Following are a few selected practice basics and general rules for tantric masters, tantrikas, teachers, and all tantric adepts that may be applicable in a tantric massage session:
The Understanding and the
Tantra forbids those deeds by which the elementary rights of another human being are denied. A tantric master will never try to persuade, at all cost, outsiders to perform special tantric techniques. A client's understanding must come from inside, and the approaching of the tantric way must be done with the participation of one's entire being, and with total self-offering.
The Meaning of Love
In most languages, the Sanskrit word 'pallavastra' is difficult to translate. Tantra regards love as 'a gradual expansion, by which, starting from the finite, one reaches the infinite'. This meaning should be meditated upon for making its significance clear. Love also means the total empathic identification with the innermost being of the other, as part integrated in the harmony of the macrocosmic infinite.
The Polarity of the Energy
Tantra is pre-eminently a science of the polarity. The male and the female are the personification of the two fundamental cosmic poles: Shiva - the male consciousness, and Shakti - the female manifestation. Therefore, it is particularly wise to remember a few elements concerning the polarity of energy.
Any energy of the manifestation (and therefore any thing, being, phenomenon, state) is composed of two distinct poles: the solar (male, active, emissive, +, YANG), and the lunar (female, passive, receptive, -, YIN). The condition of harmony, and therefore the aim of any method of spiritual development, tantra yoga included, is to reach a perfect balance of these two poles. The traditional teachings state that the unbalance of these two energies (solar (+), and lunar (-)), in whatever sense, creates the condition of disharmony that entails disturbance, disease, pain, limitation, and unhappiness. Their balance, on the other hand, creates a condition of perfect harmony, which is the springboard for the higher spiritual accomplishments. Here are some practical examples concerning the predominance of the two polarities in the manifested world:
the left side of the body is generally of lunar (-, YIN) polarity, while the right side of the body is generally of solar (+, YANG) polarity.
females are generally predominantly charged with lunar (-, YIN) energy, while men are prevalently charged with solar (+, YANG) energy.
some food are commonly charged with YIN (-, lunar) energy, while others are primarily YANG (+, solar). This illustrates one of the several ways of balancing the YIN/YANG energies of the being, which is particularly accessible for Westerners.
various other conditions of the environment such as: cold/warmth, light/darkness, colors, etc., as well as of the personal behavior may entail a YIN (-, lunar), or YANG (+, solar) predominance.
The polarity of the energy is convoluted by the fact that there can be found a related kind of polarity, between the telluric (Earth's) energy, and the cosmic energy. This polarity is by some means different of the left/right, +/- polarity mentioned above.
However, it is deemed symbolically that the telluric energy is also predominantly feminine, -, while the cosmic energy is male, +, although these two forms of energy may each have their solar/lunar (YIN/YANG) polarity.
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Tantra holds that the universe is both consciousness and energy
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