Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How to be beautiful and live long (sutra)

Hellmuth Hecker (trans.) numerical discourse from Anathapindika: The Great Benefactor (AN 5.43) sutra edited by Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly; Marilyn Monroe in 1950s:
wisdomquarterly.blogspot.com

Hebe (ladybluewings01/deviantart.com)
The Buddha often spoke of five things people want. Two of them are long life and beauty. Long life is not enough.

We want beauty (health, vitality, youthfulness) for the enjoyment of those years. Here's how to get them. 

THE BUDDHA: "O householder [the rich banker Anathapindika], there are five desirable, pleasant, and agreeable things which are rare in the world. What are those five? They are:
  1. long life
  2. beauty
  3. happiness
  4. fame
  5. and (rebirth in) a heaven.
"But, O householder, of these five things, I do not teach that they are obtained by prayer or by vows. If one could obtain them by prayer or vows, who would not do it?
 
"For a noble disciple, O householder, who wishes to have long life, it is not fitting that such a person should pray for long life or take delight in doing so. Instead, one should follow a path of life that is conducive to longevity. By following such a path one will obtain long life, be it divine or human.

"O householder, for a noble disciple who wishes to have beauty... happiness... fame... (rebirth in) a heaven, it is not fitting that one should pray for them or take delight in doing so.

"One should instead follow a path of life that is conducive to beauty... happiness... fame... (rebirth in) a heaven. By following such a path, one will obtain beauty, happiness, fame, and (rebirth in) a heaven."
 
The Buddha: The Karmavadin
Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly
The Buddha had beauty and longevity.
Now if only the Buddha (who in his time was not called a "Buddhist" but a Karmavadin, a "Teacher of the Efficacy of Action") had spelled out those paths of action in the same short sutra.

Instead, he explained the actions (karma) that bring about the results and fruits (vipaka and phala) of long life, beauty, happiness, fame, and rebirth in celestial (deva) worlds in many other discourses (such as the Kammavibhanga sutras).
 
For long life it is protecting life -- not killing, harming, or causing others to do so. 

For beauty it is abandoning anger* and in its place cultivating friendliness/loving-kindness (metta).

Happiness comes from letting go and instead cultivating contentment, patience/forbearance, wisdom, and mental composure (jhana, samma-samadhi). Great happiness comes from protecting the Five Precepts. Even those who only believe in this world during this one life are taught the Sigalovada Sutra, the "Advice to Householders."

Not everyone wants to live like an ascetic or recluse. Anathapindika (the enlightened multi-millionaire, to whom the previous discourse was given, once asked what advice the Buddha had for those who wanted to have spouses, children, homes, and gold. The Buddha gave advice for a happy worldly life.
 
Fame is said to be a result of showing respect to those worthy of respect. This is the principal reason, but one can easily imagine that diligence and dedication to an art, craft, or skill (such as scholarship or singing, playing an instrument or discovering something) is also vital. Mindfulness helps with that, as mindfulness helps with everything good.
 
Buddhist cosmology: 31 Planes of Existence chart
Rebirth in celestial worlds, "heaven" (sagga) -- which is temporary even if the lifespan on those planes lasts aeons and virtual eternities -- comes as a result of keeping the Five, Eight, Ten, or 227 Precepts. A surer way to the Fine-Material Sphere (rupa-loka) heavens rather than the Sensual Sphere (kama-loka) heavens is cultivating the jhanas, the "meditations" or "meditative absorptions." 

The 31 Planes of Existence explicitly lists the eight jhanas as the karmic causes of being reborn in those better worlds. There is one more sphere even higher than our sensual and fine-material spheres. And that is the Immaterial Sphere (arupa-loka). Rebirth there comes from the level of mastery of the four higher jhanas.

Basic to all happiness and merit (store of good karma) is giving or generosity (dana), which is founded on letting go, not clinging, not being selfish and self-absorbed. The habit of giving allows us to enjoy things heartily and make more and more good karma as we do.
 
A chieftain who holds a feast for the people of various villages gains fame and prestige among those people, while accruing merit to have more and more in order to enjoy and give again.

