A post in the General Discussion section entitled “Tantric Sex” caused me to go on a spree of researching into the Hindu Tantric works. Like most normla folks, when I thought Tantra, I thought sex, even though I wasn’t really focused on using it to improve the direct physical act, but more so the implementation of Tantric sex as a means of energy circulation and of spiritual reconfiguration. From my own personal experience, I could vouch for the power of sexual energy raising, the likes of which created a very powerful helper entity even with my less-than-perfect ritual for creating it. I also became attracted to it because of my affinity to working with the spiritual world (i.e. powers, entities) as feminine aspects, which relates more to me as a male and gives me somewhat of a boost in being able to delve deeply into works with such.
Yet, in the aforementioned post I was able to see that my view of Tantra was very narrow. To be honest, I knew this, as I have several books that I have skimmed through that relayed such. In fact, when talking of Tantra, the use of physical sex, or any sort of carnal sex act, is often ignored, if not outwardly admonished by those who consider themselves “true” Tantric practitioners.
This unmentioned practice revolved around deity worship (chiefly Hindu goddess forms) with focused meditation through the use of specific Mantras and even Yantra symbols. Since my experience with entity activity is mostly from a Western perspective, I was not necessarily prepared for how hard of a devotional aspect this Tantra was, and seemed like what is modernly called 'Tantra" was sorely lacking.
This form of Tantra, from what I could gather, had a massive amount of magical potential to it. I was already in the habit of using Mantra for sigil forming, and it has worked wonders in generating power and transformation. I was also attracted to the Yantra as a form of geometric sigil, as they opened gateways that could not only be explored as realms of reality with their own hidden knowledge, but also as gateways for Goddess power to come through into the world.
This Tantra, in its bare form, appears as a ground for a very interesting, powerful, and active magic base. However, as with most ancient spiritual forms, the bevy of traditions in relation to the matter are only as numerous as the overwhelming constrictions such traditions uphold. Such as the Solomonic tradition of the West, the Hindu Tantric tradition, at least in relation to deity and entity work, is almost equally, if not more flashy than its Western counterparts.
Some of these restrictions seem easy to throw out. For example, Yantric symbols are purported as needing to be made of specific metals and activated by qualified “tantrikas”. However, as such claims are also made about talismans as worked in Western magic, and seeing as that there are many methods of charging magical symbols, this is easy to adapt. E.A.'s sigil opening, and in particular his work in “Questing After Visions” is almost completely synonymous with the core of this Yantra ideal, and many people engage in meditations with hand-drawn Yantras on paper.
However, other ritualistic applications are a little bit harder to try to adapt, and this is where I am a bit confused. For example, I have seen supposed sadhanas in which and individual is supposed to chant a multi-syllabic mantra 10,000 times in 1 day. Now I’m no math wiz, and I am not a mantra master, but I do know that mantras are supposed to be vibrated on multiple levels. I also know that there are 1440 minutes in a 24-hour day.
If we are to take, let’s say, a 12-syllable mantra, and each syllable takes 1 sec to vibrate (and for me that is extremely fast, almost too fast for vibration), then 1 round of chanting takes 12 secs. Why is this important? Simply put, with that time component in place, one could only chant this mantra 7,200 times a day, doing nothing else but chanting mantra. No eating, drinking, bathing, sleeping, pissing or shitting. Just straight chanting. So not only is this requirement somewhat long-necked to begin with, it’s impossible. Now I don’t want to advertise this as the norm, but it also isn’t rare either.
I would say that all is not lost, and in fact there are things that can be done if one thinks clearly (and abstractly) enough. Even while I typed this, my frustration over the matter cleared when I considered things like radionics and sigil formation to create atmospheres that parallel to the conditions set forth in these devotionals. Even though I forget it, and should probably stop reading much of anything else other than Koetting (not dick-riding, but it’s the most direct and universal work I have seen and worked with period) and some Uncle Chuck, my experience has at least shown me that creativity in situations like this usually adds massive amounts of power rather than causing any sort of perceived penalty.
I am no expert, in fact I barely even got my foot in the door with this stuff. I respect this community as a whole, and there seems to be a lot of experience generated from a number of different disciplines floating around here. Perhaps someone with more insight and experience in this realm would be willing to offer their two cents, and quite frankly nothing you could say in terms of the validity of my analysis would be considered insulting. Hell, I ain’t got shit worth of experience in this realm of things, so I’m willing to hear what folks got to say, especially since I might choose to forego any unlike criticism and do my own thing anyway. Either way, I think it’s a topic worth exercising the spiritual brain over.