Tantra: defying perceived limits of our human constitution

Tantra promotes the healing of the perceived fault lines between dualities like energy and matter, masculine and feminine, rational and transrational (spiritual). The tantric worldview “does not overcome [rationality], but crosses through it […] [and] again sees the human being as part of a species connected with nature and the cosmos.”[1] In this way, Tantra defies what Western modernity perceives to be the limits of our human constitution by facilitating the building of the bridge between the personal, transpersonal and transrational.

To achieve these existential and spiritual goals, Tantra promotes feeling rather than thinking, being rather than doing – by way of mindfulness, non-judgement, acceptance and surrender to the present moment; together with the integration of all forms of love – from love of oneself, to platonic and familial love, to sexual love, to altruism, to agape. Tantra integrates all facets of physical existence, which is why sexuality isn’t excluded. However, sex and sexuality aren’t given any greater focus than the other aspects of the human constitution. For this reason, it’s clear that the tendency, in the West, to equate Tantra almost exclusively with sex is an exceedingly imbalanced and inaccurate perspective.

Sam Red, 7 August 2015

[1] Dietrich, W. (2012) Interpretations of Peace in History and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan: London & New York, pp.266-267.

6 thoughts on “Tantra: defying perceived limits of our human constitution

    • I decided to take a serious look into what Tantra is, precisely because I felt it was more than the erotic sex depicted by the West. My book on this subject will be out in September entitled: “Looking for Tantra – living the tantric dream”. Otherwise, my favourite book, which you can buy from Amazon, is by Andre van Lysebeth entitled “Tantra – the Cult of the Feminine”. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Warmest greetings, Sam 🙂

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