Everything you need to know about Tantra
Spiritual sex, sex with yoga – The word Tantra brings has been always looked upon as an erotic and spiritual experience. However, the word and even the practice has much more meaning to it than this. In the east, Tantra is a culmination of esoteric Hindu and Buddhist traditions and was developed mostly in the 1st millennium A.D. In India, Tantra always meant a process or a systematic application of text, instruments, techniques or any other practice. Here are a few more meanings of this term:
- A set of supernatural rituals coming from various religious branches such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Daoism.
- Texts describing the process of unearthing the secrets of magic. This definition was developed when religious turmoil arose in the 5th century CE. The power of ancient magic and rituals was used to reinstate the faith in some religions.
- Tantric sex is a sequential form of having sex to make it a spiritual experience. This was developed in the Indus Valley about 2500-5000 years ago. It is also known as neotantra or modern tantra.
What does it all mean?
The term Tantra is nothing but a formulaic application of several tools such as designs (yantras), mantras (sounds and prayers) and postures (mudras). These tools were used to achieve spiritual, magical or physical results. Tantras often contained instructions about how to use these tools or combine them appropriately in order to achieve results.
Sex in Tantra or Tantric sex – A sexual experience for spiritual upliftment
The act of sex utilizes the most powerful energy in the universe – the energy of creation. In Tantra, this energy is harnessed to connect with oneself and thereby connect with the universe or the higher supreme as well. Tantra is not a guidebook on the right way to have sex, in fact, it is a spiritual way to conduct this activity. The goal of this technique is not to achieve sexual pleasure but a spiritual pleasure through several acts and tools including sex. The primary goal of any form of Tantric tool is to connect with yourself deeply in order to achieve spiritual bliss.
What is Tantra yoga?
Tantra yoga borrows practices yoga asanas from different schools of yoga and combines it to achieve a higher spiritual purpose. Unlike popular belief, the purpose of Tantra yoga is not just to achieve sexual liberation but to connect with oneself and the universe. And when you connect with yourself deeply, you achieve greater sexual pleasures. Tantra yoga shows you how to build a mindful intimacy with your partner with certain asanas.
A journey towards higher consciousness
Tantra is often called a soul to soul sex. As you go along, on the Tantra route, you experience higher consciousness as all the energy chakras are activated in the body and not just sexual pleasure points. This will give both the man and the woman an experience of both spiritual and sexual ecstasy.
Tantra has been sensationalized and has been very controversial especially in recent times because of sex as one of its spiritual tools. However, the main aim and the sacredness of the act is taken away when it is looked upon as an instrument of mere sexual indulgence. Having said that one needs to be also very careful while practicing Tantra by learning from the right gurus and practicing with the right partner.
As the force or energy of creation is one of the strongest life forces one must be careful about harnessing its power. As sex in itself is a very intimate and vulnerable act, you should be careful while using it as a tool for spiritual upliftment. Clear intent and proper guidance will help you to practice Tantra in the most comfortable way.
Komal Patil is a business management graduate finding purpose through words, writing stories and poems.