Tantrikas affirmed that one can reach wholeness or enlightenment through full engagement of the senses and a deep, open-hearted embrace of all physical experience. Birth, death, sex, creation, destruction: no part of the human experience was excluded. Sexuality was honored as a potent form of life force energy that could be used for spiritual advancement.
Tantrikas were not hedonists, or self indulgent — far from it. Many of their sexual practices involved much discipline, patience and diligence. Tantric masters taught their students how to use sexual energy and sexual expression consciously, with great awareness, as an opener to love, to life, to God, and all existence.