Monday, November 19, 2007

Tantra Terms for the Puzzled Reader

Part of the trouble with exploring Tantra without a teacher is that you are bound to come across new words. Sometimes, these terms aren't adequately defined because authors assume that their readers already know them. Touching SA has an glossary of Tantra terms that can serve as an excellent reference for anyone, but especially newcomers learning on their own.
Acupressure Points. The junctures of energy pathways in the body. Holding acupressure points for more than a minute or so causes the body to release neurochemicals called endorphins. The release of endorphins can create a euphoric “natural high” and encourage relaxation as well as magnetism and intimacy.

Amrita. “Divine Nectar.” Sanskrit term for female ejaculate. This fluid is different from urine and similar to the prostatic fluid of men. In Tantra Amrita is considered to be a powerfully healing substance.Ananda. Divine bliss; joy; spiritual ecstasy.

Asana. Yoga posture. Used to positively influence the energies of body and mind

A-U-M. The three sounds which compose the root mantra, om. The sound-values of om and their symbolic interpretation are described in the Upanishads: “”A” as the waking consciousness, “U” as the dream-consciousness and “M” as the consciousness during deep sleep. Om as a whole represents the all-encompassing cosmic consciousness.”

Aura. The subtle field of energy generated by the various life energies in the body.

Ayurveda. “Science of life.” Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine of India, which dates back thousands of years. The Sanskrit root ayu means “life,” and veda means “pure knowledge.” Read more

1 comment:

Jeanna Dew said...

Thank you Jenny, for the link to my site. I must point out that I am not the originator of that list but you can find the original source beneath the article.

Here's to much contact!