Practical(achara) based Tanthra has been divided into three

  • Practical(achara) based #Tanthra has been divided into three,                            1,Samayaachara.2. Misraachaara 3,Kaula.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Samayaachaara, is an inner saadhana or spiritual practice, hence, it does not use any external rituals. Because of this fact that it is purely an inner practice, the practitiioners of Samayaachaara claim that it is the highest form of Tanthric pracitce and it is meant for the advanced practitioners.
  • The last one, Kaula maarga, uses external rituals and hence it is an external Sadhana [spiritual practice]. Kaula Maarga can again be divided into two, namely Right Hand and left Hand Tantra
  • Dakshina Maarga {right hand path] and Vaama Maarga {left hand path]. Dakshina Maarga uses Satwic rituals while Vaama marga uses more Raajasik and Taamasik rituals which include the ‘Panchamakaarams’ to activate and control the inner energy  “Kundalini”.
  • The Panchamakaarams that are used as a part of Vaama Maarga practices are Madyam [wine], Malsyam [fish], Maamsam[Flesh or Meat], Mudra [Parched grain or cereal], and finally Maidhunam [Copulation].
    Why and how did this division take place?One cannot belong purely to one creed; one is always influenced by the next door neighbour’s thoughts. Some shaktas also realized the glory, purity, nobility and grace of the shaiva system, hose highlights were austerity, purity, yoga and samadhi. As a result they worshipped shakti with the spirit of shaivism and refrained from meat, etc. They became practitioners of right hand tantra. Other shaktas continued their usual practices and were known as the leftist or vama path.
  • There were those shaivas who were influenced by the behaviour of the shaktas. They felt it was meaningless to perform austerities and yoga practices when the gain was easily obtainable through animal sacrifices, etc. So they combined Devi worship into their system because they found in it the fulfilment of emotion and ambitions. Worshippers of Shiva were not supposed to practise animal sacrifices, etc., but they accepted it and followed the traditions of shakta tantra side by side with the traditions of shaiva tantra.( swami sivaananda saraswati)
  • The second one, Misra Marga, uses both external and internal practices. That is why it has got the name Misra maargachara [misra means mixture].12767434_993965894000691_1245160780_n
December 8th, 2017 by