VBT – Non-Dual Love 00.5
What is Tantra?
Tantra is not very well known. And even if it is known, it is very much misunderstood. There are reasons for it. The higher and purer a science, the less is the possibility that the masses will know of it. We have only heard the name of the theory of relativity. It used to be said that only twelve persons understood it when Einstein was alive. All over the world only one dozen minds could understand it. It was difficult even for Albert Einstein to make it understood to someone, to make it understandable, because it moves so high, it goes above your head. But it can be understood. A technical, mathematical knowledge is needed; a training is needed, and then it can be understood.
But tantra is more difficult because no training will help. Only transformation can help.
So tantra was not understood; tantra was misunderstood. It was so deep and so high that this was natural. Secondly, because tantra moves beyond duality, the very standpoint is amoral.
Please understand this word: ‘moral’, ‘immoral’, ‘amoral’. We understand morality, we understand immorality, but it becomes difficult if something is amoral – beyond both.
Tantra is amoral. Look at it in this way…. A medicine is amoral; it is neither moral nor immoral. If you give it to a thief it will help; if you give it to a saint it will help. It will make no differentiation between a thief and a saint. The medicine cannot say, “This is a thief so I am going to kill him, and this is a saint so I am going to help him.” A medicine is a scientific thing. Your being a thief or being a saint is irrelevant.
Tantra is amoral. Tantra says, no morality is needed – no particular morality is needed. On the contrary, you are immoral because you have a very disturbed mind. So tantra cannot make a precondition, that first you become moral and then you can practice tantra. Tantra says, this is absurd.
One thief comes to a saint and he says, “I am a thief. Tell me how to meditate.” The saint says, “First leave your profession. How can you meditate if you remain a thief?”
One alcoholic comes and he says, “I am an alcoholic. How can I meditate?” The saint says, “The first condition is, leave alcohol, only then can you meditate.” The conditions become suicidal. The man is alcoholic or a thief or immoral because he has a disturbed mind, an ill mind. These are the effects, the consequences of the diseased mind, and he is told, “First be well and then you can meditate.” But then who needs meditation? Meditation is medicinal. It is a medicine.
Tantra is amoral. It doesn’t ask you who you are. Your being a man is enough. Wherever you are, whatsoever you are, you are accepted.