Unfortunately, this also works in reverse. When we are stingy to preserve life or position, we are actually becoming impoverished. We don't enjoy what we have, and we don't give, so we lose out on all that potential good karma. And in the absence of it, we are as if poor already and hurling ourselves toward poverty. Give. Much good comes from it. Let go. Greater good comes from it. 

How? One way is by force. A better way might be out of wisdom, out of clear seeing as to what it is. People need it, so compassion can move us. We would like it, so giving is one way to ensure we will get it when we are in need.

How can I be beautiful in the future? (Duhon)
Seeing the true nature of things, how things really are with insight, causes us to let go. In ignorance, we are that things are permanent, satisfactory, and personal.

When we see them as they really are, our hand opens, our heart lets go, our mind is liberated. Clinging proves that we do not see the true nature of things, the Three Universal Characteristics of all things that exist.

They are radically impermanent, inherently disappointing (unable and incapable of fulfilling us), and impersonal (not us and not ours). This is very hard to believe, so here is the great American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi to explain:
 
(1983DC) Bhikkhu Bodhi explains the "True Nature of Existence" (Talk 3)

*The Buddha explains beauty
Sutra excerpt, Sections 9 and 10, from Ven. Ñanamoli Thera (trans.), "The Shorter Exposition on Karma" (Kammavibhanga Sutta) edited by Wisdom Quarterly (MN 135)
All-Netherland beauty Doutzen Kroes, among most beautiful Dutch women (wonderlist.com)
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9. "Student, here [in this teaching] some woman or man is angry, much given to rage:

"Even when little is said, one is furious, angry, ill-disposed, resentful. One shows ill-temper, hate, and surliness.

"Due to having undertaken and completed such actions (karma), on the dissolution of the body, after dying, one reappears in a state of deprivation...
F*ck that! F**k all of you! (UP)
"If instead one comes back to the human state, one is ugly wherever one is reborn. This is the way that leads to ugliness, which is to say, to be furious, angry, ill-disposed, resentful, and to show ill-temper, hate, and surliness.

10. "But here some woman or man is not angry or much given to rage: Even when much is said, one is not furious, angry, ill-disposed, resentful, nor does one show ill-temper, hate, or surliness.

"Due to having undertaken and completed such actions [of self-restraint, forbearance, patience, kindness, compassion, and equanimity redirecting one's expression from anger to its antidote], on the dissolution of the body, after dying, one reappears in a happy destination...

Now you tell me! I hate this sutra.
"If instead one comes back to the human state, one is beautiful wherever one is reborn.

"This is the way that leads to beauty, which is to say, not to be angry or given to much rage: Even when much is said, [to be patient, self-restrained, serene, so as] not to be furious, angry, ill-disposed or resentful, or to show ill-temper, hate, or surliness. More

Clingy clinging, why do we cling? (video)

Ven. Nyanatiloka (Buddhist Dictionary); Crystal Quintero, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

I ran into your ex...with my car! (tumblr)
Upādāna or "clinging," according to the Path of Purification (Vis.M. XVII), is an intensified form of craving. There are four kinds:
  1. sensual clinging (kāma-upādāna)
  2. clinging to views (ditthi-upādāna)
  3. clinging to mere rules and rituals (sīlabbata-upādāna)
  4. clinging to personality-belief (atta-vāda-upādāna).
The curse of the clingy... (Feminista Jones)
(1) "What is sensual clinging? With regard to sensual objects whatever there remains of lust, attachment, desire, passion, deludedness, fetters (bonds), this is called sensual clinging.
 
(2) ''What is clinging to views? 'Giving alms and other offerings is useless; there is no fruit or result of good and ill deeds,' all such wrong views and misconceptions are called clinging to views.
 
(3) "What is clinging to mere rules and rituals? Holding firmly to the view that merely by adhering to rules and rituals one can reach enlightenment, this is called clinging to mere rules and rituals.
 
(4) "What is clinging to personality-belief? The 20 kinds of ego-views with regard to the Five Aggregates of Clinging or "Groups of Existence" (see sakkāya-ditthi), these are called clinging to personality-belief" (Dhs.1214-17).
 
Five Ways to Stop Being a Clingy G/F
This traditional fourfold division is not quite satisfactory.In addition to sensual clinging, one would expect the great commentator Buddhaghosa (the Path of Purification's author) to add either clinging to form (rūpa-upādāna) and clinging to formlessness (arūpa-upādāna) or simply clinging to becoming (or being, bhava-upādāna). 
 
