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Tantra Yoga, Nada Yoga and Kriya Yoga
Tantra Yoga, Nada Yoga and Kriya Yoga

Tantra Yoga, Nada Yoga and Kriya Yoga

by Swami Sivananda

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Language

English

Publisher

Divine Life Society

ISBN

81-7052-042-8 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 192

Binding

Paperback

Swami Sivananda

Author: Swami Sivananda
Publisher: Divine Life Society
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 192
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-7052-042-8

Description

The system called Tantra has been always regarded as an esoteric and a secret way of spiritual practice, not accessible to the untrained one and to the common folk. The secrecy about the practice seems to consist in the noble outlook of life which the Tantra requires the seeker to entertain, a way of looking at things different from the one in which people are generally accustomed to see, interpret and evaluate things.

The philosophy of the Tantra is based on the concept of a dual nature of everything. Nothing is single, but everything is bi-polar. These-called unity of things is only a form taken by a particular manner of the coming together of two forces, Siva and Sakti, or we may say the positive and the negative poles.

According to the doctrine of the Tantra, the sorrow of life is caused by a bi-polar existence, a split of the one into two. To get back from duality to unity is the process of Tantra Sadhana. While this is the objective of every Sadhana, what is the specialty of the Tantra as distinct from other Sadhana in the achievement of this objective?

The distinction is very subtle, not easily noticed. The great dictum of the Tantra is that desire can be overcome only by desire, even as the object can be overcome only by the object. The other aspect of this principle held by the Tantra is that " that by which one falls is also that by which one rises". This is the crux of the whole matter regarding the Tantra, which marks it off from other religious practices and forms of Sadhana. Why this practice is difficult and even dangerous, will be obvious from the nature of the doctrine, while conceding that the doctrine is perhaps highly rational and based on a deep psychology of human nature.

Tantra Sadhana includes the recitation of Mantras, performance of rituals through Yantras and an adjustment of oneself to the particular degree of reality, which is the specific meaning of Tantra. The mysterious processes called Nyasa (Anga-Nyasa and Kara-Nyasa) are again inward techniques of feeling the object in oneself, the Deity in one's own being. All this would make it abundantly clear that the Tantra Sadhana is as highly scientific and precise, as it is difficult and dangerous. This is its specialty.

Contents

INTRODUCTION

BOOK ONE
TANTRA YOGA

Tantra Yoga
Sakti Yoga Philosophy
Mother worshi[p
Ananda Lahari
Classification of Aspirants
Guru and Diksha
Sadhana
Tapas
Vrata
Siddhi
Rules fr the Worship of Parasakti
The Pancha Tattva
Upachara
Yantra
Chakra Puja
Manasic Puja
Bhava in Worship
Mantra Yoga
Bija-Aksharas
Sri Vidya
Symposium on Sakti

BOOK TWO
NADA YOGA

Influence of Sound on Mind
Glory of Nadanusandhanam
Nada Yoga
Goal of Life
Power of Sound
Sound and Brahman
Anahata Sound
Sound and Image
The Four Stages opf Sound
What is Nada?
Nada, Bindu and Kala
Dhvani
Nadanusandhanam
Release of Moksha
The Sacred Pranava
Nada-Bindu Upanishad
Tyagraja onNadopasana
Music Therapy

BOOK THREE
KRIYA YOGA

Svadhyaya
Isvarapranidhana
Secret of Surrender
Self-Surrender
Shatkriyas in Hatha Yoga
Pranayama
Concentration
Meditation
Samadhi

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