The 27 myths to dispel in Tantra
Article by Maya Swati Devi
The true tantric tradition
In the West Tantra is associated almost exclusively with the sexual act. Media communication, faced with the demand of an audience more easily attracted by the taste of the forbidden, linked these yoga practices to sex, exclusively as a set of techniques to increase pleasure.
Kamasutra has also passed as an erotic / exotic text in the West, when in reality only a small part of this text - dating back to the 4th century BC - is dedicated to sexual positions: the treaty speaks above all of politics, economics, social norms and l however, the sexual act is considered as a divine union and an evolution of the human being.
In the tantric vision, reality is perceived as a fabric in which the parts come together in the whole and in which the whole is reflected in each part. Life itself is an instrument for spiritual evolution, therefore primary needs, including sex but not only that, they are an integral part of the experience to achieve the union of body, mind and soul. A union that means awareness, love for oneself and authentic relationship with one's self. Tantra is based on the principles of sacred love.
1 WHAT IS TANTRA?
Tantrism is a holistic approach to life that studies the Universe from the individual's point of view: the study of the macrocosm through the study of the microcosm. It is a spiritual science independent of any dogma or belief, which is based on experience, observation and practice. It draws from all major sciences, namely astrology, numerology, astronomy, mathematics, geometry, physics, alchemy and chemistry, to provide the tools for expanding awareness in everyday life. Tantrism is the bridge between the soul and the universe, it believes in unity in the diversity and continuity of energy, which undergoes many transformations while always remaining the same.
Tantra is therefore by its very nature non-dual, aimed at re-appropriation of the self, experimentation through the senses, celebration of life, a practical way and not of metaphysical abstractions, a way that does not impose renunciation or asceticism but which recognizes in desire the main manifestation force of the divine in its human / incarnate dimension.
Tantra is a precise system of knowledge which, if used correctly, can provide specific results and a high internal transformation.
2 MACROCOSM and MICROCOSM
Tantrism is a science that studies the human being in all its tangible and intangible expressions and emphasizes inner alchemy as a transformation and gateway to higher levels of awareness. Tantrika in fact has a deep interest in astronomy and astrology, and always studies the time diagrams concerning the significant events of his life.
3 TANTRA AS A SPIRITUAL WAY
Tantrism is a spiritual path and not a sexual therapy for couples in crisis, a technique for better sexual performance in an intimate relationship.
4 APPROACH TO TANTRA We approach Tantra, like sexuality, in a too superficial and worldly way. Often we approach the opposite sex either for a simple genital impulse (more men) or for a neurotic emotional need (more women).
Sexuality is still experienced by many men as a fleeting shiver. There is such a desperate need for sex, to underestimate and manipulate the opposite sex to obtain it or, on the contrary, many do not have the courage to propose themselves to the female with boldness, respect and love.
Instead, how many women are satisfied with men who do not love them, holding on to the male on duty, because they fear to be alone.
In a path of personal growth there are many different experiences and perceptions of inner truth.
5 TRADITIONAL TANTRA
The traditional tantric way is based on ancient lineages and authentic teachings that come to us through direct transmission Gurushisha Parampara (teacher / pupil).
6 NEO TANTRA
Tantra NEW AGE or NEO TANTRA which includes psychological techniques, dances for Kundalini awakening, dynamic meditations, NLP, Gestalt, psychotherapy or sexual therapy is not part of the tradition. This modern view of Tantra is a current that developed in the late 70s in America, imported into the West by followers of Masters who founded their municipalities and developed techniques for western minds that were meant to free the society with a moralistic and conservative view of that period.
7 TANTRA RED and WHITE
There is no TANTRA ROSSO or TANTRA BIANCO in the tradition. This is a subdivision created by the West or by some new age Masters who spread this tradition in the USA or Europe. There are traditional lineages that can be followed and transmitted by each Master according to the two ways Dakshina Marga (Via Destra) or Vama Marga (Via Sinistra, if together with a woman).
8 THE STREETS OF TANTRA:
There are 3 main ways in traditional tantra:
Samaya, Samayachra techniques, practices are mostly "internal", based on concentration and visualization techniques, movements of internal awareness, etc. Samayachara is widespread among many of the Dashnami Sannyasi (those established by Shankaracharya).
