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Tantra is a practice (sadhana) developed to address the immediate lesser or greater goals of the seeker and to ultimately help the seeker gain spiritual enlightenment and Self-realization. Tantra is a means to expand individual consciousness in to universal consciousness. Everything in the external universe is also represented internally, in the body of every individual; and the same forces govern both.
In tantric meditation, inner bliss can be obtained by arousing latent energy in the body and uniting it with the pure consciousness. In human beings, Shakti, the feminine aspect is called Kundalini. This potential energy is said to rest at the base of the spinal cord. The object of the Tantric practice of Kundalini yoga is to awaken this cosmic energy and make it ascend through the psychic centers, the chakras, which lie along the axis of the spine as consciousness potentials. Shakti (kundalini) will then unite above the crown of the head with Shiva, the pure consciousness.
The ultimate aim of a seeker is to awaken the Kundalini and make it rise in the body until it merges with pure consciousness. Kundalini is the source of untapped energy stored in the body of each human being and constitutes the source of basic energy. It is generally portrayed as a coiled serpent or serpent-power remaining hidden in the Muladhara chakra at the base of the spine.
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