Tantra is life itself. Precious moments between birth and death are often taken for granted but always there for people to learn from. Both the heartbeat and breath are reminders that God exists in every human being. The mind receives knowledge and wisdom; the heart learns to love; the hara (core) gives one strength to transform suffering into joy and happiness; and the sexual area, a focal point of Tantra, sustains the world because the bearing of children enables the human soul to evolve. It is also a place of rebirth where the marriage of Shiva and Shakti (male/female) conceives the force of Kundalini that guides the soul towards spiritual enlightenment.

Plants breathe, microorganisms breathe, every animal has a heart, every living thing is part of evolution. It’s a ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ come into fruition as thousands of species meld together in life’s sacred dance.

Born into a peaceable kingdom that’s been ravaged by self-interest and greed, my inner life determines how I see the external world.

At times it’s a brutal world where abuse, death, and destruction reign supreme, where the powerful enslave the weak in economic, political, and sexual chokeholds that drain underprivileged men, women, and children of their right to be, where animals prey on each other, and people are intoxicated by struggles for power, and their leaders are trapped by a zealous need to control events. But it is all transitory…over in the blinking of an eye…and part of a mysterious history lesson that no one understands. The moments between birth and death are more surreal than dreams and hallucinations, moments replete with good and evil that test the spirit of mankind and its courage to follow beliefs that most people think unusual.

The questions are simple: how does one live a life replete with compassion, kindness, and unconditional love? How do I recognize spirit in the lowest and highest of living creatures? How do I embrace life’s great teachings with gratitude, depth, and a sincere belief in their purpose, and not judge people whose race, religion, political or philosophic beliefs are different than mine?

Born into a peaceable kingdom that’s been ravaged by self-interest and greed, my inner life determines how I see the external world. If my heart is open, if I’m at peace with myself and the rest of humankind, and every person that I meet is my teacher, my view of a difficult world changes because I’ve found tranquility and well-being in myself.

Wheel of Existence, Tibet, 20th Century, pigments on cloth

Wheel of Existence, Tibet, 20th Century, pigments on cloth