The verbal root of tantra is “tan”, “to expand,” followed by the suffix “tra”, which is usually an instrumental suffix. Hence tantra means “an instrument (tra) for expansion (tan)”. There is only ever ONE correct etymological meaning of a word.
It is a science to experience what is and is not a philosophy. It is not mind-oriented; it is living in the moment, not future- and past-oriented. It is a rediscovery of yourself who is hidden in the dust of concepts, ideas, dreams and desires. It accepts the human being as it is without any judgment, guilt, fear, comparison and offers a way to unveil or rediscover it. Tantra says that whatsoever you are, the ultimate is not opposite to it. No struggle, no conflict, no fight with nature is needed. Tantra says greed, anger, hate and sex are not your enemies – take them as a divine gift and approach them with a very grateful heart. Tantra says move in desire with full consciousness so only consciousness remains.
Tantra is not against senses. Rather it uses senses. It doesn’t teach you to control your mind but rather be aware of it without any judgement. Tantra is for choiceless witnessing beyond likes and dislikes. It teaches spontaneous awareness to be present as life flows. Tantra embrace the change as the flow of life and flows with it. Tantra trusts in life force; it allows to unfold your true nature. There is no goal in Tantra, you don’t have to reach somewhere – you are already there where you should be – just be aware that you are. This awareness is you. Tantra helps you to feel your own presence in order to live your life in harmony.