Tantra is one of the oldest of the yoga’s. Yoga is just a particular method of achieving harmony with the supreme universe, each yoga believing they have the one most efficient method, where in reality all ways lead to the same goal.
So, Tantra is a belief system because firstly you must know what this world we live in is all about before you dare map a path to enlightenment. It is here that Tantra is supreme in simplicity. It recognizes what most major believes recognize. It recognizes, ‘as above, so below’; the macromism and micromism of the universe. So, simply put, to have mastery over our own physical bodies is just the same as having mastery over every universe. Indeed, this is no silly idea. So many people today in their search for internal peace go down the so-called spiritual paths to finding this. Firstly, people address their pasts, their emotions and the baggage they are carrying. A self-healing time. Then they address the mental aspects of their thinking processes, philosophies and logics as espoused in personal development so predominant in today’s times. Then they try to live their learning. To walk the walk. To manifest all this searching in the final step on the ladder – spiritual enlightenment. Regrettably, they forget the first most important step and that is the physical. Sure they might have mastery over the emotional, the mental and the spiritual yet, their physical comfort can be severely challenged. How many healers cannot stand to be touched? Without mastery over the physical body you will never reach your spiritual goal – that is a promise! The beginning and the end are one of the same – all your goals are in the physical because as has previously been written, as above, so below. AND this is what makes Tantra so unique today. Whereas a lot of today’s paths are running away from the physical towards the spiritual, Tantra is staying in the physical because it is the spiritual.
So what exactly does Tantra believe in? Surprise, surprise, almost everything that every belief system believes in. The oneness of GOD and Creation. The simplicity of being happy by being true to self and living in the present. It believes in the metaphysical, the unseen energies, the planetary influences, good living and honesty and integrity. It is quite similar to Taoist teachings and Buddhist teachings. Before enlightenment chopping wood carrying water, after enlightenment chopping wood and carrying water. As long as you seek enlightenment you will never find it for the thirst of the seeker is unquenchable. Just be and just be happy.
What makes Tantra so unique is that it believes in intimacy, romance, ritual and passion. Intimacy and romance, that is the gift the angels gave to us. Without it we would be empty shells of selfish and uncaring deeds. Intimacy and romance is what the human side of us reminds us of home. Intimacy and romance makes a ceremony out of living. Eating no longer is just a thing you do to fill your belly, it becomes a ritual, a ceremony, a fine art and it is the romance of the art of eating that gives the meal its unseen pleasure. A bath is no longer just washing the body clean. Intimacy and romance makes the bath a ceremony, a peaceful space of warm water and refreshment. Talking to someone whose company you enjoy is no longer just a meeting. Intimacy and romance turns it into a moment, an experience, and a true union. Making love is no longer just a wham bam thank you mam, intimacy and romance opens your hearts and slows down the art into not only making love but being in love, it enables the physical pleasure to vibrate on every level of perception resulting in cosmic orgasm and utter purity. Giving a massage or a healing is no longer just putting your hands on somebody, intimacy and romance carries intent and allows your energy to flow freely so that the touch or healing is more than just a physical act. Intimacy and romance may turn a birds feather from just a discarded birds feather to a treasure to be held and that may hold with it memories and love. Great poets, storytellers and writers and artist throughout history are obsessed with intimacy and romance. Intimacy and romance truly is what makes a peasant into a king. A maid into a princess. It is intimacy and romance that enables us to see each other’s soul rather than the physical bodies that we show on the outside. As you can see, intimacy an romance are important, it is spirituality, it is what Kundalini is about and it is what Tantra tries to teach us, it is what makes this gross Earth light.
Kevin Reed Copyright 2002ã