It’s not for nothing that we live the experience of physicality. Perhaps the easy answer when life is presenting us with overwhelmingly challenging circumstances is to withdraw – for example, by turning to alcohol or drugs, ignoring the plight of others or allowing ourselves to succumb to depression. Instead Tantra urges us to fully immerse ourselves in this life – with utmost awareness and self-responsibility, in an act of spiritual learning and self-less-ness. Tantra promotes engagement in the physical plane rather than in any way retracting from it or remaining aloof. Reference is often made in Tantra to the stunningly beautiful lotus flower that grows out of the mud. The analogy is simple: by responding to the challenges and difficulties we face in our lives, or making the effort to help others in tough circumstances, we can grow towards our full human-spiritual potential.
Sam Red, 3 July 2015.