According to many of the spokesmen for Samayachara, their practice is the most "elevated", the most "sublime", the most sattvic.
Kaula, In Kaulachara the techniques are mostly "external" using yantra, complicated rituals, etc. even if willing or unwilling the process, albeit "external", is internalized by the practitioner who knows the correlations. The Kaulachara is in turn divided into two main currents: Dakshina marg
Vama marg. The difference is that in Vama marg often the physical body of a person becomes the yantra on which to operate and in some practices this body can be lifeless (Shava-corpse).
Mishra, Mishra occupies an intermediate position between the two. Mishra is not widespread, there are few or almost no traditions.
9 THE INITIATIONS of TANTRA
There are 3 main initiations in traditional Tantra: Mantra, Yantra, Cakra Puja. These initiations must be transmitted by a traditional Master and cannot be requested but only accepted at the appropriate moment of our spiritual journey.
10 TANTRIC PRINCIPLES
Tantra argues that all faculties should be encouraged and solicited until they reach their maximum intensity, that everyone's baggage of memories can be awakened and brought back to the pure energy that generated it. Feelings, sensations and pleasures become the raw material to find the light. Tantra does not encourage promiscuity or libertinage but human evolution and the authentic expression of one's self.
Mantras are the first initiation in the traditional tantric way. They are intended as the seminal form of particular energies, known in tantrika but not identifiable with any worldly object, even if they may represent some divine essence. Used continuously in tantric rituals, whispered or chanted in different combinations and contexts, they develop a type of vibrations that condense the energies they represent in a specific place and time.They also represent the mysterious forms of those energy fields whose interferences produce the appearance of the world of things in human consciousness. The sacred Sanskrit alphabet, which allows you to write the names of all things, is the mine of all mantras.
12 TANTRIC YOGA
The yoga used in Tantra is based on Hatha yoga (although Tantra yoga is older) with an extra dimension. From a tantric point of view, practicing yoga without doing any inner work on the subtle body is a vain exercise, although it can be useful for the health and endurance of the 'external' body. The extra dimension of tantric yoga is due to the positions that the body assumes during the practice intended to intensify physical sensations and transform them into a vehicle that leads to wonderful intuitions. These are positions that can only be learned under the guidance of a teacher.
13 TANTRA and COUPLE
Tantrism is a spiritual way, therefore a personal choice, therefore it is not necessary to be a couple to practice tantra. Like any path of evolution, it is a personal journey within our being. If you are already a couple, Tantrism can bring a deeper listening to your union and develop sacredness in the intimate relationship and the devotional and ritualistic aspect in the relationship.
Kundalini awakening is a spontaneous process that cannot be achieved with any technique or practice. If the soul and body are ready to welcome this energy it will happen in the life we are living on this physical plane, otherwise if it does not happen we should not seek it or have the expectation that it will come true. Everyone is having their own experience on this earth and their nature should be respected.
15 TANTRA and SEX
In Tantric practices there are no complex positions from the Kamasutra, contortions or sexual performances that last for days. There are no sexual relationships lasting 6/7 hours but rituals and practices that are carried out for a long time alone or with the partner as a spiritual sadhana.
16 MAITHUNA . A misunderstood mystery. The 5M ceremony does not include a sexual act for its own sake but it is the union of the 5 cosmic elements in the extrasensory experience of transfiguration, transmutation, transcendence from sex itself. With a broader view of sacred sex, the mystical union within us is perceived, between Shiva and Shakti in YAB YUM: The image of the couple sitting in a yoga position during the mystical union is used in Tibetan Buddhist tantric art as universal symbol of spiritual realization. It is not a sexual relationship but an energetic-spiritual relationship in which two deities dance in the universal mystical union.
