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Tantra

Tantra is the only spiritual practice that teaches that sex is sacred, not a sin, even outside of marriage. The focus is on the merging of the male and female energies, rather than signing a legal document. Tantra is often thought of as an oriental mystical practice, but it is a universal secret, the most readily accessible mystical experience of all.

Tantra is a Sanskrit word that means woven together – man with woman, the human with the divine, the “positive” and “negative” electrical charges of male and female which merge to produce light. The purpose is to embody the creative forces of the universe; the mind goes quiet and the body feels the ecstasy of universal energy that has created all that is. Entwined couples can be seen on temples all over the Eastern world – they adorn the doorways and walls, such as at the Kandariya Mahadev temple in Khajurahol. Eastern philosophy teaches that at the base of the spine – the place known as the sacrum in English – lies a coiled serpent of energy (Kundalini) which can be raised up the 33 vertebrae of the spine – 33 being a magic number, and the age of Christ. Gradually degrees of spiritual awareness are reached until we attain the wings of the spirit. In ancient Egypt the pharaohs were depicted as having raised the serpent up to their forehead – a symbol of their divine state. In ancient Greece the same symbol appears in the form of the Caduceus of Mercury which chemists still display today.
Tantra 2Many cultures have phallic divinities which may not have been a sign of a male-dominated culture so much as a tribute to the power of tantra. Vestal virgins and temple prostitutes also have their origin in the idea that tantra is the path to enlightenment. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, which has largely lost sight of the spiritual role of sex, there are still nonetheless a few references to this idea : Moses derived his healing power from a raised bronze serpent on a pole, and when Jesus was asked by the woman at the well how she might drink from the living water He replied, “Go call your husband”.
The living water is not just the Word of God, but also has a mystical significance – that of the life-giving liquid of tantra; the only immortal cells we possess are sperm and eggs – their telomeres never shorten.
Philosopher's Stone 3In medieval Europe the Alchemists had laboratories where they attempted to turn base lead into gold, but the true meaning of alchemy was to use the fire of passion to turn the base nature of the soul into a divine entity. Alchemical drawings from this period depict male and female uniting over a fire. The philosopher’s stone was the sacred altar of sex, which symbolized evolution from the imperfect and corruptible towards an incorruptible everlasting state.
So what does it involve? Tantra is not about achieving orgasm; it is about prolonging the act, absorbing the opposite polarity of one’s partner to form the “sacred hermaphrodite”, to experience being one and of both genders. Those who have tried tantric sex report not only great sensual pleasure but also a sense of dissolving into each other and merging with ‘all that is’. Sexual energy decreases stress and increases serotonin, but for the serious practitiTantra 3oner of tantra, the build-up of creative energy can be used in two ways – to eliminate our inner demons by invoking the power of tantra to destroy what is keeping us from enlightenment (jealousy, rage, fear etc) and to achieve greater and higher levels of consciousness – knowledge of the purpose of our lives, of the nature of all things.

But tantra has a third power; it is the antidote to ageing, since the energy otherwise used to create a new life is used instead to create a  polarity charge in the body. This charge fires the biological system and creates new life force within us.

Tantra is the secret of the alchemists, it is the fountain of eternal youth, it is the Grand Arcanum and the key to spiritual mastery.

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Ageing naturally sucks

Joan Collins, aged 80, joked this week that the most important things in her marriage are sex, sex, sex. Watching her looking utterly stunning on the ITV programme “Loose Women”, Beverley remarked over her cup of tomato soup, “Yes but it’s all false.”

Beverley is deeply into ageing naturally. She believes neither in makeup, Botox, surgery nor facial gym. “You can’t fight nature,” she says. “To try to do so is vanity”.

Vanity. Definition : the belief in one’s abilities or attractiveness to others.

Belief. Definition : trust, faith, confidence; an acceptance that something is true.

Biologically things begin to change at thirty. People generally start to panic around fifty. What happens when we age naturally, when we do nothing to stop the decline of our bodies and minds? When does the body really start going downhill?

The amount of body fat goes up steadily after thirty and may eventually rise by as much as 30%. Fat tissue builds up toward the centre of the body, including around the internal organs. Solution? Calorie restriction (see post on calorie restriction).

The tendency to become shorter occurs among all races and in both sexes. Height loss is related to changes in the bones, muscles, and joints. People typically lose about 1 cm (0.4 inches) every 10 years. Solution? Exercise. There are plenty of sites with exercises to avoiding losing height. Nothing unnatural about exercise.

Body odour changes with age. However, old people’s odour is not generally perceived as unpleasant. Middle-aged men don’t smell particularly good, but this will improve with age. Best smellers of all are middle-aged women.

Your teeth collapse. Dental decay is caused by insufficient flossing and brushing and processed food. If the teeth are beyond repair, dental implants are one of the best investments you can make. Without them your face may cave in but it is not just vanity. Proper chewing will help to avoid stomach ailments.

Your skin becomes wrinkly and you get age spots. If you observe the skin on the backside of an old person, chances are it’s as smooth as the day they were born. Skins ages due to environmental damage, the sun and stress.

Your hair turns grey. (See Going Grey).

Your muscles waste away. Muscles waste through lack of use. Even face muscles can be retrained to “lift” up again through facial gym exercises.

You become forgetful. Everyone is sometimes forgetful, and dementia and Alzheimer’s are preventable – there are lots of sites about how to avoid it.

Aging naturallyIn fact there is little about ageing that is not to some extent reversible. The taboo against vanity, the social cue encouraging us to accept our fate, deters us from pursuing the goal of ageless vitality. Man as a victim of the forces of nature is born, reproduces, then dies, exactly like the animals, goes the saying. There are two possible arguments against this – a spiritual one and a humanist one.

The humanist argument against ageing refutes the idea that what is to be found in nature is good and therefore lions are mercy-killers of the weak and their prey feel no pain, some animals kill their young or their mates and this is part of a plan and so on, helping the crippled and sick gets in the way of evolution. It inspires Social Darwinism, the belief that helping the poor and sick would get in the way of evolution. Most people would agree the natural world cannot be used as a reference for human behaviour. 

The spiritual argument can be summarised as follows: all spiritual traditions suggest man’s true goal here on earth is to overcome his animal nature and triumph as a divine spirit. Letting your spirit guide your attitude to life as the years pass can have a huge effect on body and soul. And of course the alchemists’ ultimate goal was to discover, through spiritual pursuits and using the intelligence God had given them, the fountain of eternal youth.

Given the overwhelming cultural inclination to believe that the infirmity of old age is something inevitable, there will always be Beverleys, looking at the vibrant, youthful, gorgeous Joan Collins and saying, it ain’t for real. But there she is, aged 80 and in no way an old lady.

Asked about the age difference in her marriage – to a husband 32 years younger – she quipped, “If he dies, he dies”.

 

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