I don’t know the question, but sex is definitely the answer.
Every living being is biologically programmed to keep its genome on but some are luckiest than others.
The extraordinary pleasure of sex is one of the most powerful instruments of nature; many species (of course humans is one of these) experiment sexual activity as a recreational moment and not just as an uncontrollable push for reproduction.
Considering the importance of sex, it is not unexpected that many ancient cults did contemplate it as one of the mystical powers living in us.
Unluckily, the obscurantist period that rolled up the west part of the world since the advent of Christianity and other exoteric religions (religions for the crowd), contributed to the complete suppression of these antique cults which are often forgotten, disliked and misunderstood unless you study that part of the mysticism which is known as esotericism (direct teaching of a secret doctrine from a master to a few people)*.
In the eastern part of the world, instead, some rituals, religions and worship still live as they were in the past, saving the genuine teachings and handing down the traditional notions.
In these cults we can appreciate the recognition of the relevance of sex with no shyness and modesty.
Just to bring some examples we can observe the cult of Śiva or the one referred to Pārvatī; in the traditional literature (Purāṇa) of these traditions we can find a lot of tales about the sexual adventures of the two Gods.
The devout also venerate the “Lingam” (a symbol which represents the phallic aspect of the God Shiva) that is often represented in union with the “Yoni” (a stylised representation of female genitalia).
Unfortunately in some ways the terrible influence of the patriarchal puritan and restrictive religions (Islam and Christianity, considering the story of the country) arrived in India too and the demonstration is the controversial topic of homosexuality.
In the Indian subcontinent homosexuality has been considered a crime till 2009 but was fully accepted in past and we have proofs of this in ancient religious texts (i.e. Ṛgveda), sculptures and paintings. To make matters worse, in Indian ancient culture there was also a very deep acceptance of transsexuality, sure enough they considered the Hijras as the result of the balance of the polarity…of course, in spite of this interpretation, they still are strongly discriminated.
Even more important is the impact of sex and sexual energies if we look at the Tantrik doctrines or, more in general, those traditions which belongs to the so known “left-hand path” (that, I’m sorry to disappoint someone’s expectations, has nothing to do with satanism!!!).
Talking about Tantrism, we don’t have to think about it as a stand-alone religion but instead, as a different point of view in the setting of Hinduism.
Tantrism is often related to sexual practices because on the basis of this method, the devote doesn’t have to eliminate the stimuli and temptations of the world but exalt them.
The person who is practicing shouldn’t cancel desires by abstaining but please them in a Ritual way till reach the paroxysm. This allow the elevation to another level of all those things which normally bond the human beings to the Veil of Maya (world of illusion).
A clear example is the Panchamakara (also known as “5 Ms”) which refers to the 5 elements used in the Rituals:
– Madya (wine)
– Māṃsa (meat)
– Matsya (fish)
– Mudrā (parched grain)
– Maithuna (sexual intercourse).
The importance of sex in Tantrik practice is underlined also buy the presence of a specific therm that is Kuṇḍalinī.
Kuṇḍalinī is the Śakti, the divine energy living dormant in every human being.
The tradition describes it as a rolled up snake ready to spring upwards when correctly stimulated.
This serpent, that wraps itself in the Muladhara Chakra, when jumps up through the Sushumna, arrives directly to the Sahasrara Chakra (the thousand petals lotus).
Of course, this moment coincide with the orgasm.
The Ophidian Oracle -Austin Osman Spare- 1951
According to these traditions, this is the more terrific power human beings own, and you don’t need to perform a specific ritual or practice to understand that it’s really like that.
Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.
Before and during the orgasm our body is subject to many rapid and concomitant physiological changes which are strong enough to create a momentary dissociation from reality (have you ever noticed that even if you’re really worried about something, during the peak of sexual pleasure every concern just dissolve?) and it is very interesting to analyze the multiple systems involved in this process.
The designates central nervous system control of sexual responsiveness are the hypothalamus, brainstem and spinal cord.
However, for all its primitive functions human sex is surprisingly complex and versatile and there is also an evidence for cerebral cortical involvement as demonstrate in a recent work1.
The brain activity changes (like i.e. the electroencephalographic laterality changes2) which characterize human sex has been studied both in male and female in many different ways (some articles3, 4, 5 about this are available in bibliography) and the very curious thing is that despite the differences of brain activity during the intercourse and genital stimulation, the way brain response to orgasm is the same in men and women6, so the mystical intuition that the orgasmic energy is something “divine” living in all of us (independently from gender) seems to be very smart.
Psychiatry also confirms the obvious importance of equilibrated sexual life and thought and suggest that a huge part of the nowadays present neurosis can originate from this sphere and, in this sense, repression of our instincts and inclinations is one of the most dangerous behavior we can have.
In conclusion, then, whether you consider your sexual impulse as something sacred or not, the best gift you can do to yourself is to live it plenty and serenely enjoying the moment both alone or with whoever wants to share it with you.
ŚĀNTI ŚĀNTI ŚĀNTI
*The concept of exoteric and esoteric cults and religions is much more complicated but I didn’t wanna bore with off-topics.
1Functional neuroanatomy of human cortex cerebri in relation to wanting sex and having it.
Clinical Anatomy 2015 Apr;28(3):314-23.
2Electroencephalographic laterality changes during human sexual orgasm
Archives of Sexual Behavior, , Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 189–199
3PLEASURE AND BRAIN ACTIVITY IN MAN: Deep and Surface Electroencephalograms During Orgasm.
[HEATH, ROBERT G. M.D., D.M.Sci.]
Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease: January 1972
4Functional MRI of the Brain during Orgasm in Women.
[Barry R. Komisaruk, Beverly Whipple]
Annual Review of Sex Research: Volume 16, 2005 – Issue 1, Pages 62-86
5Increase in cerebral blood flow of right prefrontal cortex in man during orgasm.[Jari Tiihonen, Jyrki Kuikka, Jukka Kupila Kaarina Partanen, Pauli Vainio, Juha Airaksinen, Markku Eronen, Tero Hallikainen, Jarmo Paanila, Ilpo Kinnunen, Janne Huttunen]
Neuroscience Letters, Volume 170, Issue 2, 11 April 1994, Pages 241-243
6Men versus women on sexual brain function: Prominent differences during tactile genital stimulation, but not during orgasm.
[Janniko R. Georgiadis, A.A.T. Simone Reinders, Anne M.J. Paans, Remco Renken, Rudie Kortekaas]
Human Brain Mapping, Volume 30, Issue 10, October 2009, Pages 3089–3101
Ph.: Martina Boscaglia
Model: Beatrice Badone