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Reclaiming the Body-Soul
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Tantra and Ecstatic Energy (Kundalini) Transmissions (Audio)
Date: Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:55am
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: Hello, I have a question, I have been
baffled by it for a while. Why is it that the idea of the reduction of the
self to a material object in sex is appealing? Sometimes I feel that sexual
energies would be better transmitted if my mind did not have a part in them,
just my body and soul. Perhaps I think my mind would just be a deterrent
and that pure intention comes from the soul. I know this is somewhat of an
odd question and maybe I'm the only one who feels this way. Any
clarification on this thought would be helpful.
A: It is a good
question. You have pinpointed a feeling that many have, I think. The
question itself is an opening. That is how bhakti (desire for truth) works.
It is a question of self-awareness, and where that is manifesting.
The mind will go where self seems to be. It is determined by the amount of
obstruction lodged in our nervous system. If our main identity is with the
body, the mind will tend to indulge in that experience. With sex it can be
very strong because it is the peak of externalized sensory experience. The
mind being identified like this is the essence of sense attachment and lust.
The senses are not "bad" because of this relationship of mind with
body. Making that judgment is like shooting the messenger. If we undertake
meditation and other practices that purify and open the nervous system, the
sense of self gradually expands inside to silent pure bliss consciousness.
The senses also expand gradually inward to more enjoyable levels of ecstatic
experience. Then the mind finds something more than the physical body to be
fascinated with -- pure bliss consciousness which is the mind's essential
nature, and also refinement of sensory experience to levels of divine
ecstasy. So, the mind is naturally drawn to an expanding reality within, and
a more stable and satisfying sense of self.
It is not a matter of
shutting off or excluding the mind. It is about expanding the experience of
self and senses inward, and mind will go there. Indeed, the mind is a
primary vehicle for cultivating that. The mind has the inherent ability to
go to stillness, and this is what we capitalize on when we go systematically
inward in daily meditation.
So, we don't want to shut off the mind.
We want to expand it to embrace more and more peace and enjoyment inside.
Then we expand beyond narrow attachments to external sensory experiences of
the body, and all that. The mind becomes a bridge between the body and the
soul. The heart is opened by this process, so divine love emerges, which
expands our sense of self beyond our body. Then we see our lover, and
everyone, as an expression of our self. We come to live and love for the
All of this has a profound effect on sexual relations,
producing the effect you describe -- body and soul merged as one. Everyone
longs for this in sex, and in all of life. It is our natural state. We
instinctively want to reclaim it. And we can.
The guru is in you.
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