Although the non-returner (any noble person who has reached the third stage of enlightenment), the anāgāmī, is entirely free from the traditional four kinds of clinging, that person is not yet free of rebirth like the fully enlightened person (arhat).

My Clingy Girlfriend (Banerjee)
Why? It is because, as a nonreturner, one is still clinging to becoming.

The Commentary to Vis.M. XVII, in trying to get out of this dilemma, explains that clinging to sensuality includes here all of the remaining kinds of clinging.
 
"Clinging" is the common translation of upādāna; however, "grasping" might come closer to the meaning of it, which is literally "uptake."
(Laina) Overly Attached Girlfriend finally lets go externally...but then ends up in therapy because of intense regret due to clinging internally.

"How Sex Changed the World" (video)

History2 Channel via Discovery HD; Ven. Khantipalo, Bag of Bones: A Miscellany on the Body; Ashley Wells, Pat Macpherson, text edited by Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly
Start at Min. 10:00 for sex in the USA, partying and prostitution in NYC under Teddy Roosevelt.

Discovery HD WORLD(Discovery HD World via History2) Extreme Sex: How Far Humans Will Go for Sex? or Brain Sex: How to Work Sex in Human Brain. This playful, prime time U.S. television documentary was actually titled "How Sex Changed the World."

This Body: Bag of Bones
Ven. Khantipalo (BPS.lk via accesstoinsight.org) edited by Wisdom Quarterly


This body is thought to be most obviously "me," what I regard as the most tangible part of myself.

Around it are constructed many views, all of them distorted in some way. They prevent insight from arising into the body as it really is.

Bag of Bones is a small anthology relating to the body. It presents material that, if contemplated by an earnest and sincere student of the Dharma, will eventually provide fruitful insight and freedom from the many kinds of craving and fear focused on this body.
 
Such overwhelming desires for pleasure with the body as the instrument (even though craving dwells in the heart-mind not the body itself) stir up and intensify greed of all kinds -- lust for sex or food, for instance.

Greed is accompanied by pleasurable sensations that are desired. So greed needs rather bitter medicine to undermine it. One antidote is simple: reflecting on the unattractive aspects of this beautiful body. It's beautiful but it also houses decay, repulsiveness, and death, all unpleasant matters to work hard to avoid and be ignorant of.

Reflection concerned with bodily unattractiveness is like medicine that only needs to be taken while the disease of greed-craving-lust is active. Afterwards, it may be discontinued.
 
What will humans be reduced to with bots?
It is important to understand this rather than form the mistaken impression that the Buddha advocated viewing all beauty as loathsome. It is only that there is a hook in beauty. It is tangled up with greed in our hearts, and it leads to more and more complications and difficulties.
 
Beautiful on the inside: sexy sex organs.
Fears center around aging-decay, disease and death. They are not overcome by pretending they do not exist. It is said that an ostrich buries its head as danger approaches. If it were true, not many ostriches would be left.

It is only by resolutely facing the inevitable difficulties of life that can bring insight and relief from fear.
 
The Buddha's instructions on the contemplation of the body are addressed to those who are able, through their lifestyle, to practice them. This means, in effect, monastics together with dedicated lay people.

Monastics practice the contemplation given to them by their teachers as they ordain or "go forth" from homebound life into homelessness. They need such a medicine to combat lust, which is destructive to the celibate way of the supreme faring.

(Uncensored) Real sex education for teens in England

Lay people have the Five Precepts to develop contentment with their partners as an important part of their lay practice.

Sex is a natural part of their life but should still be restrained and kept within the bounds of the Third Precept (not to harm other people's relationships). If not, how much trouble follows!

Some may wish to live without sexual attachment for a time. This cannot be done in the way of the Dharma by ignoring the power of the sexual drive or by suppressing it with willpower.

Only when it is treated with mindfulness can it be transcended. The aspect of mindfulness that is needed for this is the subject/interrelated subjects of Bag of Bones.

Adverts
The future sex trade: android sex dolls for sale for home use or for rent in legal brothel?
 
