"For tantra, doing is knowing, and there is no other knowing. Unless you do something, unless you change, unless you have a different perspective to look at, to look with, unless you move in an altogether different dimension than the intellect, there is no answer. Answers can be given-they are all lies. All philosophies are lies. You ask a question and the philosophy gives you an answer. It satisfies you or doesn't satisfy you. If it satisfies you, you become a convert to the philosophy, but you remain the same. If it doesn't satisfy you, you go on searching for some other philosophy to be converted to. But you remain the same; you are not touched at all, you are not changed. So whether you are a Hindu or a Mohammedan or a Christian or a Jain, it makes no difference. The real person behind the facade of a Hindu or a Mohammedan or a Christian is the same. Only words differ, or clothes. The man who is going to the church or to the temple or to the mosque is the same man. Only faces differ, and they are faces which are false; they are masks. Behind the masks you will find the same man-the same anger, the same aggression, the same violence, the same greed, the same lust-everything the same. Is Mohammedan sexuality different from Hindu sexuality? Is Christian violence different from Hindu violence? It is the same! The reality remains the same; only clothes differ." from The Book of Secrets (Osho)
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Many people associate tantric practice with casual sex but that is not what Tantra is all about. Contrary to the ascetic philosophies, the tantric way embraces our feminine and masculine inner qualities, the sounds of mantras, external beauty and joy as a venue to enlightenment. Since Tantra is a more expedient way to enlightenment, naturally it should be closer to our instant gratification seeking Western culture. However, as with most things Eastern we tend to misinterpret many of the Tantric venues, if the books are any indication to our current understanding. Tantric practice transmutes the energy of desire, realizing that the Universal and primordial divine energy is already within us. We just have to allow it to surface. That is not accomplished by thinking or learning but by letting go, allowing the sounds of mantra to liberate us from our physical imperfection and prison.
All religion uses some forms of music or chanting to accomplish something similar to tantric chanting. We have the hymns in Christianity, canticles in the Kabala, dancing and music in the Sufi tradition, similarly the Buddhist and Hindu tantric practice uses mantras as the vehicle to liberation. I disagree with the traditional Buddhist way of finding a right Lama to finally accomplish this enlightenment. It is, in my opinion not practical nor very easy. I believe you can practice on your own with the purpose of making this planet a better place for all its inhabitants and not only for your selfish needs, then you will somehow find the way to accomplish this. However, if you are fortunate to have found the right Tantric teacher then by all means do what is natural and learn with his/her guidance.