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For the greater part of the Eastern traditions, both the energy-laws that animate the macro cosmos and the laws that determine the movement and vibration of the smallest subatomic particles in our cells, posses a divine essence and are included in the same evolutionary-current.

The physical body is worshiped by Tantrics as the expression of the cosmic consciousness.

Inside this body, regarded as micro cosmos, in which resides the Supreme and all its manifestations, the Tantric achieves perfect union with the Divine Absolute.

Tantric teachings recommend that the practitioner use the physical body and the energies that sustain it as an infallible method towards obtaining spiritual realization.

“Find out all that you do not know from your very body,
The supreme dwells here,
How could you find it elsewhere?”
says the mystic Gasain Chand.

A great creation myth, from the Hindu tradition, offers us an essential key in understanding the nature of the mysterious energy that gave birth to the universe and all its forms.

In the beginning, the universal consciousness (Paramashiva) separated into two complementary divinities. Shiva, representing the spirit or the consciousness, is the “masculine” divinity, and Shakti, the “feminine” divinity, whom Shiva needs in order to act and use his energy.

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The entire manifestation originated from the union of these two principles, male and female, symbolized by the lingam – the male sex organ – and the yoni – the female sex organ.

On the level of the physical body, they become the two sacred liquids, the sperm and the blood. Shakti is worshiped in the East because She represents the matrix-force of life.

Worshiped as the mother of the universe, Shakti appears in India under various aspects and names: Uma, Kali, Durga, Parvati, etc.

For Tantrics, each woman represents the incarnation of Shakti, through the mystery of life she carries within her. Thus, she is worshiped as the Great Goddess, The Absolute Woman, seen in every woman and worshiped in the hearts of all initiates.

Immanent in the universe, Shakti enlivens every human being. In our body, the most tangible and natural manifestation of Shakti is the sexual energy.

The fundamental energy Kundalini, an energy that is both human and cosmic, is often symbolized by a snake.

In the case of people, this snake is coiled three times and a half at the base of the sacrum, in the force center known as Muladhara Chakra. Kundalini represents Shakti’s force in the micro cosmos of the human being.

One of the goals of the Tantric practitioner is to awaken this “snake of feminine energy” and to make it ascend along the spine through the six chakras, to the crown of the head, in order to be united with the pure consciousness residing there. When this occurs, the person experiments the state of Samadhi – divine ecstasy.

“Oh, Mother Kundalini! Coiled in the center of Muladhara,
you awaken the universe to the existence,
when you rise
in a wreath of flames
up to Sahasrara
where you unite with Siva.”

The Tantric adept needs to perseveringly follow the teachings of a spiritual master (guru), who knows the secrets of the subtle bodies and of matter, so that the practitioner may awaken and control this energy.

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