“Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” -Rumi
Hello and welcome to TANTRA!!
We may have heard many definitions of tantra and that is because over the past thousand years, it has many definitions. Tantra is most popularly understood as a divinely revealed body of teachings, explaining what is necessary and what is a hindrance in the practice of the worship of God; and also describing the specialized initiation and purification ceremonies that are the necessary prerequisites of Tantric practice
Tantra is neither a religion nor an ‘ism’. Tantra is a fundamental spiritual science and if there are spiritual practices associated with your spirituality – they are tantric. There are so many definitions, but according to the basic understanding of tantra, if you aspire for spiritual expansion…you are a tantric!!!
But there is an even deeper understanding that has been unfolded in the past 100 years by such masters as Gurdjieff, OSHO, Ram Dass, and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. They reveal the irony that an important part of our understanding of spirituality is our need to explain it – explain what’s supposed to happen when we meditate. Explain what the gap feels like. Explain what an aha! moment is. Explain what happens when we experience one-ness.
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But according to these philosophers, sages, and gurus, enlightenment cannot be explained in words. It can only be experienced. My teacher and dear friend David Simon would often relate a phrase, which the Maharishi would say to him. Whenever I would ask him one of those deep, soul questions about one-ness, he would giggle and reply in a sweet Indian accent, “feel the body.”
The premise was that the logical, rational mind can neither comprehend nor explain the magnificence of no-thing-ness. OSHO referred to tantra as a “total orgasm with the whole, with the universe…melting into the source of all being.”
In most recent times, tantra has been confused with free love – or ecstatic love-making. This has even been referred to as California Tantra which I discussed in detail in Secrets of Meditation. But that’s because tantra is about leaving your head and living from your heart.
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But having an orgasm with the universe is beyond love-making. It is beyond everything. And so the perfect starting point is to feel the body!
We know that we are not our thoughts. In fact we are learning that our mind does not really exist but rather it is simply a receiver of thought after thought after thought after thought – 60,000 to 80,000 a day. But through our bodies we can celebrate the magnificence of existence. We can awaken our senses (known in Sanskrit as the tanmatras) to receive the universe’s miracles. Our sense of sight allows us to drink in every visual moment without projecting what it means…from a golden sunset to a car belching smoke out of its tailpipe. Our sense of sound, allows us absorb vibrations without judging them as good or bad –from a crying baby to a purring cat. Our sense of smell allows us to receive the treasure of aroma from brownies in the oven to a musty closet. Our sense of taste allows us to merge with what we place in our mouth from tiny bubbles of champagne to a wooden toothpick. And our physical body allows us to receive soothing healing touch or a prick of a thorn.
It is in each interaction through our body that we can come back to the true one-ness of this existence. We spend so much time in our head thinking that sometimes we think we ARE our thoughts but they are simply visitors in our guest house of the mind and they only distract us from the sacred, precious moment where we experience the one-ness of existence.
Take some time today to RECEIVE through each of the five sense without any other thought or distraction trying to define the moment. In the simplest of physical interactions – gazing into another’s eyes until you become them, holding someone and merging into their BEing, listening to sounds of life with no judgment, witnessing an aroma as it wafts into your nostrils, allowing a piece of chocolate to dissolve on your tongue – we can feel the body and have a total orgasm with the universe. Why not start today? How do you know if it worked? Your experience will be beyond words and then you will know you have touched one-ness. Keep meditating and join me today on Hay House Radio. I’ll see you in the gap of TANTRA! Peace. -davidji
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