Tantra & Vedanta

Sri Shyamji grew up in a family of Vedic tradition. He was initiated into the Saivite tradition of Tantra by an exceptional guru. The grace of the guru (guru krippa) and the spiritual practices he imparted (Sadhana) are the basis for his life’s work. His knowledge of Shuddha (pure) Advaita Vedanta was taught to him by an extraordinary exponent, Sri. Atmanandendra Sarasvati. This wisdom has been a major contribution to Microchakra Psychology™ and InnerTuning®.

The ancient way of life taught on the Indian subcontinent from time immemorial was called Sanatan Dharma—the eternal laws. These were regarded as the laws of the universe. If a person could understand and follow them, their life would be in harmony with the universe. No distinction was made between physical and spiritual laws. Sanatan Dharma has been carried through the ages by two ancient traditions: Tantra and Veda.

The scope of these traditions is vast. InnerTuning® makes most use of the non- dual forms of Saivism from the Tantric tradition and Advaita Vedanta from the Vedic tradition. It also suggests that ages ago, these might have been just one tradition (Tantra-Advaita). These laws together with the inner sounds and visions of Sri Shyamji are the source of inspiration for Microchakra Psychology™ and InnerTuning® systems.

The viewpoint of nonduality teaches that Consciousness is “One without a second.” It further teaches that each of us is ultimately that One Consciousness. “Tat Tvam Asi—Thou art That.”

An essential step in this direction is to perceive the difference between the Self and the ego. This advanced and subtle step is called discernment (vicara). Advaita Vedanta refers to the absence of this discernment as metaphysical ignorance. Vedanta employs the highest thought process that humans are capable of. It is not possible to approach this truth with out first transcending the mind.

In the Tantric tradition, it is said;

'‘Yatha Pinday Tatha Brahmanday’
' As it is here, so it is there’

 The human microcosm is regarded as a reflection of the universal macrocosm.

Within each atom is also contained a miniature of the entire cosmos This understanding seems to be in agreement with the holographic theory of the universe. Observation of the human mind is assumed to provide a path towards understanding of the greater cosmic mind.

It aims not only at self-purification, liberation and self-perfection but also at cosmic enjoyment.Tantra aims at the self-fulfillment of the existence of man and woman in the delight of psychic unity. Tantra seeks Divine bliss and freedom in the Universe of existence.

There are poses, mudras, breath controls, concentrations, chants and meditations but more than all these, there is the delight of the conquest of the lower nature by the higher to make life an Integral factor of Bliss Divine.

It awakens the latent dynamism in all the planes of awareness. It Divinizes every Tattva in man and woman. Its methods are intrinsically inner, practical and sure of results. Mat Samo Jayate Narah-The human becomes Divine himself-this is the aim of Tantra. Aum Suddha Sakti Aum Sivam.

SHUDDHANANDA BHARATI