Tantra and Adaita Vedanta

Advaita Vedanta is a philosophy that teaches "non-dualism" or an understanding of the interconnectedness of all events. More specifically non-dualism encourages an individual to embrace all events as phenomenon rather than judging each as desirable or undesirable.

When we judge each event as desirable or undesirable we often find we are searching for happiness and contentment rather than experiencing it. Our life becomes an avoidance of what we consider undesirable and a seeking after that which we consider desirable.

According to the Biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, there were two trees growing on the midst of the garden. One was the Tree of Life and the other was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The instruction that God gave Adam and Eve was that they could eat freely of every tree in the garden except from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Further divine instruction affirmed that if they did eat the fruit of that tree, in that day they would "surely die".

According to the story they did eat the fruit and they did not die. However, they were unable to access the Tree of Life, and they began to judge event in their lives as desirable and undesirable. In effect their life became an approach/avoidance exercise rather than the fullness of life that embraces all events as growth opportunities.

Rather than thinking that the fruit infected mankind with a behavioral modifying virus, or that mankind "fell" at this point in history, if we consider that we have a choice as to what world view we hold, we can reverse this and begin to express gratitude and embracing for every event that arises in our lives. In this way we alter our perceptions and see the entire world and all events as "good".

Tao Te Ching Section 58:

Bad fortune rests within good fortune
Good fortune hides within bad fortune
Oh the things that heaven sends
Who can know their final aim?
Who can tell of their endless ways?

Section 73:

Good fortune, bad fortune
One seems to bring benefit, the other to cause harm
But heaven rejects both views
Both views, in the end, tether one to this world
Who can know the reasons of heaven?
Who can know its endless ways?

"Endless ways" may be interpreted as the interconnectedness of all things. The "Great Form" is that source of beingness that we are all an expression of. The "Great Form" is the source of all life and the flow of life which, as expressed through us, manifests itself in our lives as life events. We tend to judge each of these events as "desirable" or "undesirable".

The categorization of "desirable" and "undesirable" is a difficult, if not impossible, one to make. The tendency to judge each event causes suffering and keeps us "tethered to this world", or conditioned to the dualistic programming that limits our creative intelligence.

Whatever happens, if we react with gratitude instead of judgment, we will be in a calmer, more peaceful place to respond in appropriate action to the event, rather than the conditioned reaction that often brings pain and suffering to ourselves and those we love.