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Lesson T11 - Q&A Blocking and the evolution
of spiritual biology
Date: Sun Feb 22, 2004 10:34pm
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Q: I just have a question on this technique that you posted - blocked ejaculation with the
finger will result in a retro-grade ejaculation; the semen goes into the bladder; on
urinating it will be found that the urine is whitish, cloudy having mixed with the semen.
So if the semen is going to be lost eventually (when one urinates), would this technique
preferably be not practised at all, other than as a lastresort.
A: Thank you. It is a very good question. The answer has a few parts because the expansion
of male (and also female) sexuality upward is an evolutionary process and has different
functioning at different stages along the way.
Yes, you are correct, in the beginning much of the semen goes into the bladder during
blocking and this can be readily observed during urination, as you mention. But this is
only the beginning, at an early stage of the change in sexual functioning.
When added to bhakti (hunger for the divine), blocking produces an incentive to work
toward staying in front of orgasm. As things progress, blocking will become less and less
needed, like training wheels. It naturally reduces over time. In contrast to training
wheels, which we throw away, blocking will always be a good measure of last resort, so we
will always have it in our tool kit once it is learned and refined.
By "refined," I am referring to more advanced stages of sexual functioning,
where much if not all semen is retained without blocking, even during genital orgasm. So,
when we block in this situation, not as much semen will go into the bladder. Much of it
will be retained in the seminal vesicles, going upward through other routes in the body.
But our goal is not to have genital orgasm without ejaculation. This is extremely
difficult to attain, and aiming for it will lead to much loss of semen along the way. It
does not help our spiritual evolution anyway. Long preorgasmic cultivation does, and this
is what we want. We want to be climbing that stairway to heaven in sexual relations, not
seeing how many genital orgasms we can have without ejaculating.
Now, here is the kicker. One of the routes that semen naturally takes going upward in the
body is through the bladder. This does not mean we do blocking to put semen in our bladder
on purpose. This will not help us, as the bladder has to rise in its higher spiritual
functioning first. As it does, gradually over time, the semen goes up into the bladder
automatically, with no blocking, and even without deliberate cultivation of sexual energy.
See how tricky the biological change is? Advanced yogis are always having semen rising up
through their body, and they always have it coming up through their bladder, though not in
the quantities you are referring to that occur in the beginning blocking stage.
Fortunately, all this is not so tricky for us to worry about in practices, because the
biology will change automatically as we do advanced yoga practices, including tantric sex
if we are in sexual relations.
So, blocking starts out pretty clunky (you've heard me say that before about other
practices, right?), and refines over time. The refinement is in two areas: First, as we
find ourselves increasing in ability to stay in front of orgasm, the need for blocking
becomes less and less. Second, when we do block, there will be less and less to block over
time because there is more control over ejaculation as our sexual functioning evolves.
Interestingly, there is an analogous process that goes on in a woman, though till now it
has not been nearly so obvious as in a man. A woman has the equivalent of a prostate
located just in front of the inside of her yoni. It is stimulated though the so-called
G-spot. This gland releases a milky substance similar to semen during extreme arousal, and
it can ejaculated through the urethra. "Female ejaculation" has become a hot
topic in recent years, a rite of passage for many women as sexual freedom is being
claimed. What its role is in reproduction is hard to say. The reason it is mentioned here
is because it appears that a woman has similar spiritual biology going on in the bladder
that a man does. And, though it is unlikely that a woman will need to engage in blocking
like a man does, the same biological components are there. Of course, the woman also has
other sexual components that are part of the spiritual functioning of sex, so we can't
carry the comparison too far. Vive la difference!
In both the sexes, an accelerated spiritual evolution comes with advanced yoga practices,
with various stages along the way.
The guru is in you.
detailed instructions on the blocking method method in relation to the broad
scope of yoga practices and the enlightenment process,
see the AYP Tantra book.
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