Hindu tantra
Tantra is the name given by recent scholars to a style of meditation and ritual which arose in India no later than the 5th century AD.
Several definitions of Tantra exist.The Tantric tradition off...
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Getting Up in the Amrit Vela
My Sadhana is not perfect. I do not get up in the Amrit Vela every morning to meditate. Sometimes, my meditation practice does not start until later in the day. Furthermore, on some very challenging m...
Shaivism
Shaivism or Saivism is one of the four most widely followed sects of Hinduism, which reveres the God Shiva as the Supreme Being. It is also known as śaiva paṁtha (Sanskrit: शैव पंथ; lit. "pantha a...
Vajrayana
Vajrayāna (Sanskrit: वज्रयान, Bengali: বজ্রযান) is also known as Tantric Buddhism, Tantrayāna, Mantrayāna, Secret Mantra, Esoteric Buddhism and the Diamond Way or Thunderbolt Way. The Lama an...
Kashmir Shaivism
Kashmir Shaivism (Kaśmir Śaivism) is a school of Śaivism consisting of Trika and its philosophical articulation Pratyabhijña, one of the various Hindu philosophies. It is categorized by various schola...
Mahavidya
Mahavidyas (Great Wisdoms) or Dasha-Mahavidyas are a group of ten aspects of the Divine Mother Durga or Kali herself or Devi in Hinduism. The 10 Mahavidyas are Wisdom Goddesses, who represent a spectr...
Shaktism
Shaktism or Shaktidharma (Sanskrit: Śāktaṃ, शाक्तं; lit., 'doctrine of power' or 'doctrine of the Goddess') is a denomination of Hinduism that focuses worship upon Shakti or Devi – the Hindu Divine Mo...
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Shakumbhri Devi
Shakti Peeth Shakumbhri, meaning the abode of Shakti Goddess Shakambhari or Shakumbhri, is situated in the Jasmour village area, at a distance of 40 km to the north of Saharanpur in Uttar Prades...
Shugendo
Shugendō (修験道) is a highly syncretic Buddhist religion or sect and mystical-spiritual tradition that originated in pre-Feudal Japan, in which enlightenment is equated with attaining oneness with t...
Varahi
Varahi (Sanskrit: वाराही, Vārāhī) is one of the Matrikas, a group of seven or eight mother goddesses in the Hindu religion. With the head of a sow, Varahi is the shakti (feminine energy, or someti...
Parampara
Parampara (Sanskrit: परम्परा, paramparā) denotes a succession of teachers and disciples in traditional Vedic culture and Indian religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism. It is also kn...
Dakṣiṇācāra
The term Dakshinachara (Right-Hand Path) is a technical term used to refer to Tantric sects that do not engage in heterodox practices. In contrast, Vamachara (Left-Hand Path) is used to describe part...
Tara (Devi)
In Hinduism, the goddess Tara (Bengali:দেবী তারা মা )(Sanskrit: Tārā, Devanagari: तारा) meaning "star", is the second of the Dasa (ten) Mahavidyas or "Great Wisdom [goddesses]", is a form of Durga or ...
Tantraloka
Tantrāloka is the masterwork of Abhinavagupta on Kashmir Shaivism, who was in turn the most revered Kashmir Shaivism master.
On account of its size and scope it is a veritable encyclopedia of nond...
Dattatreya
Dattatreya (Marathi, Sanskrit, Hindi: दत्तात्रेय) (Dattātreya) or Datta is a Hindu deity encompassing the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, collectively known as Trimurti. The name Dattatreya can b...
Prakasa
Prakāśa is a concept of Kashmir Shaivism translated by various authors as "light", "splendour", "light of consciousness" (identified with Śiva) (Swami Lakshman Joo), "luminous and undifferentiated con...
Kundalini
Kundalini (Sanskrit kuṇḍalinī, कुण्डलिनी,  pronunciation ) stems from yogic philosophy as a form of shakti or "corporeal energy". Kundalini is described within Eastern religious, or spiritua...
Shaiva Siddhanta
Considered normative tantric Saivism, Shaiva Siddhanta(Tamil:சைவ சித்தாந்தம்) provides the normative rites, cosmology and theological categories of tantric Saivism. Being a dualistic philosophy, the g...
Achi Chokyi Drolma
Achi Chokyi Drolma (Wylie: a phyi chos kyi sgrol ma) is the dharmapāla of the Drikung Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. She also appears as a protector in the Karma Kagyu refuge tree as Achi Chodron a...
Vishva Shakti Durga Mandir
Vishva Shakti Durga Mandir Association विश्व शक्ति दुर्गा मन्दिर(VSDMA) was incorporated in 1997 as a non-profit organization to promote the religious, social, and cultural activities of Indo-Canadian...
Svatantrya
Svātantrya (from the Sanskrit sva meaning self and tantram meaning dependence – 'self-dependency', or 'free will') is the Kashmiri Shaivite concept of divine sovereignty. Svātantrya is described ...
Vajrayogini
Vajrayoginī (Sanskrit: Vajrayoginī; Tibetan: རྡོ་རྗེ་རྣལ་འབྱོར་མ་, Wylie: rdo rje rnal ’byor ma, Dorjé Nenjorma; Mongolian: Огторгуйд Одогч, Нархажид, Chinese: 瑜伽空行母; pinyin: ...
Trika
Trika, a concept of Kashmir Shaivism, refers to the 3 goddesses Parā, Parāparā and Aparā which are named in the Mālinivijayottata-tantra, a Bhairava Tantra. This gives Kashmir Saivism its other name, ...
Matangi
Matangi is one of the Mahavidyas, ten Tantric goddesses and a ferocious aspect of Devi, the Hindu Divine Mother. She is considered to be the Tantric form of Sarasvati, the goddess of music and learnin...
Tripura Sundari
Children = Genesh, KartikyeTripurāsundarī (त्रिपुरा सुंदरी - "Beautiful (Goddess) of the Three Cities") or Mahā-Tripurasundarī ("Great Beautiful (Goddess) of the Three Cities"), also c...
Vigyan Bhairav Tantra
The Vigyan Bhairav Tantra (Sanskrit: विज्ञान भैरव तन्त्र, Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra) is a key text of the Trika school of Kashmir Shaivism. Cast as a discourse between the god Shiva and his consort Devi...
Vamachara
Vāmācāra (Sanskrit: वामाचार, [ʋɑːmɑːcɑːrə]) is a Sanskrit term meaning "left-handed attainment" and is synonymous with "Left-Hand Path" or "Left-path" (Sanskrit: Vāmamārga). It is used to describe...
Narodakini
Nārodākinī (Sanskrit, Standard Tibetan: Naro Khachö Wylie: nā ro mkha' spyod) is a deity in Vajrayana Buddhism similar to Vajrayogini (red, striding, bearing a vajra) who no longer appears in the ...
Svacchandanath
In the Kashmir Shaivism tradition, Svacchandanath is an Avatar of Shiva, said to have revealed the ninety two Tantras, at the beginning of the Sat Yuga. Svacchandanath had five heads (and importantly,...