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About Sattva Tantra

Tantra is a sanscrit word for which there are many meanings, including theory, doctrine or book. Even thouth sometimes it can mean any book, it usually refers to the scriptures that were divinely revealed “in India around the 6th century and continued to be compiled in large numbers in the next century. Tantra as a specific meaning in the context of these revealed scriptures: it can refer to the system of practices presented by this scripture. In general, we can say that tantra presents a more or less complete system of spiritual practices” (WALLIS, 2012, p. 25). Breaking down the word in its verbal roots “tan” and “tra”, you can reach the following ethimological interpretation: Tantra is an instrument or method to provoke expansion.

 

We might say that “Tantra is practice (with an associated world view) that is not from a religion, but, which is found in the esoterical dimension of several religions” (WALLIS, 2012, p. 32), especially in Shivaism, Buddhism and Vaishnavism.

Tantric practices seek two goals: a superior one, which is moksa, or liberation, and an inferior one, bhukti, which is enjoyment and material prosperity. This is what sets Tantra apart from other traditional Indian religions, and simultaneously presents an important quality of Tantra, which is the path to liberation. Thus, we can say that a practice that aims only bodily satisfaction, for example, to improve sexual activity alone, cannot be called a tantric practice in the traditional sense.

 

Defining precisely what qualifies tantric practices is a very difficult matter, due to the variety of tantras. We trust this task to the great Tantra researcher and practitioner, Christopher Wallis, who tells us that "yoga through meditation, mantras, mandalas, guru, initiation and adoration rituals are the six main elements of Tantra" (WALLIS, 2012, p. 35).

 

Once this brief introduction on the vast subject of Tantra has been made, we would like to make it clear that we don't consider ourselves representatives or even followers of Tantra in its traditional sense as above shown and here's why. Firstly, at the moment, we don't consider ourselves disciples to any tantric lineage master. Secondly, many of the practices we teach were not passed on to us by formal initiations, but by courses and trainings we attended, some with tantric teachers and mentors, but many others not. Next, considering the context we live in and its peculiarities, we believe that what is traditional is not necessarily better than what is modern. All the tradition that has survived up to this day certainly deserves credit for having been tested and proved for hundreds or thousands of years. Therefore, tantric practices have undoubtedly led and will lead many individuals to escape the cycle of suffering. Still, we consider it important to present practices and deep knowledge in a more accessible format and language, based on modern science.

 

Even though we don't consider ourselves Tantra followers in its traditional sense, we choose to maintain the word Tantra when naming our work. This is because, with the blessings of our masters and mentor, we have the humble perspective of providing those who seek our work with experiences that will support them in the process of revealing Tantra's deepest essence: that we are, in fact, one, Shiva-Shakti, particular manifestations of Supreme Conscience.

 

The second reason we choose to keep Tantra in our name is purely practical, so that people who are looking for a therapeutic approach to sacred sexuality can have easy access to what we offer. Currently the name Tantra has been widely used in association with sexuality workshops and techniques. Although we don't agree with many of the methods that are using the name Tantra - we will explain why a little further on - our work seeks to rescue sacred sexuality. We defend the need to overcome behavioral patterns that have been diminishing sexuality as a sin or as opposing spirituality for centuries.

 

One of the reasons Tantra is currently associated to sexuality is due to the Indian philosopher and spiritual master Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho, and his widely spread teachings. Seeing as how a great part of humanity's diseases and neurosis come from sexual repression and that there is no room for spiritual enlightenment if we are filled with suppressed desires, Osho preached sexual liberty to his disciples so they could "empty the bag of repression".

 

Many therapists, psychoanalysts and modern doctors, who never had any contact with Tantra, agree that sexual repression is an impediment to feeling fulfilled.

 

The fact is that, as you can clearly notice by reading Osho's teachings, emptying the repression we endured for so many years by satisfying our senses is just part of the process and not an end in itself. Osho himself suggested the path "from sex to meditation". Therefore he firmly stated that if you truly want to achieve permanent satisfaction, you must guide yourself to meditative practices.

 

Working as tantra therapists, we have noticed evidence that sexual energy is our vital energy source and that its conscious and creative expression is in fact extremely healing. However, we see that sexual satisfaction does not guarantee the end of internal conflicts and neurosis. In fact, seeking such satisfaction can lead us to a never-ending search for quenching desire without culminating in full satisfaction.

 

That is why we offer an approach that aims to capacitate the individual to express his or her sexuality fully, honoring the manifestation of their vital energy and simultaneously guiding towards inner investigation, so that connecting with your inner self can guarantee the real satisfaction we all seek. We believe and support the masters that have shown us that connecting with our true divine essence can be done directly by all of those with an honest will to dig deep into the question "who am I", eliminating, by the light of consciousness, the layers of our ego, which separates us.

 

The entire manifested Universe is impregnated by the dance between male and female principles (sun and moon, day and night, light and darkness, man and woman, etc.). Creation's natural movement integrates with these two principles, the sensation of duality encountering totality. That explains why sexuality is central in our lives. The sexual act represents the possibility of uniting feminine and masculine. The path to enlightenment is realizing that what we are seeking in the sexual act is the resolution of duality, "(re)ligare". That is the ultimate satisfaction we all seek.