Questions and Answers about the Tantra Course

[teaser]Here is a summary of the most frequent questions I encountered here in America regarding the Tantra course I teach:[/teaser]

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Why do most people relate Tantra with sex?

A: It is for the same reason why most people relate yoga with stretching. Western society loves fast and easy solutions to everything, even if these so-called solutions may be shallow and not offering long-lasting results. Most modern people are not used to put any serious effort towards in-depth personal transformation, and instead prefer to blame their pain on other people, economy, government and so on. Many promoters of Tantra in the West left aside most of the extensive spiritual training and goals of Tantra, and kept what seemed to be the most exciting, and also easy to sell part of it: some of the teachings about sexuality. In fact, Tantra is much more than eroticism.
There is also another way to look at it. We live in a society that apparently promotes an open attitude towards sexuality. If you look deeper though, you realize that there is no real sexual education nowadays. Most people still perceive sex as something shameful and blame themselves for desiring it. Sexuality is a huge obsession nowadays because most people never had a deeply fulfilling sexual experience. No social model teaches us how to experience our sexuality in a relaxed, natural, innocent and joyful manner. Tantra is the only spiritual science that dares to speak openly about sexuality and puts it in a spiritual perspective. People perceive this as an exciting novelty and forget to look at the rest of Tantra.

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Can you practice tantric sex with everyone or you need to be in a well established relationship?

First of all, there is no such thing as “tantric sex”.  Tantra actually warns against the dangers of having sex without profound love, respect and commitment towards your partner. “Love-making” is a much better word, because this is what you do when you integrate tantric practices into your sexual life: you create love. Without love, sexuality can never be something that helps us grow spiritually.

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Is Tantra an immoral practice?

Not at all. Tantra requires an attitude that can be called “Spiritual Morality”. This attitude is rooted in a deep understanding and application of universal moral principles that can be found, in a way or another, in any other spiritual science. These principles may not be exactly what it is socially accepted at a particular historical moment, as these social norms of morality change very much in time, and they also differ from culture to culture. The tantric morality norms are universal and timeless in their applicability.[/div]

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Can I practice Tantra even if I am single at the moment?

A: Absolutely. Even if Tantra teaches techniques that can be practiced in a couple, there are also many other individual techniques. Tantra has never been exclusive towards those engaged in love relationships.[/div]

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Do you allow people of any age into your course?

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Why do your printed materials contain some nude photos?

There are several reasons for it. First of all, these are artistic photos and have nothing to do with pornography. The men and women that agreed to be models have very special physical and energetic qualities, related to the content of the hand-outs. The photos can be seen as exemplifications of the aspects explained in the course.
Another reason is to help Tantra students to acknowledge and overcome a false puritan attitude that has nothing to do with genuine spirituality. If you feel uncomfortable or offended looking at a beautiful and harmonious human body, this is an indication that your attitude towards sexuality and life in general is not innocent, relaxed and pure. Tantra encourages us to confront our limitations, inhibitions and fears with courage and determination. This attitude is of tremendous benefit for overall success in life.[/div]

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Is Tantra a religion? Will it conflict with the religion I am embracing?

Just like yoga, Tantra is not a religion, but a precise science of personal transformation. When practiced correctly, the tantric teachings can actually help you deepen your understanding of your own religion. Tantra uses terminology from the Hindu culture and religion because this is where it first appeared. However its teachings are universal, just like mathematics or physics.[/div]

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I have heard about the dangers of tantric practices and of kundalini experiences. What can you say about it?

These dangers are non-existent when you approach Tantra in a gradual and systematic way, as the course I am teaching does it. People experience imbalances when they jump into advanced practices without being properly prepared for them. The dangers do not reside in the techniques themselves, but in the irrational use of them. You can use electricity, for example, to illuminate a house, or to kill someone. The hazard is not in the electric energy, but in how you use it.[/div]

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I heard that there is a dark side of Tantra. Can you explain it?

A: Real Tantra helps us bring light, joy, spirituality and wonder in everything we do. Of course along the ages there have been people or groups who miss-used some of the techniques. This only shows that those who took that course actually left the genuine path of Tantra, who requires high moral standards. This has happened with many other genuine spiritual paths. Just remember the Inquisition.[/div]

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I do not have time to practice all the techniques at home. What shall I do?

A: Practice as much as you can. Also make sure to integrate in a spiritual manner all your daily activities. This course will teach you lots of methods for doing that. In this way, you can practice Tantra all day long, and turn your whole life into an exciting and wonderful path of realization.[/div]

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I have practiced Tantra before. Do I still need to come to the beginner class or I can move straight to your advanced courses?

A: You still need to come to the beginner class. My classes build upon each other and I need to make sure you are familiar with previous information before approaching more advanced techniques.[/div]

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I have searched online to find out more information about MISA, the yoga school where you studied in Romania and about your yoga teacher, Gregorian Bivolaru. I found a great deal of contradictory information. What is going on?

I highly appreciate this open question. To properly answer it, I have to introduce you to the political and social situation of my home country. In Romania, up to December 1989 when the communist regime fell, Yoga and meditation were illegal practices. Plainly, you would have been put in jail for owning a yoga book or practicing yoga techniques. Philosophy and religion were also suppressed and the freedom of information was non-existent, i.e. it was illegal to listen to foreign radio-stations. Travelling abroad was forbidden, aside for very special circumstances. All of this was enforced by the communists in order to keep the people under control.

Our yoga school, MISA, started in 1990. Even if now the country was called “democratic”, the same people where holding the political power, using the same secret services and the same communist mentality of controlling the masses. As our yoga school grew larger, our activities started to be perceived as a threat to this “total control” policy. Due to their increased mental and spiritual awakening, yoga practitioners are less and less influenced by political indoctrination, commercials and mass media campaigns, and they also tend to break aside from the mainstream medical and food chains, in search of better and healthier options.

We couldn’t be put in jail like in the communist times, therefore other strategies were adopted. The main one has been using mass media (which is completely politically controlled in Romania) to denigrate the school and its activities. There are also highly paid agents that maintain blogs and websites full of very skilled lies regarding our activities, in a desire to prevent people from accessing the very powerful information provided by our yoga classes. The Romanian government escalated this oppression to the point of bringing anti-terrorist troops in our main yoga studio in Bucharest and many other highly abusive measures. Our teacher had to find political asylum in Sweden, due to the constant threats to his life.

I personally see this campaign and strong opposition as a validation of the tremendous transformational value of MISA’s yoga teachings. If we would only teach stretching and some chanting, no one would bother to pay millions of dollars to fabricate such an extensive denigrating campaign against this school. My best advice for you is to analyze the information you receive in my classes, observe the effects of practicing it and form your own opinion based on your personal experience.

If you still believe in the freedom of information and in an independent mass media or law system, it’s about time to start analyzing the world around you with a questioning mind. You will see that always in the history of humanity when a truly awakening movement or individual appeared, they were suppressed heavily by those trying to maintain the status quo and preserve their political, social or financial advantages.[/div]