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A Glossary of Tantra Terms from Carla Tara

Ajna – 6th Chakra, near the center of the eyebrows and commonly called “The Third Eye,” associated with spiritual sight or self-awareness on the Cosmic Plane.

Amrita – The essence or “Nectar” of the Goddess. Physically, it is produced by the increased glandular production of various hormonal activities throughout the body during Kundalini arousal; alchemically it is considered “the Fountain of Youth” because of the numerous energetic and health benefits. Amrita is also known as the spiritual essence of “chi” contained in the female ejaculate.

Ananda – Sanskrit for “Divine Bliss;” an ecstatic state of complete inward devotion, oneness with higher, spiritual realms of peace, love and ecstasy

Anahata – 4th Chakra, near the cardiac plexus, associated with transcendental Love or the physical experience of “Connectedness” to all of Life and All Beings.

Asana – A yoga posture or easy pose of the physical body. It is practiced in conjunction with specific breathing techniques (Pranayama).

Atman – The essence of perfection inherent to all creatures.

Bhandas – Muscular lock used to intensify and direct Kundalini energy.

Chakras – Sanskrit word meaning “Wheel,” esoterically describing the bundle of nerve centers scientifically located in various concentrated areas of the human body at the base of spine, genital region, stomach area, heart/lung area, throat, forehead (third eye), and top of the head.

Conscious Loving – A love that is based on intimacy, honesty and mutual support rather than a surface liking based on sexual attraction only. Conscious loving goes beyond mutual attraction into being there for each other on all levels, physically, emotionally and spiritually and growing into deeper love together.

Dakini and Daka – A woman (Dakini) or a man (Daka) who guides and supports students of Tantra to become ready to experience their highest sexual/spiritual potential. The Daka/Dakini profession requires a real commitment to a personal journey toward enlightenment and a sense of service to help others in their sensual and spiritual development.

Daka – Male Priest or healer which embodies Shiva and serves Shakti unconditionally.

Dakini – Female Tantrika or Yogini, or Priestess. An attendant or servant to the Goddess who holds the intention to embody Her highest essence.

Darshan – Inner vision; to see a great or holy individual, either human or divine.

Deva –Deity or divine cosmic power.

Devi – Sankrit word meaning Feminine Deity or a divine creative power.

Dharana – A yogic practice of Concentration.

Dharma – Divine duty, or highest spiritual path to live in accordance’s with one’s own True Nature or Buddha-Nature.

Dhyana – A yogic practice of Meditation.

Durga – The Indian “Dark Mother” warrior Goddess.

Ecstasy – Literally means “outside of yourself” – a pleasurable state that takes you beyond your ego mind into timelessness bliss usually occurring during Tantric orgasms.

G-spot – A spongy area located on the anterior vaginal wall, which is highly erogenous. It is actually called g-spot because it was introduced to the Western medical world by Dr. Grafenburg. Tantra knew about this “spot” way before him. There is a difference between a g- spot orgasm and a clitoral orgasm. When women open up their g-spot they can have several orgasms, each one more powerful than the other. Men have a g-spot too, and it is on the prostate glands. When that area is stimulated, they can have similar orgasms as women.

Guru – A spiritual teacher, one who points to the way to enlightenment.

Hatha – Literally the “Sun joins the Moon” symbolically translates to the soul’s connection with the body.

Heart Connection – You know you have a heart connection when whatever you are feeling or thinking is softened by the heart. Between lovers, a heart connection exists when you have tender feelings for each other and you want the best for each other. The sensual full-body orgasm helps open the heart even more.

Intention – A deliberate directedness. For example, when we raise lots of energy in Tantra it is important to set an intention on what you want the energy to be used for. If the intention is not set, usually the energy gets dispersed randomly instead of being channeled in the direction we want to send it.

Intimacy – “Into me see” – A state of being fully transparent and open with a lover so that love can flow freely.

Initiation – A ceremony of induction into a specific spiritual lineage or Tradition of knowledge, religion and practice; often thought to “confer” spiritual energy at the time of ceremony to directly empower the individual in their pursuit of that path.

Kali – The Tantric and Hindu Goddess of Enlightenment; Destroyer of Illusion; Consort of Shiva.

Karma – The result of our conscious or unconscious actions. Good actions bring good results and bad actions bring unwanted results often with negative consequences.

Kriya – System of internal purification or cleansing process.

Kundalini – Latent energy located at the base of the spine or “as a coiled sleeping serpent” which Tantric exercises aim to awaken in order to help reach enlightenment. Physically it is acts like an electrochemical bio-feedback component to the nervous system which through stimulation causes rapid changes in body-mind neurochemistry that result in altered states of conscious awareness. In these states, you can become aware of knowledge beyond the ego state and see the interconnection with All that Exists. The goal of Tantra is to develop the physical, emotional and spiritual mastery necessary to safely free the power of Kundulini. This leads to the sacred union of Shiva and Shakti (or Yin and Yang) that opens the practitioner to experience enlightenment.

Kundalini yoga – The path of yoga activating the spiritual cosmic energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine. Tantric exercises open the space for Kundulini to rise up through the Chakra system reaching the crown Chakra which can result in ecstatic orgasms and flashes of enlightenment. The exercises that help awaken this sleeping giant include techniques of breathing, muscle locks and postures.

Lakshmi – Goddess of abundance, wealth, happiness and prosperity. The consort of Lord Vishnu

Lingam – The name for penis. In Sanskrit it means Wand of Light, which refers to the light that it brings into the female genitals.

Maha – Great, mighty one.

