Tantric Metta Awakening

I have been practicing tantric metta awakening (TMA) for decades with almost no awareness of why or what I was actually doing. Recently, suddenly, and due to a series of back-to-back-to-back horrific events it became crystal clear that TMA is the practice of ‘stretching’ oneself by weaving a loving kindness throughout your sphere of influence. The awakening occurs when you discover that through sacrificial benevolence your life will have more focus, a higher purpose, and deeper meaning. TMA is not an instructional manual to improve your sex life but it can; however, that is merely Miss Serendipity rocking your world because of, you know, good karma dude.

Live in ‘the now’ as much as possible and practice TMA constantly. In so doing you will find happiness right where you are. I promise.

25 thoughts on “Tantric Metta Awakening

  1. Needed more and more, in these days of isolation, hyper-vigilance, and mistrust – amplified by a narrative-driven media that eschews facts/evidence/data, Keep on keeping on ST! The Simon Tao (TST) is panic/pandemic-proof.

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  2. It is often the mistake by people that the Tantra is all about sex. Tantra is used along with Yantra and Mantra. It is about taking one to higher levels of awareness, and finally achieving the ultimate goal. Tantra is often misunderstood and misused craft, just like many other good-intentioned efforts. One has to be very open-minded and courageous to go on this path. Induction and supervision by a Guru is a must.

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    1. Hello, friend Sando! Thank you for adding to my understanding yet again. Could you talk a bit about Yantra and Mantra, and how all three function together, please and thank you?

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          1. Whenever you’re ready to write re: Tantra’s relationship to Yantra and Mantra, friend Sandomina, I/we will enjoy learning.

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  3. Simon, I think I understand by now what Tantric Metta is. And i see that it ups the Golden Rule, it’s more like what Jesus said about doing good to people who persecute you. How does it differ from what Jesus said about being good and generous to that point of self-sacrifice, especially to people who have wronged you?

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    1. Great question, Hypatia, and one I have never thought about.

      I think for starters “The Simon Tao” (TST) differentiates from the Golden Rule with the provision that within TST real men should defend, in battle, their country and tribe so long as both are guided by Judeo-Christian ethics and values.

      For people who have wronged me personally, I am generally quite forgiving unless they cross the “thems fighting words” threshold. I admit to having great difficulty in forgiving people who wrong the weak (the feeble-minded especially) for sport. I cannot find forgiveness in my heart for those people and will ‘shake the dust off my feet’ when I depart from them.

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      1. But setting aside the deliberate advice on how to treat enemies, I understand TST to mean, to you, doing good toward anyone you encounter who needs it, feeding the hungry, visiting the sick. It’s treating everyone as if they deserve love and as if you love them? And then, treating people that way, you find you DO love them. Right?

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      2. I was taught from babyhood that the strong must protect the weak-this ethic very much informed my Dad’s thinking. He was a WWII combat Veteran, and he definitely believed that men should defend their country and tribe in battle, but the ethic obviously applied to all sorts of other things as well-opposition to abortion, for example. And my parents never had to say one word about bullying: I was told often enough that the strong must protect the weak that I knew that my parents were very much opposed to bullying.

        I would bet any amount of money that some feminists exist who believe that by demanding total equality, they are practicing the Golden Rule. They really, seriously believe that they are being nice to men; for instance, some women think that by demanding to go into combat with men, they are demonstrating their love for men: I have encountered both men and women who think that my opposition to women in combat is proof that I care nothing for men. But in many or most cases, the women who want to go into battle with men think that there is nothing wrong with abortion-and the men who want women to go into battle with men see nothing wrong with it either.

