Tantrik yoga

TANTRALOKA 29: The kula-yaga, or secret sexual ritual of original Tantra (part 1 of 12)

TANTRALOKA 29: The kula-yaga, or secret sexual ritual of original Tantra (part 1 of 12)

The first of 12 posts translation Tantrāloka chapter 29, which details not only the kula-yāga or sexual ritual, but its preliminary meditations, the nonsexual variant forms of the practice, and the important topics of how to perform a Kaula initiation and the ways in which the Guru can pierce the cakras of the disciple and activate his or her energy-body.

Will the real Vijñaana-bhairava please stand up?

Will the real Vijñaana-bhairava please stand up?

One of the most fascinating, strange, mysterious, compelling practice texts in the history of yoga is the Vijñāna-bhairava-tantra, “The Scripture of the Bhairava who is Consciousness.”  This post analyzes the nature and content of this 1200-year-old scripture. 

Deity Yoga: a Tantrik Technology

Deity Yoga: a Tantrik Technology

What is Deity Yoga, and why is it such a crucial part of Tantrik practice?  This post explains in simple terms the essence of this ancient practice, which is still thriving today. Learn about the three bodies of each deity, and what makes them 'dead' or 'alive' -- and how contacting the living energy of these patterns of consciousness can be life-transforming.