In India, there are six main schools of Traditional Tantra Yoga: Siva Siddhanta, Pashupata Saivism, Vira Saivism, Siva Advaita, Siddha Siddhanta and Kashmir Shaivism.
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 oneself who is hidden in the dust of concepts, ideas, dreams and desires. Tantra accepts human being as it is without any judgment, guilt, fear, comparison and offers a way to unveil or rediscover it.
Tantra says that whatever 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.
Traditional Tantra Yoga is not against senses. Rather it uses senses. It doesn’t teach you to control your mind, rather be aware of it without any judgement.
It is for choiceless witnessing beyond likes and dislikes. It teaches spontaneous awareness to be present as life flows. Tantra embraces 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.
Tantric Shaivism is practically the oldest spiritual path of the world. In India, Tantric Shaivism is millennium old, and the archeological researches from Mohenjo Daro and Harappa revealed a history going back even beyond the Chalcolithic age.
Shiva represents that hypostasis of God that is manifested as Great Savior or Great Master of the ignorant, limited beings. Any sincere, frantic aspiration towards the state of spiritual freedom is addressed in fact to this aspect of God, Shiva the Good and Kind.
Any sign of the manifestation of the divine grace, which is indispensable to reaching the state of supreme spiritual freedom is closely connected to Shiva. Therefore, we may even say that Shaivism can be found in any place where a strong, authentic spiritual tradition flourished.
Mukta Tantra Yoga is not to get lost into systems, philosophies and history, rather using their wisdom to express who we truly are.
Therefore, Mukta teaches the essence of Eastern Tantric Mysticism and not focusing on a particular school, or recommending and referring to any particular book. It is rather helping to read one’s own book.
It is based on direct self-inquiry and Mukta will try his best to support you on your journey without converting you in to new beliefs without any logical or scientific ground.