"Here, in this body, there are sacred rivers. Here lie the sun and the moon and also all the holy pilgrimage places. I have never met another temple filled with more happiness than my own body."
The physical body represents the temple of the spirit, a true micro cosmos, the copy of the entire Universe. Inside this temple all the cosmic principles can be identified. Tantra teaches us that there is no temple more sacred than the "Temple of the Body".
Inside the body there are five elements: ether, air, water, fire and earth, along with their properties. This 'temple' has its own "gardens", "rivers", "sanctuaries" and "gates". By definition the temple of the body represents a place of adoration, dedicated to God.
However according to Tantric teachings, God represents our Supreme Self that has to be known and adored within temple of the body.
Tantra also teaches us that there are nine "gates" to the temple of the body. They lie in the upper and in the lower parts of the body. "The lower gates" are the anal orifice and the sexual organs.
"The upper gates" are the mouth, nose, eyes, ears and the opening from the top of the head (fontanel). The fontanel is clearly visible at the moment of birth as a tiny hole, but it closes up gradually during the first year of life.
The esoteric Oriental tradition says that this hole under the scalp, also called "Brahma's Gate", is the place where the Spirit goes in and out from the Temple of the Body. Though the spirit in its successive subtle journeys can use other gates, the one that lies on top of the head always leads to high spiritual levels.
The Temple of the Subtle Body contains three main "rivers". The Great River or the "psychical channel" starts from the inferior gate region, the perineum. It goes up the spine to the high gate situated on top of the head. This channel is also called the Great Axe, Meru Sacred Mountain or the Great Way. It connects the human to the universe.
On each side of the Great River there are two other "rivers" that spring from the same source and go to the superior gates. They are associated with solar energies and lunar energies; on the right side of the Central Channel is the channel through which the solar energies flow and on the left side of the Central Channel is the channel through which the lunar energies flow.
They are represented as lines spiraling around the Great River just like two snakes surround a tree trunk. This symbol is known as the caduceus, or the "Mercury Scepter". It has been used as a symbol by modern medicine.
Adoring of the Body Temple consists of focusing the attention in order to guide the sexual energy along the spine towards the crown. This evolutionary process is experienced as an ecstatic thrill. It goes up from the sexual region and lights up the solar plexus.
The fire of love floods the three rivers and the solar and lunar energies come together and, in this way, enlighten the entire temple. This psychic and cosmic process also looks like an ecstatic emotion that words cannot describe.
By understanding the psychic methods, sexual experiences can become a real force. By practicing Tantric techniques the human can consciously experience an orgasm and transcendental bliss. Therefore, it is extremely important to see the body exactly as a temple.
The temple of the body must be kept clean, healthy and harmonious. Thus showing respect to the God inside. Do not be afraid to go as far as you can to visualize your body as a temple. Sincere adoration represents, first of all, a spontaneous and total act of love.
Such an act of adoring, during intercourse, will make all your desires become real. One of the cardinal principles of Tantra is that love is an act of great magical and spiritual potency.
"When my lover comes back home I will turn my body into a Temple of Joy. I will give him this body as an altar of happiness and I will clean him totally with my long hair. Then my lover will dedicate this temple to divine love."
Vaishnav Baul's Song
The entire circulation and allocation of energy in the human body-system is centered on 7 centers of force - also called CHAKRA -s - which govern all the forms of energy that enliven a human being.
They are the regulators and coordinators of the flow of various energies; at the same time acting as genuine antennas for the energy exchange between man and the Universe, or between different human beings. The 7 CHAKRA-s are placed outside the physical body and therefore may be perceived only through clairvoyance, or partly by certain sophisticated hi-tech devices. The 7 CHAKRA-s are, in order:
1. MULADHARA , at the lowest tip of the spine, in the area of the perineum; connected with the lowest, and most dense (or "heavy", gross, slow-vibrating) forms of energy, symbolically called the Earth-energy. Related with the vitality of the being, the energy-battery of the human radio-set. Here are the premises of the mysterious energy KUNDALINI, which is the potential source of cosmic fusion.
2. SVADHISHTHANA , three fingers width above the root of the penis for men, and clitoris for women; connected with the Water and Moon energies, instincts and their accompanying emotions. Related to the mass-consciousness.
