Tantra Yoga states that desires are natural. So long as we are embodied, we will have them. Our sense organs serve as windows to the outside world. Through them desires enter. The relentless presence of desire gives rise to a longing and attachment to the object of desire. Most desires are focus around our physical body, its security and wellbeing. Most of us tend to become slaves to our natures that comprise the lower part of our personalities. Subsequently we fall prey to agitation, loneliness, anxiety, dissatisfaction, selfishness and misery.
The phenomenal power of desire is the motivating force behind this eternal play of the illusory world. The desire is present in the one who is without attributes, the nameless and formless aspect of the Divine.
Tantra accepts desire as the prime motivating force of the Universe, so it doesn’t ask it’s aspirants to renounce desire.
Many religions advise the avoidance of desire, which they claim leads to bondage and an obstacle to achieving higher consciousness. It’s like one must have a strong desire to be without desire.
Tantra asserts that desires are natural and as long as we are embodied, we will have them. Our sense organs are the windows through which desires enter. The constant presence of desire arouses a yearning and love for the desired object.
Most desires center on the physical body and it’s comforts. People are slaves to their instincts (it’s the lower part of the personality and fall prey to agitation, loneliness, anxiety, dissatisfaction, selfishness, and misery). Tantra offers practical tools for reprogramming the mind and our desires. By means of physical and ritual cleaning, breathing exercises, contemplation, visualization, repetition, tantra helps to unfold our divine nature. More on tantra next month. Here’s To Your Dancing Health! •
The world is illusory where the driving force is the power of desire (Ichcha Shakti). The desire is present in one who is without attributes or in the Brahmana.
Tantra Yoga believes the primary driving force behind the universe is nothing but desire. Without desire it is not possible to go on with the continuity of this world. As a result Tantra Yoga does not encourage human beings to renounce their desires. The state of desirelessness can only be achieved with the help of ascetism according to Tantra Yoga and the paradox of Tantra Yoga is that an individual should have a strong desire to culminate to a state of desirelessness.