How to relax- Based on Osho’s Talk on Dhammapada.

Tension means the past. The past that you have not really lived but only somehow only bypassed; it hangs, it is a hangover, it surrounds you.

You will have to relax from the circumference. The first step in relaxing is the body. Remember as many times as possible to look in the body, whether you are carrying some tension in the body somewhere – at the neck, in the head, in the legs. Relax it consciously. Go to that part of the body and persuade that part, say to it lovingly, "Relax!" And you will be surprised.

If you approach any part of your body, it listens, it follows you – it is your body! With closed eyes, go inside the body from head to toe, searching for any place where there is tension, and then talk to that part as you talk to a friend. Let there be a dialogue between you and your body. Tell it to relax and tell it, "There is nothing to fear. Don't be afraid. I am here to take care – you can relax." Gradually, you will learn the knack of it.

Once the body becomes relaxed then take another step, a little deeper. Tell the mind to relax. And if the body listens, the mind also listens, but you cannot start with the mind – you have to start from the beginning. You cannot start from the middle. Many people start with the mind, and they fail; they fail because they start from the wrong place. Everything should be done in the right order.

If you become capable of relaxing the body voluntarily, then you will be able to help your mind relax voluntarily. The mind is a more complex phenomenon. Once you have become confident that the body listens to you, you will have a new trust in yourself. Now even the mind can listen to you. It will take a little longer with the mind, but it happens.

When the mind is relaxed, then start relaxing your heart, the world of your feelings, emotions – which is even more complex, even subtler. But now you will be moving with great trust in yourself. Now you will know it is possible. If it is possible with the body and possible with the mind, it is possible with the heart too. And then, only when you have gone through these three steps, can you take the fourth. Now you can go to the innermost core of your being, which is beyond body, the mind, and the heart: the very centre of your existence. And you will be able to relax too.

And that relaxation certainly brings the greatest joy possible, the ultimate ecstasy and acceptance. You will be full of bliss and rejoicing. Your life will have the quality of dance to it.

Raj Pandey

Tantra's secrecy

Tantra's secrecy

Yogini is an important link of the tantric system. This is a fierce force. The system has been classified into five categories. The first is Shiva-Tantra, in which Shiva is a Guru and Mother Parvati is a disciple. The second is the Shakta-tantra, in which Shakti (power) is supreme. Third is the Ganapatya Tantra, in which Ganesha is the main divinity. The fourth is the Surya-Tantra, in which the sun is the primary force. And the fifth system is Vaishnava-Tantra, in which Narayan is considered the chief. These are the top five Tantras.

Two of the five systems are currently active in India, Shiva-Tantra (Shaivism) and Shakta-Tantra. Both these systems are lively and dynamic. In Shiva-Tantra, Shiva is Guru and Shakti is disciple. A lot of sects are evolved in this Tantra. There are 10 major branches in the Shiva-tantra. In the Shakta-Tantra, where Shakti (power) is the supreme controller of the universe, there are ten Maha vidyas or great wisdoms. These ten wisdoms have ten schools devoted to them. The creator in the Shakta-Tantra appears in ten different forms. It starts from Kali, then blossoms like shodshi Tara, and expresses itself as meditative consciousness Kamla at the end. It is a power that pervades all the visible and invisible universe and reveals a person's personal and cosmic fate. All versions of it are good, kind and as loved as a shodshi. This is the last expression of Shakti Devi.

Sadhana of Shri Chakra is not the highest meditation of the system. In short, the theory behind Shakti worship is that shakti comes from a fusion of worldly law and cosmic energy. At the same time, the Tantric tradition shows that there are Chaurasi (84) Siddhas and 64 tantras that are the masters of tantric art and science.

Shakti Tantra is fruitful only when the Devi (Shakti) is seen as the supreme Guru in the form of cosmic energy. This is an old tradition. In ancient India especially, women would always get the highest position and status in the society. With medieval attacks and political upheaval, the matriarchal system was subdued, and the patriarchal system began to emerge. Tantra is a very pure tradition and pathway. Tantra has Tamasic Tantra (Kuala Tantra), Rajasic Tantra (Mishra Tantra) and Sattvic Tantra (Samaya Tantra). Most of the humans in current society know more about the Tamasic Tantra as the power to control and influence other people's attitudes and thoughts is always at the forefront. That's why most of the Sadhaks (Practitioners) adopt or follow the Tamasic Tantra method. This system is so powerful that it is often called black magic by humans.

A follower of the Rajasic tantra system concentrates on practical and social behaviour. This is the system which teaches us to control different human instincts and nature by controlling worldly desires. Those who teach this are the main teachers (Gurus). But this is not the real system (Tantra). True Tantra is considered as Sattvik Tantra, in which the secret of the way of surrender and faith, surrender to God and faith in God is described. What is the practice of yoga? This is the Sattvic tantra not Rajasic or Tamasic Tantra.

Sattvik Tantra is of the highest class. And there is power in it. It has the power to free someone completely from the cycle of birth and death. Nothing more can be achieved after mastering Sattvik Tantra except salvation (Moksha). Tantric tradition is unique, very beautiful and very organised. This is very pure, very simple and develops a nature of innocence. To be related to power you must give up your ego completely. This is considered one of the most difficult system of practices.