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Lesson T30 - Q&A – Vajroli Mudra

From: Yogani
Date: Thu Jun 3, 2004 8:45pm

New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of this tantra yoga archive, as previous lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "What is tantra yoga?"


Q: I have a question on a mudra - vajroli mudra with mastery of retrograde ejaculation. Could you provide some light on how this mudra can be practiced.


A: Vajroli mudra, the drawing in of the sexual fluids, is one of those practices that occurs naturally through the connectedness of yoga as one progresses in siddhasana and tantric sexual practices. This is not to say that you could not work on developing it at any time. However, it is only useful once inner silence and ecstatic conductivity have come up to be resident in our nervous system. That is when sexual energy has its greatest spiritual effect in the body. The blocking method given here in the tantra group is a "poor man's" version of vajroli, and is a lot easier to do from day one. As the nervous system purifies and opens, blocking leads naturally to full vajroli.


Q: You mention that with the continued practice of siddhasana, vajroli naturally happens. Has this happened in your experience?

Also in vajroli the effort is in drawing back the sexual fluids into the bladder; which is promptly thrown out when urinating. So what really is the point in vajroli if there is no sublimation of the sexual fluids to the brain (this question applies to the poor man's vajroli that you have described).

I have attained some success in vajroli- I do not need to press the perineum for blocking; when ashwini, mulabandha and uddiyana are simultaneously done with slow breathing, it have the same effect as pressing the perineum; but in both these cases, the seminal fluid promptly goes into the urinary bladder. I can feed the drain of ojas as soon as this happens. How can we truly sublimate the sex energy rather than let it drain out eventually.


A: Real vajroli is not only about retaining semen during ejaculation, though this is what gets all the press coverage. With inner silence and ecstatic conductivity (kundalini) coming up in the nervous system, there is a constant release of semen at the root, and constant absorption up into the bladder, and beyond. Then inner lovemaking never stops. The bladder has a higher function, which is processing the energy upward into the higher neuro-biology. Spiritual biology happens in the GI tract also, and is very noticeable once kundalini is moving significantly -- a mixing of air, food, and sexual essences. It can be traced from the GI tract up into the head, and back down into the GI tract again in the form of nectar.

Yes, I have vajroli of that natural ongoing variety, and also to a large degree during ejaculation, though I still use some blocking to aid it when necessary. The main thing is that the flow of sexual energy is being drawn up constantly, 24/7, and this is best stimulated by long term daily practice of the full range of advanced yoga practices.

Just as we continue to evacuate the bowels even as the spiritual biology is actively going on in the GI tract, so too do we continue to urinate even as the spiritual biology is going on in the bladder. Once the higher spiritual biology is established and stable, these functions become very strong and unshakable. Then there is not so much worry about performances like vajroli. Like with siddhasana, the mechanics of vajroli practice fade into the ongoing functioning of our spiritual biology, and we don't give it much thought once that stage is reached. We are off into ecstatic bliss and divine love bubbling out by then. That is how we are illuminated by sexual energy coming up inside.

Undoubtedly it is better to be having a constant steady feed of sexual essence going up into the higher biology that is little affected by urination, than to have a large infusion from a recovered ejaculation, by either blocking or vajroli, which is then mostly lost in the next urination. Hence the rationale for developing continence and/or holdback-style tantric practice which stimulates the long term upward cultivation of sexual energy.

All of this applies to women also, with the mechanics being nearly the same.

The guru is in you.

Note: For detailed instructions on the methods of tantra in relation to the broad scope of yoga practices and the enlightenment process, see the AYP Tantra book.

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