Another interesting aspect of tantra yoga is its dedication to
transmutation of negative habits or obsessionssmoking, drinking, and overeating, for
example. Of course, the tantric would urge you give up any bad habits you can by simply
dropping them. However, if you cant give up a self-destructive behavior, no
matter how hard youve tried, why not use a tantric approach to it?
The beginning tantric realizes he has failed in giving up his self-destructive habits
because they were so strongly established over long periods of time. Often, before taking
up tantra yoga, he tried to stop hurting himself through smoking, drinking, and
overeating, but failed miserably after many struggles. Now, through tantra he tries to
expand his consciousness as he transforms old habits.
drinking is his problem, for example, he thinks of God as he drinks! Rather than ignoring
God or feeling rebellious, he strives to sense Gods love, joy, and blessings. The
tantric strives to feel Gods joy or love filling him, as well as the intoxication of
the alcohol. In a short time, the tantric beginner does not need to drink. The thought of
God fills him with joy instead.
Similarly, the smoker strives to sense...