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Dakshinachara or the right handed path is underlines the meditational and spiritual disciplines. It insists upon the purity and clarity in action and conduct. Dakshinachara is recommended for the Bhaktas or for the more devoted people. The right handed path is also called the orthodox path. It is applicable for both the Hindu social dharma or for yogic practice. The Buddhist Tantra is based on the Samaya or the Dakshinachara Tradition.
Dakshinachara consists of mantra, Yoga
. The various rituals are considered secondary in the right handed path and are used symbolically. This tradition has been the most common for the monastic and the Brahmanical circles. The monks renounce their social position. Generally the customs and rituals that are followed for the commencement of ordinary sacraments such as marriage are not required for the monks. The right handed path is a way of peace.
Dakshinachara consists of traditional Hindu practices such as asceticism and meditation.
A Tantric text known as the Brahma Yamala declares that there are three currents of tradition which are dakshina, vama, and madhyama. These are characterized respectively by the prevalence of each of the three gunas
i.e. sattva, rajas, and tamas. Here dakshina is characterized by sattva that is pure; vama is characterized by rajas which mean it is mixed and madhyama is characterized by tamas which means is impure. The Tantras of each class abide by a fixed line of spiritual practices. While treading the path of ecstasy one might get disposed to certain specified actions as he breaks through preconceptions and releases his internal energies.
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