Great question, Brian, and one I wonder about myself. I imagine there will be several different answers. Here's a link to the Ananda Marga take on Tantra:I said:I've seen the term used in various instances about the board.
But what is Tantra? What does the word mean, and what is the history and theology behind the word?
I said:So, therefore, Tantra is specially a non-partisan reference to a process of enlightenment of sorts?
However, I gather from your posts, Avinash, that there is an organised philosophy of Tantra, that is seen to have been rooted thousands of years ago, and that the knowledge of this philosophy effectively comes down to us as a form of "underground movement" - meaning, somethng hidden or forgotten by those religions that developed over it's initial followers/following??
I said:Is there an actual documented process of Tantra being recorded through history? I'm simply not aware of the discipline, but a thought comes to me as to whether there's a parallel between Ananda Marga with Tantra, to Wicca and Witchcraft - that of a modern re-invention of an apparently older set of practices.
Avinash said:The celibate disciple has to take on the role of the missionary worker who helps support family people and society rather than turn away from them.
redindica said:Why is this not in Hinduism?? Tantra is a brance of it.
bgruagach said:It definitely started in Hinduism but was embraced by other spiritual paths as well. Personally I think this topic is perfect for the "Mysticism" section as it's very much a mystical path that is practiced in a variety of religions.