An intense emotional experience such as fear, joy or sadness can shatter the ego into pieces and bring enlightenment. In this article we’ll explore the Tantric perspective on the 9 basic human emotions, the rasas, and how by experiencing them in a particular way we can transform them into spiritual tools.

What is spiritual enlightenment? Is it a product of the imagination of people who cannot cope with the difficulties of reality? Or is it rather the most essential reality? Even those who believe that enlightenment does exist, tend to think of it as something that can only be achieved by giving up ordinary life, secluding themselves in a cave. The Tantric tradition (which is not limited to sacred sex) argues that sacrifice is not the only path to enlightenment. In fact, there are “better” and more direct ways to effectively utilize one’s inner powers.