SEX OR SPIRITUALITY: WHAT IS TANTRA?
The word tantra means ‘liberation through mental expansion’ – it teaches that we can become one with creation by joyously accepting everything in life.
It is said to be the oldest Eastern tradition of spiritual philosophy and practice, originating more than 5,000 years ago in India.
It is about sex. Sex is seen as a form of deep meditation and worship – it’s a way of merging with the divine. The theory goes that the universe was once blissfully united, symbolised by the endless joyous intercourse of the god Shiva and the goddess Shakti. Then the universe split and creation became divided. Tantra aims to reproduce that original divine union.
It’s not just about sex. The basic tenet of tantra is that everything in life can help your spiritual development. Eating healthily and being kind to yourself and to others are tantra.
Tantra practitioners use physical yoga, meditation and breathing techniques to reach into deeper states of awareness through the body.