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Feb 11, 1995 10:17 AM
by Jerry Schueler
Nancy: Thanks for your quote from HPB on sex magic. As usual, she is quite right. She is referring to Kundalini Yoga, where the Muladhara Chakra is located at the genitals and the Ajna Chakra is located between the eyes (the third eye). The connection between these is the spinal cord - or rather the Sushumna Nadi or Central Channel that actually lies in the Body of Light at a point that corresponds to the spinal column of the physical body. When I began studying this stuff, little was known, and few books were available. Nowadays they are plentiful, and a whole lot more is known about this subject. Yes, arousal of the genital area does effect the brain and vice versa. This is a potential danger, but as used in Tantricism, it is a useful fact. I would like to provide a quick rundown of sexual magic as it exists today, largely for those who are not familiar with it. I am not advocating its practice, but in the spirit of the TS second and third objectives, I feel that its theoretical aspects are important for us to understand and to discuss. Those who are squeamish about sex should please skip the rest of this posting. There are many forms and levels of sex magic, but they can generally be put into two main groups. In the West, most sexual magic operations end in orgasm and ejaculation. This is true in Wicca as well as most magical and occult schools. The idea here is to concentrate on the objective or goal, and then direct the sexual energy that is generated toward its accomplishment. At orgasm, the energy flies away to accomplish the goal. For the most part, I would call these operations low magic, as opposed to high magic (this is a purely subjective call). They are also sometimes black magic, though not always (remember, if the only difference in black or white magic is the motive and if the motive is to heal or otherwise help someone, then it can hardly be black). In the East, most sexual operations do not end in orgasm or ejaculation (some Hindu schools do, but I don't know of any Buddhist schools where this is the case). The practice of sexual magic in Tibetan Buddhism, for example, is a high magic technique that is altogether white. The motives are very pure - normally something along the lines of strengthening the bodhisattvic vow. Here the sexual partner is called a karmamudra or "action seal." The action seal is specially trained for the task, and the goal is the production of bliss, not orgasm or getting money or other mundane objectives that are found in many other schools. Taoism also teaches a similar sex magic, both with and without a partner, but the goals vary widely between schools. I should mention here that the action seal is virtually always a member of the opposite sex. If there are any special techniques or versions for homosexuals, I am not aware of them. However, since the goal is to produce bliss (amrita, which is a physical precipitation of ananda) I don't see why the sex or gender of the karmamudra matters, so long as he or she makes you feel completed or whole. OK, so why is Kundalini considered superior to Raja Yoga? The answer is simple: In Raja Yoga your consciousness can enter samadhi. In Kundalini Yoga, your samadhi is accompanied by bliss. The difference is the extra ingredient of bliss that you can only get from some kind of sexual stimulation. What is this mysterious bliss? Some describe it as an overall orgasm, where every cell of your body vibrates in orgasmic ecstasy. If your practice results only in genital orgasm, it is not good enough. Paradoxically, Tantra teaches that by refraining from genital orgasm, you can generate bliss which is an all-over orgasm that can last hours instead of seconds. This comes about by consciously directing the "essence" of the sexual fluids inward rather than ejaculating outwards as in a "normal" orgasm. In Kundalini Yoga, the karmamudra is used to stimulate your genitals and allow you to generate a strong field of sexual energy in the Muladhara. Although a physical partner is not necessary (IMHO), it helps because your auras overlap and the karmamudra can thus stimulate and reinforce you in ways that you cannot do yourself, at least at first. Then, rather than ejaculation or physical climax, you mentally direct this energy up the Central Channel and into the Ajna, which vibrates and produces bliss that radiates throughout your whole physical body via the nadis within the subtle body. If during this operation your mind is on the karmamudra, or on the bliss that is produced, then again you will fall short of the goal (and this is the real trap, which can lead to black magic as HPB warns us). While your body is saturated with bliss, your consciousness must shift into samadhi. When done properly, the resulting combination of samadhi (which Tibetan Buddhism calls emptiness) and bliss is far superior to samadhi alone. Samadhi alone is just another altered state of consciousness. But when combined with bliss, it is a direct experience of spiritual consciousness, of those spiritual planes that lie above the Abyss. The Tibetan Yogis have gone so far as to label 16 different levels of bliss and emptiness that we can experience. Vedanta teaches that one of our highest bodies or "sheaths" is the anandakosha or body of bliss. When consciousness is focused in this sheath, a spiritual ecstasy is experienced. Many of the early Christian mystics reported an accompanying feeling of ecstasy that they found hard to describe. The Gnostics wrote about a bridal chamber in which the Adept was the bride and Christ, or one of the Aeons or gods, was the groom. So the idea of combining formless consciousness and bliss is very ancient, and can be found in many cultures throughout our history. There is also an obvious psychological equivalent, in which the karmamudra is one's own anima or animus in the Jungian sense. Sanskrit is ahead of us, and here the partner is the jnanamudra or thought seal. This is the inner consort, for which sexual union becomes a symbol or metaphor for our own unification into a whole and complete person - much like Jung's individuation process. The bottom line is that we are at present incomplete beings. One half of us is expressed outwardly with each incarnation, while the other half remains in a potential form within us. Our evolution demands a unification. We can sit back and wait for a few million years, when the evolutionary power of Kundalini will take effect, or we can hasten our evolution via sublimation and transformation of the sexual energy and become fifth-rounders (this is not an advocacy, but rather merely an obvious observation. This observation has already been expressed by Sri Aurobindo and many others). Jerry S.