The Secrets of Tantra in 86 Words.

Via Ramesh Bjonnes
on Aug 28, 2011
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tantra is all-embracing,

tantra is yoga from the roots

tantra is the heart and practice of yoga

tantra is not the yoga of sex

tantra is the yoga of everything

tantra is spiritual ecology

tantra is duality and nonduality hand-in-hand

tantra is engaging the world with our spirit still shining

tantra says attraction is the law of the universe

tantra sees everything as sacred

tantra is cosmic union

tantra is worldly union

tantra is seeing spirit in everything

tantra is yoga

yoga is tantra


About Ramesh Bjonnes

Ramesh Bjonnes is the co-founder of the Prama Institute, a holistic retreat center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and the Director of the Prama Wellness Center, a retreat center specializing in detox by incorporating juice fasting, ayurveda, meditation and yoga to cleanse, relax and rejuvenate. Bjonnes is also a writer, yogi and workshop leader. He lived in India and Nepal in the 1980s learning directly from the traditional teachers of yoga and Tantra. He has taught workshops in many countries and is the author of Sacred Body, Sacred Spirit (InnerWorld) and Tantra: The Yoga of Love and Awakening (Hay House India). He lives and practices in an eco-village in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.


28 Responses to “The Secrets of Tantra in 86 Words.”

  1. Prasad Rangnekar says:

    Simple synopsis, Thank you. Another great one from Ramesh. Looking forward for more

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  3. Ramesh says:

    Thank you, Prasadji!

  4. Ramesh says:

    Tanya, your ever-watchful eye is much welcome!

  5. ali says:

    thank you this is beautiful.

  6. Ramesh says:

    Thanks so much, Ali. I.checked out your exquisite photography!!

  7. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Thank you dear Ramesh. 🙂

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  9. Charlotte says:

    Succinct and poetic. Thank for sending me this, Ramesh. Keep the posts coming!

  10. Ramesh says:

    Thank you so much for your appreciation, Charlotte!

  11. ed shapiro says:

    Tantra is not what you think – is learned from a Tantric Master – the Tantric Master chooses the student –

    is different from yoga where the student chooses the Satguru –

    Trained & lived with a Tantric Master in India


  12. ed shapiro says:

    BTW – when I say: Tantra is not what you think – I was not referring to the wonderful words of Ramesh –

    I was saying that tantra is not about what anyone thinks – –

    tantra is tantra!

  13. Ramesh says:

    Dear Ed, you bring up an important point relating to the multi-faceted world of tantra. What I have presented above is of course tantric ideas, tantric philosophy; puting these ideas into practice is another level of tantra. In other words, having a tantric world-view is one level of tantra; walking that world-view is yet another dimension; having the experience of sacredness in what we do is a deeper expression of tantra than simply thinking that all is sacred. Most often, we flow between the two levels of reality, the intellectual and the experiential. Sometimes they merge in true inner realization. You are also correct in saying that tantric meditation practice is taught from a master, but the teachings can also be taught by someone the master or guru has authorized as a teacher and those can also be found outside of India. I personally was taught partly in India and partly outside India. That is one reality of Tantra; but my guru also emphasized that all authentic spiritual transformation is tantra or yoga, so tantra is also universally found wherever there is spiritual awakening and movement toward enlightenment. Thus tantra is found, that is, the practical science of Tantra is found in all spiritual paths. That is also another way that i use the expression tantra. Thus a christian mystic may be tabtric in a broad sense of the word, and jesus may be his or her guru. But you are right that there is also a historical and very specific lineage of Tantra that comes from india, and the teachings of that specific linage of teachers are not so commonplace outside India, but you can find it in various traditions. You can even find it in hatha yoga, as it also originates in tantra. In other words, there is a broad and a narrow way to express and experience tantra, and my writings above takes the broad road…

  14. Ramesh says:

    Ed, a few more words: one etymological meaning of yoga is "union," that is spiritual union, the experience of oneness with the inner self, with the universe. In most spiritual seekers' lives there are glimpses of that experience and in a few graced souls those fleeting expereiences become permanent realizations. Thus yoga as an inner spiritual experience can be had by buddhist, hindu, christian, etc, there are no sectarian limitations to that expereience; it can be had by any tradition on any path. Similarly, the etymological meaning of tantra is "that which liberates us from bondage." Thus the experience of tantra can in essence be fulfilled by any spiritual seeker on any spiritual path. thus yga and tantra are universal paths, universal experiences, because union and liberation are universal experiences. Yoga then, etymologically speaking, can be said to be the goal and tantra the practice that brings you to the goal.Practically speaking, yoga and tantra are historically nearly identical paths that grew out of India through the teachings of various tantric or yogic gurus over the ages.. thus layer upon layer of understanding and realization are contained within those two Sanskrit words….

