Tantric sacred sexuality is a millennia-old practice that aims to transcend the purely physical aspect of sexual intercourse. The goal is to make it a means of spiritual communion achieved with one’s partner. Unlike conventional sexuality, tantric sexuality does not focus on orgasm or ejaculation. It focuses on the fusion of energies between partners and the allowing of transcendent experience.

One of the most important benefits of practicing tantric sacred sexuality is the deep connection it lets partners establish with one another. By using sexuality as a means of spiritual communication, partners learn to know each other on a deeper level. As the Kularnava Tantra says, “When union is achieved, divine love is achieved. When divine love is achieved, bliss is achieved.” (More on the Tantras)

Another virtue of tantric sacred sexuality is that it permits the development of greater awareness of one’s own body and life force energy. By focusing on the circulation of sexual energy through the body, practitioners can discover new sensations and altered states of consciousness. According to the Tattva Tantra, “Sexual union that is achieved with adequate mental concentration leads to awakening and the attainment of supreme bliss.”

The practice of tantric sacred sexuality can also be used to improve overall sexual life. By focusing on emotional and spiritual connection with one’s partner, practitioners can learn to communicate better. They understand each other’s needs better, and better explore their own sexuality. According to the Shiva-Svarodaya Tantra, “Sexuality is not simply for reproduction. It is a means of achieving supreme bliss and becoming one with universal consciousness.”

Higher consciousness

Finally, sacred tantric sexuality can be used as a means of transcending the limitations of the ego and connecting with the universe as a whole. By using sexuality as a means of merging energies with one’s partner, practitioners can align with higher consciousness, and even experience merging with that consciousness. Potentially, this enables practitioners to step out of the endless see-saw of karma and become a beneficial force for the good of all.

It is difficult to fully practice tantric sexuality in the modern world. That said, willing adherents can start with small steps and gradually integrate these teachings into daily life.

In summary, sacred tantric sexuality offers considerable benefits for the fulfilment of human beings, physically, mentally and spiritually. As the Tantra Malini Vijaya says, “When the practice is correctly, consistently performed, practitioners transcend the limits of ordinary consciousness and attain supreme knowledge.”

Teachings on tantra

Here are some inspiring quotations from the sacred scriptures known as the Tantras:

  • “He who is the master of his own life, also controls the energies that flow through it.” – Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
  • “In sexual union, let divinity express itself and become instruments of its love.” – Mahanirvana Tantra
  • “Consciousness is the key to transforming sexual energy into spiritual energy.” – Shiva Samhita
  • “When the body is free of desires, the mind is calm.” – Vigyan Bhairav Tantra
  • “Sexuality is not a sin. It is a divine gift that should be used with respect and consciousness.” – Vigyan Bhairav Tantra
  • “Sacred sexuality is a dance of love between the masculine and feminine, a celebration of life.” – Ananda Sutram
  • “In sexual union, do not be an actor, be a witness of the divine energy flowing through you both.” – Kularnava Tantra