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Sex in Occult Philosophy: Suffering, Desire, Sex and its Complications

The Occult Philosophy teaches different notions and ethics, contrary to what is commonly believed about the connection between Yoga, Occultism and Sex in Asian philosophy. To become liberated from the illusions of matter, requires a great sacrifice many cannot devote themselves to, nor begin to understand if they cannot understand the real reason for this rule. Sexual activity and pleasure must be sacrificed in order to prepare the mental state, and gradually in time liberate profound strength hidden within man. This is the Adept in man, the “Inner Man,” the becoming of the Over-Man, that is central to practical Occultism, and its salvific doctrine to liberate Man from the “World’s Illusion.” It is by the spirit, that the doings of the body are slain, reads Romans (8. 13). The occult path, just as the priesthood is not for every man, but misconceptions still exist in popular culture.

In The Theosophist, July, 1883, Blavatsky states concerning an occult law in Nature that never fails to come into effect:

“One who undertakes to try for Chelaship [discipleship] by that very act rouses and lashes to desperation every sleeping passion of his animal nature. For this is the commencement of a struggle for the mastery in which quarter is never to be given nor taken (…) in this moral battle, if the Chela has one single hidden blemish – do what he may, it shall and will be brought to light (…) He is now in an atmosphere of illusions — maya. Vice puts on its most alluring face, and the tempting passions try to lure the inexperienced aspirant to the depths of psychic debasement. “If the candidate has the latent lust for money, or political chicanery, or materialistic scepticism, or vain display, or false speaking, or cruelty, or sensual gratification of any kind, the germ is almost sure to sprout; and so, on the other hand, as regards the noble qualities of human nature. The real man comes out. Is it not the height of folly, then, for anyone to leave the smooth path of commonplace life to scale the crags of Chelaship without some reasonable feeling of certainty that he has the right stuff in him? Well says the Bible: ‘Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall’ — a test that would-be Chelas should consider well before they rush headlong into the fray!”

Eros and Sexual Passion

The Greek Érōs is translated passion, or “god of passion” but érōs is also one of the old Greek “primordial gods,” and does not refer metaphysically to sexual lust, or physiological love. Eros is the divine will in creation and the desire in the gods. Desire is regarded as a natural and psychic element connected with the world’s creation, and its desire to manifest as the creation.

The cosmos comes into birth under the propelling action (or force) of Eros, who is “life” or “universal electricity,” and the vital force of life. In humanity, while the real spiritual nature is occulted and dormant, the physiological element, namely — sexual action facilitates in impeding spiritual evolution. The spiritual faculties remain atrophied, and spiritual development is impeded by the sexual act, which closely involves the functions or area of the spinal cord, nerves, pineal gland, and matter in the brain. All these things need to be studied, and monitored by the individual.

Purusha, not larger than a thumb, dwelling within, always dwelling in the heart of man, is perceived by the heart, the thought, the mind; they who know it become immortal.” (Kaivalya Upanishad)

There is no spiritual side of sex, but…

In terms of practical Occultism, many Western thinkers in this area have taught doctrines and ideas that are not true, especially in that of physiological matters, like sex, adopting allegorical interpretations of adepts and gods with widow princesses, like Krishna to support their special cults. Theosophy rejects this reconciliation of mysticism with sexual proclivities. On another note, in terms of ordinary life, let’s be mature. Humans shouldn’t be ashamed of discussing sex, and their desires, just as they should not be ashamed of their own nude bodies. However, we do need to individually reflect on sex in our lives. There is, and we see it everyday, an over-saturation of sexual images in society, and people complain and complain about this degenerate state of society, which has been like this for centuries upon centuries of human existence, in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia. In ordinary life, sex is an extremely pervasive function of human life, so much so, that many Catholic priests cannot entirely be liberated from it. The only thing one can say, is that their methods are wrong, since mere suppression is not what the theosophist-occultist engages in, while some people knowing nothing, suggest the Catholic Church should allow priests to marry.

Now, there is this shame we have of bodies, and the story of Adam and Eve comes to mind. There are these overly negative views we have of the physical body, or commit against the physical body, to martyrs who blow themselves up to reach paradise, or people who see no consequences in raping their victims’ bodies. The latter two easily dispose of, and kill bodies. The lack of such a respect and solid philosophy or understanding of the value of possessing a body (a finite and base component of our nature) is part of that. However, studies in behavior, intelligence, psychiatry, the General Semantics of Korzybski and Ancient Psychology (e.g., as detailed in James Morgan Pryse’s work on Ancient Greek Psychology and Esotericism) combined will give you an entirely different perspective about the importance of the nervous system, and therefore the body. When we go deeply into the esoteric teachings of Theosophy, we find that practical Occultism is intimately tied to psychological, neurological, and physiological matters. The student has to have a knowledge of human anatomy, among other things, to understand what the student is doing with the body in practice, in regards to internal regulations and functions, no different from a professional fitness trainer.

