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T47 - Masturbation and Yogic Self-Stimulation (Audio)
Date: Mon Nov 21, 2005 11:05 am
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 started masturbating since a
very early age. (7 or 8 years old). Rarely do I hear anybody mention to
start it at such an early age. I am sure there must be some significance of
this to spiritual life. Does starting such an early age indicate strong
spiritual tendencies (because sex is related to divine)? Or starting so
early and loosing so much of semen is some kind of bad karma from previous
life that I am suffering?
Another question: I have maintained
brahmacharya for the past one month and had a wet dream yesterday. Are there
any techniques to deal with wet dreams?
A: Masturbation can be a
bane or a boon, depending on what one does with it. For starters, it brings
intimate familiarity with one's sexual response, orgasm, etc., so the
landscape is well known, though not with a partner, which is a higher level
If masturbation is used for tantric training and
cultivation (holdback with blocking), that is the boon. If it is used to
drain vitality, that is the bane. This is also closely related to
incorporating siddhasana, mulabandha/asvini, and even sambhavi and kechari
when ecstatic conductivity comes up in the nervous system. All of these are
methods of self-stimulation for cultivation of ecstatic energies within the
body, and are commonly used by advanced yogis. So those yogis in the caves
are masturbators too. Whether it is uplifting or draining is a matter of
what we are doing with it.
The best opportunity for doing good with
yogic self-stimulation is by doing it on top rising inner silence (pure
bliss consciousness) cultivated in daily deep meditation.
years of releasing vitality are of no permanent harm to you. It is what you
are doing now and in the future that will make the difference.
dreams (and also premature ejaculation), I get asked that very often. It is
a normal part of maturing sexual function, which will take care of itself
with development of skill in tantra and with age. Both will naturally yield
longer staying power, and more rise of sexual energy for spiritual
unfoldment in the nervous system.
All of this applies for both men
and women, though the question comes up most often from men due to the
energy loss associated with ejaculation. The concern with this is very good,
demonstrating rising spiritual awareness and bhakti - sincere desire for God
and Truth. If you continue steadfast in your bhakti, following your heart's
innermost desire, all you seek will happen.
The guru is in you.
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