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The origins of Tantra, or Tantrism, are obscure, but go at least 1500 years back if not much more. Today the word “Tantra” has become equated with pseudo-spiritual sexuality. That is a great shame, because Tantra is about so much more. Traditionally sexual practices were only a very small part of some off-shoot (left hand) branches of Tantra. The main thing about Tantra is that it focuses on Shakti, which is one aspect of the Self, the absolute. The other part is Shiva, or pure being. Shakti can be translated as the potential energy of the absolute, but one should understand that it is not separate from pure being and it is just as much being, consciousness and bliss as Shiva is. Shakti is identified as the Divine Mother. Shiva, the Divine Father. Tantrics are devoted to the Divine Mother. The Divine Mother resides in you as kundalinī and tantrics worship kundalinī and do their best to awaken kundalinī and merge it with Shiva in the brain. Tantra is concerned with practice (yoga) and the practicalities of getting enlightened. The finest tantric initiation is known as shaktipāt since it directly awakens the dormant kundalinī so it begins to work on your enlightenment from within and automatically. There are numerous tantric techniques that aim at awakening kundalinī, in fact all tantric techniques can be said to have that aim, but shaktipāt is the descent of divine grace that will awaken kundalinī so it will smoothly and rapidly take the yogi to enlightenment. Shaktipāt is a very rare initiation as very few have the power and ability to give it and the state of enlightenment necessary to give it. I had the good fortune to become Self-realized and for some reason I can give shaktipāt and those two combined by definition makes me a tantric teacher. This book is a modern day tantric book. It seeks to expound what Self-realization is about, but also what the Divine Mother is about. The Divine Mother is to be understood as a loving term to denote the Shakti aspect of the Self and its presence in one once kundalinī shakti has been awakened through shaktipāt. With shaktipāt all other yogas become realized in the seeker, this includes bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion. The kundalinī shaktipāt yogi tends to be devoted to the Divine Mother, since the divine feminine seems an appropriate form with which to grasp the wonderful grace that grabs one after shaktipāt gets one’s kundalinī going for good and uncompromisingly works for one’s liberation. In this book you will find the kundalinī awakened by shaktipāt described as Mother’s Grace. In fact, the working title of this book was “Mother’s Grace”. However, since very few would be able to relate to that title, we decided to change it.

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