I post this message in the hope of throwing some light on a subject that in my opinion has led to serious misconceptions.
Some sources of doubtable trust that lately have aroused in western countries, speak of certain yogic sexual practices by which the kundalini could be awakened. These practices should be complemented with a yogic shadana. The sources refer to things like coition, retaining orgasm, mantra chanting and tantrik worship. They also claim that a prolonged celibacy is harmful.
I have recently read Arthur Avalon’s “Shakti and Shakta” and concerning to Pancha Tatwa ritual which is practiced by the vira shadakas of the vamachara hand, we could summarise: It is of a psychological value, lust and gluttony are sublimated as mamsa, matsya, madya, mudra and maithuna are had by offering them to the worshiped devata. By no means it refers to pranic interactions between man’s and woman’s nadis and chakras, or stirring the kundalini by amassing sexual energy and so forth. It barely speaks of Avichara or black magic.
Is there any tantra shastra in which things like that are told?
Other serious sources like vedanta, speak of bearing total celibacy as preserving one’s virya is of a paramount importance. One drop of semen would equal to hundred of blood. Couldn’t virya come to gross state in semen by the practice of coition, even if it is on a mood of spirituallity and practiced by pure-minded shadakas?
Is all that sex-magic stuff real? Is prolonged celibacy harmful?
As you can see i’m quite confused and ignorant in this respect.
Thank you in advance.