Tantra vs. Yoga

Some of the non-dualistic ideas of this post can be found in other books but most of them in my humble opinion are rendered unreadable due to overuse of Sanskrit words or made extremely verbose and scholarly. Further, some of the books on the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra and other Tantric schools of thoughts are a nothing more than pedantic philosophical treatises not overly beneficial for practical, every day use, especially for Westerners. While writing this book, I kept all foreign words to the minimum. As I am not aligned to any religion or philosophy I had the liberty to say whatever I found true, in the format I hope is the easiest and clearest to comprehend. This technique may or may not work for you. What I can guarantee is out of the 112 techniques therein there is one that fits you, if you are ready and willing to pursue it. Not everybody is. Do not be overly concerned about that. Even if you fail to realize God, the techniques offer tremendous value to find your center and inner peace in these stressful times.

This book is just a stepping stone on developing guided meditation material to help using the 112 meditation techniques described in the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra.

What is Non-duality?

There are several main branches of the ancient, non-dualistic Philosophy;
1. Kashmir Shaivism
2. Advaita Vedanta
3. Shiva/Shakti
4. Buddhism

I have expanded on the Vedic Tantra by offering some of my ideas on Qabalistic, Tibetan Tantric practices and the Nature of God according to my self-realization.
The book is organized in three parts;
1. Explanation of Tantra
The Tantra

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.

This book is not about religion or philosophy. We have no use for those things other than idle chatter of the mind. The practice of Tantra is a way of life, constant experience and practice. The Tantra embraces life, it does not deny or forbids anything that is natural.

Tilopa and Naropa the great Tantric masters

Naropa was already accomplished in his own right as a self-realized master, but he was lacking something. In a vision he was alerted that he had to seek out Tilopa and become his disciple. He started to search for the siddha1 Tilopa but nobody knew any siddha by that name only the beggar Tilopa.
Their relationship was rocky from the start, and Naropa became the beggar for Tilopa. One day he was given a bowl of soup and he took it to his master. Tilopa finished the bowl as if it was the best meal of his life. Seeking this Naropa returned to the same place to get a second bowl of soup but he was afraid to ask for seconds, so when nobody was looking he stole some more soup. He was caught red-handed and was severely beaten. He laid there on the ground for days before Tilopa came and asked; “What’s wrong? Are you having a bad day?”
Naropa said; “I am near dead.” At that moment Tilopa blessed him and he was healed instantly. Years later, wandering still together, Naropa asked a question. Without answering Tilopa smacked his head with his sandal. Naropa blacked out momentarily but when he came about, his attainment was the same as Tilopa’s.

This is the lore of the ancient siddha’s. The point if the story above that attainment can come in an instant or it can take time an appear slowly. But when this happens there is nothing more to say. It is the end of the story. There is no way to describe the experience as the experiencing person is gone, he is no more.
During the sojourn Tilopa gave Naropa six pointed advice.

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