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Genitals and Kundalini
Date: October 2, 2009
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: While it is clear to me that sex has a role
in my spiritual experience, I am confused about it. Is sex the same as
kundalini? Is semen kundalini? Are the genitals the source of kundalini?
A: Kundalini is not physical. It is energetic on many levels,
ultimately transcendent (married to stillness), and at the same time has
innumerable physical correlates in both practices and experiences.
So semen is not kundalini. Rather, it (and its equivalent originating from
the G-spot in women) supports the neurobiology of kundalini, which becomes
experientially clear through practices. These essences do not travel up
through the body unaltered. Rather, they are feedstock for the overall
neurobiology of enlightenment.
Neither are the genitals the source of
kundalini. Kundalinis source is the vast pranic storehouse within the pelvic
region. The genitals are on one side of that and the rest of the
neurobiology is on the other side. So there is that connection, the pelvic
storehouse of prana that both reproductive sex and spiritual evolution draw
upon. The energy dynamic may be experienced going all the way from one end
to the other. Hence the possibility for occasional sexual arousal during
"non-sexual" spiritual practices like deep meditation, and also the
possibility for spiritual experiences during sex (thus,
tantric sexual practices).
Ultimately, spiritual experience is
independent of erotic sensuality, and in some cases it will be this way from
the beginning. Which is not to say it has to be all one way or the other.
Everyone experiences their awakening according to a range of factors that,
when taken together, are unique for the individual practitioner. This is why
we discuss a wide range of practices that can be integrated in a way that
suits the needs of the aspirant.
When the energy is felt moving in
the genitals, it is erotic. When it is felt moving in the higher
neurobiology it is ecstatic, also experienced as the flow of divine love a
melting of the heart.
The mudras and bandhas are related to the
awakening of ecstatic conductivity in the whole body, and may be experienced
with an erotic overtone in the beginning due to the aforementioned
connection with sexual energy through the pranic storehouse in the pelvic
Pranayama, kumbhaka, asanas, mudras, bandhas, and tantric
sexual methods (when genitals are engaged), are all for cultivating the
higher manifestation of the pranic energy (kundalini) originating in the
pelvic region. None of these practices stand alone. The key is a practical
and effective integration. The whole of the resulting cause and effect is
far greater than the sum of the various parts. With well-integrated
practices, we find natural vajroli arising (continuous upward absorption of
sexual essences), whole body mudra, and other developments throughout the
body, which, taken all together, we call the "nectar cycle." This is the AYP
view of the ecstatic neurobiology which underlies the energetic evolution we
call kundalini. This leads to ongoing ecstatic radiance, which we also call
outpouring divine love, stillness in action, the rise of unity, non-duality,
None of this on the energetic/ecstatic side will go very far
without concurrently cultivating abiding inner silence, and there are also
practices for that (deep meditation, samyama, etc). All of it can be
integrated and condensed into a relatively short twice-daily practice
routine. From there we can go out and live fully, which is how enlightenment
is gradually baked into our life.
While all of this fits together
conceptually and, more importantly, experientially, no one is asked to take
any of it on faith. Practice and find out for yourself.
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.
For detailed discussion on methods for awakening
kundalini, see the Asanas,
Mudras and Bandas book, and AYP Plus.
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