Kundalini and Sexuality – Is Sexuality a Part of Spiritual Journey?

Kundalini and Sexuality – Is Sexuality a Part of Spiritual Journey?

This is a very interesting topic for discussion. Since ages “SEX” has always been  considered as a  “TABOO”. Even though this is one of the most integral part of human existence, yet our elders and society as a whole, shy away from speaking openly about this phase of our life. The ironical part is that  “Everybody is running behind sex but nobody wants to talk about it”. I fail to understand why everyone treats this divine energy as a Taboo. This energy is so divine and powerful, that with its explosion, a soul manifests into the physical realm. So, if it has the power to create such a beautiful life, then how can it be a Taboo?

Since ages, Yogi’s and sages are working on these energies and they have realised and accepted the fact that if this energy is handled properly, it can produce amazing results. Moreover, our body is a combination of Masculine and Feminine energy and “Feminine energy” is considered as the “Sexual energy”. This feminine energy is the real and complete version of “Lord Shiva”, so “it means that this sexual energy is Shiva only and He cannot be a Taboo”.

Kundalini is all about “Sexuality”. Whenever we are in an intimate relationship with our partner/soulmate/twin flame/spiritual partner, our Kundalini becomes active and volatile and at the peak of  our arousal, if any one of the partner knows about “Kundalini Tantra”, then he / she can manifest anything in this universe. Because, it is during the intimate act of love making that goddess takes her powerful form, which has the capacity to manifest anything. “Kundalini is the shakti/power that helps us in our spiritual journey”. The power of this energy transforms mere biological primitive instincts into the highest form of liberation and helps every soul to transcend.

So many couples have experienced a complete awakening and rising of their Kundalini Shakti during these intimate moments only. “Yes, sexuality is definitely a part of our spiritual growth”; this is a part and parcel of every existent active life – humans, animals or birds; nobody can survive and grow without this energy. It is really important to satisfy / channelize this divine energy. This energy gives us experiences of some blissful moments in our life. But generally, instead of channelizing this energy for our spiritual progress,  we tend to suppress it and this creates a lot of emotional, mental and physical disorders.

Kundalini resides at the Mooladhar / Root chakra, located at the base of the spine  and when it starts rising, it first encounters the Sacral chakra,  which is the Sexual centre of our energy and physical system. So if Kundalini has to rise, it has to pass through this gateway.

For the understanding of those people who are not so spiritually inclined, Kundalini awakening through sexuality may be termed as a very scientific phenomenon.  Apart from the bones present in our body, our brain and semen contain maximum amount of phosphorous, which is one of the most critical  chemical  required to become “Enlightened” or “Kundalini awakening”. During the intimacy moments of making love, which acts as one of the most powerful stimulant of the nervous system, this chemical energy rises up the spine through the central nervous systems (also referred to as Kundalini) into our brains. The phosphorous rich energy, when healthily distributed into the blood stream, helps us in awakening all our senses and this can be very electrifying.

People often justify their notions for considering sexual energy as a Taboo or that the energy needs to be controlled as the general belief that follows is that  a person could easily deviate  from his/ her spiritual path for it takes a form of lust and hence the desire for it to be controlled.

As far as I understand, this principle is applicable in every case, for example  if we do not handle money in a correct way,  a person may easily fall prey to  gambling,  drugs, alcohol etc. as , “Money is also an energy”; If we do not handle success in a correct manner,  a person may easily become over-confident and egoistic, “Success is also an energy”, so the principle of proper channeling and controlling is applicable to everything.

Then why should we treat only sexuality as a Taboo? If handled properly, why only Sexuality alone, even Money and Success can elevate us in enhancing our spiritual journey. Everything is, after all in our mind. It’s the mind projection at play.

Brahmnaad – Sound of the Universe

Brahmnaad – Sound of the Universe

The essence of the universe is energy, frequency and vibrations. The Vedas  state that the making of the infinite Spirit (Shiva) was through a reverberating sound energy of the consciousness called the Naad. This sound was “unstruck”,  which means that it was produced without any two things striking against one  another,  that is,  without friction. Another legend advocates that  years after the Big Bang, the universe started singing when Shiva played his damru (drum)  the first time. Vast sound waves expanded through the primitive cosmos, and the tremors which arose then, can still be felt today. Naad or cosmic sound has also been described in the Bible, wherein, according to St. John, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. Buddhism has its own version of  ‘Naad’ as ‘a flaming sound’ and  in Islam it is ‘a Kalma’.

