Paintings Tantra, the Void

Tantra, the Void, is a philosophy based on several aspects of tantra. Papia, slowly transcended her experiments from Shakta tantra to Baishnav Tantra to Radha Tantra and finally to Buddhist Tantra, through her canvases and her personal journey in search of her inner soul.

Tantra is a philosophy according to which 'Shakti' is usually the main deity worshipped, and the universe is regarded as the divine play of Shakti and Shiva.The word Tantra also applies to any of the scriptures (called "Tantras") commonly identified with the worship of Shakti. Tantra deals primarily with spiritual practices and ritual forms of worship, which aims at liberation from ignorance and rebirth. Tantra is that Asian body of beliefs and practices which, working from the principle that the universe we experience is nothing ot her than the concrete manifestation of the divine energy of the God head that creates and maintains tha tuniverse, seeks to ritually appropriate and channel that energy, within the human microcosm, in creative and emancipatory ways.

Vijnana bhairava tantra, explores meditations on the voidor shunya. The tantric philosophy that gave birth to the Vijnana Bhairava teaches us that every person has within the manin finite dimension - that everything and everyone can be an entry point into the light of the Divine. Within the humanh eart - this innerspace we've been referring to - there is infinite power and vast unconditional love and peace.

It may sound paradoxical, but the void that we experience in our own being is a very full emptiness. It is deep, rich, expansive. This void is the source of innumerable experiences - like a fertile womb.The masters call this void the heart-cave. The voidor shunya, in Sanskrit, is often referred to in esoteric works as the expression of the causal body. This is a very specific definition and not exactly wha twe're talking about here. Here, the Vijnana Bhairava uses emptiness as a meditational object, which can take us to the very deepest levels of meditation.

Verse 48 ofthe Vijnana Bhairava says:Dehantaretvagvibhagambhittibhutamvicintaye
The yogi contemplates the skin of their body as an outerwall and imagines "there is nothing substantial inside."