  15. Tanya Lee Markul says:

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  16. Ramesh says:

    Here are some excerpts from my guru's (Anandamurti) discourses on Tantra that explains both the meaning and relationship between tantra and yoga from the traditional point of view:

    " So literally tantra [combining two derivations] means “a systematic and scientific process which brings about first expansion, and thereafter liberation from the bondages of dullness and lethargy”. This liberation is called tantra in Sanskrit. Tantra means “liberation from bondages”.(1)

    You know that each and every living being wants liberation from bondages. Out of this inherent longing for freedom from bondages arises dharma. Dharma means expansion. Suppose someone is tied with a rope. If the person�s body expands or swells or becomes bigger and bigger in size, the rope will snap. So Tantra is defined as the process of expansion and of emancipation from crudifying bondages.

    So now yoga and tantra have come close to each other in meaning. Yoga means the unification of jiivátmá [human soul] and Paramátmá [cosmic soul].(2) And how can this unification take place? It is possible through gradual expansion, that is, by dint of the constant practice of Tantra.

  17. Ramesh says:

    And here below Anandamurti explains the meaning of KULA as in kulakundalini, how this spiritual energy is raised through various spiritual practices…note the mention here of chan, chen, zen, which are basically various meditation practices that historically originated in tantra. Moreover, the raising of kundalini is a universal human phenomenon that happens not only to yogis but artists, scientists, creative people, all of us to a lesser or greater degree. Tantra, however, has, through its yoga practices, developed a practical method to harness, guide, channel that energy. That is one of the specialties of Tantric Yoga.

    "The sleeping divinity in the human body lies in the lowermost portion of your backbone. That lowermost bone is called kula in Sanskrit. That sleeping divinity is called kulakuńd́alinii. Kuńd́alinii means “in coiled form”. It is sleeping, and when it is aroused, is elevated, by dint of your sádhaná, by dint of your dhyána, c�han, chen, zen, it will go upwards. When it comes up, that is, touches the controlling point of the pineal gland, one will become one with Parama Puruśa. One will become Parama Puruśa.

    Now the spot, the kula, where divinity is in sleeping form, is found in each and every human being. When by Tantra and yoga it is aroused and brought upwards by applying a special force, that special force is called diipanii. Raising it, elevating it, it finally becomes one with Parama Puruśa when it comes here [crown of the head].

    Now the seat where the kula is, the seat where the kulakuńd́alinii is, has got existence, and wherever there is any action or there is any existence, there is acoustic root. There is a sound for it. (Because of your presence, air, light, everything – every expression�s flow – is barred, the flow is checked. You are standing here; air comes; because of your existence, it will refract or reflect; so your existence also has got a certain sound.) The existence of the seat of that kula, where that kulakuńd́alinii, that coiled serpent, sleeps, also has an acoustic root, and there is a certain psychic place allotted for it.

    That psychic spot is called in old Sanskrit mańipadma, or mahámańipadma, or munipadmá or mahámunipadmá. (Mahámuni is a name of Lord Buddha. Mahámuni means “great sage”.) So, “Using aum, I remember Parama Puruśa; and mańipadma is the seat of that coiled serpentine, that sleeping divinity, in the human body. I remember that entity also.”(1)

  18. Pithy pithy…. thanks for the post, Ramesh!

  19. Ramesh says:

    You are most welcome, Kimberly!

  20. cathywaveyoga says:

    thank you, this is simple and yet clear why tantra has seemed so almost incomphrehensible to me when beginning to study others' words and takes on it. simplicity yet glowing spirit in all. Thank you again.

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  22. nandhi108 says:


    perfect and profound divine brother ramesh ji,

    yes, its apt wisdom in a few words.


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  26. Ramesh says:

    Thank you, Nandhiji!

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