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Here are a few Sanskrit and English
words in that refer to some aspect of Tantra.
This list is by no means inclusive, but covers many of the more popular terms.
|Abhra . .
. The ovum of
Amoral . . . Pure or not moral. That is, does not have the values of morals placed upon it. Electricity is amoral. The opposite of moral is immoral.
Amrita . . . Sanskrit term for "elixir of immortality," it sometimes refers to the female ejaculant that flows from the urethra of some women at orgasm. Some believe this to be mystical, and to be nothing more than urine mixed with naturally generated vaginal lubricant.
Ananda . . . Bliss or joy, usually associated with a spiritual state of consciousness.
Auparishtaka . . . Oral sex. Also known as the Vajroli mudra, the uniting of mouth and genitals.
Aura . . . the energetic field layers around the body, seen by some in varying colors and noticeable as a warm, fuzzy sometimes mildly electrical energy to the open hand as the hand moves closer to the body.
Ayurveda . . . "Knowledge of longevity". Traditional Indian medicine and medical practices.
Bhairavas . . ."The Fearless Ones" who are members of a Tantric sect which worship Kali.
Bhoga . . . Sexual enjoyment. Enjoyment of the senses.
Bindu . . . The point without a center from which proceeds Cosmic Sound (Nada). Drop. Dot. Semen.
Center . . . a verb reflecting alignment of one's Self with the energy flow through the body from sky to earth, earth to sky and to be balanced energetically within the four directions.
Chakra . . . Sanskrit term referring to one of seven major bioenergy vortexes that begin at the base of the spine, and go through to the crown of the head...emanating as an energy wheel or band around the spinal column. Each holds a different aspect of the psyche (psyche in ancient Greek means soul).
Dakini . . . Female Tantrika or Yogini.
Dharma . . . divine duty, work or highest spiritual path.
Energy or bioenergy . . . the essence of life that exists in and through all things--in physics the smallest particle depending on how it is looked at can be either matter or energy. Wilhelm Reich, MD identified this as orgone, and numerous other names have been applied to it. Mesmer, Nikolai Tesla, Gary Zukav, Fritjof Capra, Rupert Sheldrake, and many other noted scientists have also recognized this energy.
Ground or grounded . . . verb: to connect one's inner energy to the magnetic pull from the core of the earth and strengthen this flow--the benefit is greater attunement with Spirit in the physical body
G-spot . . . the fleshy area in the vaginal wall, right behind the pubic bone that swells when stimulated, and creates heightened energy response in the female. There appears to be an overemphasis of this spot.
Healer within . . . the archetypal power of wellness. We heal ourselves when we connect totally in let go with Divinity/God/Oneness.
Higher self. . . The part of ourselves that connects us to universal wisdom and directs us through the intuitive senses. It begin with the 6th Chakra and goes on from there into the unlimited.
Imprint. . . new thoughts that we program ourselves with to replace old tapes, unhealthy thinking patterns. Often created through brain entrainment, hypnosis and guided meditation.
Jada. . . . Inert physical body without consciousness.
Kama Sutra . . . a 15th Century poetic Hindi sexual guide. (Kama means love, and sutra means scripture, aphorism or writings.
Karma . . . the accumulated effect, in this life, of deeds and actions in past and future lives.
Kundalini . . . Sanskrit term relating to the creative life-force energy at the base of the spine that once awakened, coils upward like a snake through the electrical Chakra centers awakening each aspect of the soul more fully, and as it reaches the crown, and connects with the experience of universal oneness.
Kriya . . . yogic system of internal purification, cleansing process.
Lakshmi . . . Goddess of abundance, wealth, and prosperity. The consort of Lord Vishnu
Lingam . . . Sanskrit term meaning penis.
Maithuna . . . The traditional Tantric ritual culminating in a sexual bioenergy exchange
Mandala . . . a symmetrical shape or form, like a snow flake, or in stained-glass windows, or a mathematical shape. (Can be used for meditation, See Yantra below)
Maya . . . Illusion. Goddess who causes us to see energy patterns as the physical world. The mystical, magical power of Shakti which manifests, makes and creates the relative and forms the basic delusion of all mankind... Between truth and mankind hangs the eternal veil of Maya delusion.
Meditation...a brain entrainment tool used to go beyond mind to open the doorway to Cosmic consciousness. It can be achieved or practiced by using a mantra, Yantra, or repetitive motion, such as free form dancing, running, or sitting silently like in Zazen, etc. Often thought of as dropping the mind.
