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the poor, the suffering, the ill-treated. Buddha protests against the very idea of keeping anything secret. There was much more of that esoteric teaching in Brahmanism. There was the system of caste, which deprived the Shudras, at least, of many religious privileges. But . . . even in Brahmanism there is no such thing as an esoteric interpretation of the Shastras. The Shastras had but one meaning, and all who had been properly prepared by education, had access to them . . .
There is no mystery about it. Again it is true that the Vedanta, for instance, admit of an(Advaita and Visishtadvanta [Dualist, Non Dualist and something in between] interpretation and the same applies to the Upanishads. But all this is open and nothing is kept secret from those who have passed through the proper education. Besides in our time all MSS are accessible, the most important Shastras, and their commentaries have been printed. Where is there room for esoteric doctrine. No living Pandit or mahatma knows more than what is contained in the MSS, thought I am quite aware that their oral instruction, which is freely extended even to Europeans, is very helpful towards a right understanding of the Sanskrit texts and commentaries . . .” The celebrated Victorian Sanskrit scholar, Max “Moksha” Muller. Letter to the Theosophical Society received 4th July 1893 Published in A S Olcott, Old Diary Leaves 1893-96 (TPS 1975)
and ignore pretty much everything else. Meaning there are lots of different cults – and one tends to see things from the perspective of that cult. 3 . Tantra is a culty thing. I first joined a tantrik cult back in 1980 – I didn’t investigate too much its particularities. As this talk concerns “Tantra” we maybe need some definitions. If there is any supposed Tantrik secret – maybe its just about doing the work.Muller’s opinion was contested at the time by Theosophists and may need some revision but not untenable. It was a very odd cult – using the Indian term “Nathas” .
according to Plotinus. But when they met. old crow told him to get himself to India. a Alexandrian dock worker and philosopher.Our lineage came from a proto hippie called Dadaji. But he never forgot his connection with Crowley and later. He took Old Crow at his word and arrived just after independence and became a wandering Sadhu – spending the rest of his life in Indian until his death in 1989. he remade contact with disciples of Kenneth Grant in UK and with them founded an East / West version of the Kaula sect that survives today under the name AMOOKOS. AMOOKOS traces its roots back to a late classical fisherman called Matsyendranath. So one way or another. Which remind me that the founder of Neo-platonism (Ammonius Saccas) was. who had initially wanted to be a pupil of Aleister Crowley. in the mid 1970s. There are other nautical parallels 4 .
So let me digress to tell you that its normal nowadays to recognise three stages in the development of Tantra. 5 .Matsyendranath lived more than a thirteen hundred years ago – and developed his own magical style known as the Yogini Kaula – hence he maybe even be the creator of the so-called Kaula Practice. So by luck I wondered into a very important cult.
Our hero hopes to get the good graces of one of these feasting drunken bird-headed creatures who will then take him up into the sky and cavort with him and he will get siddhis. They are bribed by the offering of sexual fluids which our hero has procured through his kula activities. Just sign here. To give you a flavour... Very in your face – rituals in graveyards. Apr 15. These were divine half-human female beings who spend their time killing and eating babies. drinking liquor and kula fluids and eating wild meat. an adept known as Lalita Mataji made the following post: Originally tantra was a way for a very brave 'hero' to seduce and bribe his way into the company of the Dakini/yoginis. 2008 at 11:36 AM.X young gentlemen. And it shares many of those features. orgies that sort of thing... when we were discussing this in a recent elist. Its this I believe is contemporary with the Hermetic. The Kulas are said to be extremists in their magick. and don't forget the baby! love lal On Tue. 6 .. for example the clan structure.. or Pagan magic of the classical world.. These fluids are some of the many fluids that females produce including sexual ejaculate which have been all mixed together in some recipe which is unique to each kula.The earliest stage is called “Kula” – which means clan or family.
and that is what is known as “Tantra”. Some (but which some) practices are internalised – thus the circle in the forest could also be the chakra in the body. Meetings took place on the new or full moons in isolated circles within the forest.“Kaula” comes next and is a development of “Kula”. This is mainstream and is pretty much synonymous with mainstream Hinduism. Over time even the Kaula gets more and more refined or watered down if you prefer. It’s more mellow. 7 . The Kaulas were pretty much the inventors of Kundalini Yoga. discreet. It’s a secret society. It’s final stage is purely internal.
“Eight” is a very significant number in Kaula lore. In my little book “Tantra Sadhana” I present a way of recognising Tantrism though eight characteristic activities.That’s a history but all three stages persist in some form or another. 8 . So trying my best to avoid repetition – I thought I’d add some more explanation of some of these categories – maybe not all eight as that would be tedious.
– The eight are: 1. Mandala or Yantra 4. Mudra 5. Dhyana 7. Puja (especial sexualised rites) 8. Mantra 3. Nyasa 6. Initiation 9 . Sadhana / practice – 2.
