The uniqueness of Tantra lies in the fact that unlike other spiritual paths that have a dualistic approach when it comes to spiriutual development, is a non-dualistic spiritual path. In the following text we focused on tantric approach to reality, based not only on knowledge widely available, but also on knowledge from books and what we gained in courses we participated. Many things were explained to us also thanks to our personal experience.
Classical yoga and Tantra yoga
Classical yoga focuses exclusively on masculine energy practices, meditation asanas, etc. and the body is treated in a very mechanical way. Whereas in tantra the body is perceived as holiness, just like all the elements of the universe - without exception. Sadness and joy, femininity and masculinity, pain and happyness- there is no distinction here whether something is good or bad, every aspect is equally important, as the two sides of the same coin.
Tantra says that each one of us regardless of gender has both male and female energy, which constitute an inside marriage. However, in the modern world we live in the belief that such divisions exist, that a woman must be feminine and man should be masculine. A true tantric woman, that has well developed both aspects, does well in life and has harmonious relationships with other people, as well as satisfying love relationships.
Unfortunately, if we think that the world is dual, we live only at 50%, having for instance only feminine or masculine features. Tantra insists on abandoning the dualistic and thus greatly limiting vision of the world. In yoga we focus exclusively on the transcendental experience, in tantra - through the body, we can reach higher states of consciousness.
The body is basically like an elevator, which can lift us higher and faster than we can go alone. Tantriks emphasize how important it is to realize that every atom in this world is sacred, beautiful and divine. Therefore, every individual is treated as a god or goddess.
Spirituality and wealth
For a long time we practiced only yoga, but we were not convinced as to the physical aspects of the world. Is the material life is good or does it inhibit spiritual growth? Often we have heard that we have to get rid of attachments and all material things that limit us. Tantra says that there is nothing wrong in wealth, and one can be a very spiritual and a very rich person at the same time. Tantra yoga has a non-dualistic approach, whereby divisions of the world shall be abolished. A person becomes stronger and thus more free. Also shame associated with physicality disappears and we begin to enjoy more possession of the body and the ability to rise to higher levels with its help.
In the photo, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, a disciple of Swami Sivananda. He wrote nearly 100 books on yoga, kundalini and spirituality with an emphasis on Tantra.