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Lesson T71 – Mulabandha – Tantra On The Go
Date: November 24, 2009
New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of this tantra yoga archive, as
previous lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "What is tantra yoga?"
Q: I notice that whenever I am engaged in sex, an automatic
rhythmic flexing of the anal sphincter and perineum area occurs. What is the
relationship of this and mulabandha/asvini discussed in the lessons? Are
they the same thing?
A: Yes, there is a relationship between the root reflex during sex and
mulabandha/asvini. Both are for the purpose of stimulating ecstatic energy.
In the case of reproductive sex, the purpose is to promote the sex act
itself through the pleasurable effects of stimulation and automatic
contractions leading to orgasm, release of the sperm and fertilization of
the ovum. If our sexual union is tantric, we will be delaying orgasm with
the holdback method, and the automatic flexing will
take on a broader purpose – the upward cultivation of ecstatic energy in the
neurobiology, which is moving into the realm of the yogic practice of
mulabandha/asvini. We could say that tantric sex is for that, at least in
part. The mulabandha/asvini effect is not the only product of tantric sex. A
variety of changes occur in the pelvic region and far beyond as a result of
tantric sex, and this is also dependent on other yoga practices we are
engaged in outside our lovemaking. Of particular importance among these are
deep meditation and spinal breathing pranayama. With multiple angles being
addressed in the neurobiology with spiritual practices, tantric sex will
provide support in the permanent awakening of the spinal nerve, the ecstatic
illumination of the entire body, and beyond.
One of the yoga practices we have learned for use outside tantric sex is
mulabandha/asvini, beginning during our twice-daily
spinal breathing pranayama. See Lesson 55. This
utilizes the same principle of stimulation at the root to cultivate the rise
of ecstatic conductivity. Soon after we learned mulabandha, we added
sambhavi, which aids in awakening the spinal nerve
from the upper end, at the brow. See Lesson 56. Then
we added, one by one, additional mudras, bandhas and siddhasana, all for
cultivating an awakening of the spinal nerve in a progressive and safe way.
The result over time is a whole body ecstatic
awakening which can be stimulated at any time of the day or night, no matter
where we are, by a slight flexing of the anal sphincter, or a slight upward
intention with the eyes. Such stimulation may still be regarded to be
tantric by some, as there is still the sexual element, though, by now,
overshadowed by whole body ecstasy, which is beyond sexual.
In the beginning, this will be experienced as an ecstatic illumination or
"feeling" of the tiny thread of the spinal nerve (often first seen as silver
in color), extending from the root to the head. From the
center of the spinal nerve, it expands outward through all the nerves
in the body, and radiates beyond the body to the external
environment, where it can be felt as a palpable radiation of divine love.
If we regard such ecstatic conductivity and radiance to be tantric, then we
can say that mulabandha and the other mudras and bandhas are "tantra on the
go," because, once awakened and stabilized, this condition is always with
us, riding on the infinite field of pure bliss consciousness we have been
cultivating in daily deep meditation. We are That.
Along the way, our sexual activities may continue much as they did before,
though our point of view will be much expanded and illuminated by the divine
radiating from within. It may take little more than a glance from our
beloved to set the whole body and being off into a reverie of ecstatic
bliss. It is like that – tantra on the go, and never stopping.
The guru is in you.
For detailed instructions on mulabandha, see the Asanas,
Mudras and Bandas book.
instructions on the methods of tantra in relation to the broad scope of yoga
practices and the enlightenment process, see the
AYP Tantra book.
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