Sex in relationships: What is tantra or tantric sex? Taught over 7000 years ago tantra was a spiritual science first taught in India. In Sanskrit, tan means “expansion” and tra means “liberation.” Therefore, the practice of tantra elevates human beings in a process that expands their minds. According to Discovery Fit and Health,
Tantra emerged as a rebellion against organized religion, which held that sexuality should be rejected in order to reach enlightenment. Tantra challenged the acetic beliefs of that time, purporting that sexuality was a doorway to the divine, and that earthly pleasures, such as eating, dancing and creative expression were sacred acts. In this context, sex is thought to expand consciousness and to weave together the polarities of male (represented by the Hindu god, Shiva), and female (embodied by the Hindu goddess, Shakti), into a harmonious whole.
In the Western instant gratification, on the go culture, sex may be viewed as a source of entertainment or quick gratification rather than a means of transformation. The goal of orgasm may over shadow the complete sexual experience rather than to pleasure our lover or to connect with him or her intimately.
Stay tuned for part two of this article that explores tips of how you can integrate tantra intro your relationship.
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