In order to understand the importance of Naad, the best way is to look closely at ourselves.  As we breathe, the vital wind called ‘Pran’ passes through our nostrils into our body, pulsates and vibrates in the form of heart beat and speaks as it passes through the wind pipe/throat. The speech, hence produced is the ability and the power of Pran to generate sound at the micro level of our existence. But at the macro level, the Pran termed as ‘Transcendental Pran’, is responsible for the speech of the Supreme Conscious and is called as ‘Brahmnaad’ (Brahm = Br + Ahm = “Br” means to say or to grow/expand, “ahm” is the Supreme Vibration and Nada is sound), generally known to all as the sound of God. Like all sound waves, the Brahmnaad also needs a medium to travel – ‘ether’, which is an enormous ocean of sound waves.  While travelling through the ether, the Naad produces vibrations, therefore it becomes the primary source of ‘vibratory energy’.  The vibrations give rise to the second component called the ‘wind’ and the dormant energy that is present in these vibrations is responsible for the generation of ‘light’. The ‘Naad’ is indeed the most important link between Brahm and the Pran of an individual and all the countless powers of creation have their origin in and work through this ‘Naad’.

Brahmnaad is like a music played by the supreme consciousness. When the spiritual practitioners such as yogis are able to hear this cosmic sound, which vibrates as the cosmic waves in the form of the word OM (AUM) or SOHAM and when they realise that the Naad is actually coming from their own heart as a subtle vibration and getting enhanced by the compatible electromagnetic waves generated by their own  brains, it is then only that they are able to establish a direct link between themselves and the Supreme Brahm. The Naad, therefore, is the actual Reality that exists,  but since it is so subtle that it requires a proper training and a discerning student to catch its frequencies. A beginner of spiritual science can still hear this cosmic Naad by closing one’s ears and internally hear the roaring sound of the blood flowing throughout the physical body. Some have also named it as the ‘Sound of Silence’.

The Hanso-panishad of Shukla Yajur Veda has precisely described the different types of sounds radiating out of Brahmnaad from low to high frequency and the different types of emotional feelings the body experiences in terms of reflexes as a result, depending upon the spiritual progress of the aspirant  –

  • Clinking of bracelets – this first sound creates a tickling sensation
  • Tinkling of anklets – creates stiff muscles leading to spasms
  • Clanging sound of a gong hitting a brass bell – leads to perspiration from the body
  • Sharp blowing of a conch shell – creates tremors in the head
  • Playing of stringed musical instrument (e.g., lute, harp, guitar) – creates saliva to dribble out of the mouth
  • The clap or clunking sound of cymbals – causes ‘a rain of Amrit’ ( tears of bliss)
  • Sound of a flute – blesses the aspirant  with the most secret knowledge
  • Beating of tumbrels – facilitates the aspirant to speak in a mystical language.
  • Sound of drums – gives the aspirant mystical and divine powers of insight and vision.
  • Thundering of cloud – allows to acquire the inspirational and varied knowledge related to the Supreme Brahm.

The spiritual aspirant completes the journey of his Atman (soul) by tuning into the correct frequency of the Naad vibration originating from his heart and brain. This explains how and why the yogis have mystical power to leave their bodies and wander around in the spirit (astral roaming) and then come back to rejoin their bodies. This also explains the phenomenon of rebirth in the form and spot which matches the individual’s frequency with that of the cosmos at the time of his one life time death.

Vigyaan Bhairav Tantra!

Vigyaan Bhairav Tantra!

A Masterpiece of 112 techniques of meditation.

Shaivism

The veneration of Lord Shiva is called Shaivism; Shiva means auspicious, gracious, kind and friendly, more generally, the auspicious one. He is worshipped across Hinduism that originated in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Shaivism, like all other traditions has different schools of thought that have their own interpretations, explanations, theories and Philosophies; they also have very large volumes of texts emanating from all the schools and their traditional perspectives.

The prominent source of recognition of a follower of Shaivism is the sacred Ash or Vibhooti that is smeared on their forehead.

Among these multiple schools of Shaivism, is a most renowned school called Trika  that falls under the general nomenclature of Kashmir Shaivism;  the most remarkable and potent text of this school is the “Vigyan Bhairav Tantra” also called the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra.

