Hua Hu Ching
by Lao Tzu
Although most people spend their entire lives following the biological impulse, it is only a tiny portion of our beings. If we remain obsessed with seeds and eggs, we are married to the fertile reproductive valley of the Mysterious Mother but not to her immeasurable heart and all-knowing mind. If you wish to unite with her heart and mind, you must integrate yin and yang within and refine their fire upward. Then you have the power to merge with the whole being of the Mysterious Mother. This is what is known as true evolution.
The first integration of yin and yang is the union of seed and egg within the womb. The second integration of yin and yang is the sexual union of the mature male and female. Both of these are concerned with flesh and blood, and all that is conceived in this realm must one day disintegrate and pass away. It is only the third integration which gives birth to something immortal. In this integration, a highly evolved individual joins the subtle inner energies of yin and yang under the light of spiritual understanding. Through the practices of the Integral Way he refines his gross, heavy energy into something ethereal and light. This divine light has the capability of penetrating into the mighty ocean of spiritual energy and complete wisdom that is the Tao. The new life created by the final integration is self-aware yet without ego, capable of inhabiting a body yet not attached to it, and guided by wisdom rather than emotion. Whole and virtuous, it can never die.
....Because higher and higher unions of yin and yang are necessary for the conception of higher life, some students may be instructed in the art of dual cultivation, in which yin and yang are directly integrated in the tai chi of sexual intercourse....If genuine virtue and true mastery come together, the practice can bring about a profound balancing of the student's gross and subtle energies [otherwise it can have a destructive effect]. The result of this is improved health, harmonized emotions, the cessation of cravings and impulses, and, at the highest level, the transcendent integration of the entire energy body.
A person's approach to sexuality is a sign of his level of evolution. Unevolved persons practice ordinary sexual intercourse. Placing all emphasis upon the sexual organs, they neglect the body's other organs and systems. Whatever physical energy is accumulated is summarily discharged, and the subtle energies are similarly dissipated and disordered. It is a great backward leap. For those who aspire to the higher realms of living, there is angelic dual cultivation. Because every portion of the body, mind, and spirit yearns for the integration of yin and yang, angelic intercourse is led by the spirit rather than the sexual organs. Where ordinary intercourse is effortful, angelic cultivation is calm, relaxed, quiet, and natural. Where ordinary intercourse unites sex organs with sex organs, angelic cultivation unites spirit with spirit, mind with mind, and every cell of one body with every cell of the other body. Culminating not in dissolution but in integration ["not in separation but in union"?], it is an opportunity for a man and woman to mutually transform and uplift each other into the realm of bliss and wholeness.
The cords of passion and desire weave a binding net around you....The trap of duality is tenacious. Bound, rigid, and trapped, you cannot experience liberation. Through dual cultivation it is possible to unravel the net, soften the rigidity, dismantle the trap. Dissolving your yin energy into the source of universal life, attracting the yang energy from that same source, you leave behind individuality and your life becomes pure nature. Free of ego, living naturally, working virtuously, you become filled with inexhaustible vitality and are liberated forever from the cycle of death and rebirth. Understand this if nothing else: spiritual freedom and oneness with the Tao are not randomly bestowed gifts, but the rewards of conscious self-transformation and self-evolution.
The cleansing of spiritual contamination ...is accomplished by offering one's talent, resources and life to the world.
Seven Taoist Masters: A Folk Novel of China
Hu Hsiang-yang said "the desire for sex is strong for the typical person. You seemed to have tamed this desire. How did you manage to do it?"
The man replied, "Sir, I learned abstinence by overexposure."
Hu Hsiang-yang said "how so?"
The student said, 'Most people know that their desire will ultimately lead to harm. however, they do not acknowledge the danger until they have tasted it. Once one has experienced the adverse consequences of sexual craving then one will avoid it like the plague. As time goes on, the body strengthens itself through abstinence, and the craving stops long after the fear is gone.
When I was an adolescent I could not control my sexual craving. I frequented the brothels (and fapped to loads of internet porn) and lay with a woman every night. As a result, after a few years my body was drained of energy and my mind was stripped of clarity. I almost died because I could not resist the temptation of sex.
After that I learned my lesson. I thought about my past experiences and saw that I had not really been happy when I was in the brothels(or on the computer looking at porn). Ladies come and go. I made love to them, but did not know who they were and they did not care who I was. This went on continually, just as day follows night, and I began to see the emptiness of sexual craving.
Sir, I am no longer attached to sexual desire because I have experienced it, have suffered the consequences of my indulgence, and have seen the repetition of fapping."
Hu Hsiang-yang nodded his head and said to him, "you are the only student who is ready to receive the advanced teachings." It was said that the student received the transmission of the teachings of the tao from Hu Hsiang-yang and eventually attained enlightenment.
Thus the sages have said that in order to dissolve a desire one must see its emptiness.
- Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu, trans. Brian Walker, (1992).