The practice1 of Tantra serves to generate the response to the attainment of completeness,2 namely the blissful, wholly intoxicating and liberating3 honeymoon experience.4 Tantric practice initially employs everyday objects,5 specifically the most attractive,6 like a sexual partner, booze or drugs,7 to achieve its goal.
Real tantric consummation,8 i.e. the actual achievement of completeness in/with the everyday world, happens if and when an everyday unresolved problem (thus incompleteness) is resolved or an incomplete everyday task is completed.9
(Fantasized) supra-mundane Tantric consummation10 happens if and when the response to completeness is universalized.11
In both cases the (personal) response to the achievement of consummation = completeness, namely the honeymoon experience, is experienced as real/true.
In other words, Tantric practice employs the mundane12 to achieve completeness (i.e. oneness) resulting from consummation with the intention of enjoying the ecstatic after-effects as his/her (albeit brief) consummation as salvation.13 The Tantric who universalizes his/her response to achieving consummation = completeness revels in the ecstatic after-effects of the experience of universal completeness as (albeit brief) his/her ultimate salvation.
© 2019 by Victor Langheld
1. i.e. as Yoga. All forms of Yoga pursue the same outcome, namely oneness (Sanskrit: kaivalya) that results from consummation (hence completeness) and that pays off in/as salvation = bliss. In short, all Yogas serve as training routines that enable consummation. What all yogas strive for is consummation (i.e. completion = oneness) for consummation’s sake since consummation as such pays off in bliss (allegedly the Brahman or Ishwara state). Besically all yoga variations are so many training routines by means of which achievement (i.e. winning) is trained.
2. Highly elastic synonyms for ‘completeness’ are: union, oneness; isolation (solipsism); ‘not two’, marriage (bodily or mystical) and so on.
3. Isolation, i.e. oneness, briefly liberates, releases, frees (Sanskrit: moksha or mukti, Pali: vimukti) from the (the drag, dullness, dreariness, suffering of the) world (Sanskrit: samsara) as incomplete duality-to-multiplicity. Hypothetical (absolute because fantasized as ultimate) supra-mundane (tantric) consummation liberates absolutely.
4. The honeymoon experience doubles as personal salvation. It’s the experience of becoming the winner, i.e. the ‘fittest.’
5. i.e. the mundane, i.e. the everyday world.
6. These allow for easy concentration. At maximum concentration perfection is achieved and both observer and observed present as perfect, beautiful, glowing and so on.
7. Beginners use these, ‘the forbidden things,’ as the easiest means. Adept tantrics can, at will, employ any identifiable reality, for instance, a tomato or a bed bug or a pimple, to achieve the same outcome, i.e. the experience of perfection. Their trick (like that of the medieval Chinese Chan masters) is (was) to respond to any contact as to the new, hence as to a true miracle, thus milking the ‘wow’ experience envelope of the miracle/the new.
8. Consummation, meaning: “completion.” From Latin consummare “to sum up, finish,” from com- “together” + summa “sum, total,” from summus “highest”, in the sense of “completion of a marriage (by sexual intercourse)” since c. 1530. Idem ‘consumption’ as means to completeness (and the pleasure that derives therefrom.
9. Thus producing a new reality, i.e. creation. In the everyday run of things the honeymoon experience resulting from consummation, i.e. from the achievement of completeness, is not registered because either the act of completion is insignificant (i.e. as when I close a door or clean my teeth) or the observer’s mindfulness is diminished due to lack of concentration or processing overload.
10. For instance the union, marriage and so on with (a fantasized) God (as other) is a infantile/juvenile, henotheist response. For the adult monotheist, indeed the pantheist, consummation of the union with any ‘alternative’ (and which the juvenile imagines as ‘other’) is identical with consummation with/as God since each ‘other’ operates as a n alternate God app.
11. Generalization towards universalization, hence the invention of the hypothetical notion of ‘ultimate’ (and the 2 truths reality theory) is a juvenile (i.e. henotheist) ordering mode. It played the dominant, albeit distracting but highly entertaining role in early Hindu darshanas and Greek philosophy. The pantheist (more so the ancient Hindu Charvaka) is silent on ‘ultimates’ since each identifiable reality happens as the whole (hence ultimate), albeit as local application.
12. The mundane comes in two forms, namely actual/real and virtual/imaginary. Using devotion to or love for an imaginary (thus fake) ‘other’, such as Krishna, Lakshmi or Mary, the Mother of God, to achieve the consummation of completeness and liberation is the practice of Bhakti (yoga) and which is the most popular variation of Tantra. First consummation with a God is achieved; then consummation is achieved with any bite of nature as which serves as local God variation.
13. In much the same way as does casual sex that (also) produces pleasure/bliss. In short, if I can’t be a real winner and get its reward, i.e. bliss, I can always fake winning and also milk the reward of bliss.