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Lesson T11 - Blocking and the Evolution of Spiritual Biology  (Audio)

AYP Plus Additions:
T11.1 - Taming the Dragon of Male Sexual Energy  (Audio)
T11.2 - Blocking versus Holdback in Tantric Sex  (Audio)
T11.3 - Pain in the Bladder when using the Holdback Method  (Audio)
T11.4 - Is there a Spiritual Benefit in Consuming Sexual Essences?

From: Yogani
Date: Sun Feb 22, 2004 10:34pm

New Visitors: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the AdvancedYogaPractices main group web archive, as previous lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why This Discussion?" It is also recommended you read from the beginning of this tantra yoga archive. The first lesson is, "What is tantra yoga?"

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.

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