What is Tantra?
For over 20 years, I have been practicing Tantra and have come to believe that it is a Philosophy of Life: one could say that is a philosophy for Life! Occultism on the other hand is an attempt to articulate the wondrous experiences and mystical moments one has while practicing Tantra. Perhaps there are many definitions of Tantra and many more interpretations but the one that has appealed to me is, “An existential philosophy that ‘weaves’ the best of spiritual and social thinking from different religions and cultures.”
Historically, Tantra Yoga was a form of Yoga that came into being in ancient Indian societies when some enlightened people were tired of ritualistic, dogmatic, and mindless religiosity. Ancient Hinduism had already split up into 6 different Schools of Thought of which four Schools didn’t even have a ‘God’! Even superficial explorations into theology will reveal that humankind’s basic need to satisfy their spiritual yearning does not require a ‘God.’
Of Hinduism’s four Schools of Thought, two were distinctly atheistic and two – while accepting that a supernatural power created the universe – didn’t have the creator playing any role in the day-to-day affairs of human beings. Dharma (righteousness) was more important than what god thought about one’s actions. In that context, mythology relates many stories where yogis and enlightened men and women challenged the gods when they went against Dharma. The same myths talk about the weaknesses and pernicious natures of the gods!
What is Occultism?
Occultism is the belief in supernatural forces: the mysterious and the unknown; that which is hidden; and that which when wondrous – or scary – is often described as magic. Occult practices therefore fall into two clearly separate categories: that which is hidden (and yet unknown) and that which is hidden on purpose either to maintain some degree of superiority over fellow beings or to protect the uninitiated.
When Tantra Yoga gained ground, most other practitioners of Yoga (Yogis) were ‘scared’ of them. This was not because they had magic and spells and potions and other ‘supernatural weapons’ on their side but because they had far more control on their emotions and the chaotic workings of their own brains. Their responses to mundane existence were different from people and this made ‘normal’ people shun them. It’s not surprising then that most Tantriks (practitioners of Tantra Yoga) also chose to shun the societies they lived in choosing instead the wilderness of forests and mountains.
Tantric texts (tantric: used as an adjective form of Tantra) depict the life and practices of Tantriks in rather esoteric words and sentences. It’s my firm belief that much of this is due to poor translation and misinterpretation. Compare this to an American from Washington DC attempting to comprehend life in Damascus, Syria or a staunch Hindu Brahmin from Chennai, India trying to do the same with life in Bakersfield, California. If these examples don’t suffice, then consider any society that you find alien enough to feel the horror of actually having to live there.
Tantroccult is an exploration into occult phenomena using scientific techniques. Tantroccult dispels myths about the universe, nature, human psychology, and religion. And finally Tantroccult is Conscious Being!