Dear Friend,

I’d like to send a deep thank you to all of the readers who wished us safety during the most recent hurricane of four hurricanes to hit our home state of Florida. Miami was relatively untouched, but please keep the residents of Central and Coastal Florida, Haiti, and the rest of the Caribbean in your thoughts and prayers. Please go to MEercy Corps’s’s web site if you can help them:
http://www.mercycorps.org/

Today I’m answering some reader mail…

Hi Tao,

Thanks for all the great advice in your newletters. I would like more information about your long distance classes to see if it is for me right now. I would also like to know if you have any specific yoga poses that help to remove these blockages in the body you mentioned in your last newsletter, because I have most of them. I have been in an healing process for sexual trauma and related emotional effects for several years. I find it most difficult to permanently release some of
the recurring physical tension and symptoms of this energy blockage, which is my goal now, so I can be more whole and healthy.
Blessings,
Lisa

Hi Lisa – the information in the Tantric Inner Circle will help anyone to release blockages, and yes, it does teach yoga poses, breathing exercises, visualizations, even mantra that releases specific blockages in different areas of the body… However, the health advantage of the distance learning is the overall holistic improvement of body health.

For specific exercises to deal with specific problems, you may arrange a consultation with Laura, me, or Santiago, and we can give you specific exercises you can do to help yourself.

That said, an even *faster* means to healing specific emotional trauma is to find a reputable practitioner of Cranio-Sacral Therapy in your home town. Discuss the areas blocked by trauma, which they can easily help you release through this gentle, non-invasive, and very effective
therapy. You can find more information on Cranio Sacral Therapy and Somatoemotional Release here:
http://www.iahe.com/html/therapies/index.php
— Tao Semko

Hi;
Pls write more about Baglamukhi Sadhana which I have been practising since last one year
Have felt so many changes around me…

Can you guide me to know much more about this sdhana..
Regards;
Deepak Kumaar.

Hi Deepak!
For those unfamiliar with Hindu tantra, a sadhana (sanskrit, “accomplishing”) is any specific practice of yoga or of worship. Baglamukhi is one of the ten Mahavidyas (“Great Wisdoms”), which are
the ten great feminine mantras that express the manifestation and oneness of the universe.

Baglamukhi means “she whose face has the power to rein in.” There are two views in tantra – dualistic and non-dualistic. In the lower, dualistic view, you consider yourself separate from the universe or divinity. In the higher, non-dual view, you are a microcosm of the universe, and there is no separation between you and divinity.

So for followers of tha dualistic view, Bagalamukhi mantra can be used to rein in and control enemies in the external world, silencing and hypnotizing them through the power of stambhana (“stopping”).

But for followers of the non-dual view, it is the constructed ego that is the enemy reined in by Baglamukhi Sadhana, allowing the realization of your own primordial nature. In particular, dedicated (and devoted) use of the mantra will result in a stilling of the subtle breath in the center channel at the soft palate, resulting in self-realization while in the sleeping dream state.

Deepak, since you didn’t tell me whether you were doing only mantra sadhana (practice with the mantra, either vocalized or internal), or also using Bagalamukhi’s yantra (geometric diagram used for focusing the mind, to achieve a specific brainwave pattern), or doing internal or external worship of the anthropomorphized principle (the visualization of the mantra as a human goddess, with particular attributes and gestures that symbolize the nature of the mantra’s wisdom), I can’t know what specifically you want to ask. If you write back, I’ll be happy to answer.

The most important things for success at any sadhana, however, are the mental and emotional attitude of the practitioner during practice, alternating between one-pointed focus and relaxed, present awareness, and regular, even obsessive, joyful practice of the sadhana, without being attached to an immediate outcome…

There is much more on the principles behind tantric sadhana and why mantra works in “Secrets the Gurus Will Never Show You” and Umaa Tantra’s Tantric Yoga Curriculum…
http://www.umaatantra.com/ut/secrets-the-gurus-will-never-show-you/

— Tao Semko

MY DEAR TAO SEMKO,
GOOD MORNING.
IT IS VERY NICE TO FIND YOU. I HAVE TO QUALIFY ALL THE PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE WITH UMAA TANTRA COLLEGE TO BECOME A TEACHER OF THE SAME. KINDLY INFORM THAT HOW MUCH TIME/MONEY IT REQUIRES ?? DO YOU ARRANGE ANY RESIDENT COURSE ALSO AT MIAMI BEACH WHICH I WISH ?? I AM IN
LUCKNOW CITY OF INDIA.
WITH REGARDS,
SADGURU DHYANAGYE*****,
LUCKNOW, INDIA

Hi S.D.!
Nice to find you too! Our Level One instructors are proficient in teaching the basic principles of hatha yoga, kriya yoga, mantra, and laya yoga meditation, along with the basics of both moving and still qigong. To become instructors, they are either personal students of Santiago or me, or Tantric Inner Circle Gold membership subscribers for two years. They then demonstrate their abilities, and take an additional instructor training course. Level One Instructors are qualified to teach the first two years of our material.

To become a teacher of the college itself (teaching other instructors) you would have to be able to enter into samadhi and remain in it at will, and have experienced several degrees of realization, beginning with realization of the self (atman in the hindu systems), and moving through realization of anatman, experiential realization of voidness, and so on… All of these levels of realization are possible with proper practice of the first two years of T.I.C. materials.

In addition, your training in order to teach with us would include healing practices, martial arts training, general understanding of ayurveda/ traditional chinese medicine/ tibetan medicine, and
understanding of the higher views and mutual practices of higher tantra, chan/ dzogchen and taoism.

We have no residential dormitories, but individuals seeking instructorship do frequently move to Miami Beach or Kendall to train with us. A good example is Esly Caldwell, who previously lived and
studied both vipassana meditation and tantric yogas in India for a year and a half.
— Tao Semko

Keep the good questions coming…
Here’s the link to the American Red Cross again:
http://www.mercycorps.org/
Please help them make a difference!

Keep in touch…
For every student, there is a teacher.
Smile, breathe right, and keep your tongue up!

Your Friend,
Tao Semko