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Karma and Sex

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Karma and sex

The understanding and acceptance of the Eastern concept of Karma is particularly important to every person who wishes to apply the Tantric teachings in his or her life. The operation of Karma in everyday life should be constantly studied. The causes of events often seem mysterious, yet if we look carefully at the play of forces form a Karmic viewpoint we can more easily understand the subtle workings of destiny. Although the general idea of Karma, the law of action and reaction, has been accepted in contemporary Western thought, a highly developed intuition of its precise workings in rarely found.

According to the Eastern view, Karma shapes reality; the events we are currently experiencing are a direct result of our past actions, either in this life or a pervious one. And our present attitudes and actions likewise determine our future. This principle is as true of the world of physics as it is for the drama of individual and collective life. According to Tantric teachings, the forces of Karma pervade the world. As already discussed in "Shiva and Jiva," desires cling to and accompany the individual soul (the Jiva) through its various incarnations.


The Jiva enjoys or suffers the fruits of our actions; bound into the chains of matter by their Karma, Jivas incarnates again and again, receiving various names and identities. Finally, when all its Karma has been extinguished, the Jiva is absorbed in to Source, which Sanskrit texts refer to as Parabrahma (beyond Brahma): the universal godhead.krishna

Karmas migrate, like birds, from life to life, attaching themselves to the fife-force. These Karmic forces are modified by conscious action during successive lifetimes. The Prana Upanishad declares the "Whatever is thought of at the moment of death unites a person with his or her primary Prana; then the Prana unites with the soul and leads the individual into rebirth in whatever realm is suitable." We have, in previous sections, referred to the upward- and downward- moving vitalities of the body, and also introduced the concept of the upper and lower gates of our body temple. These are the gates through which Prana (life-force, breath) and Karma enter and leave this body; without a combination of these two, an individual would not be reincarnated.changingbodies

The Prana Upanishad, an early Hindu text, states: "The Prana enters the body at birth, that the desires of the mind, continuing from past lives, may be fulfilled." Personal motivations are the "desires of the mind"; usually these unconscious motivations surface at times of agony or ecstasy. Tantras explain that an individual can learn to dissolve Karma by the action of the inner fire, by sense withdrawal, by meditation and absolute inner stillness, and by participating in the same activities that create the Karma, only with such care and consciousness that the original binding desires are transcended. Furthermore, if a person can live dynamically "in the present," past influences can be transcended. Karmic forces move through the channels of the Subtle Body and also pervade the outer world, manifesting in everyday events. Every moment s a Karmic experience; by contemplating and correlating these moments we can rediscover the Eternal Now within ourselves.meditation

The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, another early text, gives us this interesting view of Karma: "The man who practices sexual intercourse while knowing the formula of Karma and its action takes to himself the accumulated good Karma of the woman; he who makes love without knowing such a formula stands the risk of losing his accumulated good Karma to her." During love-making the vital forces of the couple blend; their individual Karmas converge and an exchange takes place that can affect their individual or joint destinies. What actually happens depends on the degree of consciousness of the couple. If one is more aware than the other, selfishness will result in a negative Karmic exchange. On the other hand, if loving compassion dominates, a positive Karmic exchange is created. This is one of the subtle purposes behind sexual initiations, a secret practice common to most mystery teachings.

A Tibetan legend tells of a famous teacher called Gandapa (or Ghantapa) who inadvertently offended the king of the country by refusing to give him an initiation. The king decided to set a trap for the Yogi, in the hope of ridiculing him publicly. Knowing that Gandapa was practicing a discipline of celibacy, he paid a prostitute a great amount of money to arrange for the Yogi's seduction, The prostitute trained her young daughter for the task and sent a message to Gandapa to the effect that she was a widow and wanted to gain merit by preparing a feast for the Yogi, as was the custom. The daughter's name was Darima, she was exquisite in every way.

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Her mother prepared an enormous feast, which was delivered to Gandapa by male attendants accompanied by Darima, who was to serve the delicacies. When the dishes were laid out, the attendants left, according to the prostitute's instructions.

