What is tantric sex?
Tantra is not a "means of recovering sexual intimacy, which is our birthright," as some crazy tout says. Nor does it provide "a lifetime of sexual bliss." Tantra does not give a carte blanche to a world of rampant sexuality.
Tantra is a path meant for the chosen few to reach a union with the divine.
I was talking to several scholars in the world famous French Institute in Rue Romaine Rolland in Pondicherry, India, and they said that easy access to several important Tantras, translated sloppily into book form was one of the reasons for the various Tantra deviations.
They believed that these books, of dubious origin, gave prospective teachers the opportunity to invent tantric methods to fit their own idiosyncratic ceremonies and philosophies. Which they could then promote as their own brand of Tantra.
What is Tantra? Tantra is a Sanskrit word which means to weave and refers to a rarefied esoteric philosophy where the feminine sexual organ or Shakti is worshiped leading to an understanding that the universe is the "Divine play of Shakti and Shiva." Here, the Hindu god Shiva is represented as the prototypical phallic symbol.
It is the "entanglement " of the male and female. It is the flow of energies back and forth that leads to healing and a higher consciousnness.
Tantra is said to be a means to achieve spiritual perfection and mystical powers and through these powers to achieve unity with the divine cosmic.
The basic rituals involving food (subsistence), sex (procreation), cemeteries (the transition through death) and defecation (waste and renovation).
If you read the various texts, and specifically, the classic Shakti Tantric literature, you will find that sex has three different purposes, separate from each other - procreation, pleasure and liberation. Those who seek liberation avoid the friction orgasm in search of a higher form of ecstasy. The sexual embrace is always static.
Some of the sexual rituals are very elaborate and a series of purification rituals must be carried out beforehand. Thus, sex becomes the channel for the energies within the subtle bodies of both participants. Eventually, the goal is a culminating merger of the two participants with the Cosmic Consciousness one.
Perhaps we would do well to remember the words of the 14th Dalai Lama. He said that, in one of his talks, "Tantra is limited to people whose compassion is so large that they may have to spend extra time in the attainment of Buddhahood, as they want to be a supreme source of help and happiness to others. "
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About the Author: A Doctor from Hasslet University, Limburg, Nederland. After graduation, he moved to India, to the Auroville commune in Pondicherry to be with his parents who were involved in alternate housing projects in the Auroville International Community. The author has taught at a local Medical College and worked in a rural women’s health and reproduction program in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Asksexpert.com
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