from an article by Antonella Malaguti on Yoga Journal (extract)
“Love is not done, love happens. Like meditation. In this sense sexual act can be the ideal moment to expand our perceptions. The orgasm, infact, is a moment in which is easier experiment that sensation of loosing self boundaries, erasing time and space’. Whit these words Radha Luglio, Osho’s direct disciple and international Tantra teacher for more than twenty years, defines Tantra experience, the ‘whispered transmission’, transmitted for thousands years as a secret from master to disciple.
Today this word has wrecked, like many sacred words, in a confusion that has debased the essence: ‘We denaturalize the sexual act transforming it in a performance, making it to lose its freshness, naturalness and spontaneity… We need do give back to the sexual act its dignity, deepness and mystery, to discover what sex is: a love experience, a bridge toward sacredness’.
A FEMENINE WAY
The etymology comes from sanskrit: it’s composed by tan, that means –expansion- , and tra that it’s translated – method-. A method to expand consciousness and energetic and vital potencial…
Radha clarifies: ‘In Tantra ( and in meditation ndr.) we learn to not doing, to let it happens: we enter in contact with our senses and we understand we are good as we are. Tantra not only is understood as sexual energy, but even like conscious acceptance of everything life proposes’. For this reason it’s a way that gives great importance to the transformational feminine power; not only in the physiological meaning, moreover as a mind attitude. ‘If, infact, Hatha Yoga, in the way Patanjali has transmitted it through his Yoga Sutra, has a male approach to life ( it’s the way of will, that teaches to contain and control with awareness thanks to an absolute discipline), Tantra is the way of surrendering: It’s indulging with awareness. In modern psychological terms, it could be said that Hata Yoga is extrovert while Tantra is introvert. In Tantra each wish is allowed and should be satisfied as a vehicle to go behind, each energy becomes a help to evolve. ‘That’s why it is dangerous: it’s easy to lose yourself in sexual energy, it’s an instinctive and innate wish in each one of us’ Radha advises us.
The purpose of Tantra is the same of Yoga: to enter in contact with our own inner void, a void ‘full of richness and space’. Like Yoga, Tantra invites us to be witness to our actions, contemplating (from latin cum+templum, i.e. – observe the object putting it in a temple- with respect). This contemplation can be trained in every daily action: when we walk, when we eat and, above all, when we make love. ‘But is fundamental to understand that the capacity of feeling our energy is not up to the partner: the partner is only the sparkle that can turn on our fire’. Working with sexuality we go closer to our own center: it’s a trip back to ourselves through the other, thanks to which we can learn to humbly love ourselves… […]”