Summary – real or paper differences in Tantric yoga
In the medieval period we witnessed how in urban elite circles good old general yoga signs like dharana, dhyana and pranayama (for instance in the Malini and the Yoga-sastra) were linked to Tantric signs. Take meditation’ – often equated with yoga – as an example. In the Tantric period period meditation was not about mortifying the body-mind system in order to gain release in death’. Now meditation was often signified as guiding and visualising divine body forces’. Or it was signified as vibrating consciousness into divine frequencies’. The signified – the purpose – of meditation’ was clearly unstable and re-configured. But what about the physical practice the sign referred to – was this referent then stable and fixed? Most probably the referent underwent similar re-configurations.
When reading texts such as the Tantraloka of Abhinavagupta a reader could be tempted to conclude that Tantra introduced a new and significant different style of yogic meditation. High Tantric discourse, by the sound of it, seemed to frame meditation in ecstatic and orgiastic descriptions. Often the term possession’ (avesa or samavesa) was directly used. Sometimes we encounter practitioners who at their initiation would collapse in rapturous spasms (Smith 2006). We have descriptions related to meditation, which associated it with talking in tongues, epileptic seizures, dissociated mind, and multiple personalities. If we compare that with the ascetic Yogi, who mortified his body-mind system with meditation, we clearly realise the difference.
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