Masters today is a result (though invisible to most of the world) of their sadhana. Their practice, preparations, and the overall tantra yogic process in general has been accumulated in their previous lives and is now ripe for manifestation. Therefore the common and modern tendencies of the ordinary person are to try and grasp these tantric fruits without the actualized yogic ripening process. This is considered to be a naive and irresponsible attempt to cheat the natural laws of life.
The tantra yogic process has three main stages:
- Purification- from limitating patterns and habits as well as preparation, adjustment, and tuning of all the systems in a human being.
- Sublimation- the awakening of all the elements and energetic fields of a human being and activating them in an up and inward motion.
- Samadhi- the experience of ultimate Unity; the completion of the full circle
of life; the involutionary dissolving of all the elements of life back into their mutual Source.
The nature and speed of this process depend on the degree of individual
ignorance and limitations as well as the nature of the particular tradition
being followed. Yoga (a science and the art of the inescapable comeback
to the Source) has two main directions: the ascetic path of denial or suppression
of the body, senses, and mind; and the path of Tantra Yoga (acceptance,
development, sublimation, and transcendence of the body, senses, and mind).
As already mentioned, the tantric path has a threefold (Trika) nature of
euniversal absorptionf: purification, sublimation, and samadhi. These are
all associated with three main characters of aspirants:
- Pashu- a enormalf social animal full of individual and common limitations. This type of person needs to experience liberation from these destructive habits and conditioning as well as be free from a mechanical but at the same time eself indulgentf way of living. This stage is a preparation for next.
- Vira- (a hero and sadhak) one who is able to learn and follow a paradoxical way of alchemy: the transformation and sublimation of the grossest into the finest; gravity into vacuum; down and outward flowing stream into up and inward flowing stream; turning Maya Shakti into Kundalini Shakti.
- Divya- (a divine, free spirit) one who is free from all dualities, doubts,
and efforts. One who experiences every moment of life as a blissful unity
Threefold (Trika) Reality is an inseparable unity of the following: Shiva
(transcendence), Shakti (energy), and Anu or Nara (an atom or individual-
creation of Shiva-Shakti Lila); the threefold nature of Shakti: Para,Parapara,
Apara; Iccha Shakti (energy of will), Gyana Shakti (energy of knowledge),
and Kriya Shakti (energy of action); the three gunas (qualities) of nature:
sattwa (essence/ balance), rajas (activity/dynamic), tamas (inertia/potentiality);
three key energetic channels of Tantra Yogic Kundalini sadhana: ida, pingala,
The Trika path also has four main schools:
- Pratyabhijna- is the path of spontaneous and direct recognition of the true, transcendent, and ever free nature of the Self. In this particular path there are no techniques, no tools, nothing to teach, and nothing to learn. It just happens automatically because of individual constitution and due to the conjoining of past memories, experiences, and the silent blessings of a realized Master. It is the most difficult path in this present and modern day of extreme restlessness and unbalanced and conditioned lifestyles. Some known exponents of the Pratyabhijna path are Ramana Maharishi, J.Krishnamurti, and Rajneesh.
- Krama school- is a very certain, gradual path (opposite to Pratyabhijna) of transcending the different elements and energetic fields of a human being.
- Spanda tradition- is the most scientific and creative part of Trika. It is based on deep knowledge and experience of the eUniversal Vibrationf which creates different frequencies that create different elements and phenomena of life while at the same time bringing them all back into the Universal Source.
- Kula- is the path of non-compromised and ultimate non-duality. It is totality in any aspect of life. Itfs the final alchemic unison and transcendence of all elements of life without any exception; when male and female, north and south, minus and plus, subject and object becomes One.