 

Vigyaan Bhairava tantra

 

Whenever meditation is the subject, it is taken for granted that the Vigyaan Bhairava Tantra will find a prominent mention; this is because the sages believed that the text which is more than 5000 years old is the final word on meditation techniques and practices.

It is in the form of an interaction between lord Shiva and Parvati who is called Devi or Shakti and encompasses the presentation of 112 Dharanas which are a potent set of centering techniques or strategies of meditation.

The 112 techniques were in the form of a series of replies that Shiva provides to Devi (or Parvati) when she queried him on the way to realize the true essence of the ultimate reality.

The answers that Shiva provided to her are 112 ways to achieve transcendental state of consciousness. All the important texts of Kashmir Shaivism are replete with multiple references to the Vigyaan Bhairava Tantra indicating its significance in shaping their philosophy.

These powerful techniques come in several forms and variations in awareness of breathing, chanting and non-dual awareness which are actually techniques to imagine, visualize and contemplate through each of senses.

It seems that there is no meditation technique that is not included in this amazing text that first made its appearance through the Kashmir Series of Text and Studies (KSTS) in 1918. It consisted of two volumes of commentaries, one by Kshemaraja and Shivopadhyay while the other is by Ananda Bhatta.

But, it grabbed worldwide attention when the book Zen flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Reps carried an English translation; in the Indian perspective, Osho has come up with a voluminous set of commentaries.

 

 

Why Meditation?

 

Since times immemorial humans have strived to achieve both the knowledge and the means to appease the gods, the angels and the other higher forces that would aid them in achieving the desired powers and gifts, whether in kind or otherwise.

This general analogy may not really be sufficient to adequately cover the true impact of the various practices and travails that are instrumental in appeasing the powers that be and those that are imagined. Meditation has been acknowledged as the means to opening the most difficult doors that would help you attain peaks of spiritual excellence that you seek; one name that is the ultimate in the field is Vigyaan Bhairava Tantra.

In fact, the whole subject has developed to a deep, powerful, and potent science that is too vast for most of us to comprehend. But, there are many ways and means as taught by the sages and saints through the history of mankind; they comprise of Yantras, Tantras, Sadhanas, Yogic kriyas, Tapasya ( including meditation), penances and many more.

A person goes to great lengths to achieve his desires and goals and meditation is one of the most effective and time-tested methods that has withstood the various tests of time across the millennia in the practices of saints, sages, tantrics and occult practitioners.

 

The importance of a Guru

 

What you need to know first is that you cannot transgress the forces of nature.The techniques enunciated in the Vigyaan Bhairava Tantra should never be practiced without having access to, and being under the authoritative guidance of, a master; otherwise, it is possible that you may make some mistake in the techniques that may harm you either physically, mentally or both the ways; some of these may even result in irreparable damage.

Since the successful practice of these techniques is rather difficult, it entails that before going in for taking up these techniques, there should be a complete understanding about which of these techniques are the most apt for that practitioner; here comes the role the Guru.

If you are interested to learn about such practices, the phenomena and the science behind it that will result in your achieving what you seek.  However, the knowledge of the various processes and results varies from guru to guru; each according to his own area of expertise and practice.

There is no doubt that the Vigyaan Bhairava Tantra  is a text that empowers you to meditate and gain the various anchors and processes involved in meditation, the answer would be the book that is unbeatable in the insights that it provides into the anchors.

It is like an encyclopedia of meditative practices all of which vary in depth ranging from simple methods to some amazingly tricky ones that require a person to possess a very high level of expertise to even attempt to perform them. As a matter of fact, Vigyaan Bhairava Tantra contains some advanced techniques that are simply out of the realm of techniques that can be practiced by the modern persons.

Experts opine that such tough techniques might remain unconquerable for centuries to come; such is the requirement for a human being to be able to perform them.

Aghori Practices! The King of True Powers

Aghori Practices! The King of True Powers

Who are Aghoris?

Most of us have heard of Aghoris and the common knowledge that is prevailing is that they are tantric practitioners who perform very strange rituals that shock the normal people who are horrified when they hear some of the tantric practices that involve corpses, dead bodies, feces, burial grounds, sexual intercourse with dead bodies and cannibalism.

