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T H E S A C R I F I C E F O R T A N T R A: N O N - E J A C U L A T I O N
The main purpose of Tantra has always been finding a direct path towards the spiritual freedom, using all the resources with which God endowed us, and not the secure, but very long road that requires the pilgrimage through a great number of reincarnations.
Basing its teachings and concepts on the observation of the facts that the Eros is at the basis of the human existence and that it represents the motive force of all human achievements, the authentic Tantric tradition sustains the idea that the human being needs to confront with this primordial force and to finally be able to master it, using it in a creative manner.
The Tantric masters teach us that one must not deny the inner urge to make love, but it must be used in order to get spiritual blessings through it.
There have always been various people who interpreted the sexual Tantric writings differently, often one interpretation contradicting completely some others.
For instance, on one hand there are those who prefer to interpret these texts on a purely allegorical level, as a reflection of some inner processes, of some communions that do not necessarily involve a physical intimacy.
Still, Tantra is a spiritual path based on lovemaking, which sustains the practice of the sexual continence.
The sexual continence implies that both man and woman should avoid the loss of their sexual energy during lovemaking, loss materialized in the case of man through ejaculation, and in the case of woman through having explosive orgasm with the discharge of sexual energy.
The regular, common lovemaking (involving the ejaculation) is suitable for people who do not have enough spiritual faith and for whom it is truly difficult to see lovemaking as a truly spiritual act.
Before beginning to practice the spiritual love and lovemaking, these people should first of all change their views of the Eros, adding to it a spiritual dimension as well.
They have to purify their bodies and their minds and to bring more spirituality into their lives.
They can do this by changing their ways, by spending more time in the company of spiritual people, adopting a vegetarian diet, reading sacred books, practice yoga, yogic breath and meditation, as well as the cultivation of a new positive attitude regarding the eros and spirituality.
During this preparation, it is best if one avoids for a while the sexual activity - it is indicated that the sacred Tantric writings are regarded as purely allegorical. Only thus one can obtain maximum spiritual results.
The sexual continence implies the retention of the sperm and of the analogue sexual secretions (in the case of women the menstruating blood and the liquids secreted during lovemaking) inside their bodies and then their transmutation.
Through the transmutation process results a refined energy (ojas) that can be easily sublimated into more refined energies.
Sexual continence represents an important aspect in order for the Tantric rituals to be truthfully fruitful.
The Tantrics recommend that the man preserve his sperm, as this leads to an increase in his spiritual and physical power.
Through the sexual techniques characteristic to the authentic Tantra, men learn to consciously refrain from ejaculation, to channel their erotic energy inwards, and to fully satisfy their lover.
Only after they have achieved this they will be able to obtain indeed authentic spiritual leaps.