Kalkinath - The Tantric Body

Kalkinath - The Tantric Body

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One of Tantra's most fundamental teachings is the primacy of the body. Unlike Western philosophies of Judeo-Christian bodily denial, the various Tantric schools assert that just as the world is real, so is the body; that if the world is, essentially, divine, then so too is the body, and therefore just as the world is honoured as a creation of the divine power, then so too must we honour the body. While the practices of asana and pranayama commonly associated with Hatha Yoga have become popular (trendy, even) in the West, there is a diverse range of other practices & concepts relating to the body in the Tantric systems. Tantric practice sadhana continually directs attention back to the body. A brief example of this is given in the Sat-Cakra Nirupana Tantra, wherein it is stated that the top lip is Sakti, the bottom lip is Siva, and the lips smacking together is the union of Siva-Sakti.