What is tantra?
Tantra is a behavioral philosophy that appeared more than 5000 years ago. It flourished in a society located where today are Pakistan and India within the ethnic group "Drávida".
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 bodily senses).
As a result of this relationship, the cult of the mother goddess appeared. In this context, the woman had sacred connotations, as she was seen as responsible for perpetuating life.
But not only that, the woman was also seen as an inexhaustible source of sensoriality. It was adored as the ultimate expression, the most sophisticated expression of life and nature.
This is the reason why female sculptures appear, in this society, in a much higher number than male sculptures. Tantra is detoxifying and matriarchal. Uses sexual energy in a mature, conscious way, with spiritual and sacred goals.
But today, in a society still ruled by many masculine values, such as competition, power, domination, war and religious repression, it is very difficult to speak of tantra.
Because it is necessary to readjust Tantra for today's society. It is no use simply reproducing the same draconian behaviors and practices in a society like the one we live in.
However, we are undergoing important changes and the trend is for greater openness and the resurgence of feminine and tantric values.
In the West Tantra spread and became popular among followers of mysticism, esotericism and ritual magic. In initiatic schools linked to names like Aleister Crowley or Samael Aun Weor, formerly secret societies, called Golden Dawn, Gnostic Society (Gnosis) and others.
How Neo-Tantra came about
A line that emerged in the middle of the XNUMXth century, and which became very famous in the West, based on Hindu Tantrism, was called Neo-Tantra.
Neo-Tantrism had as main reference and master of this lineage, Osho. He lived until the late 80s and knew the need to adapt the original tantra to today's society.
In addition, Osho created several practical techniques related to tantra. Osho created active meditations for Western man and hundreds of his speeches were published as books.
Of the books, the one that most synthesizes Osho's tantric teachings is “The Book of Secrets” in which he comments on a tantric sacred scripture called Vigyan Bhairav Tantra.
In this work, Osho addresses the 112 sutras (tantric meditation techniques) to achieve enlightenment.
Osho still has a big influence in the West. It became very well known because, in its communes, sexuality was treated freely, without borders.
Although among the 112 tantric techniques of Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, only seven are of a sexual nature, Osho’s disciples were known for their sexual freedom
That is why many lay people ended up associating the term “tantra” with a libertine sexuality.
Neo-tantra and sex
This association of tantra with sexuality brought by Osho's disciples generated great discontent in more conservative poles of society, who saw Osho's communes as sects.
All this controversial surrounding sex ended up leaving a strong stigma about the word "Tantra" and, therefore, many people today confuse Tantra with debauchery.
As I said at the beginning, it is very difficult to introduce Tantric concepts into a patriarchal and morally Christian society as it is in most of the West.
For treating sexuality in such an open and disrepressive manner, in such a sexually ill society, Tantra was placed, by many, as a subset of sexuality, when in fact it Tantra is something much bigger.
Therefore, sexuality should be considered a subset of Tantra.
As one of the only currents of human development that encompasses sexuality and that treats it without taboos, Tantra was thrown in the mud by those who consider themselves the owners of the truth and champions of morals.
Osho's view of sex
What many of those who make these mistakes do not understand is that Osho proposed an almost celibate approach.
However, in this approach to Osho, vital or sexual energy should be used spontaneously, detached and natural. No blockages, fully delivered.
“Sex is the most vital energy - the only energy, I say, that you have.
Don't fight it; it will be a waste of path and time - instead, transform it.
Sex disappears only when you fully accept it - not suppressed, but transforming. ” Osho
Osho's approach adapted many of the ancient Tantric concepts to our Western day-to-day life. In addition, it brought us ways to deal with sexual energy and sexuality in a more mature and conscious way.
How to start tantric practices?
Although it is not exclusively about sex, the tantric approach can make 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 that we can let go of it later.
Sex-related repression and guilt increase sexual tension and fuel compulsions and perversions. Sexual energy is also our vital energy and can be used to its full potential to make dreams come true, create and build our masterpiece on the planet.
But as long as people live and suffer from a “sexual hunger” they will continue to be attached to sex, wasting their vital energy and experiencing poor and meaningless sexuality.
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There are many serious and ethical tantric jobs and therapists, but there are also many people dressed up as therapists, who use the word Tantra to satisfy their own sexual needs and only feed sexual pleasure in themselves and in the other.
Tantra goes far beyond sexual intercourse and can initiate beautiful personal development. It brings a new way of facing sexuality itself, freeing itself from guilt, fears and starting a beautiful process of emotional and spiritual development.
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