While, the philosopher may openly shun sex, or rather the body, and speak of higher virtue, many yet in our privacy, delight in sweet memories and after-thoughts. That mental exploration inwardly, that delightful magic science of the nerves in action stimulates passions, and can be directed, and controlled. Throughout the world, there are mixed ideas about sex magic, but there are no minced words in the occult doctrine. Slavery to human sexual desire can be overcome.

Yoga is now globally adopted, or practiced all over the world. Will they listen then, if told the plain truth? It is now common, that all physiological Yoga is based on centering what are called chakras, regulating the “vital breath,” and bringing out the kundalini energy from the base of the spinal cord. There’s an aspect of the vital force, that becomes active from the bottom section of the spinal cord, where it is hidden and curled up, but this function involves the lower principles of our nature.

In accordance with ancient teachings that can be gathered as supporting evidence, in Helena P. Blavatsky’s translation of “The Voice of the Silence” from an esoteric scripture referred to as The Book of the Golden Precepts, the spirit is taught to dwell in the heart. There is, according to another Theosophist a higher kundalini, an inert fiery-electric force, which resides in “the inner chamber of the Heart,” where the seven scale of states of consciousness are reflected, and not at the Muladhara Chakra (the base of the spinal cord). The latter is associated with sensuality, not spirituality. It is also not advisable to then suddenly  popularize an idea such as “Heart Yoga,” and trying to bring out the “higher kundalini.” It is advised to leave it alone.

This energy has the potential to be constructive or destructive; and therefore being destructive can intensively damage the nervous system, and cause serious mental illness, schizophrenia, etc.

Desire and Higher Mind Functionality

Desire is not something that can be fully gratified. The student has to master the senses; and not suppress the desire, but kill it out. Desire is an energy, like anger, that has to be re-directed toward strengthening mental powers, and exploring connections to the inner faculties and subsequently, their use. It is killed out by finding the mechanism generating its cause. There is no other way around it.

Vital energy and psychic forces are aspects of the universal-principle, and we must learn its functions in relation to the body. This cannot be done, while still in the state, or condition of slavery to sexual passions. While, this seems impossible to many, and even laughable, the matter is actually very serious, and preliminary to understand. As the writer, I am not saying to you, that because I am writing these things, I am liberated from sexual passion and the libido, but I have experienced being liberated from it.

You cannot practice Occultism, and waver between the paths. So many people are under the impression, that breathing-exercises, physical Yoga, and kundalini Yoga are spiritually developing them, but these in particular have very little to do with spiritual development.

“The aura round the Master is white, moonlight color, but showing iridescent colors like an opal, white predominating.” (K.H., Some Commentaries on H.P.B.’s Esoteric Instructions I and IIpg. 9, Par. I, line 6, Online Edition)

“It is impossible to worship both sides, – the male and female of nature, – at once; one or the other must predominate. Only by following the absolute, sexless Unity, can the white path be trodden. Hence the necessity for chastity. The occult and the physical must never be mixed up. It is absolutely necessary to concentrate on one or the other. The tendency naturally is to Black Magic, and that is why several years of training are necessary to cut away every sort of prejudice before power can be entrusted to you. Before you can become an occultist you have to give up every prejudice, every liking, every feeling of preference for one thing or another. The adept must entirely separate himself from his personality. He must say, I am a power! It is easy to fall into Black Magic.” (K.H., Some Commentaries on H.P.B.’s Esoteric Instructions I and IIpg. 10, Par. 2, last line)

Occult Views on Sex are not Victorian

The modern theosophical views are by some seen as being rooted in Victorian views on sex, but this is untrue, and also there exist several other untrue notions about how men and women of the Victorian period viewed sex. The Victorians were not puritans, and their views were fluctuating at the time.

“We have no other court of appeal. One can expect little help from medical men, psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage counselors, priests, preachers, and educators because, with, of course, a number of happy exceptions, all are infected with the virus of the “New Morality” which would have us abandon all sexual restraints and “liberate” ourselves from the “unhealthy repressions” of our puritan ancestors.” (George Cardinal Legros, Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine on the Problem of Sex)

The sensual and vicious nature of humans, G. de Purucker attributes to man themselves, and its excesses, which are not similar to even the animal. The problem of sex is a key to understanding the rise and decline of civilizations. The recovery of a lost state of man is impeded, according to Blavatsky and Purucker, because we choose those elements, entirely disbelieving there is a divine-spiritual element in us. The Root-Race concept from The Secret Doctrine details an anthropogenesis outside of the Darwinian evolution theory, regarding earlier periods of humanity, the defiling of the body, and the origin of Phallic and sex worship, that have survived in African Voodoo, Tibetan and Hindu Tantra, and Western Occult Tradition.

