Rituals are most commonly associated with spiritual or religious activities and are considered an important part of that tradition. A ritual is a ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed by an ordained leader and according to a prescribed order. Weddings, funerals, birthdays, coming of age rites, mass, baptisms, communion and religious holidays are just a few examples of rituals that many of us are familiar with and can relate to. Essentially they mark important moments and serve as an initiation or a change in status.
Tantric rituals are a spectacular science stemming from the Indian tradition which have been known to produce supernatural phenomenon and provide a direct link to universal energies for participants. That is of course if the ritual is of the authentic kind. In order to benefit from the imprint tantric rituals can impart there are a few key elements that are necessary in order to receive this sacred rite of passage. What are these elements? Read further and learn more…
Tantra is the science and study of energy and there are countless different types of energy in the universe that can be controlled and utilized for spiritual gains. For every universal energy that exists there are various tantric rituals that train solely with that energy.
Tantric rituals can be extremely potent if the right ingredients are involved and the knowledge is genuine. The secrecy of this occult science therefore preserves its integrity and esoteric nature.
There does not exist a ritual manual, so to speak, outlining and detailing all of the various rituals and accompanying effects. This is why it becomes more important than ever that such knowledge is transmitted via a lineage and ideally by an experienced master.
There is more than meets the eye in an authentic tantric ritual. In fact, there are invisible procedures and measures that are observed by the ritual leader, who is ideally a trained initiate, to ensure not only a safe atmosphere but an environment that fosters a climate for change and transformation to take place. A ritual should not just be a “feel good” ceremony that is trendy and fun, but a sacred rite that promotes an expected beneficial outcome on a spiritual level and invokes a certain type of divine energy and cosmic support.
By no means does a ritual facilitator have to be a spiritual master him or herself. Even the most beginner practitioner is able to implement a more basic tantric ritual assuming they follow the “recipe” that was crafted by the spiritually enlightened within a lineage millenia ago. However, when a tantric ritual is conducted by an advanced teacher the effects are amplified and magnified to an exponential level and can bring goodwill and grace to those that are in attendance.
Tantric rituals are countless in number. They are extremely specific and regarded as powerful tools for spiritual progress and evolution. Rituals stemming from the tantric tradition have the ability to purify a person, upgrade their resonance and transform them on profound levels. They can negate negative karma, bring about higher states of consciousness, act as a catalyst for alchemical reactions of innate energies, elevate emotional proclivities, and much more – their impact is compelling and significant.
Here is a list of 5 categories that tantric rituals may fall under. By no means is this list exhaustive but it does give an idea of the different types of classical rituals you can find in the tradition of Tantra.
These type of rituals mark significant moments astrologically that are known to be charged with powerful energy from planetary or universal forces. Common examples of rituals in this category are Maha Shivaratri, the full and new moon rituals and/or special meditations.
As students progress along the tantric path they have the possibility of receiving an initiation from their guru or teacher who transmits a blessing or empowerment of advanced grace, energy or knowledge. This is considered a great honor and can bring about a shift in consciousness in the student, allowing them to progress spiritually. Graduating from a teacher training program, receiving a new meditation technique or a mantra initiation are examples of rituals that fall under this second category.
These types of tantric rituals relate to the five elements of nature – earth, water, fire, air and ether – and their cultivation for beneficial effects spiritually. Panchamakara is a timeworn ritual, which falls under the classical category, as well as various purification rituals.
This is considered one of the most powerful category of rituals due to the potency of the sexual energy. We expand upon this category in more detail below. The famous transfiguration ritual is one example, which utilizes the polarity between men and women in a ritualistic way for spiritual effects.
There are many tantric rituals which are of a more mixed variety that relate to more specific types of energy or events and cannot be necessarily categorized in one of the other four classes. For example tantric wedding rituals or the ritual for receiving a spiritual name from your teacher.
Tantric rituals related to sexuality and sexual energy are perhaps the most dazzling and extraordinary. The results can be quite rapid and palpable, even to the beginner practitioner, and this category alone leaves an impressive testament for all tantric rituals.
One of the most powerful known universal energies is the sexual energy – an elemental force that is present in all living matter and human beings. The sexual energy can create life, as we know, and therefore its potential is monumental. Ancient tantrics recognized this and discovered if the sexual energy is harnessed in a specific way it can be used as a spiritual path to reach divinity and even enlightenment.
The Kaula Tantric School of India – an institution with an acclaimed reputation in authentic tantric circles – devised rituals specializing in cultivating the sexual energy wisely. These practices range from beginner level to advanced but the objective is always the same – to arouse and uplift the sexual energy until it ultimately reaches an effervescent, or overflow, effect. In other words, it undergoes an alchemical process and transmutes raw energy into pure, ethereal spirit. This tipping point is what can bring about a shift in the level of consciousness in a human being.
So, in essence, our sexuality can be used as path for spirituality and tantric rituals are one tool for doing so. This is a revolutionary concept for modern people who view sex and sexuality simply as a form of physical satisfaction or something to be ashamed of and hide. That is the power of tantric rituals and something you can personally experience in our Tantra Rituals course.
It can be challenging to discriminate between authentic rituals and false imitations. Look beyond the ordinary “ingredients” and practicalities such as candles, incense, statues of famous deities, a beautiful atmosphere, seemingly spiritual music and ritualistic practices such as sitting in a circle, holding hands and eye gazing. These are cursory details and do not necessarily denote an authentic ritual nor guarantee any kind of effects or results.
If joining a tantric ritual is of interest to you, be diligent in your research and ensure it is facilitated by a credible guide that is backed by a lineage. Then, and only then, will the magic and mystery of tantric rituals truly be revealed.
Tantric rituals present us with a rare opportunity to embark on a breathtaking journey bearing witness to cosmic consciousness materializing within your own being and through divine revelations. A person can transfigure from a living embodiment of energy into pure spirit and unveil their true and intended nature.