“I look at you and am convinced of one
thing, that you once had something – some treasure, some symmetry, some secret,
some key – but now you have lost it. Every moment, asleep or awake, you are always
busy looking for something. It is quite possible you do not know exactly what
you are searching for and that you are unaware of what you have lost, but I see
the hunger in your eyes. It is apparent in every beat of your heart.”
With these words, Osho has said all about human misery, about human love, about
the human soul. A soul who is in a perpetual quest from the beginning of time, and
whose quest no one knows when it will reach the end.
It is indeed the quest for that “something” we sometimes seem to find on the
tip of our tongue, but yet we cannot express it.
So, how could we get to truly discover and experience this indefinable “something”?
The Tantrics say that the answer is right here, right now. Begin with what you
find in your immediate vicinity, and you shall see it all.
So let’s take a look at the Tantric view of the human body!
With Tantra, the human body reaches an unprecedented importance in the
whole history of all spiritual disciplines. Of course health and vigor,
the interest for a physiology resembling that of the Cosmos, and consequently
sanctified are ancient values, but the Tantra pushes the concept that health
is possible only in a “divine body” up to extreme limits.
Thus, the body is no longer the source
of all suffering, but the most secure, the most perfect instrument man has in
his attempt “to conquer death.” Furthermore, because it is possible to reach the ultimate state in
this very life, the body must be preserved in a perfect state for a long
period of time, precisely because it allows human beings to meditate.
In our appreciation of the human body and its possibilities, we may distinguish
two different, but convergent orientations:
1. The importance of the total experience of life as being part of the sadhana. This is the general position of all tantric schools.
2. Furthermore, there is the desire to control the body in order to transform it
into a divine body. This is the Hatha Yoga position. This control should start
in a humble manner, with a precise knowledge of all bodily functions and
The great majority of spiritual schools begin their presentations with the soul
and blame the body. However, Tantra begins by using what is at hand, in this
case with the body itself. Tantra accepts everything, approves and, most
important transforms everything, sexuality included.
Tantra offers solutions and engages on
the path of self-discovery from the actual level of the human being who has
reached a certain level of understanding.
In the case of our contemporary society, the human body is perceived as being
the one and only existing reality, and sexuality (unfortunately perverted
and misunderstood) – as the unique pleasure.
In such circumstances, Tantra opposes to opaque vision of contemporary man, and supports
the sacred perspective of the body as a divine place, a jumping board towards
the invisible Reality.
Consequently, the human body reveals itself to the one interested in
discovering its secrets as a special and complex vehicle, through whose
systematic exploration man may apprehend his own secrets and transform his
energies. For a genuine tantric approach, the body is a true friend, whom he
accepts, cares for and loves beyond age, form or color.
Beauty comes from the spirit because in fact the spirit clothes the body, not
the proper clothing.
Consequently, the body must be respected, purified, maintained as clean and
healthy as possible (on the inside and on the outside), as this respect proves
the proper attitude towards the Macro cosmos itself.
One does not have to visit dozens or hundreds of temples in order to find God, as
sometimes this search may be superfluous and without any real value.
For those who can understand and feel this, your own body is meant precisely
for this purpose and should be regarded as a gift from God.