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Everything has to be accepted, assimilated, sublimated, integrated with the very stuff o f one’s being. This total and complete acceptance o f life as it is makes the Tantras so widely popular. There is no denying the fact that all o f us want to enjoy life. Now this enjoyment or bhoga is generally looked down upon or denounced or renounced as it binds or restricts the self, keeps it chained to the objects o f the world. The Tantras affirm that bhoga recoils on us because here we are not free to enjoy but are at the mercy o f the things of enjoyment over which we have no control.
SUPREME EXPERIENCE So we have somehow a dual aspect o f the supreme experience —Parama Siva—nifkala and sakala, as they have been called. The former is experience or consciousness beyond nada-bindukala (the primary trika or triad) and all their derivatives as shewn in the ‘six steps’ ($atfadhva). The latter is Siva as His own divine nature (Parama Prakrti or Para Sakti) to be and become all. In Srividya (the type o f Tantrika doctrine on which we are espe cially working here for the sake o f brevity), the supreme con sciousness is often called Tripura, which term literally means what is prior to (pura) or beyond the three.
There is, essentially, nothing ‘carnal’ in what is, in reality, the ‘incarnation’ o f Siva-Sakti. The same sublimating attitude and enlarging ‘ratio’ musfwork up and exalt our psychical being and our environment. Fourthly, neither the body and the mind nor the environment 30 STUDIES ON THE TANTRAS can be taken at their face value and worked as they are in ordi nary usage. y'Microcosmically, as well as macrocosmically, all must be Siva-Sakti. Science has found the magazine in the atom o f matter.