Maithuna – Elaborate Tantric ritual with many parts, usually culminating in some form of sacred sexual union.

Mudra – Sacred hand gestures to focus the body’s energy with intention; they can “transmit” sacred spiritual or cosmic energy on a vibrational level.

Muladhara – 1st Chakra, commonly called “The Root Center,” located near the base of the spine between anus and perineum.

Mula Bandha –The muscular lock that intensifies and re-directs energy at Muladhara Chakra.

Nadis – Subtle bundles of nervous energy located along the central nervous system, related to psycho-spiritual energy and mind-body consciousness.

Nirvana – Ultimate spiritual peace, a place that transcends birth and death and absolute freedom from attachment is achieved.

Ocean Breath – A flowing, deep and connected diaphragmatic breath that helps circumvent the constantly interrupting ego mind. It promotes a wonderfully vibrant relaxation that opens your heart and your senses. It creates a great connection within your own chakra system and with your lover. It can facilitate to integration of subconscious material that needs to come up to consciousness for you to enjoy more love.

Ohana Tantra – A powerful Tantric approach based on sexual healing and ecstatic pleasure techniques, uniquely based on The Ocean Breath, the most important Shakti Breath, and all kinds of Shiva breaths that can direct and/or control sexual energy.

Ojas – Subtle vital life force within the body that is connected to health, immunity and reproductive functions. (Like prana or chi)

Orgasmic Waves – A wave that the body naturally experiences to spread orgasmic energy into all chakras

Pratyahara – The withdrawal of the mind’s focus of attention from external objects, directing it toward internal points of focus.

Prana – Energy, air, breath, life force; received by the body from pure food, nurturing, healing and self transformation.

Pranayama – Yogic breath techniques; conscious control of breathing patterns to quiet the mind and balance the body’s natural energies.

Puja – A specific ritual, or sacred circle and ceremony of worship.

Reiki – Japanese energy work involving a type of “laying on of hands” and psychic meditation which employs Universal Healing Energy.

Rejuvenation – The ability of the body to restore itself. It is more proper to call it “slowed aging for maximum health and vitality.”

Sacred Sex – Sex that unites lovers spiritually as well as sexually, bringing them to the highest pleasure imaginable.

Sahasrara – 7th Chakra, commonly called “The Crown Center,” located at the top of the head, associated with Supreme Inner Realization of Godhead.

Samadhi – The state in which consciousness is illuminated by the Divine Light – without any desire.

Sarasvati – Indian Goddess of Knowledge or Cosmic Teacher of Sanskrit.

Sexual Healing – The healing of sexual blocks or wounds that have been stored in the body, often in the g-spot area. A Tantra session can activate the healing to free the body to have more ease with sex and become comfortable with higher pleasure.

Shakti – Indian concept of the Female Nature Power of Consciousness creating spiritual evolution.

Shaman – American Indian name for a spiritual healer.

Shaktipat – A transmission of spiritual energy usually given by a Guru.

Sky Dancing – A translated Tantric term used to describe Transcendental Love.

Soul Gazing – A Tantric technique used to open up deeper intimacy. It is based on gazing into each other’s eyes to see the soul beyond the personality. Tantra teaches to direct our soft gaze into each other’s left eye because it connects with the right side of the brain, the more emotional and spiritual part of the brain.

Svadhisthana – 2nd Chakra, commonly called “The Sexual Energy Center,” located near the genital region, encompassing the lower belly region, associated with the lower emotional needs as well as sexual identity, sexual expression and “gender”.

Tantra — A Yogic science, which seeks to enlighten the individual through contemplating and experiencing the nature of Divine Bliss in all that exists. It is the art and science of conscious living and the art of creating the highest pleasure through lovemaking. Tantra is about enjoying the moment fully and deeply weaving consciousness and energy into the most expanded state. Tantra’s main focus is to lead us to the Enlightened state beyond our body/mind using self-knowledge and pleasure as the vehicle. Read answers to your questions about Tantra in my Tantra FAQ.

The Tantras – ancient Hindu texts describing Tantric knowledge.

Tantric lifestyle – a lifestyle geared to clearing blocks, strengthening our physical, emotional and spiritual systems, and using the increased energy to heighten pleasure, connection and intimacy.

Upandishads – Literally “secret teachings,” the last portion of the Vedas.

Vedas – Sacred Hindu scriptures, thought to be between 5000 and 7000 years old. They preceded the Tantras.

Vishuddha – 5th Chakra, commonly called “The Throat Center,” located at the throat and associated with Spiritual Self-Truth and the element of Sound and voice (ie, “speaking one’s Truth”).

Yab-Yum – An asana in which the two partners sit vertically facing one another, Chakras aligned, accompanied by Tantric Breathing, Mulahbunda and spinal undulation. A powerful position to bring sexual energy up the chakras; the best position for ejaculation control. Often used for transformative lovemaking.

Yang – Active, quick, firm, masculine or technical energy.

Yantra – Mystic geometrical diagram used for healing meditation.

Yin – Receptive, gentle, soft sensuality, feminine or intuitive energy.

Yoni – Commonly associated with the female “Vulva” or cosmic feminine energy and/or receptivity. It means Sacred Space.

Yuga – Era, epoch. This age is the end of the Kali Yuga.

For more information , you can also visit my Tantra FAQ.

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    Close your eyes. Take a moment to become aware of your body – turn your attention in. Then breathe in slowly & deeply, paying attention to the breath. As your lungs fill up, slowly let the breath out. Don’t rush it out, just let it flow out naturally. Do this for 5 minutes, and you’ll be amazed at how your body will naturally relax itself, and calm your mind too.

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