TANTRA & YANTRA
“ॐ गुरुजी, सत नमः आदेश। गुरुजी को आदेश। ॐकारे शिव-रुपी, मध्याह्ने हंस-रुपी, सन्ध्यायां साधु-रुपी। हंस, परमहंस दो अक्षर। गुरु तो गोरक्ष, काया तो गायत्री। ॐ ब्रह्म, सोऽहं शक्ति, शून्य माता, अवगत पिता, विहंगम जात, अभय पन्थ, सूक्ष्म-वेद, असंख्य शाखा, अनन्त प्रवर, निरञ्जन गोत्र, त्रिकुटी क्षेत्र, जुगति जोग, जल-स्वरुप रुद्र-वर्ण। सर्व-देव ध्यायते। आए श्री शम्भु-जति गुरु गोरखनाथ। ॐ सोऽहं तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे शिव गोरक्षाय धीमहि तन्नो गोरक्षः प्रचोदयात्। ॐ इतना गोरख-गायत्री-जाप सम्पूर्ण भया। गंगा गोदावरी त्र्यम्बक-क्षेत्र कोलाञ्चल अनुपान शिला पर सिद्धासन बैठ। नव-नाथ, चौरासी सिद्ध, अनन्त-कोटि-सिद्ध-मध्ये श्री शम्भु-जति गुरु गोरखनाथजी कथ पढ़, जप के सुनाया। सिद्धो गुरुवरो, आदेश-आदेश।।”
The word “Tantra” means Tanutraya ie. Sthula, Sukshma and Karan.
· Karma Kanda
· Upasana Kanda
· Gyan Kanda
Sapto Achars In Tantra:
1. Vedachar – In short in this particular discipline the sadhaka use to worship by engaging himself in strict vedic and puranic rituals. This is the beginning to start a regulated life.
2. Vaishnavachar -- In short in this particular discipline the sadhaka starts the Vaishnav Sadhana mainly by following vedic principles. He should strictly abide all rules and regulations as per sashtras and should worship wholeheartedly Lord Vishnu and should surrender all karma to Vishnu. At this stage he is not allowed to perform Japa at night.
3. Shaivachar -- In short in this particular discipline the sadhaka starts worshiping Lord Shiva by abiding Vedic discipline and should surrender his everything at the feet of the Lord Shiva. Simultaneously he should practice the Ashtang Yoga discipline which is important and supportive for the higher achars.
4. Dakshinachar – As per Kularnava “Dakshinamurti Rishi practiced this Achar” hence it is termed as Dakshinachar. In this particular discipline also the sadhaka has to strictly abide by vedic rules and can perform Japa at night by taking “Vijaya” (Siddhi). In all the previous Achars the Sadhaka has practiced about purification of physical body and internal Soul and at the same time his “Nista” ie. Self Commitment was uplifted from finer to superior form but now to add with it he starts exploring the Kingdom of knowledge. Regular “Shastra Adhyan”, ie. Study of Shastras becomes an important part of his Sadhana.
5. Vamachar – It is a very sacred discipline which can only be mastered under the guidance of a revered Guru, as because this “Vidya” is “GURUMUKHI”. At Daytime worshipping Devi, abiding Brahmacharya discipline and night worshipping Devi in a reverse Achar ie. with “Pancha Mokar” is the significance of this sacred Achaar.
6. Sidhantachar – After mastering both paths of Sadhana, ie. Dakshinachar & Vamachar, i.e. the Reverse achaar, the sadhaka attains this stage. He has practiced, felt, observed both Dakshin & Vaam and finally arrived at the Self reconciliation point. He has mastered the art of true “Bhogascha Mokshacha”. He has enjoyed both “worldly pleasures” and “spiritual pleasures” upto the peak. From here his Sadhana towards Divya path or path of enlightment begins.
7. Divyachar or Kaulachar – In the inner heart he is Shakta (worshipper of Shakti), outwardly he resembles as Shaiva (worshipper of Shiva), Society recognises as Param Vaishnav, and like this in various forms and outlook a Kaula (Sadhaka) roams around the world freely. This is the stage of a true Avdhoot or a Yogi. He is free from all goods and all odds, friends and enemies, sorrows and happiness, nothing in the earth can bother him nor he will depend on anything.