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The Goddess Kali

Posted in Tantric sex with tags , , , on November 10, 2012 by alvinavalon

The Tantric Goddess Kali copulating with her male consort ShivaWhen Tantric sex practitioners talk about “the Goddess”, the Goddess they are referring to is Kali, the supreme deity of Hindu Tantra. Kali represents female empowerment or Shakti, and many Tantrikas refer to Kali simply as “Shakti”.

Kali is often depicted standing with one foot on the supine figure of her male consort Shiva, or—as in this great image I found on Facebook—riding him in sexual intercourse. The God’s erect penis, the sacred lingam, is shown penetrating the Goddess’s yoni. The imagery clearly depicts the Tantric belief that female energy is active and dominant, while male energy is passive and submissive.

Yab-Yum

Posted in Esoteric symbolism, Tantric sex with tags , , , , on October 14, 2012 by alvinavalon

Yab-Yum is the fundamental position of Tantric sex. The male partner, representing the God Shiva, sits cross-legged while the female partner, representing the Goddess Shakti, lowers her yoni (vulva) onto his erect lingam (penis) and commences to ride him for an extended session of gentle, face-to-face sexual intercourse. This symbolism is derived from Hindu Tantra, in which the female deity is seen as spiritually and physically superior to the male.

The Yab-Yum position of sexual intercourse (Buddhist version)In Buddhism the situation is rather different. As shown on the left, the female partner, referred to as a “consort”, is physically much smaller than the Buddha. While artistic representations of this type are also called “Yab-Yum”, they are not meant as a practical sexual technique but as an aid to meditation. The male figure signifies wisdom and the female compassion, while the act of copulation represents the mystical union of these two fundamental principles.