In my view, and experience... Sex is the power of the soul. Sexuality is creativity. Sex always creates, or its inverse (destroys). Sex creates children. Sex creates, sustains, and (sadly) destroys relationships. One's sexuality, and this is often unknown (and sometime highly contested), creates one's state of mind. The quality of one's sexuality is directly related with the quality of one's mind. The pineal gland, located in the brain, is the controller of sexual development, and this is irrefutable. Sadly, this gland is atrophied (calcified) in the the average adult. A repressed sexuality results in a repressed psychology. A hedonistic sexuality creates a hedonistic sexuality. Etc. Etc. The highest levels of eastern religion are sexual. They teach the transformation of the sexual function. Instead of using the sexual function to create children, or pleasure, they transform the libdio to create new levels of consciousness. This is the true understanding of tantra.The sexual act performed normally may give a slight notion of the nature of this higher consciousness, but more than that it cannot do, since the energy, instead of being trapped and put to use, is expended... creating a new physical body instead of spiritual consciousness. – Thubten Jigme Norbu The correct understanding of tantrism is something very difficult to achieve, because it has to do with neither repression, or indulgence. It has to do with transformation, transmutation, sublimation. This notion radically departs from the sexual education society usually departs upon us.In the view of Tantra, the body's vital energies are the vehicles of the mind. When the vital energies are pure and subtle, one's state of mind will be accordingly affected. By transforming these bodily energies we transform the state of consciousness. – The Fourteenth Dalai Lama [FONT="]Ojas is spiritual energy that is stored up in the brain. By entertaining sublime, soul-elevating thoughts of the Self or atman, by meditation, japa, worship and pranayama, the sexual energy can be transmuted into ojas shakti and stored up in the brain. This stored up energy can then be utilized for divine contemplation and spiritual pursuits. - Swami Sivananda[/FONT] Throughout history, a universal idea has prevailed that sexual energy for non-procreative purposes can either be ‘used up’ in sexual activity or ‘contained’ for upholding the development of the body and the mind. This sex energy was seen as the fuel for opening these channels of experience, not only in the East but in the alchemy of the Europeans during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.– Gabrielle Brown, Ph.D., The New Celibacy Those who practice transmutation awaken many latent talents from within. It becomes second nature to create and express, being in tune with the essence of creative energy.– Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, Raja Yoga Now, the only way to transform the sexual energy is to first of all not eject it from one's organism. This, of course, is the basis of chastity or celibacy. But without proper knowledge of sexual transmutation, this practice become harmful, and instead of transformation taking place, repression does. This results in pederasty, secret relationships, masturbation, etc. Unfortunately, it seems that vast majority of those who advocate celibacy no longer know how to pragmatically make use of the energy they store up. The sexual energy, being the archetypal creative energy, is in fact the essence, or spirit of, the Creator. What is the essence of the Creator? What is the spirit of his existence? His creative energy. The creative energy is the power of God. And how does that energy manifest in us? Through our generative organs. This is why the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim) was hovering of the waters in the Genesis. The spirit of god the cosmic sperm swimming in the creative waters of the genesis of any moment in time. Man and Woman united in the sexual act is a thing of paradise, of Eden... they are like God and Goddess in the act of creation. But what happens when they eat the fruit that was pleasant to the senses? What happened under the Tree of Knowledge? What happened when Adam knew Eve -- when they ate the fruit? When a person, instead of expelling the creative energy, transmutes it through spiritual pursuit, this energy not only revitalizes and regenerates the human organism (regenerates the pineal gland), but returns it to its departing point carrying with it the experiences of life. This is how the essence of man comes to the know the essence of god. This is how God knows himself through his creation. This is how the continuum of life goes up and down and forms a the Holy Eight, the Infinite. Tantra means continuum, or more literally, loop of thread.