Thursday, 27 May 2010

mantra & tantra

there is a lot of

confusion about these

two sanskrit terms

मन्त्र 'mantra' and तंत्र 'tantra'

pronounced without that big 'a' sound

which they like to make in the west

after every sanskrit term


mantra simply means 'mind technique'

'man'= mind 'tra' = technique

mantras are always 'praises of divinities'

or 'words spoken by divinities'

any 'proper praise of divine'

or 'words from divine in its various avatars'

is a mantra

and it doesn't have to be in sanskrit

mantras are to be repeated verbally & mentally

to focus the mind on divine


tantra means 'body technique'

'tan' = body 'tra' = technique

the use of body

in service to divine

is tantra

one surrenders one's body to

the higher & divine

for purification/ascension


mantra and tantra

are always done in conjunction

one doesn't work without the other


13 comments:

dewdrops said...

thanks for that clear and helpful explanation..

a~ said...

What an amazing humbling perspective! You really give such a priceless indepth explanation and solution to the confusion experienced by everyone east and west. Many, including myself, have even aspired to learn how to do tantra/mantra from misleading verbose websites, so it is really so cool! that you are straightening the definitions out once and for all!!

No one other than You, has ever stated the fact that tantra is using the body for service to the Divine/higher and hence purification/ascension, instead of misusing the body sexually (more animal than sexual) amongst each other, which in a nutshell is what is taught by most others.

Your blogs really save one wasting alot of time finding and mispronouncing sacred words and getting into stupid looking ugly postures, thinking something good is going to come of it. What a wonderful beautiful alternative you give to using one's time and energy fruitfully by bowing, praising, serving and realistically moving towards Divine.

Narayan Narayan!

Sree said...

The west are idiots. This is a story line on new york times -"A Republican Mantra Gets Turned on Its Head". amusing too. Its interesting that this is the first time I have seen the word used in a news storyline and soon after your blog.

Amanda V said...

dhanyavad P! i bow.

amanda v said...

i bow. You offer such Precise definitions of what mantra and tantra actually are and how to effectively PracTice these techniques. You Provide so many beautiful words for one to rePeaT in order to focus ones mind on Divine and train it to remain centered there. You helP one recognize what surrender of ones body in service to Divine entails. You make it clear that this is what a human birth is given for and need be worked toward in every moment for purification/ascension to occur. The Truth and simPliciTy of the techniques You share is strikingly beautiful P. it is only the lesser self which makes it difficult as is always the case. You are so generous to share so many resources for the self to turn to in order focus ones mind on Divine, use ones body to Praise Divine and rise above ones troublesome self. i bow at Your exalted feet.

amanda v said...

i bow!
Your every Plog contains SO much Practical guidance to imPlemenT at all times.
one is SO grateful for Divine's words and the many ways Divine guides one to surrender and rejoice!

'one surrenders one's body to
the higher & divine
for purification/ascension'

i bow!

P3AZ21 said...

great Plog !
Plogs are mantra's

PsingulariTy said...

You are The Magickal Man

You are The Blissful One
You are awing !

neelang tiwari said...

aeioum
i bow...

amaya said...

Phenomenal and fabulous Plog!
i bow

Ujjwal Sharma said...

the gnowledge you provide us with is really very unique,you are the guru of the world.
you are truly amazing and we are very grateful to you for providing us with real gnowledge.
i bow to the divine PT avatar for showing us the correct way of life.

amaya said...

wow this is such a great exPlanaTion of what mantra and tantra mean
You redefine everything
You tell in such clear words what has to be done
You define everything so beautifully
You clear all the confusion created
only You know how and why things are done
Your words bring so much stability
Your words bring PosiTiviTy to do the do instead of mulling over past actions that one regrets doing
only Your words and clarity can help one out of the spider web of ones own nonsense
i bow

jganesh said...

wow ! what a beautiful clarification ! i bow