Million Dollar point . . . Hollow point in the perineum that when pressed firmly will block the outward flow and facilitate the upward flow of the seminal fluids--it is said that when this technique is used properly, the man will "feel like a million dollars."
Mooksha . . . Ultimate spiritual liberation from material bondage.
Mukhamaithuna . . . mutual oral sex performed by the male and female on each other. It is also worship of the lingam and yoni as a Yantra.
Mukti . . . Liberation from individualized consciousness.
Mulabandha . . . a Tantric practice of constricting of the anal/penile/vaginal muscle area. Also called the PC muscle. It has been popularized by Dr. Kagel and called "kagel exercise."
Nadi . . . River. Current or channel of psychic energy. Conduits of Prana. Nerve passages in the body. There are said to be 72,000 nadis.
Neti Bowl . . . a vessel shaped like a tiny Aladdin's lamp, filled with warm salt water, used to cleanse the nostril. It is a part of Neti-yoga
Nyasa . . . "Applying" drawn energy for a purpose such as
Ojas . . .
Magical energy. Semen. Subtle vital force within the body which can lower immunity
Orgone . . . bioenergy discovered by Wilhelm Reich, MD, as the life force connected to sexuality. (See energy above.)
Padma . . . Lotus. Symbol of yoni.
Polarity Therapy. . . a form of bodywork based on the understanding that when the positive and negative poles of energy within are balanced and working together there will be integration of mind and body.
Prana ...breath, air or life-force. Similar to the Kabalistic "ruach."
Pranayama . . . control of the breath, used in meditation and exercise, bringing pranic energy into the body, creating certain patterns and results.
Sadhu . . . One who has renounced the world for the Divine path. Holy beggar. Ascetic.
Samadhi . . . Complete contemplation where the mind and soul attain close relationship and understanding.
Samsara . . . The wheel or ocean of life and death. Wheel of time.
Sannyasin . . . A spiritual disciple of a guru or Master. One who rejects society to devote himself or herself to spiritual evolvement.
Semen retention . . . the practice of regenerating the seminal fluids through the bloodstream instead of ejaculating at the point of orgasm. More of a natural release than a "doing".
Shakti . . . An Energy or Power of supreme Shiva. Feminine counterpart to each of the Gods of the Hindu pantheon, especially of Shiva. The power, drive and force within a person.
Shanti . . . Peace. Tranquility. Often repeated three times after a prayer or spiritual statement.
Shekinah. . .From the Hebrew Kabbalah , meaning the holy spirit that exists within the genitalia.
Shiva . . . Lord of Withdrawal. Represents pure consciousness. Possesses three Shaktis or Powers: Iccha (Will), Jnana (Knowledge), and Kriya (Doing)
Subtle body. . . the energy body including the aura, meridians and Chakras--this sensing of the body is experienced as energy flow and vibration from mild to intense.
Sunyata . . . The void. The abyss.
Tantra . . .The spiritual philosophy originating in India that guides one in the ways of transforming sexual energy into altered states and awakening to enlightenment. A system of spiritual viewpoints and practices said to be derived from Sanskrit roots signifying: "body," because of its emphasis on bodily activities; "stretch," because it extends the faculties of humans; "rope," because it secures the devotee to diety; "harp," for the music and beauty of its philosophy; "Interiorness" for the secrecy of its doctrine; "Loom" suggesting the two cosmic principles, male and female, that make up the warp and woof of the woven fabric of the universe. Union with the Divine force through the energy orgasm of Shakti (female goddess) and Shiva (male god).
Tapas . . . Asceticism. Heat. A psychic glow as a result of arousing and controlling the psycho-sexual energy of the body.
Taoism . . . the ancient Chinese philosophy, which stemmed form ancient Tantra, that holds the esoteric technological understanding of balancing yin and yang.
Tejas . . . fire element which can burn out body with excessive toxin intake, drug use, cigarette smoking and even everyday city life.
Vedic. . . Hindu/Indian philosophy and science with a holistic approach.
Virato. . . Sanskrit term meaning eternal or eternity.
Yab-Yum - an asana in which woman sits astride facing her partner; Chakras are aligned, alternate breath can accompany this posture, the position of the cosmic spiral.
Yang. . .Chinese term meaning the masculine, active half of the whole.
Yantra. . . Specific shape and color, symmetrical or repeating shape (mandala) such as seen in stained-glass windows, or a mathematical shape or spiritual symbol used as a focus point for visual meditation.
Yin . . . Chinese term meaning the feminine, receptive half of the whole.
Yoni . . . Sanskrit term meaning the female genitalia, vulva, vagina, clitoris and labium.
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