Tantra: A Tool For Freedom, Not Slavery
By: Syed Karim Rashed
What exactly does one mean when they talk about "tantra"? In the tantric tradition, it is stated that once a connection between a master and a pupil has reached this level, a certain level of holiness and closeness is achieved in the relationship between the two parties. Because of the closeness between them, many assume that they have a sexual connection.
As can be seen in the story of Lord Krishna and the Gopis, the connection between a student and their instructor often involves sexual interactions. This is one aspect of the relationship that is explored in the story. Therefore, what precisely is tantra, and how exactly does it influence our sexuality?
Jennifer Surch is of the opinion that the human mechanism is a combination of the physical body, which is the accumulation of food that has been consumed, and the brain, which analyzes information that has been received from the body. The mental body, which is comprised of a person's software as well as their memories, is what causes individuals to act in a certain manner and is what dictates how they operate. And last, there is the energy body, which acts as the base for the other two to rest upon when they are positioned. The mind is responsible for all that lies under the surface.
What may be achieved is limited by routine and habitual actions, which can occur in either the body or the mind of an individual. Tantra is a spiritual practice that instructs us to challenge ourselves beyond our current capabilities and to keep moving forward to break free from the chains of our bodily and mental addictions. The term "Tantra" may be rendered as either "method" or "technique," depending on the context. Tantra lays a strong focus on transforming the function of the physical body from that of a source of identity to that of a vehicle for the ascension of the spirit inside an individual.
Tantra, contrary to what a lot of people believe, is not solely about being sexually free all the time. In fact, this is not even its primary focus. Our sexuality is an instinct that has been encoded into our bodies and helps ensure the survival of our species. To phrase it in a different manner is important. However, we must also be aware of the constraints of its capabilities, both in terms of where it can take us and where it cannot. When we realize both our limits and our desire to broaden our horizons, we open ourselves up to the possibility of discovering meaning via practices such as yoga and tantra.
Tantra is all about elevating our energies, as opposed to the more traditional release of sexuality, which takes place at a lower level of the energy system. This is because sexual activity occurs at a more fundamental level of the energy system. There are 114 energy centers, or chakras, that are distributed throughout the body. It is generally agreed upon that the energy that is generated by the first three chakras is the most powerful of all the energy that is released from the chakras.
Constructing the energy system and raising knowledge about it requires the use of every major force that is available. This comprises not just the sexual drive but also the emotional drive, the intellectual drive, and the impulse to sustain one's own existence. Sexual drive is only one of several types of drives. The goal is to take full use of all the preprogrammed reflexes that are available to one inside their own body and work to one's benefit. If you went ahead and had sexual encounters as soon as you were able to, all the anticipation and thrill that you had would have been for nothing.
It is possible for individuals to fulfill their sexual urges by forming connections both inside and outside of the church. Both options are available. It is both immoral and irresponsible for a person to gratify their sexual needs while also engaging in spiritual development. Because the tantric process is used not only to help a person in their spiritual development but also to generate an energy space that makes it possible for other things to occur that are beneficial to many people. It is possible that this will result in varying degrees of loss.
The purpose of the relationship between the master and the student is not to keep the disciple mired in their sexual addiction; rather, it is to raise the disciple to a higher level of consciousness via the connection. And most crucially, this divine connection, although thrilling, is in no way sexual in nature; rather, it corresponds to a step forward in technological development.
You could experience an orgasmic feeling that travels throughout your whole body if you shut your eyes, sit in complete stillness, and concentrate on your breathing. Because it is the most intense feeling that they have ever experienced, people who have never had an orgasmic sensation are prone to associate ecstasy with sexuality.
Everyone, it would seem, is searching for a way to make out the meaning of the relationship between Lord Krishna and Gopis. One urban legend claimed that Krishna was responsible for a group of 16,000 ladies having an orgasmic experience at the same time in the same place.
This is not something that can take place when one is engaging in sexual activity. Both the apprentice and the teacher are allowed to approach rather close to one another. The phrase "intimacy" is equivalent to the act of physically touching one another. A person who is on the path to spiritual enlightenment should not focus an excessive lot of emphasis on close physical connections, since this might get in the way of their progress.
Tantric and yogic techniques never treat the body as a personal component of the individual since the body is nothing more than a collection of components that may be discovered on the outside of the body. An orgasmic experience is not the same thing as a sexual connection because it is caused when the energies of the master and the disciple collide, and the master's energies are stronger than the disciple's energies. A sexual connection, on the other hand, is caused by a physical connection between two people who are sexually attracted to each other. The major objective of the teacher is to overwhelm the pupil with an indescribable sense of happiness.
As an answer to the inquiry, "What exactly is tantra?" According to Jennifer Surch, the founder of AOMT (Academy Of Modern Tantra), Tantra is a tool for liberation and not captivity. Jennifer Surch argues that many people are unable to come up with a satisfactory answer; despite this, Tantra is a tool for freedom, not slavery.