What do sexual and spiritual desire have in common? At first blush, you might think: not much. Some of us have been conditioned to believe that sexuality and spirituality are two diverging paths. Some even believe sex can be sinful. However, if you dig deeper to understand the why behind these two desires, you’ll see they actually have a lot in common. The desire for communion. The urge to connect. The need to be a part of something bigger than yourself. The desire for peace. A feeling of bliss. I could go on.
Take a moment to think about how it feels to be newly in love. You would likely have a warm, rosy glow, a positive outlook; even drab, rainy days would seem poetic. You feel beautiful inside and out, seeing only the best in your new love and wanting to share your joy with those around you. Doesn’t that sound a lot like how you might respond to being spiritually awakened?
Unfortunately, in romance, that feeling doesn’t always last. We begin to get comfortable and the things we once found charming are now a little annoying. We see that our partner isn’t perfect, they’re human. The world starts to lose a little bit of its sparkle. But the in-love feeling doesn’t need to end. Rather than acquiring this feeling from a new romance, we can cultivate this feeling on our own through a connection with the divine. The Hindu goddess Lalita wants us to find bliss in love and sexual experiences, but also in everyday life. Lalita’s shakti provides us with the energy of desire to advance spiritually, make love, and find pleasure in the world around us.
Our happiness cannot be dependent on whether someone professes their love or not. We already have the power to feel like a million dollars, we just need to step into it.
The story of Lalita
Lalita, also known as Lalita Tripura Sundari, is a Hindu goddess and one of the 10 wisdom goddesses worshipped in the Tantra tradition. She is often depicted as a beautiful 16-year-old girl, usually naked. She has a crescent moon on…