Tanta comes from the ancient Sanskrit word “Tan” literally translates as to stretch or expand and “Tra” means liberation. Tantra is the ancient spiritual practice of liberation through expanding consciousness. It is Spirituality that is rooted in the body. Therefore it is the only form of spirituality that embraces sexuality as part of our totality and as a path to connect to the Divine through specific yogic practices to awaken all of the senses and embrace duality. Pleasure, pain, joy, love, anger, passion and compassion. It seeks to find balance with the Divine Sacred Feminine and the Sacred Masculine in the dance of Shakti and Shiva, the Yin and Yang of the entire Universe. It is a practice of opening oneself to experience a deep connection with nature and the Divine and ones own Sacred Temple, your body as embodiments of Gods and Goddess.
David Gordon White of the University of California offers the following:
Tantra is the Hindu body of beliefs and practices which, working from the principle that the universe we experience is nothing other than the concrete manifestation of the divine energy of the Godhead that creates and maintains that universe, seeks to ritually appropriate and channel that energy, within the human microcosm, in creative and emancipatory ways.