Tantra: Yab Yum explained Yab Yum: The Symbolism Sexual interpretation: One of the most common Tantra practices is called Yab Yum. Yab Yum leans on the energetic gender polarity of a man and woman as it manifests in sexual union (intercourse.) The man sits with his legs crossed (Easy Pose or “Criss-Cross Applesauce”) and the woman sits facing him on his lap with her legs wrapped around his torso and lower back. Together, they represent Shiva and Shakti, the complementary divine masculine and feminine energies. Buddhistic interpretation: “Yab-yum is generally understood to represent the union of wisdom and compassion. In Buddhism the masculine form is active, representing the compassion and skillful means (upaya) that have to be developed in order to reach enlightenment. The feminine form is passive and represents wisdom (prajna – process, Becoming), which is also necessary to enlightenment. United, the figures symbolize the union necessary to overcome the veils of Maya, the false duality of object and subject.” Hinduistic interpretation: “In Hinduism the yab-yum has avery different meaning. There, the embraced posture represents the divine strength of creation. The Hindu concept is the one of a passive masculine deity (Being) embracing his spouse called shakti, which represents his activity or power.“ www.tantricacademy.com https://www.facebook.com/tantricacademy/

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