In this captivating section of ‘The Essence of Tantra’ chapter four, Abhinavagupta lays out in luminous prose how a nondual Tāntrika understands the spiritual practices like Puja, Japa, Homa, and Yoga.
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.
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.