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catherine yronwode Tantra/Kama Sutra

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Subject: Re: catherine yronwode Tantra/Kama Sutra
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 13:25:38 -0800
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Peter N. Rogers wrote:
> My wife told me of an interesting article in Cosmopolitan Magazine 
> (cringe) about Kama Sutra.  I am in Korea on a one year tour and was 
> interested so I began with a surf of the net, mostly only to find 
> sites on lotions, movies  and books; sorely disappointed.  Am I wrong 
> to put the two (Tantra / Kama Sutra) together?  

I am not an Asian scholar, but through my research into these matters it
has become my understanding that the Kama Sutra is a work more along the
lines of a "marriage manual" than it is a book of religious instruction,
as are the various tantric texts. It is highly useful, however, in that
it does list numerous positions (asanas) used in tantric practice.
Likewise, some of the ancient Chinese sex manuals list and describe
positions for intercourse that are also found to be of value in Taoist

In my personal practice, which is karezza, bodily positions per se are
not of the importance that they are in some schools of sacred sex
worship or sex magic ritual. However, having said that, i have found in
my experience that some positions for intercourse seem to more highly
favour induction into states of heightened or altered consciousness than
others. Your mileage may vary. 

> I enjoyed a portion of your site and will look at it
> further but I'm assuming this goes way beyond sexual positions and 
> into more of a religious topic.  

Yes, it does. 

> If so, how religious is it?  Is it 
> just into a "inner spirituality" or does it delve into Indian gods 
> and worship?  I'm  interested...

Ah. What a great series of questions! 

How religious is it? Hmmm. In the sense that "religion" represents a
strictly formalized approach to worship of and/or experience of the
divine, tantra yoga is a religion. It insists upon "lineage" and its
practitioners shun anything outsdie their ancient texts as "false" and
"misleading." But if one defines religion as any path that leads to the
divine, then karezza too is a religious practice, as can be seen in the
many mentions in its texts of "heaven" and "divine union." 

Is what i describe on my web site just "inner spirituality"? No. It is
vastly, immensely more than that, in my experience. 

Does my web site delve into Indian gods and worship? A bit, but only
insofar as i briefly recount my personal experiences as a devotee of
Siva. You can delve more deeply into Indian imagery, if you want to, at
other tantric web sites, such as Mike Magee's. Also note that whereas
many traditional Indian tantrikas use names such as Siva and Sakti for
the Divine Couple, there are Christian karezzans who restrict themselves
to metaphors of Christ and the Bride of Christ. In recognition of my own
personal heterodoxy, i twist a specific Christian phrase and tell folks
that "i have accpted Lord Siva as my personal Saviour." Some people get
the meaning, others do not. 

By the way, thanks for posting this query to usenet rather than sending
me private e-mail. I really appreciate the courtesy. 

Om Namah Sivaya! Thank You, Jesus! Blessed Be the Name of the Lord! 

catherine yronwode

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