However, since they deal with spirits and indulge in some grisly acts, they are also highly feared while they also arouse deep curiosity in common people with varying reactions from all the people who learn of these practices.

The routines are religious in nature but the rituals are far from normal religious practices; they are a bit on the unbelievable side due to the mystique surrounding them.

In short, the Aghori sadhus are associated with weird grisly and even disgusting rituals that may involve decayed fecal matter, indulging in the sex act with decayed and burnt corpses, cannibalizing the corpses even when they are half burnt, having sexual intercourse with the dead bodies, rituals involving skulls, spirits and corpses.

Habitations

These followers of Bhairava another manifestation of Lord Shiva are dressed in black while they are themselves dark-skinned and sport long black hair.

The main feature of these Aghoris is that they are almost always under the influence of drugs or hard liquor. Their eyes seem to be stable and at peace with the world.

There are various stories about their habitats. The general concept is that they avoid human habitations and stay is secluded, hidden places away from the prying eyes of the curious human beings. They dwell near cremation grounds or the jungle areas where they conduct their weird rituals far from human presence.

That is why they chose to stay in the frosty wilderness of the Himalayas concealing themselves in caves or other hidden enclaves.

They were also residing the tiger-infested jungles of West Bengal as also in the hot deserts of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

The basic idea is to avoid human company while they meditate and go into trances in their religious pursuits.

The Philosophy

Aghoris worship Bhairava another form of Shiva or Mahakala or the female version Shakti or Mahakali, the destroyer, or its female manifestation who is the goddess of death, Shakti or Kali.

While the Hindu philosophy considers each deity as a manifestation of another and the effort is to worship all forms of the gods and goddesses thus satisfying all deities.

But, the religious demands of both Lord Shiva and the goddess Kali are not just ordinary ones; their requirements are specific and unchangeable. Here the role of the aghories is vital since they are the only ones who are willing to go out of the way of comforts and undergo the hardships that will please Kali and Lord Shiva (manifested as Bhairav)

The Divine Satisfaction

According to the Aghor philosophy, the ferocious goddess Kali is so intense and demanding that ordinary gifts will not appease her. She can only be appeased by the offerings of Meat, blood, sex and alcohol.

These things are normally not available to most of the other sadhus who are vegetarian and teetotalers.

The Aghori ideology sees everything as one and in this quest to perceive the oneness of even banned items like feces, or human flesh or liquids which they consume to appease their deities.

In their oneness theory they feel that they cannot discriminate against waste matter too.

Sex Rituals to Appease Deities

The fiery Goddess Kali is not an easy deity to please; according to Aghoris, the most difficult practices have to be performed so that the great Goddess can be satisfied.

Some consume gore and feces, some get their apertures sexually exploited by dried fecal tools, while most of them have to find a corpse and copulate with it. They are thus looking for show their oneness with vilest acts and the use of the filthiest things since their only aim is to remain lost in the lord overlooking all these dirty distractions without getting the sense of revulsion that may break their focus.

The Sex Act

Sexual intercourse has a very prominent place in the Aghoris’ way of life but they are quite secretive and conducted amid much fanfare and the beating of drums and chantings of some powerful mantras; and, all these acts are performed amid the presence of the dead and their spirits.

During sex, the females are penetrated with the genitals of the males and also with penis-like appendages made of dried up feces.

The belief is that smearing the ashes of the dead and copulating in the midst of the dead provides awesome supernatural powers to the practitioners of the sex act.

The rules of copulation during these rituals quite strict and unrelenting and require that:

  • The women taking part in this ritual should be menstruating since blood and sex satisfy the Goddess,
  • The woman in question should be penetrated for almost an hour,
  • She should be a willing partner in this grisly sex act without any negative feelings, the men cannot ejaculate till the ritual and its mantras are over,
  • The participants in this sex act should be in a state of trance.

Supernatural powers are received after the satisfaction of the goddess and the lord whom the participants are impersonating.

Other Principles of the Aghori sect

  • Aghoris do not fear the dead,
  • They do not harbor grudges or hate,
  • To become confirmed Aghoris, they should possess a kapal or skull purified by mantras which is their identification,
  • They are then allowed to eat corpses,
  • They do not kill for eating flesh,
  • Marijuana is a regular habit,
  • They practice tantric rituals and prepare strange medications.

Thus, it can be seen that even though we may not agree or understand the basics of this secluded, reclusive sect of sadhus, just knowing about their practices can lead to some understanding of these people and their faith.