Gandapa was a bit taken aback to find himself attended by such a young and beautiful virgin-girl; however, he didn't want to cause offense by making a fuss. Once his meal was finished, he told Darima to leave, but acting on instructions, she said, "It's going to rain. I'll wait awhile of you don't mind." She remained until dusk and then said, "Oh, I'm afraid of the dark. My mother promised to send an escort; I wonder when they'll come." As it got later, Gandapa told her she might as well spend the night outside his hut and provided her with blankets and a pillow. However, during the night Darima pretended to be afraid of demons and kept on crying out. Gandapa then told her to come into his hut and share his sleeping space.


The hut was so small that, inevitably, their bodies drew close together and intertwined. Spontaneously, Gandapa united with Darima and they made love passionately. Together they passed through the four levels of erotic ecstasy and together they traveled the path of Liberation to the very end.


By her services to Gandapa, Darima cleared her own Karmic obstacles and became fully liberated. Later, when the king arrived with his retinue, instead of being able to expose Gandapa as a hypocrite, he witnessed a series of miracles that caused him to re-evaluate his point of view. Thus, the subtle Karmic exchange between Darima and Gandapa brought about a total change in Darima's destiny as well as in that of the king.

This story is fact an allegory, illustrating how a single sexual act can, in the right circumstances, alter the course of destiny.

Self- motivation should not be present during love-making, but rather a desire to benefit the love one and attain spiritual ideals. Soul MatesIn this way the relationship between Karma and sex is best served. Dedicate your union to the enrichment of your lover. Such an exchange happens spontaneously and naturally when two people find themselves totally and completely in love. However, a conscious awareness of the intermingling of the energies of Karma and sex will greatly assist the evolution of the couple.

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Promiscuous sex causes Karma to be accumulated rapidly, which can, in turn, effect changes in character totally alien to one's basic nature. Another type of negative Karmic exchange takes the form of a kind of vampirism, in which positive Karma is deliberately tapped in the partner and replaced by negative Karma.

Promiscuous sex rites of black magic make use of this type of vampirism to exalt one individual at the cost of another. Such practices are, fortunately, self-limiting, and lead to delusion and corruption.

Karmic exchanges take place when the life-force moves along the central Great Axis (the Sushumna) of the Subtle Body. Generally it is the emotions that cause this movement. Tantric texts state that when a person is truly angry, the life-force commonly enter the Great Axis and a Karmic exchange with the person at whom the anger is directed invariably results. Fear can likewise force the life energy into the Great Axis and create a condition of Karmic exchange. Anger and fear are facets of a similar experience, and when these emotions are brought into role playing, Karmic exchanges take place. Sadomasochistic relationships revolve around this type of exchange, glimpses of transcendental tranquility may be achieved through dominant/submissive role playing, but the long-term result is an unresolved Karmic imbalance that tends to manifest in self-destruction.


By developing an awareness of the subtle workings of Karma in human destiny, we evolve a frame of reference for understanding the seemingly erratic events of everyday life. Far too many relationships go wrong without any recognition of the real cause. It's no use blaming oneself or the other. Rather, the couple should share and discuss their hopes and fears, observing how their intertwined Karmas mold events. By channeling their desires consciously, the couple can become masters of their own destiny.


Karma leads, Karma moves, Karma takes, Karma follows; Karma binds, Karma releases, Karma gives, Karma never rests. The intelligent Yogi watches Karma and learns its ways; then, through the power of spirituality, steps aside from Karma.

Varahi Tantra

It is said that when a person very eagerly awaits the command of another, with a firm resolution that whatever is commanded must be carried out, then that person will, through the intensity of eagerness and resolution, attain a state of inner equilibrium. Through such a condition of mind the inhaling and exhaling breaths enter the central Great Axis. Then all mental stated fade away and tranquil consciousness emerges.

Spanda Karika

If a person is falsely accused of something, then the merit of the accuser is transferred to that person and the bad Karma of the accused goes to the accuser. One must never mistreat a guest, for the guest then takes the good Karma of the host and leaves his or her own bad Karma behind

Pashupata Sutra/ Shiva Purana

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