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Lesson T67 - A Sages Jumping Seed  (Audio)

From: Yogani
Date: July 23, 2009

New Visitors: 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: In Tantra Lesson 4 on the holdback method, it says, "Hundreds of years ago the great reviver of yoga in India, Shankara, said, Even the greatest yogi cannot gaze into the eyes of a beautiful woman without having his seed jump." While I find the AYP lessons to be beautiful and ecstatic stuff, this quote bothers me.

Does this mean that great yogis like Yukteswar and Paramahansa Yogananda succumbed to the beauties and curves of the female body? I remember reading a line from "Autobiography of a Yogi," where Yogananda quotes his guru, Yukteswar, saying, "Do not allow yourself to be marred by the beauty of a beautiful face. Don't let the frogs of desires kick you around," or something like that. Based on your quote from Shankara back then, were advanced yogis like these not immune to these things? I remember reading through Yogananda's lessons about the complete mastery over sex. and that this occurs when the muladhara (root) chakra is fully awakened by kundalini.

If you can shed some light on this, I will be grateful.

A: The methods of yoga are what enable us to reach mastery over sexual desire. It would be more accurate to call it transcending sexual desire. The AYP approach to full-scope yoga covers the preservation and cultivation of sexual energy (regardless of sexual lifestyle) along with the necessary cultivation of inner silence and ecstatic conductivity and radiance. Prior to and during all of that is our bhakti (spiritual desire). The combination of all these means leads to a transcendence of the dominance of reproductive sex.

Sex will always be there in the neurobiology, but our intention with that energy and its manifestation is transformed in stillness through the purification and opening of the spiritual neurobiology within us. This includes the opening of the muladhara (root) and all other aspects of our spiritual neurobiology. Then a "sexual" impulse will rise up through us as an ecstatic spiritual impulse, and our conduct will be affected according. This response becomes quite automatic, so it is true that we go beyond the grasp or need to act on such impulses in a sexual manner. Instead, when the seed jumps in a sage, it jumps as a wave of ecstatic energy through the body (and beyond) as part of rising ecstatic conductivity and radiance, and the conduct coming out of that is divine.

So there is no need for fear or obsession about this natural biological response. Like everything else in time and space, it becomes a wave on the ocean of our infinite Being, and we cannot be swept away by it any more than the ocean can be swept away by one of its waves.

When Shankara's statement is taken in this context, it makes perfect sense. Remember, he was still a young man at the height of his great mission, with his vitality in full swing, no doubt. From the standpoint of self-identified awareness ("I am the body"), I can see that Shankara's statement could be disturbing. However, here we are talking about going far beyond the limits of self-identification with the body, and that is where Shankara was speaking from also. It is much better to be honest about our urges and transcend them by effective means, than to be worrying and fighting with them on the surface level of the mind where they can never be mastered.

With the effective expansion of sexual function to enliven the full capability of ecstatic conductivity and radiance, it becomes the vehicle for stillness cultivated in deep meditation to flow outward in an unending outpouring of divine love, leading to unity and liberation from suffering in this life, for ourselves and many others. This is the real import of a sages jumping seed, assuming the journey of human spiritual transformation has been undertaken with sincerity. With effective practices in hand, including tantric methods for expanding the sexual function upward through the awakening spiritual neurobiology, then sex can do us no harm. In fact, this vast storehouse of vitality becomes a boon in spiritual life.

Not all spiritual teachings may view sex with this same degree of optimism, but the outcome of any effective teaching will be the same, as expressed through the awakened inner capabilities of the human nervous system abiding inner silence, ecstatic bliss, and outpouring divine love!

The guru is in you.

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