Q. What is the theosophical view on sex?

A. It is seen as —

  1. A passing phase in human evolution;
  2. For procreation.

As M.R. Jaqua puts it:

“While the following may not be of directly relevant to central Theosophic concerns, it contains much recent scientific evidence in support of traditional conservative attitude toward sexuality held in common by most all ancient philosophic and religious system as well as original Theosophy. Brain-mind theorizing and rationalization by many would-be sages in the current theosophic movement would hold that in our modern era sexuality has no relationship to the higher spiritual life, that the traditions of the ancient schools of yoga and soul development are outmoded. The human body and psychological constitution does not change so quickly nor hopefully in a more material direction. While major Theosophic concerns are with imbuing a new and elevating spiritual philosophy into the world-mind, sexual morality is also of grave, if secondary, concern, the Theosophic Doctrine is that man is eventually evolving from the sexual condition, but this, as everything else in evolution takes effort.” (Mark R. Jacqua, Conservation Therapy)

Chastity and Marriage

“There is the story about a young man who went to Socrates with the question
of whether or not he should marry. “It doesn’t matter much one way or another,”
said Socrates. “Whatever you do, you’ll regret it.”
—George Cardinal Legros, “Messiah” Newsletter, 1987.

“The question is often asked” Blavatsky says in The Secret Doctrine (Vol. 2, 295-6), why “should celibacy and chastity be a sine qua non rule and condition of regular chelaship, or the development of psychic and occult powers? The answer is contained in the Commentary (…) During human life the greatest impediment in the way of spiritual development, and especially to the acquirement of Yoga powers, is the activity of our physiological senses. Sexual action being closely connected, by interaction, with the spinal cord and the grey matter of the brain, it is useless to give any longer explanation.”

Regarding homosexuality, Theosophists are said to be conservative on the issue, meaning firstly, while you will not find any Theosophist addressing this topic nor condemning gay and queer people, we have all the things that have been said in relation to sex and practical occultism. Secondly, sexual promiscuity,  sex addiction, and the excessive focus on sex is greatly discouraged, and one should know why. It is really not even a matter of being more or less conservative versus liberal about it. The very progress in the discipline necessitates it. Also, many Theosophists come from some tradition, Islam, Zoroastrian, etc. We would most likely therefore, disagree with the Sexual Revolution, or Sexual Liberation thinking, i.e., libertinism, whether in homosexual or heterosexual relations. The two specific subjects discussed, sex and occultism cannot mix. In regular society, there is still a great problem with sex, and how people manage it, with all the complications it brings. Add practical occultism in the mix, and then there are more problems that will begin to affect or change that person.

However, not every theosophist is an occultist, not every occultist is a theosophist, and not every occultist is fit to become as the sages and “cloud-walkers.” Ethical teaching, morality, and understanding responsibility, as taught by Christian Teaching has eroded in our modern society, and with that lost, for the time being, people have found a “new morality.” As to the married man, they are responsible to their family, and perhaps they have a job, where they are responsible for both their family and the lives of many other people. Every man is not fit to be king, or hero, though they may certainly possess the virtues and qualities of the two. Laziness is a trait absolutely disastrous for any occultist, and there can be no turning back, once you have begun. There seems to be many young men especially, whose happiness is dependent on how much sex they’re having, i.e., what a woman thinks of them, as if such women should be their second mothers.

Some even self-develop for mental, physical and financial reasons, yet still only in hopes to gain women. Yet, wouldn’t we agree, now is the perfect time for spiritual development? When H.P. Blavatsky was asked if a man must marry or remain a celibate (The Key to Theosophy, pg. 262), she replied:

THEOS: “It depends on the kind of man you mean. If you refer to one who intends to live in the world, one who, even though a good, earnest Theosophist, and an ardent worker for our cause, still has ties and wishes which bind him to the world, who, in short, does not feel that he has done for ever with what men call life, and that he desires one thing and one thing only – to know the truth, and to be able to help others — then for such a one I say there is no reason why he should not marry, if he likes to take the risks of that lottery where there are so many more blanks than prizes. Surely you cannot believe us so absurd and fanatical as to preach against marriage altogether? On the contrary, save in a few exceptional cases of practical Occultism, marriage is the only remedy against immorality.”