17 TANTRIC LEGENDS
Countless Tantric legends narrate the initiation of the most famous Saints and Masters through a ritual embrace with a woman "who holds power" and whose favors the initiate must conquer. This is perhaps one of the oldest elements of Tantra; in fact the idea that not only initiation, but the very ability to reach the final goal can be transmitted only in the female line, probably originates in the most ancient strata of human history. These legends and stories have fascinated the West so much that some Western Masters have told of unions with Yogini or Devadasi. poets and philosophers, they had sexual relations with a particular type of woman whose charm struck them in an extraordinary way, and which they considered the primary agent of their enlightenment. Usually these women belonged to a lower caste and often practiced a double activity: temple dancers in sexual rites and prostitutes. According to the Indian conception of caste purity, even casual contact with one of them is a defamatory desecration, so much so as to relegate tantrika to outside respectable society. But as Tantra demands that any link with ordinary worldly conventions be broken, contact with these women becomes intentional. Practicing Tantra means exiling oneself from non-tantric society.
18 TANTRA IN INDIA
In India Tantrism was condemned as a black magic under British domination (British Raj 1858-1947) and practices were banned, many sacred texts were burned and many Nath yogis and tantric yogis were forced to hide or take refuge in Tibet or Nepal. India today looks suspiciously at Tantra, precisely because they are influenced by the bigoted British mentality. It is therefore rare to meet an authentic Tantric Master in India today. The Master could only appear if he is on our karmic path or destiny.
19 THE TANTRIC AESTHETICS
Tantra is the only way of Indian tradition that has included purely aesthetic experience in its principles. Tantra cultivates the aesthetic experience in itself, for the pure love of art, believing that all the responses of the body, sensual, emotional and intellectual, aroused by art feed and enrich the inner tantric fire.
20 TRANSMUTATION OF ENERGY
All tantric traditions agree that the ascent passes through the regions of the five elementary states of matter, and that each lower state is gradually absorbed by the upper one: the solid is symbolized by the earth, the liquid by the water, the gaseous by the air, while the ethereal does not have a particular symbol.
The states of matter form a kind of scale: each higher state comes ever closer to the condition of undifferentiated energy, and represents a more intense inner perception of the interplay of forces that dissolve over time.
21 The MANTRA OM
The primordial sound is the symbol that expresses the most remote and subtle truth of Tantra. It is the audible form of the most powerful ancient mantra: OM. Because Tantra, like any positive science, recognizes that the structure of all things, even those apparently denser, is connected to an order of vibrations which for the human intellect is symbolized by sound. And the rhythmic functions (heartbeat, breath, cell turnover) structure the life and sense of time of each being. The differences and intersections between material things as we experience them have their roots in the types of interference produced between the combined frequencies of vibrations.
Om is the sound which, if used correctly, can unite and harmonize all those fields of action of the generating goddess. With it the Tantrika reaches the fulfillment of its meditation and devotion.
22 RETENTION OF THE BINDU SEED IN THE TANTRIC SEX
In tantric intercourse much importance is given to the retention of the bindu (seed); this word literally means "point", "drop" and is the nucleus, the point from which all creation becomes manifest. The origin of the bindu is located at the level of the brain (where the Ojas energy is located), but as in profane sexuality, the psychic activities related to excitement, passions and emotions ignite the Kama Agni (fire of desire) whose heat acts negatively on Ojas causing this energy to descend downwards which is then dissipated with orgasm in the form of sperm. When sperm is lost, a certain quantity of energy of great importance is lost; avoiding ejaculation therefore means conserving precious fuel, but also being able to promote during the union the "explosion" which can cause convergence towards the center and therefore transcendence. For this purpose, the man must perfect the practices of vajroli mudra, mula-bandha and uddiyana bandha while the practice of sahajoli is very important for women. Maithuna may be the easiest way to awaken Kundalini, but very few are adequately prepared for this path; ordinary sex is not mystical union or maithuna. For this sacred ritual the couple must first be adequately purified and must be able to have their mind free from emotions and passions. For this reason, according to Tradition, the practice of Dakshina marg (the way of the bhaktas, known as "Tantra of the right hand") must be followed for a few years for preliminary purposes, before reaching al Vama Marg, in order to prepare the sadhaka to acquire bhakti (devotion-love) towards the woman, and therefore towards the Sakti.
