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A SMALL DIALOGUE ON THE "WILL" OF TANTRA, THAT WILL BEING OF THE
HIGHER SELF, TRUE SELF, LIBERATED SELF. TAT TWAM ASI!
Eastern metaphysical tradition describe sexuality as the most
universally accessible means to transcendental Unity. Sexual
worship or magic(k) is a legacy of many traditions: not simply
Indian/Tibetan Tantra or Chinese Taoism, but the early magickal
texts of ancient Egypt. mystical writings of Hebrews and Greeks,
alchemical practitioners of medieval Europe, and ancient, pre-
Do as Thou wilt: The concept of Will (Thelema in Greek) is
familiar to members of the O.T.O., students/researchers of
Aleister Crowley, and those familiar with Sir Francis Dasherwood.
Crowley states, in his *Confessions* that he wanted to "form an
archetype of a new society...in which each human being has his own
definite object in life...and has every right to fulfill this
purpose and none to do anything else." (Hill & Wang, Confessions,
p. 848). Crowley has stated that sexuality and divine
consciousness were integrally joined to one another. The many
similarities between O.T.O./Thelemic thought and Indian Tantric
tradition may seem surprising; in fact Crowley embraced Tantra and
was said to have been initiated by a Tantric Master. The 1880's
O.T.O., founded or reclaimed by Theodor Reuss and Karl Kellner,
embraced and expanded such traditions. Reuss and Kellner were both
instructed by two Indian Tantric Masters and an Arabic sexual
magician in sexual secrets--Tantra--sex magick. Crowley was
appointed leader of O.T.O. and wrote prolific books, both of his
own power and those channeled or revealed to him by Beings from
Tantric Will: Tantra, like O.T.O. and other esoteric paths, has
been misunderstood and maligned throughout history. Thelemic
"Will" has been said to be the Will of the higher Self, rather
than the vortex continuum created by following any whim that
catches one's fancy. Similarly, Tantric Will espouses the
traditional Hindu/] idea of the Self as opposed to the self.
(s)elf-will can be folly; Self-Will is Liberation.
Long-established western religious and cultural training have
recognized narrow norms of sexual behavior, creating barriers that
restrict spiritual growth. Parents, religious organizations, and
social institutions, unfortunately, have all too often caused
lives filled with frustration. Attempting to force oneself or
another to conform to restrictive "norms" of sexual behavior
restrict individual development, lead to guilt feelings, and may
lead to perversion of the sexual instinct and act. Yet an honest
break with "norms" as expression of Will and bid for Liberation,
have historically led to alienation and ostracism--or in the most
extreme manifestations of repression of Will, imprisonment or even
execution of those individuals truly seeking to follow the Will of
In the past few decades, sexual taboos have begun to be broken,
inhibitions cast aside; freeing sensual and sexual joy from the
burden of guilt and castigation. This is a positive development,
but under Tantric tradition, may be *dangerous* unless accompanied
by proper physical/mental/emotional maturation--which lead to the
spiritual and are absorbed into it.
Simply put, Tantric Will dictates that sexual Liberation must be
pursued sincerely (as it *must* be, if the true Will of the Self
is engaged), or Tantric practices used as a "mask" for those
seeking free sex, will inevitably lead to a feeling of emptiness
and meaningless, and cause psychic depression; or, alternately,
muddy the karma of *false* Tantric Masters, who become sorts of
psychic vampires, feeding on the sexual energy and submission
purely offered by unaware partners.
Tantric Will assumes that each individual is responsible for
his/her own actions, and that those who refuse to shoulder this
responsibility will ultimately be barred from any real Tantric
evolution or progress. The sexual bond is a means to liberation
from the limits of the (s)elf and a path toward the Self. The
sharing of the Secrets implies giving as well as taking, and those
for whom Love, Trust, and Will are interdependent and even
synonymous are usually the ones who make the most progress on the
Red Tantric Path. (Red Tantra-sexual practices, for the initiated,
celebrated with a partner/partners. White Tantra-solo practices,
for the initiated; may be meditative only, or involve 'astral
sexual union.' Note that no distinction of 'good' or 'bad'
separates the White from the Red. It is a matter of Self-Will,
circumstance, and spiritual evolution/revelation.)
