The word ‘sinister’ in Latin means the left hand and Tantra has been defined as the Left Hand Path of Love ! Even though some puritans have defined it as Satanic, it is logical to assume that we cannot live without the left hand ! Dont we need two hands ? Can we live with one hand ? Will be cut off our left hand ? So we have to fuse both the Paths and this mighty Fusion is Tantra !
There are only two Paths, the Way of Mammon and the Flesh and the Way of Being and of Bliss ! The Way of Mammon is known as Preyo Marga in Sanskrit and the Way of Being is known as Sreyo Marga.
Of this, the Left Handed Path is the Path of Preyo Marga, Preyas meaning material welfare in Sanskrit.
Tantra is derived from two Sanskrit words, Tanoti and Trayathe, to expand and liberate ! Expansion means to transcend boundaries. Liberate means to liberate man from the thraldom of Matter. Liberation is impossible without expansion of Consciousness. When our individual Consciousness expands to the level Cosmic, we feel whole and Self Actualisation grace us !
So then, there are two Goals, one material and the other spiritual, Bhukti and Mukti, Bhoga and Yoga. Tantra integrates both these goals and can confer both material prosperity and Bliss Eternal !
In India, there are six systems of Tantra
Saura, where the Inner Sun, the Solar Consciousness is worshipped.
Kaumara, where the Commander of the Celestials, Muruga is worshipped.
Ganapatya, where Lord Ganapathy is worshipped.
Vaishnava, where Lord Vishnu is worshipped.
Saiva, where Lord Shiva is worshipped.
Shakteya, where the Mother Goddess is worshipped.
Of these six forms of Tantra, Shakteya is that which most potent in Kali Yuga, in the Age of the Anti Christ, the Age of base passions and materialism. Where everything is ruled by Evil, Evil formidable, Evil triumphant !