© Prof. Andrei Znamenski: “Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia”
Kalachakra was a male-oriented teaching designated to empower male adepts through seventeen initiations. Lower-level initiations, known as the "stage of production", were available to all males. In fact, people could partake of this basic Kalachakra on a mass scale, visiting public initiations conducted by the Dalai Lama, the Panchen Lama, and other qualified masters. During these gatherings, adepts usually swore to follow the path of enlightenment, repent, and aviod misdeeds. They were also expected to suppress their egos and offer their minds, spirits, and bodies to the Kalachakra master performing the initiation. (...) In other words, during these lower-level initiations, adepts ritually "destroyed" themselves as human beings and were "reborn" as deities.
Initiations of the highest level, the "stage of perfection", were accessible only to a few chosen lamas and were conducted in absolute secrecy. There was surely something to hide from laymen, for many of these rituals were designated to teach an adept to control his sexual drive and channel it into spiritual bliss. These types of initiations required the presence of karma mudra, young women whose ages ranged from ten or twenty years (...). At the same time, old Kalachakra texts inform us that an adept could not reach enlightenment without the presence of the karma mudra. During these initiations an initiate was sexually aroused in the presence of a naked woman and was challenged to restrain himself from ejaculation. (...)
Top initiations included even more challenges for an adept. In one of them, a master was to have intercourse with a karma mudra by allowing his semen to flow into her vagina in order to create "red-white fluid." Then this mix of the male (white) and female (red) fluids was collected and fed to an initiate (...). Moreover, in the seventeenth, the last initiation, a student was to copulate with several women, dipping his vajra in their vaginas to get female fluid without spilling his seed. These ritual manipulations were directed to empowering an adept through "sucking" the female power of creation and merging it with the male one, which would turn the initiate into a superhuman transgender being (...).
To hide these esoteric techniques from laypeople, old texts used various metaphors to make it hard to grasp the content of the rituals. For example, the vagina was routinely referred to as "lotus," sperm was called "enlightenment consciousness," menstrual blood was labeled "the sun," and breasts were the "vase that holds white." (...)
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