Tantra is the original spiritual science first taught in India more than 7000 years ago, and is considered more of a philosophy than religion. It was founded by the original inhabitants of the Indus Valley who had a Dravidian language and culture. Excavations of Indus sites have yielded terra-cotta figurines of broad-hipped pregnant-looking females. Representative of the Great Mother or nature, these types of deities, as well as the bull, are common among early agricultural societies of Eurasia.
Excavations of Indus cities have not revealed any buildings that can positively be identified as temples. Anthropologists are relatively certain that tantra was a home based spiritual practice, and the peoples of the Indus civilization practiced rituals with either family or acquaintances, as available, and emphasized ritual purity. Much of this is evidenced by the presence of drainable baths in most of the residences, as well as a great bath or pool surrounded by a pillared hall with small cell-like rooms. Scholars have surmised that washing and bathing were integral to the preservation of purity and that cleanliness was considered necessary to ward off evil spirits.
The most accepted theory holds that the Aryans (an Indo-European culture whose name comes from the Sanskrit for “noble”) invaded India and Iran around 1800 BC (roughly 4000 years ago). Both the Sanskrit language and the Vedic religion are foundational to Hinduism, and is attributable to the Aryans and their descendants with original tantra practices becoming subordinate to that of the invading peoples. Tantras were ignored or rejected completely by the upholders of Vedic religion. Over time, Tantrism grew stronger as a rival to authority and when it was felt that it is no longer possible for these religions to survive as two separate entities, a compromise was made by adopting materials from each other.
Thus, there are two distinct views of on the origin of Tantrism. They are (1) non-Vedic and (2) Vedic origin of Tantrism. The instances of the worship of the mother goddesses are found in many of pre-Vedic cultures. It shows the existence of a universal concept of a mother goddess. It is a striking fact that a parallel cult of mother goddess cannot be found anywhere in the Vedas. It may be due to the fact that Vedic culture is predominantly a male dominant culture.
Tantra For Women practices techniques that mostly align with the Kaula school of tantra, which mirror more closely a pre-Vedic tantra practice. Sacred ritual participants do not require any special relationships such as husband-wife, teacher-student, or leader-follower to be spiritual; and can include a cleansing body shampoo, massage, and/or sacred sexual meditations. All in the original tantra tradition. Dating is meaningless and exhausting compared to spiritual and ritual mating!