Hinduism is a religion that flows from Nature and its principles.
It understands the limitations of human nature and suggests ways to realize the Self through and with the help of human senses,limited though they are.
The Universe is complex ,mysterious and billions of years old.
It is not obligated to reveal its secrets to a human being,whose life span,in the Universal scale of Time is not even the wink of eyelids.
Hindu Rishis,Seers, with the help of fundamental principles of Nature devised methods to realize Self.
Broadly speaking,the human psyche has two components,Reason and Emotion.
Ideally,discipling of either of these will lead to Self Realization.
However,in most of us a combination of Reason and Emotion rules the roost,though it is emotion that decides ultimately.
Huma nature is a combination of three dispositions.
Rajas,active,dynamic and restless and
Tamas,inactive,dull and morose.
It is rare to find one disposition,Guna, in isolation.
The three gunas are present in all of us in varying degrees.
And this composition changes every minute.
For details please read my article on Gunas.
And there are as many dispositions,Gunas as there are individuals.
So there is no standard procedure for all.
However,Rishis have traveled this path and left their experiences for us to have an idea.
Once an individual starts this process through a, Guru,he shall find his unique path and the Guru will help him identify the path.
So it is left to the individual to choose a path,either from the paths shown by the Rishis ,modify it to suit his disposition with the help of the Guru or follow a path intuitively felt and follow it with guidance from the Guru.
At the broader level the Bhakthi yoga,Path of Surrender to God and emotionally connecting to Him.
At the intellectual level one follows Gnana Yoga and Karma yoga.
Raja Yoga suits those of Rajo Guna.
Apart from this,there paths which have sprung from these paths.
These are the results of the Rishis following any of the four Yogas,Gnana,Karma,Bhakthi and Raja.
These systems that have arisen can be classified under two heads.
Strictly speaking there is no differentiation in respect of the result obtained;we classify them thus to understand them better.
These two principles are based on,
Reproductive Energy .
Saint Arunagirinathar addresses Lord Subrahmanya thus in Thiruppugazh.
‘Nadha Bindu Kalaathi Namo’
The origin or the One Beyond Motion and Creation’
Bindhu can be translated loosely as Semen.
For Yogis the Semen or the Nadis associated with Semen flows upwards.
When a Soul reverts to its original state,the Semen/nadi flows upwards,
‘Urdhvaredham Viroopaaksham Viswaroopayay Namaha’-Narayna Suktham.
At some point of time when Yoga is being practiced,when a practitioner is advancing,he shall have sexually stimulating visions,especially during Sakthi Upasna and he can advance only if he overcomes the stimulation and direct the flow upwards.
A section of Tantra sastra has practices thatcare associated with Sex.
For details on Tantra,please read my articles.
The other Principle is Motion.
Motion Creates Vibtation and Vibration creates Motion.
We can not determine whether Motion precedes Vibration or it is the other way around.
Vibration is Sound.
Regulated Sound is Music.
Sources of Sound in the Human body is from three sources.
These three letters form OM,the Pranava of Hinduism,the sacred Primordial Sound.
This is the Ultimate Sound and is used in every Mantra of Hinduism.
The Universe is perpetually in motion.
When movement takes place sound emanates.
The sound that emanates from the Sun is OM. (NASA Report)
Music is one source that elevates one to higher levels of Consciousness.
So much so,a Bhakthi Yoga marga based on Music developed in South India,with the Maestros,Thyagaraja,Muthuswamy Dikhitar and Syma Sastrigal in Tamil Nadu,Purandara dasa in Karnataka and Annamacharya in Andhra.
We also have Meera,Jayadeva and Abhang style of Music in Maharashtra.
Carnatic Music of India is basically a Yoga discipline,Nada Yoga.
One can realize Brahman,Reality through Music.
Thiugh iy may offend some sensibilities, Sex also leads to Realization.
But the experience of Reality through Sex is Transient and Tamil philosophy calls it ‘chitrinbam’,limited pleasure.
Realization of Brahman is ‘Perinbam’ Higher, Limitless pleasure,Bliss.
Reason is that though Sex is the only activity whenball the senses are focussed,this focus by all senses is the object of Yoga Darshana.
The drawback in the path of Sex is that one loses the objective and is engrossed in the process.
And emotional attacment before,after and during Sex clouds the mind and bonds one to desires.
Sex act with detachment to pleasure,though one might feel it,leads to Realization.
Hindu scriptures do not consider sex as a sin.
Sex is to be indulged in with the motive of begetting good children and this one of the basic duties of a Gtuhastha Asrama.
So when a Tantric engages in Sex for sex’s sake he falls.
The Siddhas as found in Tamil classics follow the path of Gnana and Bhakthi and have Shiva as the first Siddha.
The tradition of Siddhas from the south differs slighly from the Siddhas of North India.
More to followvin the next post on the differences and the schools of Siddhas,South and North.