A lotus emerges in water; lotus is the seat of gods and goddesses. The first avatar of Lord Vishnu, who keeps the Creation going, was the Matsya avatar, it emerged in water and guided Manu along with Saptrishis through water, for the Creation to begin. That is, Creation emerged from water and, it will go back into water. Every culture of the world talks about a massive flood which brings the end of Creation, what we call the Mahapralay, for a new era to begin. Just like creation, our body too emerged from water. Water is the governing element of the Swadishthan chakra in the body, which is responsible for the function of procreation. Similarly, when the body perishes, whatever is left of the body, after the last rites, is returned to water. If you look at the globe, you will appreciate that earth is seventy percent water. Similarly, our body too is seventy percent water. Water is the element which has all the other elements in it – prithvi, akash, vayu and agni. Such is the importance of water or the jal tattva in Creation and our body.
The journey of the spirit is from the Mooladhar chakra, through the Swadishthan, Manipoorak, Anahad, Vishuddhi, to the Agya and beyond. The force of the Mother, Kundalini Shakti, lies dormant below the jal tattva. For this force to rise up, one has to still the jal tattva. Sanatan Kriya, regular practice of which opens certain higher centres in the body facilitating the movement of kundalini and eventually the opening of the third eye, emphasises upon Siddha asan and a straight spine. The Siddha asan seals the two lower chakras in the body – Mooladhar and Swadishthan, while the straight spine paves way for the Kundalini to rise through the Sushumna.
For an ordinary being the phenomenal energy of the Kundalini gets consumed at the attraction of the jal tattva. The attraction of the jal tattva is the strongest in our body, this attraction relates to the Swadishthan chakra and the desire for sexual gratification. While the pleasure associated with this element is phenomenal, the loss of energy (in the form of sukra) that it entails is also proportional. Sukra is the vital fluid in our body. There are in all seven drops of sukra in the body which are essential for our survival. They are like diamonds, which are lost during a sexual act. The book, Sanatan Kriya, The Ageless Dimension, details specific mudras and kriyas to conserve this vital fluid. When conserved, these drops turn into ojas and finally tejas, rendering the phenomenal glow and attraction to a being, which is enough to attract any shakti of Creation and also to provide the thrust required to break the pull of gravity (attraction) and go beyond Creation. Any practice for preservation of sukra and rising above the jal tattva, must be practiced under the strict supervision of your Guru, as the heat generated through these practices is immense. When channelized in the right direction by one’s Guru, this heat translates as an un-ageing body, radiant complexion, vaak shakti, clairvoyance, clairaudience, ability to manifest one’s thoughts, and other siddhis of yog. In the absence of Guru, an uncontrolled increase in heat of the body can cause damage to the body, since the body is unable to bear it.
The key to rising above physical creation, thus, lies in stilling the jal tattva, celibacy being an effective tool for the same. Through celibacy when this tattva is heated, its impurities are left behind and its essence rises through the Sushumna and activates the higher senses and through them opens the doorways to the higher worlds. The more active one is sexually, the more his/her potential and hence, the more he/she loses during the sexual act. Such people can go very high if they learn to conserve and can draw prana from the environment to nourish themselves.
Even the great saint, Vishvamitra, who had traversed the journey till the Vishuddhi chakra and attained zeniths of creativity such that he was able to create a parallel universe, had to address the attraction of jal tattva, and only after overcoming that did he become entitled for moksha or final merger. As one rises above the jal tattva, automatically he/she is released of the ties or attractions of the physical world – the body and all that can be enjoyed through the body, and opens the doorways for higher pleasures.