Tantra is the Left Hand Path of the Eastern Way, an esoteric form of (usually) Hinduism, although there are equally well developed Taoist and somewhat developed Buddhist versions as well.
QUOTE/ Paraphrase; “By Passion the Soul is ensnared, but by Passion it can also be Liberated” from the Buddhist/ Tibetan Tantra school;
CAVEAT - Western Qabalist here, not Eastern Tantraist, but this small essay is meant more for context than the content of the entire belief system.
In the Exoteric / Traditional Eastern religions, prayer, sacrifice, cleanliness, purity and quieting the mind lead to a quieting of the mind and enlightenment....very, very slowly....maybe even after death. In the Esoteric /Tantric tradition, expectations are shattered, releasing energy and consciousness in a flood. In this, it resembles the Western Way more than the Eastern cultures which created it as an alternative to their own main path. They call it the Left Handed Path, which has sinister (left in Latin) connotations, and some scatological implications, as it is the custom to eat with the right hand and use the left for cleaning after excretion.
Shattering the every day mind-set requires having that mind-set in the first place. Westerners, used to different rules our than Eastern Brethren, need to adapt the technique to their own preconceptions. In both cases, Antinomianism creates and breaks constraints, and liberates energy and consciousnesses.
Like Ceremonial Magick, it has different tools, utilizing Vision (diagrams), sound (chants and instruments), special foods and holy days, worship of various deities, and contemplation.
Panchamakara, AKA the Five Ms, of madya (wine), māṃsa (meat), matsya (fish), mudrā (parched grain), maithuna (sexual intercourse)involve breaking long held societal rules by doing unusual things for spiritual reasons, that would not otherwise be acceptable. So while a strict vegetarian can practice māṃsa (meat), most omnivores will receive no enlightenment. Similarly, madya (wine) is useless to those who drink for fun, and even maithuna (sex without orgasm) has to be adapted if sleeping with unattractive strangers in scarey places is already part of your normal routine.
For Indian Tantra - Sir John Woodroffe AKA Arthur Avalon; Benjamin Walker; Richard Francis Burton; Hargrave Jenning; Dr. Maurice Vidal Portman, of the Masonic August Order of Light; Sallie Ann Glassman; Jane E. Hartman; Robert E. Svoboda
On the Taoist Tantra - Mantak Chia
Buddhist Tantra AKA The Vajrayana ("diamond vehicle")tradition - Padmasambhava;
On the Jewish form see the early Gnostic Rabbi Philo of Alexandria on the Sophia of Wisdom, the 1600 philosophy called Sabbatism, the work of Sabbatai Zevi, the false Messsiah, the Baal Shem of London aka Dr. Falcon aka Dr. Falk, and the RaMCHaL aka Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto ...
which spread to the Moravian Brotherhood of Count Nicholaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf which influenced Emanuel Swedenborg and William Blake. This reached a pinnacle with Eva Margaretha von Buttlar aka Mother Eve aka the Sophia of Böhme ,(1670 - 1721) of the Buttlarsche Rotte aka the Buttlarian gang and the "Christliche und Philadelpische Sozietät" (aka Christian and Philadelphical Society); Justus Gottfried Winter; Dr. Johann Georg Appenfeller; see Johann Georg Gichtel (the spiritual husband of the Virgin Sophia’ 1669; Guillaume Postel, Gottfried Arnold, John Pordage, Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, Jane Lead all of whom develop a more standard Christian version well represented by the Philadelphians.
I would argue The Sophia is a Western version of the Shakti more than a Christianized Jewish Shekenah,