Definition of Tantra

1. Noun. Any of a fairly recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature concerned with ritual acts of body and speech and mind.

Generic synonyms: Sanskrit Literature



2. Noun. Doctrine of enlightenment as the realization of the oneness of one's self and the visible world; combines elements of Hinduism and paganism including magical and mystical elements like mantras and mudras and erotic rites; especially influential in Tibet.
Exact synonyms: Tantrism
Generic synonyms: Buddhism
Derivative terms: Tantric, Tantrist

Definition of Tantra

1. n. A ceremonial treatise related to Puranic and magic literature; esp., one of the sacred works of the worshipers of Sakti.

Definition of Tantra

1. Noun. A Hindu or Buddhist religious or esoteric text. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tantra

1. one of a class of Hindu religious writings [n -S] : TANTRIC [adj]

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Literary usage of Tantra

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1. Asiatic Researches; Or, Transactions of the Society, Instituted in Bengal by India) Asiatick Society (Calcutta, Asiatic Society of Bengal, Vernor and Hood (1807)
"... may be admitted as proof, if the antiquity of the Tantra be not ... and the Tantra which I quote, might be thought comparatively modern. ..."

2. The Anvár-i Suhaili, Or, The Lights of Canopus: Being the Persian Version of by Ḥusayn Vāʻiẓ Kāshifī, Edward Backhouse Eastwick (1854)
"The Fourth Persian story, 'of the Woman who wished to barter husked Sesamum for unhusked,' is the Second of the Second book of the ' Pancha-tantra'; ..."

3. Early Ideas: A Group of Hindoo Stories by F. F. Arbuthnot (1881)
"The Pancha Tantra is so called from its being divided into five Tantras, or chapters, but it is better known to the public by the name of the ..."

4. Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (2003)
"Its perspective is that the inner self is most important, and outen life is secondary. Tantra causes the life force to flow up through the ..."

5. Miscellaneous Essays by Henry Thomas Colebrooke, Thomas Edward Colebrooke, Edward Byles Cowell (1873)
"The most commendable are, respectively for the four classes, teaching the Veda, defending 1 Thus enumerated, " Kali-tantra, ..."

6. Indo-Aryans: Contributions Towards the Elucidation of Their Ancient and by Raja Rājendralāla Mitra (1881)
"... Tantra and the Kama- khya Tantra. Different kinds of spirituous liquors. Arrack of the Vedas. Aniseed liquor. Jujube liquor. Rum greatly condemned. ..."

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