Yoga of Sex

The Western World’s Biggest Misconception of Tantra

August 29, 2013    BY Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Tantra is not about sex, so how did this misconception arise? It comes from a misunderstanding of an aspect of tantra called kaula, which includes practices using sex, meat, fish, alcohol, and mudras (hand gestures).  These are sacred, ceremonial practices that can be done only by accomplished masters who have already achieved an extraordinary level of knowledge and self-mastery. The purpose of these practices is the transformation of the practitioner’s vrittis (subtle impressions from the past), and has nothing to do with indulgence or gluttony.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
Spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute, Pandit Tigunait is the successor of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Lecturing and teaching worldwide for more than a quarter of a century, he is the author of fourteen books, including his recently-released The Secret of the Yoga Sutra, and his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker. Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the... Read more>>