The Joyous Meditation Teachings of Lorin Roche


Tantra – A Loom, The Warp


sādhu sādhu tvayā pṛṣṭaṃ tantrasāram idam priye || 7 ||

tantra

  • a loom, the warp
  • the leading or principal or essential part, main point, characteristic feature,
  • model, type, system, framework,
  • the principal action in keeping up a family i.e. propagation,
  • doctrine, rule, theory,
  • scientific work, chapter of such a work,
  • a class of works teaching magical and mystical formularies (mostly in the form of dialogues between śiva and durgā and said to treat of 5 subjects , 1. the creation , 2. the destruction of the world , 3. the worship of the gods , 4. the attainment of all objects , esp. of 6 superhuman faculties , 5. the 4 modes of union with the supreme spirit by meditation
  • a spell
  • oath or ordeal
  • an army
  • a row , number , series , troop
  • government Das3. xiii S3is3. ii , 88
  • a means which leads to two or more results , contrivance Hariv. a drug (esp. one of specific faculties) , chief remedy .


Here is a word with vast semantic range. Tantra speaks of the loom – a device used to weave cloth, by holding the warp threads under tension so that the woof threads can be interwoven. This was an amazing, mind-blowing technology that changed everything. So let’s look at the meaning of warp and weaving, in English. Weaving was one of the first great technologies of human kind. It was the internet, the web, the cell phone of ancient days. The indispensable technology.


Warp and woof in weaving (courtesy of Wikipedia.)

Weaving (Wiki)
Weaving is done by intersecting the longitudinal threads, the warp, i.e. "that which is thrown across", with the transverse threads, the weft, i.e. "that which is woven".

tantra
tántra [p= 436,1] [L=82477]
( Pa1n2. 7-2 , 9 Ka1s3. ) a loom , v , 2 , 70

RV. x , 71 , 9 AV. x , 7 , 42 TBr. ii Ta1n2d2yaBr. x , 5 S3Br. xiv Kaus3. MBh. i , 806 and 809

S3Br. xii Ta1n2d2yaBr. xxiii , 19 , 1 La1t2y. Ka1tyS3r. &c (e.g. kulasya t° , " the principal action in keeping up a family i.e. propagation " MBh. xiii , 48 , 6 ; ifc. " depending on " cf. ātma- , sva- , para- , &c )

esp. the 1st section of a treatise on astron. VarBr2S. i , 9 ; parāśara's work on astron. , ii , 3 ; vii , 8) MBh. &c (cf. aṣṭi- &c )
436,2] [p= 436,1] [L=82481]
śiva and durgā and said to treat of 5 subjects , 1. the creation , 2. the destruction of the world , 3. the worship of the gods , 4. the attainment of all objects , esp. of 6 superhuman faculties , 5. the 4 modes of union with the supreme spirit by meditation ; cf. RTL. pp. 63 , 85 , 184 , 189 , 205ff.) VarBr2S. xvi , 19 Pan5cat. Das3. Katha1s. xxiii , 63 Sarvad.
436,2] [L=82482]
HYog. i , 5 Vcar.

L.

of a sāman (also called " that of virūpa ") A1rshBr.

cf. °trin) BhP. x , 54 , 15

a row , number , series , troop Ba1lar. ii f. , vi

rājya-t° , government Das3. xiii S3is3. ii , 88

para t° , " the highest authority ") Subh.

Hariv. ii , 1 , 31

esp. one of specific faculties) , chief remedy cf. °trā*vāpa

paricchada L.

anta L.

L.

L.

W.
(H2) n.
[L=82478]the warp
[L=82479]the leading or principal or essential part , main point , characteristic feature , model , type , system , framework
[L=82480]doctrine , rule , theory , scientific work , chapter of such a work (
[p= a class of works teaching magical and mystical formularies (mostly in the form of dialogues between
[p= a spell
[L=82483]oath or ordeal
[L=82484]N.
[L=82485]an army (
[L=82486]ifc.
[L=82487]=
[L=82488](
[L=82489]a means which leads to two or more results , contrivance
[L=82490]a drug (
[L=82491]=
[L=82492]=
[L=82493]wealth
[L=82494]a house
[L=82495]happiness
(H2) tántra [p= 436,3] [L=82577]
&c » cols. 1 , 2.


tantrasāra
tántra--sāra [p= 436,2] [L=82529]
" tantra-essence " , N. of a compilation.
(H3) m.


tantraya
Westergaard Dhatupatha links: 33.5
tantraya [p= 436,2] [L=82540]
(fr. °tra) °yati , to follow , as one's rule , xii , 215 , 21  ; 
to provide for (
acc.) S3ak. v , 5 (ind.p. °yitvā v.l. ; A1. " to support a family " Dha1tup. xxxiii , 5)  ; 
A1. to regulate Car. iv , 1 ; vi , 26.
(H2) Nom.

tantrikā
tantraka [p= 436,2] [L=82534]
recently from the loom , new and unbleached Pa1n2. 5-2 , 70
436,2] [L=82535]
for °tra , doctrine » pañca-
tantrikā [p= 436,2] [L=82536]
Cocculus cordifolius Bhpr. v , 3 , 7
tantrikā [p= 436,2] [L=82537]
noise in the ears S3a1rn3gS. vii , 142
tantrikā [p= 436,2] [L=82538]
cf. apa-.
(H2) mfn.
[p= ifc.
(H2B) f.
(H2B) f.
(H2B) f.

tantraka
tantraka [p= 436,2] [L=82534]
recently from the loom , new and unbleached Pa1n2. 5-2 , 70
436,2] [L=82535]
for °tra , doctrine » pañca-
tantrikā [p= 436,2] [L=82536]
Cocculus cordifolius Bhpr. v , 3 , 7
tantrikā [p= 436,2] [L=82537]
noise in the ears S3a1rn3gS. vii , 142
tantrikā [p= 436,2] [L=82538]
cf. apa-.
tán° traka [p= 436,3] [L=82578]
» cols. 1 , 2.
(H2) mfn.
[p= ifc.
(H2B) f.
(H2B) f.
(H2B) f.
(H3) &c

tantrin
tantrin [p= 436,2] [L=82552]
having threads , made of threads , spun , wove W.
436,2] [L=82553]
W.
tantrin [p= 436,2] [L=82554]
a musician W.
tantrin [p= 436,2] [L=82555]
a soldier Ra1jat. v , 248-339
tantrin [p= 436,2] [L=82556]
vi.
(H2) mfn.
[p= chorded (an instrument)
(H2B) m.
(H2B) m.
(H2B) m.