Tantrism, also known as Tantra or Tantrisism began thousands of years ago in India by women known as the Vratyas. These women strictly followed the rules of the Tantras, their sacred writings, which were made up of many different parts and sections. From the Tantras, the religion got its name: Tantrism. The followers worshipped the god Shiva and the goddess Shakti. They follow a system of yoni-worship, which is the worship of female-centered sex.
The mindset of this religion was that males did not have as much spiritual energy as females. Through this spiritual energy that the woman possesses, she can help the man achieve realization and truth through his union with her. She makes him stronger and closer to becoming like Shiva, but she has to die to herself, her selfish needs and expectations of love to be able to help the man become transformed.
“Theoretically, the concept was that the conserved vital fluids would be stored in the man’s spinal column, working their way up through the chakras to his head, and there flower the inspiration of divine wisdom. The Tantras explains the purposes of the various rites and the philosophy underlying them.”
Their main mantra that they followed was the Om mani padme hum, which symbolized the lingyam –yoni. This saying meant the “Jewel in the Lotus,” which is a prettier was of putting intercourse.
There are many areas that could make for a good conversation between a Christian and a follower of Tantrism. One area is the use of ordinary and natural objects, such as food (which for them would be a symbol of renewal) and making that ordinary object into something much more divine and meaningful and beyond the mere element. This is similar to the practice of communion in Christianity, using bread and wine as symbols of Jesus’ body and blood. In both these religions, it is not thought that the object is holy, but symbolically it represents something very powerful and worthy of praise.
One other area of contact...