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Tantra (तन्त्र).—Āgama śāstra in which yogins were learned;1 prescribes rules for the worship of Hari;2 known in Dvāpara yuga,3 deals with the vibhūtis of Hari.4

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 8; IV. 24. 62; Vāyu-purāṇa 104. 86.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 3. 47.
  • 3) Ib. XI. 5. 28 and 31; 27. 26.
  • 4) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 4 and 20.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexPurāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

The mystic definition of Tantra is that it is a spiritual cult which liberates from the bondages of crudeness and ignorance. The word ta (त) is the bīja-mantra (acoustic root) of crudeness (जडता). Tantra is a process of Sādhanā which relieves one from the fetters of crudeness (ta). Thus, Tantra is an intuitional science which stands for the progressive realization of the Divine. It liberates one from the cimmerian darkness and leads unto the divine effulgence. It is a path of Salvation. It is a science of the soul. The authoritative definition of Tantra is, that which brings emancipation from the bondage of Māyā (tatraya ayat tārayet yastu sa tantra parikirtitaḥ).

Source: Google Books: Tantra, Its Mystic and Scientific Basis

Tantra (तन्त्र):—The method of pleasing the Gods in an easy manner and thereby attaining advantages in this and the next world of svarga and finally mokṣa by following the Yoga is described in the Tantras. Tantras are practical treatises of religion. By means of worship of arca or yantras by means of repetition of mantras or mystic utterances, by means of upāsanas, they provide courses for developing the hidden power in man leading to the realization of God. These are also used for the attainment of worldly desires.

Source: Institute of Sri Ramchandra Consciousness: A Handbook of Hindu Religion: Literature

Tantra (तंत्र): The esoteric Hindu traditions of rituals and yoga. Tantra can be summarised as a family of voluntary rituals modeled on those of the Vedas, together with their attendant texts and lineages.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

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