For some time now I have had a working hypothesis that there is some cross over between the idea late Egyptian and early “Tantrik” magick. 10 . Hence my term “Tankhem” or “Typhonian” or indeed “Golden Dawn”. they all work on the same premise. even “Theosophy”. They certainly overlap in terms of time and there is a geographical connection.Mantra: In TS I introduce lots of strange concepts – including a opening rite that is based on material from the Greek Magical Papyri – so I thought I’d take some time to explain that in more detail now.
When the founder of my Kaula sect was compiling his tantrik “grimoire” – he seems to be aware of this doctrine of seven sacred vowels.Using careful detective work its been possible to discern that the priest magicians of Roman Egypt devised an international language – that combined ancient hieroglyphs with the Greek vowels. Perhaps as we would do he used a very similar system – the eight vowels being: 11 . Much of this was either transferred to or found a home in India. It combines Egyptian power of the word with Orphic power of sound.
has A as in but or father I as in fit/fee U as in put/boo R purdy L table Ai: bite Om: rope Au: found 12 .Matsyendranath. using a simpler vernacular.
are pretty much the only “language “ you need to construct any number of mantras and spells. In permutation – 8 x 8 = 64. new home. The eight represent to eight fundamental yoginis or female spirits of Tantrism. Get Game. although in a different order. These eight sounds – combined with some consonants such as H or S. Feed the Hot.Which is are pretty much the same as the Greek vowels – said to be the soul of the alphabet – which I suggested as a mnemonic Father. from either system. 13 .
In the end it boils down to a freeform vowel song or chaos language.Ok that’s a simple but also maybe a complex idea so I’ll just leave it with you to experiment. 14 .
the eating of human flesh. (See also Tales of the Vampire) Both images are combined in the motif of cannibalism. See for example the famous images of Goddess Kali. Everyone has heard of its extreme rituals and its “sexual magick” or “Tantrik Sex”. drinking liquor.Puja Puja. 15 . meaning ritual is probable the most distinctive thing about Tantra. who loses her head and those about her whilst engaged in sexual coupling with the god Shiva. (KOTY: p17) . In fact there are two big themes in Kaula iconography “Sex” and “Death”. We heard earlier the accusation that Kaula goddesses are divine half-human female beings who spend their time killing and eating babies. kula fluids and eating wild meat.
some are tree goddesses. This is same as in Hinduism .which do especially afflict children . 16 .and overtime these have been mellowed and moderated or turned into metaphors or internalised. Some may well be connected with abortion.Some of the Yoginis are disease entities .which grew from a very bloodthirsty Vedic religion. or be like medieval incubi/succubi. Like many religions (perhaps all) we have some bloodthirsty roots . some are bird and animal entities.
the guru or some other intermediary to the would-be adept.Sex in Kaula rites is never conventional. Example Cunnilingus according to etc [read from book] If you study magick one thing will begin the stick out more than anything else? 17 . On the whole it’s more oral than penetrative – (If you want to succeed. you must suck seed) This facilitates the process of fluid gnosis – from the yogini.
Food is the secret key to magick in al traditions at all times. According to Hindu intellectual tradition. food.FOOD Perhaps from the beginning of time. 18 . “everything is food” When we die we are consumed in the funeral pyre or digested in the warm earth just as we during our lifetime consumed other organises in the fire of our stomachs. has been the mediating principle of magick.
Think of rituals of commensatility – or put simply – if you want to seduce someone. 19 . Only thus can they release the colossal power of the elephant. Its also the way we control the animal kingdom – think of the working elephants – living avatars of the god Ganesha – their trainers prepare embryo shaped balls of food for them everyday – which is then put directly into the Elephants mouth by hand. you bake them a cake. It’s a process as old as life itself. It is no coincidence that Ganesha is an important Tantrik deity.
We also associated them with various aspects of the soul. it takes flight on the wings of a swan. In folklore it is the stork that delivers the newborn babe In ancient Egypt various parts of the souls were represented by different water foul – – the Ba or life force the Jiburu Stork the Akh or transfigured self by the Crested Ibis (Thoth is the Sacred Ibis) In Plato one reads that when a soul is reborn.Disease entities We humans have a very special relationship with the bird kingdom. We have long seen them as agents of disease – the current fear of Avian Flu is just the latest of a long line of examples. (thus the poem by W B Yeats – White Swans at Coole Park) 20 .
21 . Hamsa can also mean “swan” or “goose” – and like many cultures the Hindus envisioned the lungs as the wings of a bird.In tantra one of the most powerful mantras is HanSA – which is also the “in and out breath.
22 . both their own menstrual and sexual emissions. female divinities with whom human female “witches” were identified in ritual practice. and the blood of their animal (and human?) victims. sometimes martial. (their power was intimately connected to the flow of blood.Read this fact in conjunction with following summary from David Gordon White’s “Kiss of the Yogini” “The Yoginis whose cults were central to Kaula practice had the following features: (1) they were a group of powerful. (3) they were essential to tantrik initiation in which they initiated male practitioners through fluid transactions via their “mouths”.
(7) their temples were generally located in isolated areas. on hilltops or prominences and were usually round and often hypaethral. animals or birds.(4) they were possessed of the power of flight.” 23 . and (8) they were never portrayed as practicing yoga for the simple reason that yoga as we know it had not yet been invented. (5) they took the form of humans.
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