alchemy of consciousness
- TRANSFORMATION OF SEXUAL ENERGY
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=
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
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.
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
'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
One person asks,
When you move the energy with the
bandhas, do you use your breath?
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
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.
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
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
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?
Yes, it can, absolutely, and you want
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!
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