Advanced Yoga Practices
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Enlightenment with and
without Orgasm? (Audio)
Date: Sat Mar 13, 2004 10:25pm
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: Your Q&A section is very educative.
Thanks for the same. I have a question. For a woman who has never had a
sexual experience, I mean if she does not know what is Orgasm, is it
possible to raise kundalaini? If so, what will be best way? Please answer my
question. Thank you
A: Thank you for writing and sharing.
Orgasm is not a prerequisite for raising kundalini, or for enlightenment. On
the contrary, it can be an obstacle due to the obsession many people develop
about it, and the resulting loss of vitality that comes from too much
nontantric sexual activity. So, maybe you have an advantage. This is
assuming you are not seriously repressed about your sexual energy, because
it must come up into the nervous system for enlightenment stages 2 (ecstasy)
& 3 (unity) to be reached. You will recall from the main group lessons that
stage 1 is permanent inner silence ("the witness").
So, an opening
for sexual (kundalini) energy needs to happen at some point - not down, but
up. This has its own kind of ecstatic reverie that fills the whole body. How
can this be accomplished? It can be done with meditation alone, but it will
take a long time. Meditation is best for establishing enlightenment stage 1
- unshakable silent pure bliss consciousness. If spinal breathing is added,
the entire sushumna will be enlivened with prana from root to third eye, and
this stimulates the awakening of kundalini much more than meditation alone.
By definition, kundalini is prana awakening in the spinal nerve and then
throughout the nervous system, coming up from the vast storehouse of prana
in the pelvic region. To speed it up more, targeted physical practices (and
kumbhaka - breath retention) can be added as discussed extensively in the
main group lessons. As mentioned two lessons ago in the tantra group,
siddhasana is the most directly stimulative sitting tantric practice.
So, all this you can do without external sexual activity or orgasm,
though you will probably have some strange new sensations in your pelvic
area and upward as your yoga advances. It is inevitable. When strong love
feelings come, you can direct them to your spiritual ideal, rather than into
a sexual channel, and redouble your bhakti for doing practices. You can have
a wildly passionate love affair with God, and remain celibate all the way
though, if this is your preference. Many great yoginis and yogis in history
have gone this route.
How far you go in taking on practices is a
function of your inclinations. Maybe the direct stimulation of siddhasana is
not for you. Maybe you are not inclined to do some of the other targeted
practices either. If that is the case, it is okay. With meditation and
spinal breathing alone, the whole job can be done. Even meditation alone can
take us very far over the long run. It is up to you - how fast you want to
go, and how much ecstatic energy you want to get moving in your nervous
system. It can be a pretty crazy life having a fast rising kundalini, and it
is not for everyone. Slow and easy may be better for some. We don't always
have a choice. Kundalini can develop a mind of her own. When she takes over,
we end up in a partnership.
No matter what the inner experiences may
be, everyone is free to go at their own speed with advanced yoga practices.
That goes for everything, including tantric sexual methods. The most
important thing is that we understand the natural abilities inherent in our
nervous system, and then choose whatever methods for stimulating these
abilities we feel are appropriate for us. Even another path altogether is
okay. In that case, just regard all these lessons as "food for thought."
Don't worry, not being sexually active is not a disadvantage. You can do
it your own way. It is your choice how you will travel home. As you explore
the various methods that stimulate your nervous system to purify and open,
you will find your balance in practices.
The guru is in you.
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