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    TRANSFORMATION OF SEXUAL ENERGY   This discussion on sexual energy is classic.We have all heard about the need for controlling our sexuality and about th=
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2003
      This discussion on sexual energy is

      We have all heard about the need for controlling our sexuality and about th=
      power derived from transforming sexual
      energy into spiritual energy. In this
      frank discourse, Shree Maa and I not
      only give a new vocabulary with which
      to talk about the transformation of
      sexual energy, but moreover we describe
      the process of that transformation. We detail the Swastik asana and the ba=
      kriya practices which turn shukra into
      ojas, and ojas into tejas, resulting
      in the highest meditative energy and
      out of body experiences.
      Talk on Sexual Energy
      Text of the above Talk
      Swami Satyananda Saraswati's Talk on Transmuting Sexual Energy

      This is the first time I've given this
      talk in mixed company, so please excuse
      me if I'm a little hesitant. We wanted
      to talk about sexual energy. There are
      two paths, the path of Viagra, and the
      path of Vairagya; they're very closely associated, just equal and opposite=
      Of course, the path of Viagra is the
      path of stimulation and external
      expression, and the path of Vairagya is
      the path that goes inside. Vai means without, and raga means passion. And =
      a vairagi is a kind of sanyasi in the
      Vaishnava lineage. He is one who is free
      from passion. Also raga means activity.

      So vairagya means reducing our
      attachment to activity. So we're
      interested , presumably, in the path
      of vairagya, in the path of freeing
      ourselves from passion, and freeing
      ourselves from activity.

      And I wanted to talk about a vocabulary
      that gives us new words to invite new concepts, so that we can make the
      journey more efficiently.

      Actually the concept of sexual energy
      has no Sanskrit name. There's just
      energy. And there isn't sexual energy
      or spiritual energy or this energy, or
      that energy. There is just shakti,

      And wherever we pay attention to that
      shakti, that's how it manifests in our
      lives, in our behavior, in our
      activities. So when we talk in English
      about sexual energy, we're just saying
      our minds, our physiology is moving
      toward sexuality. The energy is the same

      I want to talk about the process of transmuting, transforming, that energy
      which we're paying attention to in
      sexual areas, into a spiritual energy
      which is taking us higher and higher
      towards our intended goal.

      Because once we have this understanding,
      we become empowered to desist from
      seeking frivolous relationships. We
      don't have to go outside, and find relationships that don?t work for us.
      We can spend more time bringing that
      energy in and up towards our intended

      That's why I want to talk about this
      new vocabulary. The first step, of
      course, are the organs. In the male,
      it is called the lingam, and in the
      female it's called the yoni. Now, the
      yoni has another name; it's also called
      the chit kunda, the container of consciousness, because no one goes to
      the yoni without placing full
      consciousness. It's not something that
      is done casually.

      In our Kali Puja book, we have translated
      a paddhoti, a system of worship for
      the puja called garbhadhan. Beyond the
      yoni is the garbbha, the womb, and
      that's where the seeds are incubated.
      What we call garbhadhan is placing the
      seeds into the incubator, into the womb
      We have many mantras that use the term
      garbha. Hiranyagarbha, the golden womb,
      is the womb which incubates the seeds

      Actually, here is where the distinctions
      in the vocabulary between male and
      female stops. From here on, there is
      just one vocabulary to describe the
      process, because both male and female
      seeds are called shukra. Shukra means
      the seeds of life, and shukra means
      bright, and clear, and pure, which means
      the seeds of life are the purveyors of
      clarity and purity.

      In the Kali Sahasranama, there are
      several names into which the qualities
      of Shukra are integrated: like, shukra vrishtipradayini and shukra

      In one sense, in the gross body, she is
      the purveyor of the seeds of life. In
      another sense, she dwells in the ocean
      of purity or clarity, which begets life
      So in whatever way we want to take the understanding, that?s how we will a=
      it in our sadhana, and in our lives.

      When I translated the Kali Sahashranam,
      I used the term, clarity to stand for
      the seeds of life. But the seeds of
      life are equally applicable.

      Now more subtle that the shukra is
      ojas. Ojas is the subtle body of shukra.
      Shukra is the gross body, that which
      comes out, that which unites, that which begets life, another being. Ojas i=
      s the
      subtle body. The objective of our
      practice will be to take all the shukra
      that wants to flow out, that wants to
      take the path to the world, and turn it
      inside, and turn it into ojas, and
      bring the ojas up. Almost like an
      ejaculation of the subtle form, it
      comes up.