Each of us has come into the world through the power of the sexual
act. Each of us who has experienced sexual love has had a taste of
ecstasy; a drop of the Nectar. Those who disdain "pleasures of the
flesh" or refer with superiority and bigotry to the inferiority of
the "Left-Hand Path" refuse to recognize that renunciation of the
flesh is at worst, foolish, leading to a cycle of
repression/eruption; and, at best, simply *one* path to
enlightenment, far from the *only* or *best* one.
TANTRIC TRADITION OF RECOGNITION OF TRUE SELF-WILL.
Tantric neophytes should strive to create a dynamically charged
state of mind, stemming from the belief that there is meaning and
purpose to one's life. Again, Crowley has expressed a similar
philosophy (see, above, Confessions). This state recognizes and
identifies with the primal energy that creates all, puts one in
touch with the Source of being, and allows limitless capacity for
This state should be practiced in all areas and become a sort of
basis by which we gauge our actions in the world. It is true Self-
Will: the recognition of the Divine within the Self, a commitment
to the Self, and part of the process of evolution.
Many barriers and doubts about Self-Will come into play.
Meditation, Prana and Hatha Yoga, and simple examination of motive
should lead one to recognition of true Self-Will vs. whim or
whimsy. Evocation of high spiritual ideals in even the most
mundane tasks can bring them to the realm of the spiritual;
evocation of this state of mind brings exquisite joy. Open your
Self and the truth will manifest.
Tantric Yoginis evoke divine creative energy; and embody the
Jungian "anima" archetype.
Rather than separate "flesh" from "soul," Tantric Will teaches the
unification of body, mind, intellect, intuition, and spirit.
Through consecration of all parts of our being, we integrate them
and achieve the exalted state of true Self-Will. Emotions and lust
can be transformed into transcendental ecstacy.
According to Kaularahasya: "Where there is only worldly enjoyment,
there is no release. Where there is only release, there is no
worldly enjoyment. But both worldly enjoyment and release are in
the palm of the hand of those devoted to the True Self Within."
According to Advayasiddhi: "By those same deeds which create
bondage for dualistic beings, one can be liberated from the bonds
of the world. The secret is that the act must be accompanied by
non-dualism between 'fleshly' and 'spiritual'."
Recognize your freedom of choice, refine your higher Will! The
dependency created by habit must be broken, one must master habit.
Sexual habits are the most restrictive. The Kama Sutra says: "Love
resulting from the constant and continual performance of some act
is called love acquired by habit."
Any *intentional* act of Will has magical potency and is far
superior to habitual or unintentional acts. Habits inherited from
parents or through social conditioning are difficult to break;
they provide a false sense of security, but restrict entire ways
of life and conscious choice. By ignoring or sublimating the Will
of the Self, such ingrained habits obliterate awareness and stunt
growth and evolution. Once the initial fear of change is overcome,
the rewards will be instantly realized. Tantra requires
adaptability in the area of sexual love. All eastern sexual magic
teachings point to the need for uninhibitedness, spontaneity, and
the willingness to "Do As Thou Wilt." According to Tilopa: "The
louse of habit is (s)elf-originated, and (S)elf-destructed. Kill
this louse and find the Teaching."
From the CHANDOGYA-UPANISAD:
Where there is ecstacy, there is Creation.
Where there is no ecstacy, there is no Creation.
In the Infinite, there is ecstacy;
There is no ecstacy in the finite.
Through diligent preparation and practice, and through deliberate
cultivation of reflective attitude and openness to the Self, one's
true Self and true Will will be revealed.
DO WHAT THOU WILT SHALL BE THE WHOLE OF THE LAW. LOVE IS THE LAW;
LOVE UNDER WILL.
TAT TWAM ASI: THOU ART THAT.
D. Yogini Padma Ushas Suryananda, other sources as cited.
(c) 1993 Rose Dawn Scott.
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