What is the importance of Venus in Astrology?

What is the importance of Venus in Astrology?

Venus is devoted to the positive task of merging and uniting different forces, feelings and entities to ensure the completeness of things to create harmony and restore stability. It is Venus that causes the creation of love for others and for the beautiful feelings and things, cooperation, relating to others.

 Since Venus denotes love and affection it symbolizes all the qualities that are connected to these emotions and reactions in a native:

  1. Personal magnetism,
  2. Love and romance,
  3. Beauty and sex,
  4. Dance and other forms of recreations,
  5. Wealth and knowledge,
  6. Relationships,
  7. Social urges,
  8. Artistic acumen,
  9. Creativity,
  10. Attraction,
  11. High moral values,
  12. Sensuality and lust,
  13. Bonding energy,
  14. Love for money,
  15. Merger of hearts and souls

However, in the physical body, Venus rules:

  • The Urinary Tract,
  • The Kidneys,
  • The venous system and the blood,
  • The Larynx,
  • The throat, and
  • The general physical appeal and sexual magnetism.

As for physically observing Venus, It is not very difficult to find and recognize the morning star in the early morning sky towards the North.

While it displays his visions of the woman, he seeks or generally his better half or his sexual playmate and rules the cherished values and enjoyment that he derives from sexual union, it is Venus that enriches life and makes it worth living.

The two zodiac signs that Venus governs are Libra and Taurus; it remains exalted in Pisces while it is seen to remain debilitated in Virgo.

Professions ruled by Venus

Venus being a planet of abundance, the occupations and professions covered by it are indeed immensely varied and attractive; they include the following:

  • Literature, Music, Theatre, Cinema, poetry
  • Film industry, Sex industry,
  • Photography, paintings and other creative pursuits,
  • Readymade garments,
  • Astrology,
  • Textile industry,
  • Food, Hotels and Restaurants,
  • Travel Industry, Tourism,
  • Beauty Parlors, Cosmetics industry, costumes, and
  • Jewelry industry.

Retrograde

Venus is the unique planet that is retrograde for the least time among all the planets in the Solar System; it goes retrograde once every nineteen months for a period of six weeks at a time; thus, it is retrograde for only about 7% of the time.

But, it’s retro gradation is that much more significant; its retrograde state can be observed from the native’s chart when its and minutes have an Rx sign just inside the degrees in a native’s astrological chart.

When thus affected, the native shave to explore and utilize their relationships and assess the values that they can derive; in effect, they have to plan the advantages that each relationship can provide to them over the course of time. This may have some adverse reactions from the spouse or your sexual partner but patience is strongly advised.

Taurus and Libra are ruled by Venus; in Libra, Venus lends harmony, stability and they joy of love since it is cultured and aesthetic there while the other, more practical and down to earth face of Venus can be seen in Taurus.

In Taurus, it brings us face to face with all the materialistic, sensual and earthy values that we possess; it also apprises us of the values that possess and attract through ownership according to our free will.

Through this principle, since we are drawing and accumulating to ourselves, the retrograde position of Venus leads us to experience hardships in finances as also in love.

It is therefore not rare to learn the essential meaning of sharing and giving in this period.

Characteristics

In terms of body parts ruled, Venus is the ruler of the following:

  1. Semen and sexual organs,
  2. Larynx,
  3. Urinary tract,
  4. Venous system,
  5. Chemistry of physical attraction,
  6. Kidneys

Own signs (Rashi) are  Libra and Taurus

Own day is Friday.

Direction is South East (Agney).

Orbiting time for each Zodiac sign is 28 days.

Orbiting time for complete Zodiac is 11 months.

Special Features   Fashionable, Sexual pleasure.

Color is White.

Friendly Planets Rahu, Saturn, Mercury.

Enemy Planets are Moon and Sun.

Neutral Planet is Jupiter and Mars.

Exalted in Pisces.

Debilitated in  Virgo.

Favorable Metals is Silver.

Precious Stone is Diamond.

If well placed it gives wealth and prosperity, Beauty.

 If adversely place it gives a perverted nature, aloof, lazy disposition.

Representation  Wife.

Body parts ruled  Throat, Urinary tract, Semen, sexual  organs.

Diseases given by Venus Impotency, Frigidity and Genital problems.

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