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Tantra Instruction – The Forgotten Treasure Of Vigyan Bhairav Tantra

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Today, the sacred tantra scripture called Vigyan Bhairav Tantra has been reduced to just one of many meditation manuals. While several amateur adaptations are available online, the original version has never appeared on public domains. With its true essence thus obscured, most will never know the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra actually stood for – and what it does not stand for.

True, Vigyan bhairav tantra is an ancient treatise outlining 112 fundamental tantra meditation techniques. However, it is not to be mistaken for a meditation bible, for it explains tantra techniques that do not only train just our minds. Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is a 10,000-year-old tantra scripture meant to catalyze the expansion of consciousness, mind, body and soul.

Tantra is a very practical philosophy, and with ardent practice of this ancient art you  can develop a personal spiritual connection with the flow of your life. You can then reach and out tap into the Divinity that exists within you. Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is a holistic approach to life that honors and respects all aspects of your being, including sexuality, love and spirituality.

An ardent student of tantra would do well do avoid the many so-called ‘commentaries’ on this fabulous treatise, which has its deeper meanings inbuilt within the original text in Sanskrit.

The Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is not an intellectual or philosophical work that can be absorbed in a retreat or workshop. A qualified tantra teacher can instruct you in its essential teachings to aid you in your  tantra lessons, but the complete work required at least a decade and a half to master.

This scripture – one of the most revered in ancient tantra – explains the exact breath techniques Gautama Buddha used to achieve spiritual enlightenment. The Buddha’s Vipassana meditation method is well-known for being ‘one of His techniques’, but it is not generally known that it is based firmly on the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra.

Most religious and spiritual schools of the world have borrowed heavily from the various methods and techniques it offers without acknowledging it as their source. For example, Gurdjieff formulated his famous techniques on the lines prescribed by this ancient tantra scripture and introduced them to the West under his own name.

The student of tantra must understand that this ancient treatise is not only about the systematization of breath. Rather, it teaches us to  use breath as a technique to bring about pure consciousness. This consciousness is essential if we are to begin exploring the sexual aspects of tantra, which cannot be divorced  from deep spirituality.

Via the techniques taught by Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, we learn to harness energy that is otherwise wastefully expelled through mundane sexual intercourse. It changes the way we perceive sex. We learn to see it as much more than  just a peaking of erotic energy that must be released and then done away with.

About the Author

Acharya Subhojit Dasgupta is a Tantra Teacher with an in-depth knowledge of traditional Indian sciences and Sanskrit literature. Visit his tantra online guide to read about tantra for women, learn tantra exercises and technique and from this young Tantra Master

4 Comments

  • you have a good perspective on the vigyan bhairav tantra

    i have been joined to that book for years since first finding it

    if it is really as old as some people say then it really must be the source book of most asian meditation practices

    because everything else came later, like buddhism and buddhist meditation practices

    that bhairava tantra from the saivite tradition seems like the source of tibetan buddhism as well

    i think the history has been obscured and many things are possible

    i like to imagine, just for a daydream, that buddha knew of vigyan bhairav tantra and stood by its practices

    i’ve been casually working on my own translation of it, because i find almost all of them fairly bad

    i like the spirit of paul reps’ distillation of it in english, how he tried to make each verse like a zen poem but he obscured almost all the practices with the vague language

    the sanskrit is very precise, the terms are so detailed and exact, and much is lost in translation

    and i hate dry scholarly translations where a long drawn out sentence filled with bracket commentaries and such is used

    so i’ve been trying to merge the zen poem style that paul reps used with an exact word for word translation of the precise sanskrit

    however i’m not gonna try and publish it to make a buck like others have done (cough lorin roche cough)

    just keep it to my self, share it with others

    vigyan bhairav tantra can be seen as magickal manual as well, like the gnosis state in chaos magick, many of the practices are the same and explore the same routes

    that’s something lost in translations, i feel

    the whole mystery and profound essence of the work is missed in translations

    it should be seen like a mystikal guide book to the inner mind

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