Everyone likes making love and everyone thinks to know how to do it and somehow it is true, sex is a natural thing, it’s not something we have to learn. According to Tantra, sex is the door to the divine: a natural and free sexuality is what allows us to be natural and free in our daily life. Tantra frees you, through meditation, from all that prevents your sexual energy from flowing freely and consequently it allows you to express in an equally free way your vitality and your passion for life. That’s how Tantra opens the door to the divine for you: a full, creative, passionate and free life. But only by fully diving into the sexual experience in a conscious way, you can walk through that door. Totality, in sex and in daily life, is the tantric key to a full and joyful life and in Tantra this is represented by the shivalingam. Here is a brief history taken from indian mythology that describes the origin of this symbol.
“The story is that one day in heaven Vishnu and Brahma were involved in an argument and could not resolve it, so they went to Shiva’s house to ask him to mediate their dispute. The guard was asleep and the doors were wide open, so they went in and found Shiva making love to his consort Devi, who is also known as Parvati. So deeply was Shiva engrossed in his love making that he did not even notice them. They had to wait for hours, growing more and more angry, until, when they finally had the opportunity to speak, they cursed Shiva for his impoliteness. They told him, ‘From now on, you will be remembered on earth not as a god, but in the form of a union between the male and female sexual organs.’
Hence, the creation of the ‘shiva linga,’ the statue of a penis rising out of a vagina, which is worshiped as Shiva’s symbol all over India.”
From: “Tantra. A way of living and loving” by Radha C. Luglio