What is tantra yoga

Tantra Explanation – What is Tantra?

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hello welcome back to Tantra thoughts my

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name is Gustavo today we’re going to be

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discussing what is Tantra Tantra is a

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spiritual science that is pretty ancient

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it goes back over 7,000 years back to

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ancient India Thanh means

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expansion trah means liberation

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so therefore what you’re doing in Tantra

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is you are expanding your consciousness

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or going through a process of expansion

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in order to attain liberation and the

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basic premise in Tantra is that all unit

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beings human beings animals plants fish

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all individual unit beings have

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consciousness going from crude to subtle

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and subtle meaning that it is slowly

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becoming one with infinite consciousness

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so that is the objective with Tantra the

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objective is to take your unit

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consciousness and merge it with infinite

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consciousness it’s that spiritual

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journey that we’re all going through to

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ultimately arrive at our destination

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being one with infinite consciousness so

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like we said Tantra goes back over seven

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thousand years and it’s basically

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equated with also the creation of

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civilization as well at least further

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for there in India

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so before Tantra you know you could say

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that life in India or life in the world

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it was it wasn’t civilized as we would

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consider it today

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so when Tantra came around it really

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helped to organize life not only in a

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spiritual way but actually in the

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creating the foundation of civilization

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and who was the first Tantra guru or the

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first person to actually teach Tantra

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give Tantra a name package Tantra it was

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a guy by the name of sada Shiva also

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known as just Shiva the

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guru and sometimes that word Shiva is

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very confusing because when you say

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Shiva some people might think you’re

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talking about the Hindu god of

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destruction Shiva or the concept also in

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Tantra of Shiva and Shakti Shiva being

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the cognitive principle of what is God

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and Shakti being the operative principle

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of what is God but right now as I say

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Shiva I mean that historical guru who

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lived seven thousand years ago who

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wasn’t the founder of Tantra per se not

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the inventor of Tantra because there

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were other you know Yogi’s along with

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him that were already practicing Tantra

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but he’s the guy that you know made it

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an institution made it a thing and we’re

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going to have other videos where we

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discussed the life of Shiva and his many

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many contributions to not only Tantra

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but human civilization as well so he’s

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an example of a Tantra guru the concept

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of Guru is is also big in Tantra we can

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name a few more um 3500 years ago there

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was another famous guru that came to the

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planet by the name of Krishna thankfully

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so because you can imagine from 7,000

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years ago when she was started to then

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about 4000 years later or less when

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Krishna came around there was no written

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language then many of these original

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tantric practices were lost and so you

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know thankfully then Krishna comes

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around 3500 years ago in revamps Tantra

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and gives it a reboot and then years

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later – in modern history we can think

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of Sri Sri and under more tea I was a

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Tantra guru from 1955 to 1990 also

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revamped Tantra and also it’s important

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to consider the many different tantric

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lineages that derived from its original

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form you know so for example Tibetan

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Buddhism is a tantric lineage Zen

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Buddhism is a tantric lineage Taoism is

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a tantric lineage ananda marga is

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another tantric lineage so therefore

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Tantra kind of splintered off also

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into these different paths which is

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pretty normal for any spiritual

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tradition any spiritual science some of

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the things that I always think of when I

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think of Tantra is this idea of what

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does it mean to expand to be in this

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process of expansion to ultimately

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arrive or merge you know by expanding

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ones conciousness to merge with infinite

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consciousness this process of you

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expanding your unit consciousness takes

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struggle takes a lot of work and that’s

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one of the tenants of Tantra Tantra

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recognizes that that expansion is always

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going to be difficult there’s always

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going to be clash I mean just imagine

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that you have a rope tied around you if

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you try to expand your body so that it

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can break that rope there’s going to be

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clash there there’s going to be pain

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there’s going to be problems and Tantra

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recognizes that and tells the Tundra

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Kaoru practitioner that they’re going to

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have to go through obstacles in life

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in fact just sitting for meditation

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which is a big tenant of Tantra

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practicing meditation is a struggle

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because when you sit for meditation you

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are on the one hand trying to merge with

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infinite consciousness I mean what a

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glorious thing to do nothing should be

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standing in your way

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but yet the whole world stands in your

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way where are our material attachments

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that other element very human material

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aspect of ourselves is what begins to

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clash with this longing that we have to

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merge with infinite consciousness so in

