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Lesson 258 - Divine Ecstasy - Is That All There
Date: Mon Mar 21, 2005 7:26am
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Q: I've got to be frank with you. Please don't deem disrespectful the
following wail of disappointment!
I've been following your instructions and I've achieved ignition. I am
indeed feeling the waves of ecstasy you promised, like a full body orgasm.
My question is: Why is this good? How does this make me more perceptive or
insightful, more aware of each moment, more creative in my art, more
available to my friends and loved ones and empathic to others?
I've managed an excellent high without drugs... nice trick! And I must admit
it is a lot nicer "buzz" than any drug. But I don't feel at all clear or in
the moment, I feel like someone sucking on an opium pipe, enthralled by
dreamy creamy waves. Sure, it feels great, but masturbation feels at least
half this good, and I don't live with my hand on my yoni 24/7!
I've been reading page after page of your promises of crashing waves of
ecstasy, so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that at the end of the
rainbow there is nothing more than crashing waves of ecstasy. My desire
centers (which I've been trying to yoke via years of yoga) want nothing but
more of this buzz, but my deeper self is patiently waiting for these
distracting waves of high-class rarified maya to pass so it can continue to
pursue its path with sober clarity.
I've had fleeting feelings of merging with all here and there in my life. It
felt great, but much deeper than mere bliss. This, by contrast, is just a
high. I don't want to be high, I want to be stone cold present and
hyper-aware in the moment. Working on myself and extinguishing ego, anger,
There's no compassion in this! Please tell me that this is not what the
great yogis are doing in caves - sucking on cosmic opium pipes and enjoying
A: Thank you for writing and sharing. It is a great question, one that all
serious yogis and yoginis ask when the ecstasy starts to flow abundantly.
Divine ecstasy is one half of the enlightenment equation. Depending on one's
point of view, it may be seen as the greater half or the lesser half. The
other half is inner silence, which is cultivated mainly through deep
meditation and samyama. Divine ecstasy is cultivated mainly through
pranayama, kumbhaka, mudras, bandhas, asanas and tantric sexual methods. In
the end, inner silence and ecstasy merge to create enlightenment, which is
not an introverted addictive state. Rather, it is an overflowing of profound
peace, stability and divine love into the surrounding environment. So, we
become a channel like that.
The great 19th century kriya yogi, Lahiri Mahasaya described the process of
enlightenment as "a merging of emptiness with euphoria." This is the process
of inner silence and ecstasy merging.
So, at this stage, you need to be sure your ecstatic "addiction" is not
disrupting your deep meditation and samyama. Also, engaging in the world
according to your tendency to help others is good. All of that will aid in
the evolution of your ecstatic states to a higher manifestation. If you feel
you are off balance in your practices, then ease off the ecstasy-producing
ones and favor deep meditation more for a while, until you can bring your
practices into balance. This is "self-pacing," which you have no doubt seen
discussed in the lessons. Getting carried away with ecstatic states is one
of the signals to begin applying self-pacing. Uncomfortable energy excesses
are another signal. You seem to be in the former category.
Ecstasy on the neuro-biological level is inner energy coursing through
neurological obstructions. In fact, ecstasy is the pleasant version of
kundalini awakening, as opposed to the unpleasant version, which is too much
energy going through too much obstruction.
It should also be emphasized that divine ecstasy is progressive, leading to
higher states, and ultimately to enlightenment as the merging with inner
silence occurs. This is the merging described in the metaphors of the
religions -- shiva and shakti, father and holy ghost, yin and yang, etc.
So with good yoga practices, it all moves forward, and in time we go far
beyond an opium-like addictive state like you describe. Accounts of this
journey are readily available in the spiritual literature. For example, see
the Gospel of Ramakrishna, and the writings of St. John of the Cross, St.
Theresa of Avila, St. Francis of Assisi, Rumi, and Martin Buber's "Ecstatic
Confessions" which contains numerous written accounts of divine ecstasy,
western and eastern, going back over the centuries. They all had the same
issue you have brought up here, and all had their ways of dealing with it. A
common thread you will find in the lives of the ecstatic mystics is their
intense devotion to their chosen ideal (bhakti), which contributed greatly
to their ecstatic states and enabled them to weather them through to
fruition in enlightenment.
Drug and orgasmic sex-induced states are short-lived and are mostly
degenerative. If you are using yogic methods, the resulting ecstasy will be
a very different thing -- long-lived and regenerative. And, as mentioned, if
ecstatic states are balanced with deep meditation, a sure path to
enlightenment will be in the offing.
So, there is much more than divine ecstasy. Just keep going, and you will
find the whole thing refining and expanding. You will have the sobriety you
seek, and the essence of all creation as well, which is unshakable inner
silence, ecstatic bliss and outpouring divine love.
I wish you all success on your chosen spiritual path. Enjoy!
The guru is in you.
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