(Last Updated on : 11/07/2011)
Meditation in Tantra yoga
is often practiced where the Tantra devotee sits peacefully and purifies mind and heart of errant thoughts and wishes. The devotee then tries to sense senses the life force within his or her being. Gradually with the help of imagination the life force rises up the spine, from the tailbone into the neck and then into the forehead. Later the Tantra yogi directs that the life force to move out and form a body of light and energy. Through practice, amazing renewal is felt through tantric meditation and spiritual awakening is accelerated. There are different forms of meditation in Yoga that are practiced by the tantric.
To understand and attain perfect concentration one needs to think of the six aspects or six modes through which every creature and every object expresses itself:
1) It is visible;
2) It makes a sound;
3) It has a smell;
4) It has a taste or flavor;
5) It has a texture;
6) It has its own psyche (is alive) or has impressed on it a psychic
When an object or a living being is thoroughly experienced all these six modes are utilized. During complete meditation we first need to visualize, then hear, then taste, then feel, then smell, and then sense the feeling of the whole object. There are only few people in whom one or two of these sensory inputs are developed. Thus a student of Tantra, needs to develop and enhance all the inputs. This helps to become one with the object being sensed.
Lotus Stem Meditation, Male Practice
Lotus Stem Meditation is one of the prominent forms of the Tantra Yoga. This form of Trantic Yoga is practiced by a male. This single-pointed meditation exercise is practiced to focus and concentrate on the whole being. Here the yogi needs the concentrate on the yoni visualizing it in all six of its aspects. The feminine essence also needs to be focused on. For meditation it is very essential for the yogi to feel the sensation of the female. During the sacred rites, a little musk is often placed on the yoni. As more meditation is done the skills get strengthened. Along with it even the level of awareness expands and a complete understanding takes place.
Lotus Stem Meditation, Female Practice
Lotus Stem Meditation is another form of Tantric meditation which is practiced by the female. Here the female uses single-pointed meditation and focuses on the lingam. The Tantrist concentrates on the essence of the male. In India before the sacred coupling patchouli incense is used. The practice of both these single-pointed meditations for longer time periods can about perfection in the execution. It is a vitally important skill in Tantric Yoga. Through this meditative understanding each becomes an infinitely better lover.