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Shiva And Shakti
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Tantric Yoga Philosophy
Tantra yoga is based upon two polar elements of human life, the elements of the females and the male. In the Tantric yoga system this pair of masculine and feminine takes the form of Shiva and Shakti, two very essential gods of the Hindu tradition and tantric culture. Shiva and Shakti manifest in all levels of existence, from the basic atomic level all the way into the deeper spheres of the cosmos. In our world, that of humanity, Shiva and Shakti represent none other than the male and female component so life. On the cosmic level, time and space are the formal manifestations of Shiva and Shakti. For spirituality, at least from the perspective of Tantra, Shiva is the mind or consciousness while Shakti the creator and prana (energy force).
Hatha yoga defines Shiva and Shakti by the essential elements of ida and pingala, two vital streams of energy that constitute life, both on a physical level and a spiritual level. Ida is consciousness while pingala is the essential life known as prana. They are two polar aspects that flow through the body in constant and always opposite directions. Ordinarily they never meet but at the time of creation, when the universe or mind is about to undergo a tremendous transformation and leap into a whole new dimension of manifestation. When they meet, an explosion occurs where mind, space, and time are unified under one sphere and dimension; all forces are balanced under one central and powerful dynamic of consciousness and creation.
Shiva and Shakti
Women: The gurus of Tantra Yoga
Tantra is a unique spiritual science. In it, the woman is considered to be higher than the man and the guru and guide responsible for spiritual enlightenment. She is the conductor of the soul and the most vital and essential teacher to carry the man towards realization. She both the guru and god or goddess, and withhold the power to create and destroy. The tradition is not a claim to social role or hierarchy; it is rather concerned with the relationship that leads towards the evolution of higher consciousness. The form and structure of a woman is a perfection and in many ways greater than that of a male. Evolutionarily speaking, her body, emotions, and psychic abilities outweigh that of a man. A woman also retains a better vehicle for the force of kundalini, and it is much easier for her to awaken this spiritual force of prana than it is for a man.
Kundalini yoga, one of the forms of tantra yoga, is a central technique for spiritual enlightenment. In the practice, the kundalini rises up from the base of the human spine and shoots up into the crown of the scull where our highest level of consciousness resides. In kundalini yoga the woman's body is charged by a very essential center for spiritual development. Mooladhara chakra for women is very well developed and pronounced, and with little effort it can be awakened to sprout the creation of spiritual enlightenment. In a male's body, mooladhara chakra remains restricted and congested due to its position in the physical structure of a body. He must work much harder in order to develop this area of the awakening of kundalini.
For tantra yoga, the woman has always been responsible for the transportation of energy while the man is the medium. There is no argument here as Shakti is the creator and Shiva the instrument. It has always been this way for the tantric tradition. Shiva was never the creator. For tantra, the woman is the central character and teacher; she is not only responsible for the sexual life but also the spiritual practices. She is the inceptor and creator, and is responsible for carrying out a majority of the spiritual rituals. The woman conducts the ceremonies, rituals, and traditional practices as the man follows her. She is the leader and he the disciple.
About the Author
Swami Shaktiananda is a disciple of Swami Tureyananda from Kodaikanal, Southern India. As a teacher and master of Tantra and other esoteric sciences of India, swamiji is working to share the true spiritual wisdom of yoga with those who are walking the path towards enlightenment. She has taught around the world and has guided many students and married/involved couples towards the spiritual awake through the practices and techniques from tantra.