Tantra Darshan is an authoritative exposition on the most ancient spiritual tradition of the world by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, a siddha guru and master of esoteric knowledge. Distilling the essence of the vast system of tantra, Swami Niranjan takes one deep into an understanding as well experience of this science of life.
The book provides a perspective on tantra that both illuminates and clears misconceptions. It explains the universal nature of this science and its fundamental precept: the evolution of human nature from its everyday level of perception to a transcendental state of understanding.
Swami Niranjan's penetrating insights unveil the teachings and practices of tantra in a way that enable one to grasp the key features of the system. The book covers the philosophy of tantra, its tools and sadhanas, its progressive codes of conduct, and its five main traditions. Finally, there is a brief account of tantra in the Satyananda Yoga tradition, illustrating the practical and accessible nature of the teachings.
Compiled from discourses that Swami Niranjan gave over a two-year period from 2011 to 2013, at Ganga Darshan Vishwa Yogapeeth, Munger, Tantra Darshan contains the power of a perfected master. The reading of the book itself can be regarded as a sadhana for the liberation of energy and expansion of consciousness, the aim of tantra.
Over millennia in India, spiritual seekers have walked the land with a single aim: to find a master who will reveal the truth to them. They have chanced upon such a one in Himalayan caves, amid the chaos of a city, or in the tree- lined courtyards of dusty towns. During the encounter, something inexplicable is known to happen. The seeker turns into a shishya, 'one who is taught'.
The teaching that is received by the shishya is not through books or a blackboard, though a book and a blackboard may be used as aids, nor is the learning through the linear intellect, though the linear intellect may be used as an aid. The exchange between guru and shishya is based on transmission. Knowledge, understanding, ability and experience are passed from the learned one to the learner in the language of silence. Words may be spoken from time to time; however, it is not their meaning but their power that conveys the truth, stirring the cogs of the pupil's psyche and spirit. Among all the spiritual traditions, the exchange is most vital in tantra.
Since the first western explorer stumbled upon the science of tantra, scholars and laypersons have been vying to record their impressions on the subject. Thousands of books have been written, yet distortions are perceived as facts and hazy ideas abound. The reason is simple: tantra is not knowledge; it is experience, stimulated by the exchange with a master. Unless the experience comes, one cannot know tantra.
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