In the world today people are subjected to a bombardment of sensuality by way of the mass media. Sex is used as a bait to sell things. Adverts (advertisements) exploit sexual urges to titillate many kinds of pleasant sensory experiences -- pleasing sights, sounds, tastes, and so on.

When subjected to this continuously, the defilements of the mind -- notably lust, greed, and attachment -- are sure to be strengthened. Then when this has happened the result is not more happiness but only more dukkha (disappointment, dissatisfaction, woe, suffering, troubles, and difficulties. The medicine for such over-indulgence and over-stimulation is given here.
 
It is said that this subject of meditation is unique to the Buddha's Teachings and that elsewhere it is not clearly taught. This is not surprising as we find that craving, particularly in the form of sexual desire, is sometimes accepted as being "natural."

Wherever desires are viewed as "natural," as inherent in one's nature or self, nothing much can be done about them.

Mind leads the body. The ancient swastika symbol signifies spiritual nobility here.
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But the Buddha analyzed desires into those which are wholesome -- to practice the Dharma, gain enlightenment, reach nirvana, for instance -- and those which are unwholesome, like greed and lust.

They may not be gross either, as in the case of the meditator who is greedy for bliss, or lights and visions, and attached to such things.

The Buddha provided medicine -- antidotes -- for all unwholesome desires. And according to our various ways of life, we can use this "medicine" to effect a partial or complete cure to our unhappiness (dukkha).

When emphasis is placed on so much sensuality, youth, and beauty as we find now, the darker sides of life get pushed away and attempts are made, always futile, to sweep them under the carpet.

Those who try to do so will not be pleased with the exercises contained in the Buddha's contemplation of the body.

Such meditations, contemplations, and reflections will appear to them as morbid and unnatural. Yet, they are also a part of this life and should be seen rather than ignored.

If an effort is made to ignore what is unpleasant about the body, sooner or later one will be jolted into the recognition of these things by circumstance. Such jolts are very unpleasant. Rather than leave it until one is forced to know the body's unpleasant sides (illness, old age, gory accidents, death), it is better to acquaint one's emotions with this knowledge gradually.
 
Marge's sisters and their new sex robots.
In this spirit, Bag of Bones was published by the Buddhist Publication Society. As a book and only a book, it cannot give person-to-person advice on special problems. It can offer general guidelines to laypeople interested in reducing pathetic clinging, craving, greed, and consuming lust.

A word of warning: meditation on the unattractiveness of the body can be very potent and should only be practiced with moderation and care, particularly if one has no personal contact with a good Buddhist meditation instructor.

If fear, anxiety, or other extreme unwholesome emotional states arise after practicing it, then it will be better to lay it down and take up Loving-Kindness (metta) or Recollection of the Buddha (Buddha-anussati) as one's meditation subject instead.
 
This book, therefore, is not so much for beginners in Buddhism but rather for those who have already practiced for some time. May it inspire many people to practice the Dharma more intently!

-Bhikkhu Khantipalo, Wat Buddha-Dhamma
Forest Meditation Centre, Ten Mile Hollow
Wiseman's Ferry, N.S.W. 2255, Australia

"Meditators, when one dharma is developed and cultivated,
it leads to a great sense of urgency, to great benefit,
to great safety from bondage, to great mindfulness
and full awareness, to knowledge and insight,
to a pleasant abiding here and now, to realization
of the fruit of true wisdom and liberation.
What is that one dharma? 
It is mindfulness with regard to the body." More

- (A. I. 43, translated by Ven. Ñanamoli, edited by Wisdom Quarterly)

Woo-woo ways to live longer (video)

Liza Soberano: The Philippines has the most wins in the “Big Four International Beauty Pageants.” Is Veronica Grey in the Top 10 most beautiful Filipina female stars (wonderlist).

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Eternal Youth Empire: overcome death AND taxes
Veronica Grey
Our new favorite nutter is the woo-woo diva "The Surf Lady," Filipina model and Reiki Master Veronica Grey. She's a delight, even though she sounds like she got konked on the noggin of late. But she's beautiful as she closes in on 40 and her tips make sense.


(Eternal Youth Empire) Two main SECRETS to enduring youthfulness
 
I want long life, but I don't care about beauty.
Yanks poo-poo the idea of real anti-aging saying, "Ya can't make a clock spin backwards, mate!" You can, however, make the norm different. For instance, what does 13 look like? What does 30 look like? What does 55 look like?