3. MANIPURA , at the level of the navel, connected with Fire, solar energies, dynamic personalities, ambition, ego, expansion and will power.
4. ANAHATA , in the middle of the chest, corresponding to the Air energies and to loving and aesthetic feelings.
5. VISHUDDHA , in the area of the neck, connected with the energy of Ether (or AKASHA TATTVA ) and with intellectual intuition and purity.
6. AJNA , in the middle of the forehead, also called the "third eye"; connected with the Macro cosmic mental energies, and the extraordinary capacities of the mind: telepathy, clairvoyance, hypnosis, etc.
7. SAHASRARA , on the top of the head. This chakra allows the opening towards the Supreme Absolute, granting wisdom and Enlightenment.
It is very important to perform these exercises in the beginning, every time you attempt to perform any Yogi techniques that are necessary for your Tantric training; this will guard you from any unexpected and undesirable accidents.
1. The initial awareness
First, let your consciousness take hold of your being. Shift from the 'street'-consciousness, to a calm mood, removing for this training period all unnecessary, secondary, evil, or obsessive thoughts. Replace them instead with aspiration, a positive mood and searching for beneficial, superior and universally valid accomplishments.
2. Exercise 1
Roll the head very slowly, and fully, both ways, with your eyes closed and attention focused in the area of the throat-CHAKRA. Afterwards, take note of the states you felt, the activation of this center of force and your mind becoming more dynamic.
3. Exercise 2
Perform 5 hasty double-movements of the head: 2 turns to the left, 2 turns to the right, 2 half-left, 2 half-right and 2 movements backwards. Keep your attention focused upon the movements, and afterwards try to feel fine vibrations in the area of the nape, arousing from the latent potential of the mind, as well as very fine vibrations at the top of the head, arousing from SAHASRARA (the "crown-CHAKRA") coupled with mental lucidity.
4. Exercise 3
Move the head laterally (to the sides), as amply as possible, keeping your attention focused on the middle of the forehead. Afterwards, take note of fine vibrations in this area, the arousing of the mental command center (AJNA CHAKRA), increased mental insight and power, as well as the free circulation of energy through the neck. Also, try to notice the unity between the mind and the rest of the being.
5. Exercise 4
Flex the spine laterally, by moving one shoulder upwards and the other downwards; keep the head and pelvis steady, focus your attention upon the movement. Afterwards take note of vibrating points along the spine, a deep internal massage, and the healing of any sore zones (by focusing your energy upon them).
6. Exercise 5
Stand with feet apart, at an angle, and with your hands supported firmly on your thighs, as close as possible to the pelvis. The arms should be perfectly stretched. Exhale through the mouth, inhale through the nose, and remain so, with your lungs filled up, concentrating upon the stream of cosmic energy running downwards through your spine (all the way to the root-CHAKRA). Exhale through the mouth, and relax. Repeat the entire process. Afterwards, note the 'elasticity' of the spine, the 'expansion' of the rib-cage and the revitalization of the entire body, irradiating from the spine.
7. Exercise 6
Massage the spot under the breast-bone with the thumbs of each hand, in turn, as deeply as possible; clockwise with the right thumb, and counterclockwise with the left one. Concentrate on the massaged point, and afterwards note the relaxation, energizing, and purification of the abdominal area as well as the expulsion of some 'toxic' energy at the level of the massaged point.
It is equally important to perform the relaxation every time you end your session of Tantra training. This will guard you from possible disturbances, or accidents.
Lie flat on your back, with arms and legs slightly apart, palms upwards. Allow your body to become soft and heavy; relax all your muscular groups, note a feeling of abandoning the physical structure to the ground. Next, begin a gradual, step-by-step relaxation of each part of the body, from toe to head, in the following order: left leg, right leg, left arm, right arm, buttocks, pelvis and perineum, belly, back, chest and shoulders, neck and nape, face (chin, lips, tongue, jaw, cheeks, eyelids, eyeballs, eyebrows, forehead). Note the state of mental freedom, floating, loss of body perception, expansion of the consciousness, harmony with the Macro cosmos. Conclude with a grateful thought towards SHIVA, the great GURU of the Tantric YOGIN -s and come back slowly into your normal condition, noticing the harmonious distribution of the energies acquired, harmony, calmness, self-confidence and vitality.