ENQ: But why cannot one acquire this knowledge and power when living a married life?

THEOS: My dear sir, I cannot go into physiological questions with you; but I can give you an obvious and, I think, a sufficient answer, which will explain to you the moral reasons we give for it. Can a man serve two masters? No! Then it is equally impossible for him to divide his attention between the pursuit of Occultism and a wife. If he tries to, he will assuredly fail in doing either properly; and, let me remind you, practical Occultism is far too serious and dangerous a study for a man to take up, unless he is in the most deadly earnest, and ready to sacrifice all, himself first of all, to gain his end.” (Helena P. Blavatsky, The Key to Theosophy)

“. . . They are but nominal Theosophists who are not disciplined in the third grade of Love, Hope, and Charity. The Internal Regulation of the senses and the nervous system which characterises the second grade will then replace the External Regulation. The men of the First or Highest grade are a law unto themselves and must not be criticised or imitated by the ignorant and impatient Chela or Reformer. Sri Sankara Chariar is alleged to have lived with a widow princess, in “parakâyam;” Arjuna is accused of having married a widow, and Krishna to have had a thousand wives.1 These examples are unsuited to and misinterpreted and ill-followed by Theosophists of the third and second grades and a fortiori by the uninitiated.” (A. Sankariah, F.T.S., “The Three Grades of Ancient Theosophists,” Theosophist, November, 1882)

[1] “These examples are “unsuited” because these are not historical facts, but allegorical fictions that are accepted literally but by the ignorant. No adept—while one at any rate—has ever “lived with a widow (or no widow) princess”; nor has he married anyone; least of all, no adept had, since the world’s evolution, even one, let alone a “thousand wives.” (H.P.B. note, ibid.)

When G. de Purucker was asked, “Do Theosophists approve of marriage?” he replied in Questions We All Ask, pg. 137:

“Theosophists most certainly approve of marriage, decidedly so. The only trouble is that so many marriages are ‘merely farces.’ Marriage itself is beautiful. The principle is holy; and if true marriage takes place, life is sanctified for those two human hearts.”

George Cardinal Legros used the story of Mary to write on love and marriage:

“What have pure animals incapable of one altruistic impulse to do with “soul mates” and spiritual affinities? One capable of spiritual affinity may find it as Christ did, by lifting the Magdalen out of the slum of sin and despair into the light of a love that is pure beneficence and crowned with beauty and blessing. Those who prate most of soul-affinities often mean, when stripped of all disguise, to drag down a pure soul to their own animal plane. The love of a true woman will redeem any man from the dominion of lust, who really desires to conquer himself. The love of a true man will elevate and glorify any woman who really feels her womanhood and aspires toward its highest realization.” (George Cardinal Legros, Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine on the Problem of Sex, pg. 8)

Sexual Desire and Human Suffering

We must do well to remember, that the secret doctrine is in fact, a salvific doctrine, and this must be said, to even those occultists who contribute to the world’s one-sided understanding of Occultism as “evil,” “immoral,” and “demonic.” It is possible to transmute your thoughts away from the sexual, and purify them, for as great a duration as can be sustained, just as you find them to be pervasive, and flood you unsuspectingly, and daily, until it becomes such a state of your very existence. The lower passion and lower mind-suggestions become in the contemplative man that has worked through them, the most faintest and weakest echoes you will ever hear in that condition of mental exuberance. You will forget about them entirely with your mind absorbed elsewhere. Believe it or not, there are states of perception, not induced by drugs, that will make you forever displeased with the temporal (or prolonged) experience of an orgasm. The orgasm to most of us is believed to be the highest culmination of pent-up energy directed toward, and at someone, or an object. The mortal caught in the snare, chases it, loses it, and chases it again, as with everything else in life. According to the secret doctrine, the reproductive organs were seen as parts to protect, not abuse; for the students know sex magic is not a divine matter. It is a physical and psychical one.

How much have we each lost our dignity and nobility under the complications in life that sex brings? This is not to tell the general population to let it go, and be involved with it no more. Simply, these things we take as being abstract, like desire, love, etc., are powerful agents in our lives, contributing to our condition, despair, degeneration, and illusion. It is what keeps the Cycles going.

We suffer, because we do not know what these things have to do with our complete nature. The worst it can do is impede your spiritual development, but we see the porn industry, and social media (Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc) has transformed this for people, mostly women, who make money off of their bodies. However, for the everyday family-person with responsibilities and great duties to attend, you are aware how much you need to think carefully about the relation of sex to your life, and for your partner, even the pornstar.

