Force, as it is said in most TANTRIC texts, comes from deep knowledge, which, in its turn comes from direct experience. Therefore, it is necessary to begin with the simplest techniques, then move gradually to the most intricate ones.
Some training techniques appear very simple in the beginning, but they should not be passed over in a superficial manner. Each Tantric technique presented here should be performed exactly as described, in all details, even if some of them may appear unnecessary, or even not entirely "logical". The rhythm of a person's individual evolution largely depends on their ardor and perseverance during training. Thus, some will reach the supreme capacity of transmuting all their erotic energy into psycho-mental force faster than others; therefore reaching superior states of consciousness, extraordinary capacities (SIDDHI -s) and much improved accomplishments in the field of the daily lives.
The training practices are structured according to a 3-step model: 1.- enhanced perception, 2.- perfect control and 3.- mastery of directing the forces/energies obtained. Out of these, controlling the sexual energy is the most important for beginners and should be brought to perfection; this stage of perception will especially interest those who have problems in this sphere (cases of frigidity, for instance). The final stage, directing, represents the logical continuation of the process of control, allowing this highly amplified sexual energy to be used in a spiritual way.
The techniques are of two kinds: individual techniques and techniques for couples. Individual techniques are addressed to beginners, when alone. However, they should not be deemed as being a goal within themselves, but serve only as instruments for reaching certain accomplishments; therefore, as soon as a certain level of proficiency in their practice is achieved they may, and should be abandoned in favor of superior Tantric techniques for couples.
However, as it has been said a certain mastery in their performance should already be reached. The aforementioned specification has several reasons, the most important of which is that the so-called individual practices are similar to masturbation, which is very widespread in the West (even to the point of vast abuse). Although modern society teaches youngsters "masturbation techniques", along with its presumed advantages, the age-old Tantric Tradition does not share the same views at all. Besides the loss of energy brought about by ejaculation or an explosive orgasm, there are a lot of other factors that indicate masturbation as being a negative habit, but the discussion of these factors would take to long for a beginners' course. Suffice to say that it may create phenomena of partial autism, or isolation from Reality, develop certain forms of egotistical and artificial behavior. Actually, as anyone will be able to note by practicing these techniques, there is a great difference between lone sexual training and the outer reality - the "world" - the communion between two lovers in an effervescent sexual play.
TECHNIQUES FOR MEN
The MANTRA of awareness (perception)
The sounds: AUM AHDI AUM. Learn them and use them only in connection with these techniques. They may be said with a loud voice, uttered in barely audible manner or even better, repeated mentally. A YANTRA of one's own choosing, or creative imagination techniques should accompany the MANTRA.
" MAHAKALA looked upon the mirror-reflection of the body that KALI had given to him. He gently touched his body, to know the sensations of pleasure that sprang from it. KALI directed his touch, and taught him all there was to know."
You know what your body looks like, but because you live with it everyday you may not appreciate it for its real value, as a sensitive and sensual organism.
TANTRA urges you to get to know your own body in the "Tantric manner", in a more uninhibited method.
Stand nude in front of a large mirror. Focus your attention on your lips, bring the index and middle fingers of your right hand to your lips. Imagine that another person is generating these sensations in you, and repeat the Awareness MANTRA once. Now bring your left hand to the nipple of the right breast. Concentrate on the form of the nipple. Realize your sensitivity. Feel the nipple harden. After you repeat two Awareness MANTRA-s, move the hand away. Let your left arm drop to your side. Now gently stimulate your left breast with your right hand, while repeating the Awareness MANTRA twice. Now fold your hands and let them relax against the abdomen, just below the navel. Say the MANTRA. Parting your hands, slide them downward, through your pubic hair. With the index finger and thumb, encircle your penis at its base, and tighten your fingers around it while you repeat the Awareness MANTRA. Then move your hands away from the penis, without touching any other part of it. Relax the arms. This has been phase one of the technique.
Now close your eyes. Concentrate on the detailed YANTRA-image of yourself in the nude - your reflection in the mirror. If you have trouble in establishing the image, open your eyes and look again at the reflection of your body in the mirror. Touch your lips, nipples, and penis again. Repeating the touch will help fix the image in your mind. With your eyes closed, repeat the sequence. Touch your lips with your fingers, while mentally picturing that the hands touching your lips belong to someone else. Repeat the MANTRA as you do this. Then move your right hand to your left breast, stimulating the nipple as before, maintaining the image of someone else's fingers touching the nipple. The sensation of pleasure will enhance as you say the MANTRA. Do the same thing with the right nipple, and then slide your hands downward, with the YANTRA of the image of someone else's fingers grasping the base of your penis, applying a slight pressure.
Now repeat the technique one more time, with your eyes closed, but this time imagine that the hand is yours and it is touching the lips, nipples, and penis of someone else. Let your fingertips sense the soft outline on another's lips; your fingers sense the hardening of the nipples of another person's breast; your hands slide through their pubic hair and so forth.
This deceptively simple technique is both relaxing and stimulating. If you practice it in the morning, it will make you feel sensually alive and well all day. When repeated in the evening, it will put your body in a state of restful relaxation.