      Now in order to make this more
      efficient, there are a few techniques
      called 'bandha'. A bandha is the
      contraction of the muscles. In order to
      practice this, you will want to be
      sitting in the swastik asana, with your
      left heel in the muladhara to the extent
      of your capacity. And if you were to
      feel yourself in a state of sexual excitement, and paying attention to
      the sexual energy, then you could sit
      in the asana, and practice the bandha.

      The mulabandha is the contraction of
      the muscles in the anus, and you just
      close the anus, and tighten the bottom,
      and bring the energy up, almost as it
      shoots up. And as the energy comes up
      in its' subtle form, in the form of ojas
      it comes through the swadishtana, and
      into the manipura chakra, where you
      practice the madyamikabandha, by
      contracting the abdominal muscles. So
      you practice first the mulabandha, and
      bring that energy up into the manipura
      and then you practice the
      madyamikabandh, and contract the
      abdominal muscles, and keep pulling it
      up until it comes to the heart. In
      the heart comes the uttarbandha, where
      you contract the muscles of the heart
      just like you are so much in love,
      just like you're feeling so much power,
      empowered by the shakti that's coming
      up. Now it's no longer sexual energy,
      it's shakti. And this shakti/s coming
      into the heart chakra. It's filling
      the heart with. the essence of what
      we're seeking in that expression of

      We're turning that sexual passion
      into love, and we will change the ojas
      into tejas, and tejas means light.

      If you contract the muscles of the
      chest, and pull in your heart, and
      feel the light rising higher and higher
      you move into the uttarabandh. Here you bring that tejas shakti to the agn=
      chakra, and through the sahasrara, and
      bring it out, and let it go as high as
      you possibly can, almost like you had
      an ejaculation of the subtle form of
      energy that came all the way out through
      the top of your skull, and reached all
      the way to the planets.

      And that's called making love. So the mulabandha contracts the anal muscles=

      and also those of the thighs, and then
      you bring up the energy into madhyamikabandha, where it becomes so
      much empowered, so much more fulfilled,
      and through practicing
      madhyamikabandha, you bring it to the
      anahata chakra. Here it fills your heart
      with so much love, and you?re exuding
      this energy. You can hardly contain
      it; your chest pulls in tight because
      you're feeling so much emotion. Now
      you've become vairagi, because all the
      raga, all the passion, has been directed towards your love of God. And from=
      the uttarbandha, we're bringing it higher
      and higher, and by letting it sit in
      the agyna chakra, the ojas becomes tejas

      The mind becomes filled with light,
      and now you feel that light, you see
      that light coming higher and higher.
      And that's where we can meditate.

      Then sexual energy is no longer an
      obstacle in our path; it's just energy.
      And it's a tool by which we move,
      direct, and can focus our attention to
      where we want to go. It doesn?t bring
      us outside into relationships that we
      don't really need. It brings us inside
      into the furtherance of our true objectives

      Are there any questions?

      Shree Maa says:

      Patnim manoramam dehi, manovrittanusarinim
      tarinim durga samsara, sagarasya
      kulodbhavam. This is shiva/shakti.

      Swamiji explains:

      This is the union between Shiva and
      Shakti; Shiva in the sahasrara, and
      shakti resides in the muladhara. She's
      coming up in the form of shukra, transforming into ojas, becoming tejas,
      and then uniting. And this is the true union, the verse that Mother is rec=
      from the Argala Stotram. Give me a wife
      in harmony with my mind; that wife is
      Shakti because who's singing the song?
      Shiva! Consciousness is asking for
      energy to come and illuminate him. That's
      just what it is!

      From Shree Maa's comment, Swamiji further

      That wife, that energy, is uniting
      with the soul, and taking the soul
      higher and higher, and higher. Now
      she's no longer the energy that keeps
      us bound to worldly interaction. She's
      the energy that inspires us to come to
      the highest realization.

      We have just transformed that energy.

      So the concept of sexual energy is
      really a misnomer. It's not understood.
      There is no sexual energy. there's just energy! And if we don't regulate o=
      direct that energy, it will direct us.
      But once we grab hold of ourselves, and clarify our goals, and clarify our =
      objectives, and really make the sankalpa,
      the firm determination and definition of
      that objective:

      'What are my values, what is important
      to me?' then, a verse in the Bhagavad
      Gita says that all the thoughts flow
      through the mind of the muni, but the
      muni never reacts. He is free from
      reaction. Knock on the door, and there's
      nobody home. That is the degree of
      vaiyagra, dispassion, freedom from misdirected passion, that we strive to a=
      ttain. We want to be passionate, but
      about the right things.