They've all changed: Thirteen is sexualized, 30 is decrepit, and 55 is somehow rejuvenated, the prime of life if we all live longer. And apparently we do, even though our biology/DNA hasn't changed a wit. Eat green, drink clean, and breathe in the prana (ch'i, holy spiritus) right out of the air.

Laugh heartily and as often as children. Smile at the sun. Avoid the chemtrails and toxins (fluoride, sulfates, parabens, preservatives, "natural" flavorants, dead sugars, processed salt and foods) slipped into almost everything we consume. Detox! Clean the mind, and the cellulite will follow.
SUTRA: Long Lived and Beautiful
Hellmuth Hecker (trans.) edited by Wisdom Quarterly (AN 5.43)
Veronica Grey, the ever youthful author, and her animal companion Flash (dogster.com)
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Native Karama ("Island of the Blue Dolphins")
The Buddha spoke of five things people want. The first two are long life and beauty. Long life is not enough.

We want beauty (health, vitality, youthfulness) for the enjoyment of those long years. Here's how to get them.
 
THE BUDDHA: "O householder, there are five desirable, pleasant, and agreeable things which are rare in the world. What are those five? They are:
  1. long life
  2. beauty
  3. happiness
  4. fame
  5. and (rebirth in) a heaven.
"But, O householder, of those five things, I do not teach that they are to be obtained by prayer or by vows. If one could obtain them by prayer or vows, who would not do it?" 
 
If I can live long... (Amber Heard/wonderlist)
"For a noble disciple, O householder, who wishes to have long life, it is not fitting that such a person should pray for long life or take delight in so doing. One should instead follow a path of life that is conducive to longevity. By following such a path one will obtain long life, be it divine or human. More

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The essence of "right view" (sutra)

Maurice O'Connell Walshe (trans.) from Samyutta Nikaya: An Anthology (Wheel 318-321), Kaccayanagotto Sutra (SN 12.15) edited by Dhr. Seven and Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly
Lay meditator and monastic under the bodhi tree, India (Ghosh/Tapasphotography/flickr).
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[SAVATTHI, ancient India - Ven. Kaccayana asked the Buddha:] "'Right view,* right view,' it is said, venerable sir. In what way is there right view?'
  • [*Right view,  the first step of the Noble Eightfold Path, literally means "right seeing." "Right understanding" is misleading because the connotations are too intellectual rendering it "right views" (plural) is misleading because this is not a matter of holding "views" (opinions) at all but rather of "seeing things as they really are."]
"Kaccayana, the world in general inclines toward two views, existence or non-existence. 
    Bhikkhu Bodhi (bps.lk)
  • [Existence: being (atthita, lit. "is-ness") is the theory of "Eternalism" (sassatavada). Nonexistence: nonbeing (natthita, "is-not-ness)" is the theory of "Annihilationism" (ucchedavaada), the materialism view. See discussion in Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation of DN 1, The All-Embracing Net of Views (BPS), pp. 30-33.]
"But for one who, with the highest wisdom, sees the arising/origination of the world as it really is [yathabhutam], 'non-existence of the world' does not apply. And for one who, with highest wisdom, sees the passing away of the world as it really is, 'existence of the world' does not apply.
 
"Kaccayana, the world in general grasps after systems and is imprisoned by dogmas ["ideologies" or "isms"].
 
