What is tantra?
Tantra is a behavioral philosophy that has come to more than 5000 years. It flourished in a society where Pakistan and India are today. This philosophy explains how man relates to himself, to other human beings, to animals, and to nature. A relationship that is based on sensoriality (through the bodily senses).
As a result of this relationship, the cult of the mother goddess appears. The woman, in this context, has special connotations, as it manages to perpetuate life. But, not only that, the woman is also seen as an inexhaustible source of sensoriality. It is worshiped as the ultimate expression, the most sophisticated expression of nature.
This is the reason the female sculptures appear in this society in much greater quantity than the male sculptures. Tantra is derepressor, it is matriarchal. It uses sexual energy in a mature, conscious way, with spiritual and sacred goals.
Today, in a society still governed by many masculine values such as competition, power, domination, war and religious repression, it is difficult to live tantrically. It is necessary to readjust Tantra to the present society.
It is no use merely to reproduce the same behaviors and practices. Because we are undergoing major changes and the trend is a greater openness and resurgence of feminine and tantric values.
But change goes hand in hand with the evolution of mankind and does not happen overnight.
In the West, Tantra has spread and popularized itself among adepts of mysticism, esotericism and ritual magic, in initiatory schools attached to such names as Aleister Crowley or Samael Aun Weor, formerly secret societies known as the Golden Dawn, Gnostic Society, and others.
How Neo-Tantra was born
This strand had as main reference and master of this lineage, Osho. He lived until the late 1980s and knew of the need to tailor the original tantra to the current society. He created several active meditations for Western man and hundreds of his speeches were published as books.
Of the books, the one that most fully synthesizes the Tantric teachings is “The Book of Secrets” in which Osho comments on a sacred tantric scripture called Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. In this work, he approaches the 112 sutras (meditation techniques) to reach enlightenment.
Osho has a strong influence in the West, and in their communes, sexuality was treated in a free way, without frontiers. Although among the 112 Tantric techniques of the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, only seven were of a sexual nature, his disciples were known for sexual freedom, and many lay persons eventually associated tantra with a libertine sexuality.
The stigma over the term “Tantra”
This association of tantra with sexuality brought about by the disciples of Osho generated great discontent in more conservative poles. Which ended up leaving a stigma on the word “Tantra” and nowadays many people confuse Tantra with debauchery.
In treating sexuality so openly and derepressingly, but in a society so sexually sick, Tantra has been put, by many, as a subset of sexuality, when in fact Tantra is something much greater and sexuality is to be considered a subset of Tantra.
Because it is one of the only human development chains that embraces sexuality and treats it without taboos, Tantra has been thrown into the mud by those who consider themselves masters of truth and paladins of morals.
There are still those who use Tantra to promote their sexual compulsions in a totally disoriented way and, often, to deepen even more pathologies and traumas related to sexuality.
They treat him lightly and use it to justify his sexual compulsions or attitudes in disagreement with ethics. What many of those who make these mistakes do not understand is that Osho proposed an almost celibate approach.
However, in this approach, vital or sexual energy should be used spontaneously, detached and natural. No locks, fully delivered.
“Sex is the most vital energy – the only energy, I say, that you have.
Do not fight her; it will be a loss of track and time – instead, transform it.
Sex disappears only when you totally accept it – not suppressed, but transforming. “Osho
The Osho approach has adapted many of the ancient Tantric concepts to our Western day-day. It has also brought us ways of dealing with sexual energy and sexuality in a more mature and conscious way.
How to Start in Tantrism
Although not exclusively about sex, the tantric approach inevitably makes use of sexual energy to reach high levels of consciousness. For this, it is necessary to experience, experience and mature human sexuality with practice. We have to accept sex so we can let go of it.
Sex-related repression and guilt increase sexual tension and fuels compulsions and perversions. Sexual energy is also our vital energy and can be used to its full potential to realize dreams, create and build our masterpiece on the planet.
But as long as people live and suffer from a “sexual hunger” they will remain attached to sex, wasting their vital energy and experiencing a poor and meaningless sexuality.
For those who would like to know this universe, one way is to participate in works of active tantric meditations or to seek a therapeutic center that uses Tantra as a base. For tantra is experimental. That is, it must be understood through Tantric practical experience.
There are many serious and ethical works and therapists, but there are also many people who are transvestites of therapists, who use the word Tantra to satisfy their own sexual needs and only fuel sexual pleasure in themselves and in the other.
Tantra goes far beyond sexual intercourse and can begin a beautiful personal development. For it brings a new way of facing your own sexuality, freeing yourself from guilt, fears and starting a beautiful process of emotional and spiritual development.
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