23 TANTRIC TRANSFORMATION
To practice Tantrism, the primary condition is the conscious presence of one's self. The physical practices of tantra yoga - asana, pranayama, bandha - and the alchemical ones - mantras, meditations, nyasa - can be applied by everyone. By obtaining many positive effects, such as rediscovering and cultivating sensoriality, learning to expand the senses; to develop presence and conscious intimate listening in every moment of life; do not run away from your shadows, but go through them, transform them without fear like the vira (hero) and start riding the tiger; understand that sexual energy is the most powerful energy of creation and resides in the body ".
Nothing is more magnificently creative and meditative than a sacred act of love. At that moment we understand that we are not alone and we are one with the macrocosm.
24 SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: SADHANA TANTRICA
There is no Tantra without daily Sadhana.
The core of Tantrism, around which all his teaching revolves is sadhana, that is, discipline and spiritual practice. To a superficial view this may appear contradictory. Why, if there is full freedom to break the rules, the hinge around which everything revolves is the discipline? Sadhana is not a discipline imposed from the outside, therefore "rules", but an internal contentment, therefore "pleasure". Sadhana is the natural way, the practice without constraints, authentic, never superficial.
We are "fallen" spiritual beings in a physical body, but it is within our body that we find the strength to achieve realization. It is through the strength of our body that we can interrupt the process of spiritual decline caused by our own corporeality.
The practitioner realizes in himself the interdependence of microcosm and macrocosm and lives in his corporeality the universal laws and principles of cosmogony. For this reason, daily practice, the true essence of tantra, is no longer discipline but becomes a natural philosophy of life.
25 TANTRA COURSES
In traditional Tantra courses and stages, no sex is practiced. The Master gives the practices to the students with purity of purpose, openness and sharing. Each student will then be able to practice successively in his or her own life, internalizing the techniques for personal and spiritual fulfillment.
A gross or psychological approach by a teacher indicates that it does not follow an authentic lineage in the Tantric way. Always choose where to be with awareness and respect towards you.
26 TANTRIC MASSAGE
Tantric massage, understood as it is in the West is not Tantra. Tantra needs a spiritual practice (SADHANA) that has nothing to do with massage. Because of the lack of knowledge of tantric teachings and the proliferation of ideas in the West misleading about Tantra which do not reflect its spiritual nature. TANTRA MASSAGE often turns into an expedient to hide sexual performances and exploitation of prostitution. Tantra, emptied of its true spiritual meaning, is used to make exotic and often to conceal a banal sexual performance. In our society Tantra is often synonymous with "free and unrestrained sex and with different partners" or has been reduced to a banal erotic massage.
The tantra massage has become a fusion of elements of various grotesque massages and body massages and marketed in massage centers with no professional ethics nor much less preparation.
There is no tantric operator / masseur or masseuse / figure and none of these or presumed figures will serve your spiritual evolution on this earth.
In no tantra massage center will they be able to give you practices for your spiritual path.
YONI and LINGAM MASSAGE - A myth revealed
It is important to specify that there is no tantric genital massage called YONI and LINGAM massage.
How could it be possible to reach the divine and mystical union with Siva and Sakti within us through a massage to the genitals?
In Indian medicine Ayurveda there is a yoni massage that is performed at the entrance of the vagina with medicated oils a few days before giving birth to promote greater openness of the woman.
In Taoism Zen monks used Taoist sex practices to make the Lingam (penis) stronger and longer but for men it was a serious, meditative practice that required great discipline and great courage.
The genital massages that are offered today have all the characteristics of a real masturbation.
Getting your intimate massages massaged is like giving another person permission to alter your inner balance.
Energy acts on a subtle level and the other person's energy instead of rebalancing your energy centers and subtle channels will activate dormant emotions or fears within you. The vibration of love in a sharing must be authentic because when it is not present it cannot be created from nothing.
Yoni and Lingam massage are a pure NEO TANTRA invention that uses techniques such as sexual therapy to apply them to Tantra.
Sex therapy has its value for those who believe only in the material aspect of things but it is not a path of awareness and knowledge of the self called Tantra.
27 TANTRA IS NOT AN REACHABLE MYTH
Tantra is not an unattainable myth, but direct experience, which brings benefits to the body, mind and spirit. The union of Shiva and Shakti that takes place within oneself is the basis for the mystical union with oneself and possibly with the partner. We always begin to work on ourselves without attaching to legends or false myths while continuing to flow into reality.
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