.Learning To Get By in Strange Times

A recent study revealed that a majority of Americans think our best days are behind us.

This confirms the view of metaphysicians a hundred years ago, who warned that our civilization was in the throes of the Kali Yuga, or era of dissolution. In the Hindu tradition, Kali is a female deity of destruction, who goes around chopping off heads while sticking out her tongue.

What is there to do for the individual who finds themself living in such an era? Contemporary nomenclature provides the answer with the catchphrase, “Surf the Kali Yuga,” indicating that you can no more halt the forces in motion than you can stop the onset of winter. So, learn to surf or you’ll drown in the tsunami, which is hell-bent on turning you into more of a soulless cyborg drone peasant than you already are.

It’s been said that in the Kali Yuga, the only paths of transcendence that remain open are sex and breathing. Faced with the dehumanizing technological powers in play, one embarks on Hermetic and Tantric paths by withdrawing into the body, that great microcosm of the universe, “surfing” the cosmic currents, which are materialist-descending mode rather than a spiritual-ascending one. 

Commit to the undertaking and you may successfully awaken Kundalini, the primordial life energy that lies latent in the body, but which can be found and harnessed through pranayama, or sacred breathing, and by transmuting the erotic energies into spiritual ones. Here, instead of flowing down and outward into the material realm through the generative act of human reproduction, sexual energy is redirected up the spinal column through the chakras, towards the celestial realm and states of consciousness unconditioned by the merely human part of ourselves.

In the Tantric doctrine, the goal of the so-called Left Hand Path is taking “dangerous” experiences, such as sexual intoxication, and bringing them them under strict dominion to serve a spiritual purpose. Riding the wave of this present age can open up possibilities for self-transformation we’d never have considered during those halcyon days not long ago when we could still fool ourselves into believing everything was okay.

Surfing is easier than it may look. First, assess the conditions, then summon the courage to enter the water and orient yourself to shore. You don’t have to worry about catching the tidal wave of the Kali Yuga, as it will catch you. 

Applied to life in these strange times, it’s what we might call a feel thing. Somehow you must escape the vortex of the times by whatever it takes—such as breathing your way to mystic ecstasy and the realization of your true self as a spirit being.

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