“It will not be denied by any fairminded and intelligent person that the brotherhood of man includes also the sisterhood of woman. The same altruistic conception is applicable to both sexes. Advancement along this line means undoubtedly the real progress of the whole human race. It is not possible, however, that the two sexes should advance along parallel lines and that those lines, while tending in the same direction, should never touch each other, should never coalesce. It is not generally conceived that this one principle of brotherhood under the inspiration of altruism is also the key to the truest and highest relation of the sexes. But in his sexual life man is an unreasoning animal dominated by blind passion, and woman or wife is often his victim as is the helpless animal in the claws of a tiger. His reason is sophistry, and his apparent kindness often only a snare. The problem is by no means solved when, aware of all this, man deliberately turns his back upon woman and seeks in a life of celibacy relief from temptation. The elements of an ideal life are not to be found except in the natural and existent. In our present condition man has need of woman, and woman has need of man. Each has something to give, to receive, and to learn from the other.

“When the ancient writings declare that “In heaven the human being is neither married nor given in marriage, but is as the angels,” and when mystics like Jacob Bohme represent the highest estate as sexless, these writers are seldom understood because the interpretation proceeds from the purely animal plane, while these writers speak from a different plane entirely. The average condition of the man of the world in any sexual relation is satiety for individual woman, with the annual passion still unsatisfied, though perhaps restrained by law, by fear, or by religion. In all true marriage, in any relation deserving the name of love, the condition is exactly the reverse; the animal is conquered and the true woman enthroned.” (George Cardinal Legros, Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine on the Problem of Sex, pp. 7-8)

The solution for the serious student is simple. Anyone who tells you anything else is simply trying to make excuses, or lying. We all fall short as mortals, but don’t make up things like “Divine Sex,” “Divine Sexual Magic,” “Sexual Healing,” “Higher Kundalini Sex,” or “Hot Yoga Sex.” While interesting titles for a porn script or song, there is no such thing in reality. Despite the affluence of yonic and phallic symbolism in ancient times among various people, Tantric Sex is not considered the lowest kind of practice, due to its nature, or the morality of civil society; but because it actually is a lower form of practice, that has nothing to do with spiritual force.

“The Blavatskian idea is basically to avoid any type of attempt at psychic or occult development, as virtually no one can live the life required. These faculties will be natural at a later stage of evolution. The Leadbeater school, in contradiction, centers their whole scheme on the psychic glamors. Blavatsky, Judge and Purucker promote philosophy and the practical results in living a high philosophy, while the Leadbeater/Besant school of “Theosophy” promotes primarily the excitement of the lower psychic realms, which appeals more to everyone’s baser and emotional being, the “lower iddhi”. Without the higher philosophy and understanding, the lower psychic is ever and absolutely undependable’.” (Mark R. Jacqua, A Comparison of C. W. Leadbeater’s The Chakras with the Writings of H. P. Blavatsky, William Q. Judge, and G. de Purucker)

Recommended Reads

[1] On Kundalini: Higher and Lower (United Lodge of Theosophists, London, UK)
[2] Mark R. Jacqua, A Comparison of C. W. Leadbeater’s The Chakras with the Writings of H. P. Blavatsky, William Q. Judge, and G. de Purucker
[3] George Cardinal Legros, Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine on the Problem of Sex


  1. ‘Agree with you that sex and occultism can’t mix. HPB writes in “Key to Theosophy”: “….. save in a few exceptional cases of practical occultism, marriage is the only remedy against immorality.” ( p. 262) Almost everyone has a whole lot of karma along these lines. Being an old man I can say that the best way to live is internally free of sex, but can also say that it doesn’t last!

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  2. In my 60’s I don’t have any need to “talk about sex” personally, “been there and done that.” In my 20’s I used to even keep a file folder of pertinent quotes and information from research in order to try to figure the whole thing out. What I can see now is that it is a huge Joke on the human race, which after a few million years of karma, is hard-wired into the race, and when young – unless one is a superman/woman chela of some sort – one almost has to answer nature’s call for the sake of Sanity. Physical sex and the body is not important, the less attention given to them the better. The sex-madness is an actual form of Insanity that is part of and used by Nature – which has been exacerbated by a million years of over-indulgence into a Disease. This isn’t an “assumed viewpoint,” but Wisdom.

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  3. Yes, the purpose of Theosophy is to elevate the mind of the race, not for everyone to become an occultist, which one tends to forget. Hopefully we retain some of the lessons we’ve learned and “wise up” a little bit earlier each time around, or gain a better environment.

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