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The Wine Ocean Meditation

A powerful concept in some tantric sadhana (exercises) is non-duality. The concept is close to the old Hermetic idea of the union of the Microcosm and the Macrocosm. in order to loosen the boundaries of self, the self is submerged in a bigger image and asked to visualize paradoxical conditions, i.e. being in a flower, the ocean and physically doing something, all at the same time.

There are various oceans in which sadhana can be undertaken. These include: oceans of milk, clarified butter, sugar, and many others. Each has particular difficulties and effects which can be explored.

Often these meditations are ritualised.

In India, for many people, alcohol is taboo. For initiates of many left-handed tantric sects, wine is regarded as a goddess and drinking as a sacred rite. This meditation should be viewed in this context.

"Imagine that your spine is the stem of a flowering plant growing in an ocean of the purest red wine. The long stem flowers above your skull and the red flower floats on the surface of the wine. Place an image of yourself, dressed in red clothes, in the centre of the red flower. The ocean glints and shimmers in the strong light. You see a long way on thelimitless ocean of wine. Feel that the stem is tugged gently from below the surface. The flower is slightly submerged and wine pours in over the petals and syphons down the stem, slowly filling up your body, making it indistinguishable from the ocean in which it is submerged.

When you are ready to finish, feel that the pressure on your stem is released. The red flower bobs up to the surface and wine ceases to pour into your body. Place the image of yourself back in your heart and allow yourself to focus again on the place where you are working."

Notes from Kalkinath

a) The concept of alcohol as a Shakti is discussed in Aghora II: Kundalini, by Robert Svoboda.

b) The ritual symbolism of Flowers is discussed in Ganapati: Song of The Self, by John A. Grimes.

c) The colour Red is often associated with Kama (lust/desire)