Enlightenment vs. Orgasms.

Via on May 5, 2010

samanthabradabuddha

It’s a tough question.

Mini-satoris, while enlightening, kind of make me depressed. Seeing the world clearly has a tendency to shed light on the infinite amount of work that must be done here on earth. It’s rather intimidating. Then there’s also that feeling that makes everything seem even more boring and unsatisfactory: like duh, of course the world works like this. On the bright side, satoris also include a string to the light at the end of the tunnel, a glimmer of hope and faith, and the potential to make the work joyful and effortless.

On the other hand, a powerful sexual encounter leaves me lifted. My eyes become clearer and brighter. I’m chipper, awake, friendly, and blissed out. My body is stronger, my mind is relaxed but focused, and I don’t need much sleep. But when I’m so inside the emotions, inside the material realm, and inside the senses, it’s easier to become nearsighted and lost in illusion.

So which is better? Enlightenment or orgasms?

Photo Caption: Samantabhadri – Guru and yidam – Primordial Mother of all the Buddhas; Samantabhadri is the consort and female counterpart of Samantabhadra, the primordial Buddha of the older schools of Tibetan Buddhism. They are usually shown in sexual union, the blue male figure and white female figure embracing each other in lotus position. Samantabhadri is sometimes shown alone, in which case she is seated in lotus posture with her hands in meditation posture in her lap. Samantabhadri is always shown naked (as is her consort) to demonstrate the unadorned nature of Absolute Truth, the emptiness of all phenomena. (paraphrased from http://lhamo.tripod.com/9deity.htm)

About Ryan Nadlonek

Ryan combines his passion for the "yogic" sports (rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding), his love of musical exploration, and his dedication to a healthful lifestyle, living yoga in all aspects of his life. He is certified in Prana Flow Vinyasa Yoga by the amazing teacher Shiva Rea and draws from his studies in Qi Gong, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Buddhism, Bhakti Yoga, and Trance Dance to lead fun, creative and powerful classes with wild tantric explorations into the present moment. He teaches vinyasa classes at Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio in Santa Cruz, California (divinitree.com). Ryan also leads ecstatic kirtan and has been performing tabla and mridanga with kirtan leader Jacob Duran in the Santa Cruz kirtan community since 2009. He has worked as a journalist and photojournalist for Climbing Magazine, the Colorado Daily Photo, 808 Scene Zine, and the Elephant Journal.

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13 Responses to “Enlightenment vs. Orgasms.”

  1. Tiffany says:

    "So which is better? Enlightenment or orgasms?"

    Why does it have to be an either or question… I would prefer both.

  2. viahttp://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

    Justin Whitaker
    enlightenment vs orgasm just seems to set up this false duality. Why can't we have both? Come on, this is the 21st century! (j/k) fun stuff.

    Darryl Squires ૐ
    Actually the same thing happens on a subtle level during orgasm & enlightenment when the central channel opens to allow free flow of prana/chi…the channels are loosened up with Yoga practice…in both a shift in consciousness occurs, the body is filled with blissful energy…
    However, orgasm is limited , & the channels constrict even moreso … See Moreafterwards..but with enlightenment it is bliss minus the attachment & craving ..the heart chakra opens.. Sexual desire is used for higher levels of realization in Tantric practice

    elephantjournal.com
    Darryl, amen! Justin, hallelujah! Darryl, in Buddhism they say the sneeze, cough, orgasm and moment of death are easiest times to attain some level of enlightenment—our usual discursive self-perpetuating BS goes on blink for a second.

  3. viahttp://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

    Justin Whitaker
    enlightenment vs orgasm just seems to set up this false duality. Why can't we have both? Come on, this is the 21st century! (j/k) fun stuff.

    Darryl Squires ૐ
    Actually the same thing happens on a subtle level during orgasm & enlightenment when the central channel opens to allow free flow of prana/chi…the channels are loosened up with Yoga practice…in both a shift in consciousness occurs, the body is filled with blissful energy…
    However, orgasm is limited , & the channels constrict even moreso … See Moreafterwards..but with enlightenment it is bliss minus the attachment & craving ..the heart chakra opens.. Sexual desire is used for higher levels of realization in Tantric practice

    elephantjournal.com
    Darryl, amen! Justin, hallelujah! Darryl, in Buddhism they say the sneeze, cough, orgasm and moment of death are easiest times to attain some level of enlightenment—our usual discursive self-perpetuating BS goes on blink for a second.

  4. viahttp://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

    Justin Whitaker
    enlightenment vs orgasm just seems to set up this false duality. Why can't we have both? Come on, this is the 21st century! (j/k) fun stuff.

    Darryl Squires ૐ
    Actually the same thing happens on a subtle level during orgasm & enlightenment when the central channel opens to allow free flow of prana/chi…the channels are loosened up with Yoga practice…in both a shift in consciousness occurs, the body is filled with blissful energy…
    However, orgasm is limited , & the channels constrict even moreso … See Moreafterwards..but with enlightenment it is bliss minus the attachment & craving ..the heart chakra opens.. Sexual desire is used for higher levels of realization in Tantric practice

    elephantjournal.com
    Darryl, amen! Justin, hallelujah! Darryl, in Buddhism they say the sneeze, cough, orgasm and moment of death are easiest times to attain some level of enlightenment—our usual discursive self-perpetuating BS goes on blink for a second.

  5. viahttp://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

    Justin Whitaker
    enlightenment vs orgasm just seems to set up this false duality. Why can't we have both? Come on, this is the 21st century! (j/k) fun stuff.

    Darryl Squires ૐ
    Actually the same thing happens on a subtle level during orgasm & enlightenment when the central channel opens to allow free flow of prana/chi…the channels are loosened up with Yoga practice…in both a shift in consciousness occurs, the body is filled with blissful energy…
    However, orgasm is limited , & the channels constrict even moreso … See Moreafterwards..but with enlightenment it is bliss minus the attachment & craving ..the heart chakra opens.. Sexual desire is used for higher levels of realization in Tantric practice

    elephantjournal.com
    Darryl, amen! Justin, hallelujah! Darryl, in Buddhism they say the sneeze, cough, orgasm and moment of death are easiest times to attain some level of enlightenment—our usual discursive self-perpetuating BS goes on blink for a second.

  6. viahttp://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

    Justin Whitaker
    enlightenment vs orgasm just seems to set up this false duality. Why can't we have both? Come on, this is the 21st century! (j/k) fun stuff.

    Darryl Squires ૐ
    Actually the same thing happens on a subtle level during orgasm & enlightenment when the central channel opens to allow free flow of prana/chi…the channels are loosened up with Yoga practice…in both a shift in consciousness occurs, the body is filled with blissful energy…
    However, orgasm is limited , & the channels constrict even moreso … See Moreafterwards..but with enlightenment it is bliss minus the attachment & craving ..the heart chakra opens.. Sexual desire is used for higher levels of realization in Tantric practice

    elephantjournal.com
    Darryl, amen! Justin, hallelujah! Darryl, in Buddhism they say the sneeze, cough, orgasm and moment of death are easiest times to attain some level of enlightenment—our usual discursive self-perpetuating BS goes on blink for a second.

  7. Valerie Holmes says:

    Don't make me choose… ;)

  8. Padma Kadag says:

    Hopefully we all have something better to do! Wow, this is serious?

  9. I love this picture, Ryan. I want to make sure everyone saw Ramesh's followup article and ensuing conversation http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/05/can-orgasm

  10. Thanks for another great post. The place else could anybody get that kind of information in such a perfect manner of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am at the look for such information.

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