      From Shree Maa's comment, Swamiji

      When we can control our senses, then
      we can achieve to the wisdom of Brahma,
      the wisdom of the Supreme Divinity,
      by understanding this process. From the
      external, from the stimulation of the
      lingam and the yoni, and from the
      production of shukra, we take the shukra
      and extract the ojas. We let the ojas
      flow up until it becomes tejas, and let
      the tejas continue up. We go from the tejamayi kosha to the anandamayi kos=
      ha. There's an illumination.

      Then the higher definition of shukra
      as bright, clear, illuminating, becomes
      ever more subtle, and we get to have
      the union in that way.

      Swamiji asks, 'Do you have any questions
      about it?'

      One person asks,
      When you move the energy with the
      bandhas, do you use your breath?

      Swamiji responds,

      Yes, you do. When you contract the
      muscles, you breathe into it, and then
      you pull up that energy, just as
      though it were ejaculating up, and
      you pull it higher, and higher, and
      don't let it stop below. Let it go
      higher, and higher, and higher. Encourage
      it to rise, and pull on it until you
      get it up to the madhyamikabandha,
      and then when you have the
      madhyamikabandha, you're practicing the
      pranayama, but you're constricting
      the solar plexus, so you don?t have a
      full purak, or a full rechak, because
      you've got a bandha. There's a
      restriction; you're not practicing a
      full kumbaka.

      Instead you are forcing the energy up
      higher and higher. Bring it to the
      heart, and feel it in the heart. You
      know what it feels like when your heart
      is so full, that your chest cavity
      can't contain it. You've all had that
      experience. Your chest is just not big
      enough to contain your heart; it's
      bursting. And breathe into that, and
      that's where the ojas becomes tejas.
      And now you're not pulling on the subtle
      force of life, you're pulling on light,
      radiant light! And you bring up that
      light with the rising breath, uddhana,
      just higher and higher and higher
      until this body is not sufficient to
      contain it. It just comes right out
      the top, as though if you were to look
      down from the highest heavens on that
      body meditating there, it would seem
      that that body is just one part of you, because you've pulled the consciou=
      out of it in the form of light.

      Shree Maa comments:

      That way you can get levitation.

      Swamiji comments:

      That's the true meaning of levitation;
      it's removing your consciousness from
      the body, and looking down, raising the consciousness up. Not necessarily =

      raising the body.

      Swamiji: are there other questions?

      One person asks,
      Should this just be used when you feel
      that stimulation; should one use these practices only then?


      I would recommend using this technique
      primarily if you feel any sexual stimulation, because you don't want to
      put yourself into a position of
      stimulation. But if you were to feel stimulation, then there are two choice=
      you can let it out, or you can bring
      it up.

      Now, if you let it out, you want to let
      it out with all purity, and all thankfulness, and all gratefulness, and
      all surrender, as the greatest
      expression of the seeds of life uniting
      in the purest, clearest, most dharmik
      way possible.

      But even better is to bring it up, and
      turn the shukra into ojas, and the
      ojas into tejas, and the tejas into chit
      shakti, the energy of consciousness.

      It becomes filled with the energy of consciousness. So this would be a
      technique if you feel yourself prone
      to sexual stimulation, and I guarantee
      you that within some time of practice,
      you'll forget all about the sexuality
      of it, and just look at the
      transformation of energy. It won't
      be a sexual stimulation anymore. It
      will be part of a technique of meditation.

      Swamiji, are there any other questions?

      One individual asks:

      When we are meditating, and we can feel
      that tejas in our heart, can this come spontaneously during meditation?

      Swamiji responds:

      Yes, it can, absolutely, and you want
      it to.

      It doesn't have to be the result of
      sexual stimulation. It could be just
      filling your heart, and not practicing
      the mulabandha or the madyamikabandha,
      but going right to the uttarbandha.
      If you are free from sexual stimulation,
      then you can just go directly to the
      uttarbandha. Fill your chest full of
      that love, that energy, that bhava, and
      then make your heart so big that your
      chest can't contain it anymore, and
      then take that tejas shakti and bring
      it up. It doesn't have to start from sexuality.

      But if you have sexual stimulation,
      then there are only two choices, let
      it out, or bring it up. And this is a
      system by which we can bring it up. So
      that's why we wanted to share that.

      Om Sam Saraswatyai Namah!

      from : http://shreemaa/org

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