Non-Denominational Prayer Worship: Atonement, Redemption and Good Karma
For a fully immersive spiritual experience, students and volunteers can utilize the physical based training towards a faith based practice, building a strong spiritual and religious foundation, while continuing and intensifying their relationship with God, however we view or define Him or Her. Though tantra4women is still the leader in physical techniques tantra workshops and lessons, this new worship service embraces the spiritual power that comes with prayer and worship.
A key aspect of the spiritual journey in any/all religion is redemption, atonement of sins, and living a life of love. For the Muslim, Christian and Jewish religions, forgiveness comes from God on Judgement Day, based on your deeds and service. God may also make judgement and/or influence outcomes that effect you in THIS life as well as the after-life. So, while much of the the effort of prayer and worship is in preparation for the after life, there is some promise of ‘bounty’ in this life for your service.
Tantra shares this belief system and the commonality explains why tantra worship is non-denominational. Tantra also recognizes the after-life, though in the form of physical rebirth on this planet as opposed to an after-life in a physical heaven or hell elsewhere. And, Tantra identifies ‘Karma’, not necessarily God, as the force that is changed through deeds and actions from a life of prayer. And importantly, the Karma effects you not just in THIS life, but your next! There is commonality that worship and service can change BOTH Karma as well as any decision on Judgement Day.
Tantra recognizes the seven deadly sins (though not articulated as such), which humans consciously or unconsciously express at least once or more EVERY DAY and go to creating our karma: gluttony, lust, greed, pride, wrath (anger), vanity, and sloth (laziness) are all deemed deadly sins. For the tantra mind-body connection, sex is extremely important. Know that when sexual intimacy is performed from love and commitment, as in tantra4women worship, it is not lust and not a sin. Similar to Judeo-Christian beliefs, tantra teaches the creation of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Karma impacts THIS life while determining how you will exist in the next.
The founder and leader of Tantra4women is now offering a new way to reach atonement, a way to forgive and redeem sins, and a way to cleanse bad karma from past lives and this life. By volunteering (not being greedy), not being too proud to volunteer for tantra4women, not being vain when achieving bliss, not being too lazy (making time to practice), and by acting from love and commitment and not lust, we CAN perform a worship that redeems us and saves us from sin! By attaining and sustaining the physical bliss of our worship, we experience paradise and perfection on this earth. The smile we wear for the service we put in for tantra4women gives us strength, happiness and endless joy in our lives!
Religions differ on methods of worship and exactly who we are supposed to pray to. However, prayers said privately or in a group can be directed to a God by name such that there is no chance of worship to false gods or false prophets. Similarly, worship can take many forms but commonly religions see worship as an active use of time dedicated to prayer. Meaning, walking down the street praying you don’t get run over by car is not considered worship.
Common to all religions is their faith-based nature. Receiving the benefits of Tantra worship in your religion requires an open mind and open heart to see the value and commonality. It requires faith that this dedication, as any other you may endeavor, is an honest and true service to God.
Sexual Rites in Tantra
Agriculture is found to be one of the major activities of people of the Indus valley civilization. They are said to have held certain magical beliefs and rituals for improving the fertility of a field. The belief is that the productivity of the nature can be enhanced or induced by the symbolical representation of human reproduction. This primitive belief of an agricultural-oriented people led to evolving new form of fertility rites.
The Fertility rites are of several types. One kind of such fertility rites consists of the practice of sexual union either by couples or a group in a field before setting it ready for cultivation. It is believed that by doing so the field will yield to better productions. The iconic representations of Linga and Yōni unearthed from the sites of Indus valley civilization points to the practice of such fertility rites.
With regards to the tantric rituals of this nature, sexual worship forms the central part of the Vāma and the Kaula sects of Tantrism, but the belief behind the ritual differs from that of fertility rites.
The restriction, redefinition and/or elimination of sexual rites in Tantra is a result of the Vedic origins of Hindu and Buddhist teachings that reinterpreted Tantra centuries ago. Led by their male dominated societies, they revoked women’s authority, reduced the importance of mother goddess, and removed sex as part of a fertility ritual. Kaula tantra preserved sexual rituals, but the rationale was altered to ‘forming a union of male and female energy’, thereby lending a more spiritual (as opposed to agricultural) motivation to the rituals.
The fact that a “Western” interpretation upholds and reinstates some of the pre-Vedic value to sexual rites and the rightful leadership role of women in society does not “debase” Tantra. It does however reflect poorly on the Hindu and Buddhist founders that debased Tantra centuries earlier to conform to a male dominated world view, and those so-called Tantra practitioners today who are actually practicing Hinduism or Buddhism and mislabeling it Tantra.
The question may arise as to whether it is possible to establish that tantric form of rituals have its origin in pre Vedic times merely on the grounds of the discoveries of linga and yōni? The answer is very clear that by the mere presence of the Linga and Yōni as a symbol of fertility rites, it is not possible to establish that the tantric form of rituals is as old as Indus valley civilization. But the fact remains yet undeniable that such a sort of rituals was in existence even before the time of the emergence of Vedas. Certainly, the philosophical advancement is found to have achieved gradually.
Brihad Nila and Kaula School of Tantra
The Brihad Nila Tantra covers meditation and the vira sadhana (heroic worship, which includes sexual intercourse) of Mahakali. It also outlines the principles of svecchacharya (the path of acting according to one’s will) which is central to the Kaula school of tantra.
Kaula chooses a positive (affirmative) approach: instead of prescribing self-limitations and condemning various actions, it embraces such actions in a spiritual light. Thus, sexuality, love, social life and artistic pursuits are considered vectors of spiritual evolution. The main focus in Kaula is on practical methods for attaining enlightenment, rather than engaging in complex philosophical debate. Whatever is pleasant and positive can be integrated in its practice.
The principal means employed in the Kaula practice are the spiritual family, the practice of initiation rituals, the couple (sexual rituals such as maithuna), the body (spiritual alchemy inside one’s own body), the energy (shakti) (controlled especially through the use of mantras and mystical phonemes) and the consciousness (seen as the epitome of one’s whole being and of the universe itself).