        This is what really bugs me about feminism: feminists throw children under the bus while claiming to love men more than the women of the past did. In their universe, a woman who dies in order to save a man is a hero, but a woman who gives her life to save her unborn child is a crazed fanatic. I think they have it exactly backwards. In a way, I kind of understand where they are coming from? Being on good terms with grown men is more important to them than children. I don’t have children, I don’t feel particularly bad about that, and I also would enjoy the company of an adult man over a child any day of the week, but this is where moral principles are supposed to come into play: it isn’t just a matter of whom we like most or whose company we most enjoy. We have moral obligations to those smaller and weaker than us that we do not have to those bigger and stronger than us.

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        1. I would protect a child over a grownup of either sex every time, and I would want men to do the same. If men have to decide between saving a child and saving me, I want them to save the child.

          Laura Schlesinger used to tell the story of a conversation she had with her husband: they didn’t have children at that point, and she posed a scenario to him: imagine if we had a baby, and you had to choose between saving me or saving the baby. Whom would you save? Her husband said nothing. She told her husband that if she had to choose between saving him and saving a baby, she would save him: her rationale was that they could always have another child. Her husband still said nothing, and it started to dawn on her that her husband would choose the baby over her. Luckily, she was smart to enough to really think about it, and she realized that her husband was correct.

          I wonder how many feminists realize that he is correct. Isn’t it a little bit strange that feminists are totally opposed to the concept of self sacrifice except when it comes to going into combat?

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          1. “Isn’t it a little bit strange that feminists are totally opposed to the concept of self sacrifice except when it comes to going into combat?”

            You mean are both willing to kill the baby growing in their womb and die in combat? And I do mean ‘die in combat,’ not for their country. They will die for a social engineering movement because girl-grunts are going to be killed and/or broken at an astonishing rate in prolonged combat such as during the second war in the sand box (2001-present). Come to think of it, abortion and dying for one’s country are both part of Prog Religion so they are not as incongruent as one would imagine. They both support the leftists’ movement so are to be commended and defended to the death.

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          1. Seriously, dude, I was the oldest, and my Mom used to work nights. My Dad would put my baby brother to bed, and then he would have to deal with me for another hour or two. He decided the way to deal was to instruct me in the ways of philosophy and politics, lol 🙂 I was four. 🙂 My Dad has always been so awesome 🙂

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          2. * I think he was also trying to encourage me to be a better older sister: I knew when he talked about the strong protecting the weak that this meant that I had to protect my baby brother. The idea would not have occurred to me otherwise, lol 🙂

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    2. Hyp, I agree that TMA can add to our understanding of “The Golden Rule. ” Our idea of it is often sugar-coated: ‘Sunday School’ make nice, don’t make waves; Jesus calls for love that goes beyond the ‘comfort zone’ of the Mosaic law. it goes all the way to the broken places of human hearts and our broken world. It meets the world where it is. It’s a powerful measuring stick for our individual choices, when we allow it to guide us.

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  4. It’s treating everyone as if they deserve love and as if you love them?

    I think the goal of TST is to actually ‘go out of your way’ for others because they have the same spark of the Divine within them and need and deserve to be loved.

    And then, treating people that way, you find you DO love them. Right?

    By ‘stretching’ myself (going out of my way) I stay ‘in the now’ and outward focused.
    I think that only through sacrificial giving can one begin to learn to love and forgive oneself.

    Does that answer your question, ma’am?

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  5. I think the key to TST is the ‘stretching’ of self to show love and kindness to others. To borrow from D’Nanda, The Simon Tao means to live heart open and present. The rest follows.

    Truly this is an interesting line of questioning for me because I think I was long practicing TST without realizing it. Now with the help of your questions, I am trying to explain the philosophy that I have attempted to live without understanding.

    Finally, living “heart open and present” in TST includes heavy doses of tough love. Don’t believe me? Ask Nanda.

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  6. “Finally, living “heart open and present always” in TST includes heavy doses of tough love. Don’t believe me? Ask Nanda.”

    Yes, and some days/doses of love are tougher than others….Glad His Gracious Unleashedness! keeps it coming. Because, in the long run, it’s like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DljvkWj_siY
    Chicago: “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day”

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