Tantric views and principles can be applied to a large variety of human activities. Whether these activities involve cultural, religious, social or artistic fields, the universality of the principles they express (such as, for example, the omnipresence of the Divine energy and its influence on even the most insignificant structures of creation, the ontological identity between the Macro cosmos and the human Micro cosmos, etc.) manifests harmoniously everywhere.
For instance, (mystic) dance is a wonderful and pleasant way to obtain both a healthy and flexible body and a calm and controlled mind.
The dancer has to perform different types of movements which maintain the body in excellent shape. However, mystic dancing does not involve just movements of the body. For an explicit presentation of the different states of spirit the dancer wishes to express, the dancer needs a profound inner calm and control of their mind.
Furthermore, the specific hand gestures he/she performs during the dance (named ‘mudra-s’ in Hindu) bring out a series of notable effects.
Dance represents the expression of inner creative power, also known in the Tantric tradition as Kundalini. It is said here that the energetic activity in the universe is in fact the cosmic dance of the Creator Himself.
Like dance, music represents a divine manifestation of the divine energy. Refined music is famous for calming down the mind of the listener, as well as the mind of the player. Its therapeutic effects are obvious.
In the case of astrology, things are a little different, because the starting point in astrology is that every being and object is submitted to the subtle influences which comes from the planets and stars in the universe.
This conception is in fact a reflection of the Tantric principle which identifies the Micro cosmos of the human being with the Macro cosmos. That is, everything that is in the infinite universe of creation may also be found in a perfect ontological correspondence at the human level as well.
Owing to this identity, Tantra considers the totality of the human body, a universe in miniature, while the universe of creation is the divine body of God, named in the Tantric tradition Shiva the Creator of all things.
The planets are heavenly bodies situated at huge distances from Earth. These planets behave as magnets, the sun is, so to speak “the heart” of our planetary system, around which all other planets revolve.
Consequently, our solar system has its own direction and speed, distributing its magnetic influences in the cosmic ether.
So too the Earth, as well as our bodies, have the same magnetic behavior, emanating their characteristic magnetic influences.
The harmony between the two kinds of magnetic waves (those coming from the Sun, planets from our planetary system or even more remote stars – as the Polar Star and those emanated by our own bodies) is reflected in the chances and successes of a certain human being in different fields of activity.
On the other hand, if the interaction between the two magnetic influences is lacking harmony, the human being will be confronted with trouble, suffering, failure and maybe even death.
In the tantric system, all the previously mentioned aspects – dance, music and astrology – play an important part as they provide the seeker with the instruments for a better understanding of the phenomena that influence him/her, as well as the inner processes deriving from them.
The articles in this section will shed more light on each of these topics, in an attempt to broaden our horizons and our perception.