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T60 - Natural Vajroli and Whole Body
Training the Man for Cultivation of Ecstatic Natural Vajroli (Audio)
Date: Nov 18, 2008
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: Why do you say
that the whole-body ecstasy is proof of natural vajroli? I always thought it
was caused by the nadis being pure enough and wide enough to channel large
amounts of prana after kundalini awakening. Could this not happen even
before vajroli sets in? Wouldn't the release of amrita and ojas in the brain
be a more sure sign of vajroli occurring?
A: The short answer is
that the sexual essences are the prana in motion in the nervous
system on the physical level. The ecstatic experience is a symptom of this
flow. Because of that connection, I think it is safe to say that anyone (of
either sex) experiencing whole body ecstasy also has natural vajroli
occurring (the ongoing rise of sexual essences up into the bladder and
beyond). And, yes, this is a function of the purification of the entire
nervous system (the nadis).
It is really a question of how far we carry the neurobiology/prana
relationship. Neurobiologically speaking, sexual essences are the source of
ecstatic conductivity (kundalini), and the purification of the nervous
system through an effective integration of yoga practices provides the
opening for the process to move forward, yielding the spiritual experiences.
As we know, the stand-alone performance of mechanical vajroli (from the
Hatha Yoga Pradipika) by men is not effective for expanding sexual function,
and is just as likely to lead to unhealthy diversions in sex. This is why
mechanical vajroli is not recommended in the AYP writings. It has been found
that the daily sitting practices in the main lessons (deep meditation,
spinal breathing, etc.) and the sexual methods in these tantra lessons
(holdback, blocking, etc.) are more than enough to get the job done.
I am not saying that the physical/spiritual connection between whole body
ecstasy and natural vajroli is absolutely how it is, going all the way in to
the the most refined levels of divine ecstasy, but there is strong evidence
that the connection between the neurobiology and spiritual experiences goes
pretty far. The emergence of soma, amrita and ojas can be seen to be
subdivisions of this, very refined substances finding their origin in the
neurobiology of digestion (soma), brain functioning (amrita) and radiating
outward in all directions through the entire nervous system (ojas). And you
are right -- the presence of these substances is also evidence of natural
vajroli, as is whole body mudra and other indicators of ecstatic bliss
permeating the body and beyond.
Whether the neurobiology model of enlightenment turns out to be true in
the long run is the question, isn't it? By taking this approach, many are
given a handle on their experiences in terms of understanding the symptoms
and underlying neurobiological changes that are clearly occurring. I have
been asked hundreds of times in private, "Why is my spiritual ecstasy
accompanied by sexual arousal?" The rise of natural vajroli is the reason.
It is a key component of kundalini awakening.
Putting the neurobiology out in front also hangs a big carrot out there
for modern science to grab on to. There are plenty of things here that can
be measured, and sooner or later science will get around to it. As many more
practitioners come forward having these experiences (inevitable now), and
the general lay of the land of the enlightenment process becomes more
familiar everywhere, a fertile new field for scientific research will
Those who are more mystically inclined can ignore all the neurobiology
and simply enjoy the ride.
Either way, our bhakti (spiritual desire) and the maintenance of an
effective daily practice routine will continue to be the engine for human
spiritual transformation in ourselves, and in the population at large.
The guru is in you.
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