Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tantra - 10 - Shavia Agama and Tantra

The terms Tantra and Agama are used interchangeably although there are some differences between them.

The Shaiva Agamas especially in South India, although containing Tantric elements,  focus more on practical matters like:
a. regular worship, ritual procedures and religious behaviors
b. temple construction
c. installation of images

The Shaiva Tantras, although describing the ritualistic elements, tend to focus more on:
a. metaphysical speculation
b. devotees personal religious experience
c. release from bonding
d. gaining supernatural faculties


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