Monday, October 20, 2008

Is Semen Retention Harmful?

Times Online sexperts Suzi Godson and Dr. Thomas Stuttaford give advice to a couple who practice Taoist sex without ejaculation and orgasm, and want to know if it is harmful. Suzi Godson answers by dismissing Tantra and Taoism:
I have to admit the whole tantra, mantra, Tao thing eludes me. Regular readers may remember that the last time we got a question such as this I hauled my poor husband to a Tantric sex workshop with disastrous results.
Dr. Stuttaford grudgingly allows that semen retention isn't harmful, but his negative bias shows when he uses the word "glorified" in his response.
The philosophy and disciplines glorified by the terms Tantric and Taoist sex are designed to allow a couple to have long sessions of lovemaking by prolonging the plateau stage of sexual response without having a complete orgasm and ejaculating. Advocates of Taoist and Tantric sex explain that the aim is to maintain a state of ecstasy for as long as physically possible and not to be preoccupied by the need to score an orgasmic goal.

Like Victorian schoolmasters and doctors, who believed that masturbation was a cause and a symptom of criminality and psychiatric disease, the Tantric and Taoist enthusiasts suggest that semen has a value in helping to maintain a man's health and vitality. Their supposition is that if semen is constantly wasted, the luckless fellow will be weakened and risk being reduced to a feeble wreck, a shadow of his former self. You may be assured that this is medical nonsense, and semen retention is not harmful. Read more
Despite their designation as "experts," Godson's and Stuttaford's answers illustrate why you should send your questions about Taoism and Tantra to practitioners - not sex advice columnists.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How to Pronounce a Mantra

A mantra is a sacred verbal formula repeated in prayer, meditation, or incantation. At Living Tantra a reader asks Shambhavi, "Can a mantra be incorrect because of stress or rhythm?"
Mantras are are the subtle chemical catalysts of the cosmos. They have effects in the world. They are embodied, creative wisdom. When we do mantra practice, called japa in Sanskrit, we are trying to realize the the direct, embodied wisdom of the mantra.

For a mantra to be “incorrect” means that it is dysfunctional; it does not have vidya shakti, or wisdom energy. An incorrect mantra is not actually a mantra. It is just a word.

There are three answers to the question of pronunciation. Read more

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tantra and Dreams

This video begins with a surreal dream sequence and then Tantra Bensko goes into description of lucid waking that can come from keeping continuity of consciousness in the sleep state through Tantric exercises.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Tantric Massage: How to Give Your Partner the Ultimate Sexual Experience

Do you want to give your partner the ultimate experience in sheer pleasure? Tantric massage will intensify your relationship both in and out of the bedroom, and it’s easy to do, says Maya Silverman.
The tantric massage may sound complicated, but it’s actually not all that hard to accomplish. The tantric massage was developed centuries ago in Asia as a vital ritual that served to balance out a person’s physical and emotional energy, which eventually lead to healing, tranquility and the kind of sack sessions that would make Casanova jealous.

There’s also an additional bonus: tantric massage can free your lover’s mind from the stress of daily life and melt away tension, thus increasing your partner’s chances of achieving a bed-shattering orgasm.

While the actual practice taught in the tantras (the ancient texts from where Tantra comes from) can take a very long time to perfect - in fact, several followers of the practice have been at it for decades – there are a few tricks and tips that you can easily use tonight in order to give the kind of tantric massage that will have your lover purring with pleasure. Read more

Saturday, October 4, 2008

How to Practice Tantra

Shambhavi at Living Tantra gives eight tips for practicing Tantra.
1. Use naturalness to turn toward nature.This is the absolute, bedrock foundation of Tantrik practice. Establish naturalness in the rhythms of your everyday life by following the guidelines of Ayurveda. The practice of dinacharya, or daily conduct, is the key. Learn about and follow the dietary guidelines for your constitution and for the changing seasons and establish an appropriate movement practice. If you do just these things and nothing else, you will experience a profound shift in your life. Your tensions will dissolve. Your relationships will improve. Your body will feel totally different. You will discover something of your real nature, and doing so is the sole purpose of human life. Read more

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Tantra as Self Empowerment

Love intimacy coach Asttarte Deva explains why she calls Tantra self-empowering.
There are many sayings in times past on "reclaiming your power", or "Women Power", or finding empowerment through sports or martial arts. Few ever talk about, and even fewer know about the hidden secrets and power within Tantra. Tantra as empowerment is a way of reclaiming oneself, finding out who you are, learning tools to access who you are, and then practicing the Tantra techniques, exercises and practices. Tantra allows one a way of manifesting the life you want - the abundance you seek, the lower or beloved of your dreams, the harmonious and passionate relationship and love life you desire with the one you already have, the car or house of your dreams, and so on.

Tantra is empowering because it forces you to tap into your will and draw up energies within yourself to go beyond the uncomfortable until eventually it does become comfortable. Read more