When I first started with tantra, it was just one big blurry concept for me. Some years later I realized that there are more flavors to it, and I now have my feet in two worlds, traditional tantra and neo-tantra. I’m passing on what I’ve learned in my neo-tantric training in Finland and now I’m learning traditional tantra and tantric yoga to deepen my practice.
Tantra and neo-tantra are broad topics, and it’s not easy to describe them. Some say tantra is a “spiritual science,” and some call it a philosophy or even a religion. There are many translations of the word tantra and perhaps the most common one is that tantra is a weave, making everything interconnected, an underlying structure of All That Is. Yet another common interpretation for the word tantra is to expand and liberate. Literally, tantra means a theory, doctrine or book, such as well known Vijnana Bhairava Tantra.
Neo-tantra is also known as tantric sexuality or sacred sexuality. But is there really such a thing as tantric sexuality, or is it just a big misunderstanding?
For the sake of clarity, I will use “tantra” for the traditional or classical tantra, and “neo-tantra” for sacred or tantric sexuality. Read more