Tantra is a set of esoteric Indian traditions with roots in Hinduism and Buddhism . Tantra is often divided by its practitioners into two different paths: dakshinachara and vamachara , translated as Right-Hand Path and Left-Hand Path respectively. Dakshinachara consists of traditional Hindu practices such as asceticism and meditation , while vamachara also includes ritual practices that conflict with mainstream Hinduism, such as sexual rituals , consumption of alcohol and other intoxicants , animal sacrifice , and flesh-eating . The two paths are viewed by Tantrists as equally valid approaches to enlightenment . Vamachara, however, is often considered to be the faster   and more dangerous of the two paths, and is not suitable for all practitioners. The usage of the terms Left-Hand Path and Right-Hand Path is still current in modern Indian and Buddhist Tantra.
early 13c., "apparatus for weighing," from Old French balance (12c.) "balance, scales for weighing," also in the figurative sense; from Medieval Latin bilancia , from Late Latin bilanx , from Latin (libra) bilanx "(scale) having two pans," possibly from Latin bis "twice" + lanx "dish, plate, scale of a balance." The accounting sense is from 1580s; the meaning "general harmony between parts" is from 1732; sense of "physical equipoise" is from 1660s. Balance of power in the geopolitical sense is from 1701. Many figurative uses are from Middle English image of the scales in the hands of personified Justice, Fortune, Fate, etc.; . hang in the balance (late 14c.).