This post written by: Amitabh Pandey
It was believed in ancient India… that the body is as sacred as the spirit. It was at that time that scriptures describing the quality of life and the methods of seeking pleasure from the most intimate and very natural of human activities – Sex – were written.
The ancient Sexologist, Babharavya and his most beloved disciples condensed Svetaketu’s work into 7 sections with the famed 64 Sexual Positions. These were further elaborated upon by seven ancient sages.
Vatsyayana interviewed these sages and compiled a fascinating manual of love called “Kamasuthra” or Kama Sutra. This compilation is dated by historians to be around 380-420 BC. The epic love and sex guide highlights games and pastimes of men and women, their celebrations, the study of arts and sciences to enhance one’s personality and cultivate pleasant traits. The book details the various postures of love and erotica including… games, tricks, aids and spells in sex!
The basic message of this manual is that, it is the duty of a man and woman to experience love and passion, and it is meritorious “if it is done well and with the aim to please both participants, and for them to derive pleasure”. And similar to i2 Tantra – a brand of tantra taught here at JujuMama – ancient tantra held that sex is sacred ad meant for healing and divine pleasure.
Sexuality is closely related to spirituality in different ways. In its negative aspects of simple lust, sexual excess, degradation and rape, it appears as the antithesis of spirituality…
But, in its positive aspects our sexuality can open our heart to love, and enable us to have experiences similar to meditative states and mystical bliss during or instead of an orgasm and its afterglow. In a less obvious way, sexual energies can be channeled upward to develop our energy centers or chakra system and higher energy bodies. According to esoteric and our own ancient yoga teachings, this is all part of our spiritual evolution. It was given that importance in human life in those days… irrespective of in what kind of relationship you are.
Sex is an important part of human life.
Why all these masks, hypocrisy and inhibitions in modern times?