"But one [who sees with the highest wisdom] does not go along with that system-grasping, that mental obstinacy, and dogmatic bias, does not grasp at it, does not affirm: 'This is my self.' 
  • [This is my self: Atta me ti:] Cf. SN 3.8, n. 1. Feer's edition of SN reads here atta na me ti "this is not myself," which would also make sense but is contradicted, not only in SA (Commentary), but also when the story is repeated at SN 22.90.]
Fully-ordained Buddhist nun on meditation rock in California forest (bhikkhuni.net)
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"One knows without any doubt or hesitation that whatever arises/originates is merely dukkha [inherent unsatisfactoriness of personality-phenomena and general insecurity of all conditioned existence] that what passes away is merely dukkha, and such knowledge is one's own, not depending on anyone else. This, Kaccayana, is what constitutes right view.
  • [Compare this to the point of the Heart Sutra, which states that the "perfection" of wisdom is comprehending the Five Aggregates (form, feeling, perception, mental formations, and consciousness) as empty, i.e., as void of self.]
"'Everything exists,' this is one extreme [view].
  • [Everything exists (sabbam atthi) -- from the Sanskrit form, sarvam asti (used in a slightly different sense) -- is where the defunct Sarvastivada school got its name. They held that dharmas exist  in "three times" (past, present, future). It was mainly to this early school that the label "Hinayana" ("Lesser Career or Vehicle") was applied and later misapplied to today's Theravada school (see SN 12.22, n. 1).]
"'Nothing exists,' this is the other extreme. Avoiding both extremes the Tathagata teaches a doctrine of the middle:
  • [Tathagata is the Buddha's usual way of referring to himself: literally "Thus Come" tatha-agata or "Thus Gone (beyond)" (tatha-gata). For other meanings, see Bhikkhu Bodhi, The All-Embracing Net of Views (BPS), pp. 50-53, 331-344.10.]
The Buddha remembered in gold (smep-muc).
"Conditioned by ignorance are the formations... [as at SN 12.10, which explains the dependent origin of the 12 factors involved in the conditional arising of all suffering]... So there comes about the arising of this entire mass of suffering.

"But as a result of the complete fading away and cessation of ignorance there comes the cessation of the formations; as a result of the cessation of the formations comes the cessation of consciousness [the same for all 12 links of Dependent Origination]...

"So there comes about the complete cessation of this entire mass of suffering." [The cessation of all suffering = nirvana.]

SEX: Erotic Egypt and Tantric Tibet (video)

Bettany Hughes (History); New World; China Expat; Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
Sex and Prostitution in the Ancient World: Egypt, Rome, Pompeii (full documentary). It's an adventure of sex and erotica in Egypt with Bettany Hughes and a larger look at the ancient world we are taught so little about by museum drones and uptight ancient archeologists (WQ).

What about Buddhist Tantric Sex?
Tibetan Buddhism, Kama Sutra, and Tantric Sex 
ChinaExpat.com updated and edited by Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly
http://rubenbsoto.blogspot.com/2010/05/tantra_27.html
Tantra, by that name, derives from Vedic/Brahminical (Hindu) religions of the Indus Valley Civilization and India.

It was most common in what is today called Northern India, although it became mixed together with Southern Indian local religions such as the worship of the Goddess Kali.

A strange offshoot of it is found in the Tibetan mixed-religion sometimes called Tibetan Buddhism, but also referred to as Tibetan Lamaism. (It is a mix of indigenous Himalayan shamanic Bön and Hindu-influenced Mahayana Buddhism).

In ancient times, Tibet had a native local god/goddess religion, parallel to the Indian local/regional god/goddess systems.

Around the time of the alleged "Aryan invasions" of India (emanating from Iranian/Persian peoples to the west or Anglos/Europeans to the north, a theory that has largely been rejected in India), the threefold-concept of god (as a trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) was consolidated by absorbing the various Dravidian local goddesses as “shaktis”  for the triad. (Originally this word meant “power,” but it came to imply “female consort”).

Sexual rites 
Jambhala (Lord of Wealth) in ritual sexual union with consort (Sino-Tibetan, 18th-19th cent.)
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Although equated with Tantra in the West, sexual rites were historically practiced by a minority of sects. For practicing groups, maithuna progressed into psychological symbolism [David Gordon White (ed.), 2000, Tantra in Practice, Princeton Univ. Press). According to White, the sexual rites of Vamamarga may have emerged from early Hindu Tantra as a means of catalyzing biochemical transformations in the body to facilitate heightened states of awareness (White, 2000). These constitute an offering to Tantric deities. Later developments in the rite emphasize the primacy of bliss and divine union, which replace the bodily connotations of earlier forms (White, 2000). This is clearly seen in Japanese tantra in Shingonshu of Tachikawa-ryu. More

Lamaism
Shiva, Shakti, Mahavidyas (Tantra)
Meanwhile, the Tibetans were left on their own; therefore, their “Lamaism” does not resemble classic Hinduism.