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all areas of life we see clash we see

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struggle and this is the tantric journey

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this is what it means to live a tantric

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life is to be fearless and to be able to

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overcome those obstacles in order to

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attain the goal which is to merge with

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that with infinite consciousness in the

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universe and there’s going to be

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struggle in all areas of life not only

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in your individual spiritual practice in

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family life in social life and in

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society we see struggle you know it

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takes protest in order to get a law

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passed that is going to end oppression

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it takes struggle in order to get to the

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goal and

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it takes struggle in your meditation for

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you to become go from crude to subtle

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meaning for example a human being a

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human being can be very animalistic in

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fact human beings are animals but when a

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human being controls those animal

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instincts they become they move from

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being animalistic to being human and

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then from being human they can learn to

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control that in order to then become

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godlike all right or transcend their

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humanity so that it becomes more godlike

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it becomes more subtle it becomes more

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closer and closer to infinite

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consciousness so I’m sorry to disappoint

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some of you that might have thought that

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Tantra was about sex I know when you

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google Tantra those are the things that

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come up but it’s all related to sex but

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recently I’ve heard that that’s more

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like Western Tantra or at least that is

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what the West has really absorbed any

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and and and sort of simplified Tantra to

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be is just something that has to do with

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sex

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anyways maybe in another video we will

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discuss those misconceptions let me go

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ahead and try and put Tantra in a

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various in in a more concrete way I you

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know somewhere down the road there was a

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guy named Pont Angela who came around

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who wrote the Yoga Sutras pantangeles

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Yoga Sutras and this gentleman Pont

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Anjali is also known for having created

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not created but packaged the eight limbs

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of ashtanga yoga the reason I’m

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mentioning the eight limbs of Ashtanga

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Yoga is that if you know what those

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eight limbs are those have their root in

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tundra if you’re practicing any of the

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eight limbs of ashtanga yoga you are

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practicing tundra let’s go over them

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quickly there is a Yama and niyama these

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are ethical guidelines they’re kind of

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like the ten commandments of yoga or

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Tantra they are ethical guidelines that

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a Tantra yogi should follow in order to

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be successful in their meditation and

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we’re going to have a video on all of

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these so that would be to remember I

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said there’s eight the third one could

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be asanas which are the yoga

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postures then there is dharna mistress

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concentration there is pratyahara which

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is withdrawing the senses then there is

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pranayama which is the practice of

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withholding the breath in order to

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attain certain spiritual heights and

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then there is Dionne which is very

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devotional in Dionne is this sort of

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bhakti-yoga idea of experiencing this

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love or devotion for that supreme

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consciousness that infinite

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consciousness and then the last limo

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Ashtanga Yoga is Samadhi which is the

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ecstasy that comes from practicing you

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know meditation for years when you start

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achieving this goal where your unit

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consciousness is merging with infinite

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consciousness that ecstatic moment that

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bliss is what Samadhi is maybe we’ll

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have a video on Samadhi and we’ll have

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some demonstrations of people going into

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Samadhi not me but other people so

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therefore if you’re practicing any of

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these eight limbs of ashtanga yoga you

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are practicing Tantra I’m going to end

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with one last thing to say about Tantra

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that I think is pretty remarkable you’ll

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notice that a lot of spiritual

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traditions they don’t really have a role

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for the body they don’t really give the

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body its place in spiritual liberation

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but Tantra does alright

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that is why in the eight legs of late

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limbs of are stronger yoga you do asanas

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you do these yoga postures when you’re

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doing yoga you are working the chakras

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you’re working your glandular system

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you’re improving your meditation this is

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one way to become enlightened is by

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doing yoga that’s going to ultimately

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help you in your meditation doing those

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yoga postures you see you don’t find

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that in Christianity you don’t find that

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in Buddhism you don’t find that in Islam

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that there is something for the body to

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do in order for

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person to become spiritually enlightened

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you know just think of the lotus posture

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for meditation like sitting as I am

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right now in the lotus posture to do

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meditation you need the body to do

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meditation you need to be sitting like

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this to achieve that spiritual goal so

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Tantra is pretty interesting and pretty

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beautiful because it gives the body a

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place it gives the body of function and

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and puts the body in a very high regard

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it even says without a human body

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you cannot merge with infinite

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consciousness okay so you are very lucky

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to have a human body

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but okay bye

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okay

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now

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