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Chapter 1: The Tantra Map

Saraha is making it clear that no tantrika should do that. It is a deception and a great failure because the energy has come up to the fifth, and now the desire arises to tickle it - that is the last desire. If you can keep yourself alert and can move beyond that desire, then you will reach to the sixth center, agya; otherwise you will start falling back. That is the last temptation. In fact, in Tantra that is the temptation which you can say that Jesus had when Satan comes and tempts him, or Buddha had when Mara comes and tempts him. This is the last temptation, the last effort of your desire-mind, the last effort of your dream world, the last effort of the ego before it is lost utterly. It makes a last effort to tempt you. And the temptation is really great: it is very difficult to avoid it. It is so pleasurable, infinitely more pleasurable than sex pleasure.

When people think that sex pleasure is the ultimate, what to say about this pleasure? And it loses no energy. In sex you have to lose energy; you feel frustrated, tired, weak. But if you tickle your sex energy when it has come to the throat, there is no loss of energy. And you can go on tickling the whole day - that’s what Delgado has attained through mechanical devices.

Some people, who have kindled the inner heat
and raised it to the fontanel,
stroke the uvula with the tongue in a sort of coition
and confuse that which fetters with that which gives release.

This is again samsara.falling back into samsara.

.and confuse that which fetters with that which gives release,
in pride will call themselves yogis.

But they are not, they have missed. In fact the right word for them is yogabrashta, “one who has fallen from Yoga.”

The fifth center is the most dangerous center. You cannot tickle any other center - that is the danger of it. You cannot tickle swadhishthan, you cannot tickle manipura, you cannot tickle anahata; they are beyond you, there is no way to reach them and tickle them. You cannot tickle the third eye. The only point which can be tickled is vishuddha, your throat center, because it is available. The mouth is open, it is available, and the easiest way is to turn your tongue backwards and tickle it. In Yoga treatises you will find it described as something great; it is not, beware of it.

This is the inner map of Tantra alchemy. The energy can start moving any time; you just have to bring to your lovemaking a little meditation, a little inwardness. Tantra is not against lovemaking, remember; let it be repeated again and again. It is all for it, but not just for it; it is the first rung of the ladder, a seven-runged ladder.

Man is a ladder. The first rung is sex and the seventh rung is sahasrar - samadhi. The first rung joins you with samsara, the world, and the seventh rung joins you with nirvana, the beyond. With the first rung, you move in a vicious circle of birth and death again and again; it is repetitive. With the seventh rung, you go beyond birth and death. Life eternal is yours - the kingdom of God.

Enough for today.