meticulous preparatory and purificatory rites. The act balances energies coursing within thepranic idaandpingalachannels in the subtle bodies of both participants. The
awakened andkundalinirises upwards within it. This eventually culminates insamadhiwherein
the respective individualities of each of the participants are completely dissolved in the unity of cosmic consciousness. Tantrics understand the act on multiple levels. The male and femaleparticipants are conjoined physically and representShivaandShakti, the male and female
principles. Beyond the physical, asubtlefusion of Shiva and Shakti energies takes placeresulting in a united energy field. On an individual level, each participant experiences a fusion of one's own Shiva and Shakti energies.
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09-28. Magee, Michael.The Kali Yantra  quoted in Urban (2003), p. 168 "The Pañcatattva (The Secret Ritual Panchatattvahas a number of meanings in different traditions. The term "
" is also employed bytheGaudiya Vaishnavism. Rosen, Steven J.
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