Buddhism then swept in, and the Tibetans really took to it in a big way. But rather like the parallel example of the Mayans in Mesoamerica (which later became Mexico) adopting the Catholic religion but adapting it to fit their own local religions (viz. the Virgin of Guadalupe) -- the Tibetans never abandoned their ancient god/goddess pairings.

Suddenly there are big Buddhist thankas (intricate wall hangings, religious paintings) with 108 Bodhisattvas. (This 108 is a sacred number in many cultures, for mathematical reasons, most notably in Asia, India in particular.

Bodhisattvas are nearly enlightened Buddhist monastics who could enter nirvana (“liberation from all suffering and rebirth”) but choose instead to be reborn to express compassion to help others find the Path and evolve to the point of enlightenment and nirvana).

Each of these 108 Bodhisattvas is shown with a naked woman, a shakti, in his lap -- merging male and female principles, in union, or “yoga” -- having sex with him…

The 108 Tibetan shaktis are the remnants of local goddesses, who still bear the mnemonic attributes (color, sacred objects they hold, mudras (hand gestures) they are making, accompanying animals, mounts, or flowers, etc.) of their former status.

Catholicism
Now, the corporate Catholic Church, with its CEO sitting in the Vatican like an Italian king, took “The Song of Solomon” from the Bible and said, “This is not about having sex with a woman, folks. This is about the Church’s longing for Jesus” [Ieshua].

So also did Tibetan Buddhists, who ran a Himalayan empire from Potala Palace in Lhasa that paralleled and possibly preceded the Vatican, explain away the sexual congress between these 108 Bodhisattvas and their shaktis as a kind of ephemeral spiritual union.

Judaism
Judaism does this in a similar way: the Shekinah (which sounds like Shakti and probably shares the same proto-Indo-European root) is a female principle representing light or god’s holy spirit.

It is known to Judaic scholars, even those who reinterpret the Talmud and biblical texts to read as exclusively monotheistic even though “God” is always plural, to represent an indigenous goddess-worship system that was absorbed into the worship of the punitive, male tribal god Jehovah or YHWH.

The major difference between the Judaic and Tibetan Buddhist systems is that the Tibetans never stopped drawing representations of the shakti. More

Immortality, youth, life-extension (video)

Crystal Quintero, Ashley Well, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly; Veronica Grey (eternalyouthandimmortality.com); Dr. Janni Lloyd; Dr. Westerdahl (VSH); Dr. M. Martine; RT
Hebe (devi): ancient Greek Goddess of Youth. India had ambrosia, the soma of the devas.
Six simple tips for health, youth, and vitality: avoid chemical sunscreens (use zinc instead), sleep well (no pillow), use coffee (not to drink), the best kind of sex. 7th tip: alchemy water.

V. Surfer Lady Grey (surfinguniverse.com)
“You’re never too old to become younger,” says Mae West. Many people believe in our immortality as inherent. Science agrees that energy is never lost, so immortality is not really a matter of choice. It is simply a matter of acceptance, depending on how one defines it. Remaining eternally youthful, however, IS a choice. The following secrets can assist us in enjoying life. There are various ways to define “immortal.” Why would anyone want to live forever if it meant being aged -- old and feeble? Aging is not the same as getting older.

(VSH) Dr. Westerdahl, Ph.D. talks about the power of plant foods.

One is the passing of chronological time (getting older); the other is the breakdown of the body (agedness). It is possible for time to pass and the body, which is renewable, to stay youthful. What if we can look exactly the way we intend and feel, which is as good as possible? Would anyone want to prolong the life span? If so, here is how. Time will pass, but aging is a choice. Each time we buy into aging we are actually CHOOSING it. If we blow out 30 candles on a cake thinking, “Okay, now I'm 30″ with a set of expectations of what that means, we CREATE it. We could think, as we blow out candles, “Yay, I'm 23 for the 7th year in a row!” More
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(Steve Paikin) After studying centenarians all over the world, Dr. Martinez found that cultural and spiritual beliefs are more significant than genetics when it comes to health and longevity. How can this social psychological theory be put into practice?
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The key is orgasm-less sex, focusing on the base of the spine and using
that held energy to rejuvenate the body, a core tantric practice.