Vigyan Bhairav Tantra (9) wrote:Lie down as dead.
Enraged in wrath, stay so.
Or stare without moving an eyelash.
Or suck something and become the sucking.
Here the difficult, powerful emotions of the so-called sins are used as vehicles for the attainment. These emotions are not rejected, but accepted and then sublimated in a way I'd encourage to use this term: namely, to free the said energy from all violence & anguish without changing its essence or intensity in the least.
"Lie down as dead." = Perhaps physically too, but certainly it's important to do this as mental asana. Here we have the so-called mortification, willingness to give up one's will to live. It is unavoidable part of practice at the certain stage, and is needed to transform the energies under Saturn. It is perhaps easiest to understand if taken as alchemical, or philosophical, melancholy & dissolution. But it must be total, unconditional.
"Enraged in wrath, stay so." = Whether this continues the process of mortification or is a separate practice can be argued. I think these can work both ways, and like we see, we have here one stanza with several (stages of) practices which are at least somehow distinct. What this means is that it is not one of these practices but several together, which will bring final result. This is because negative emotions are characteristically without equilibrium, & must be brought in contact with their opposites in order to find attainment they seek. These polar opposites (like will to die & will to live, of which both we see emphasised examples here) call out for each other & must be merged back to unity. Because of this, negative emotions are seemingly chaotic, and often change without warning. Yet if we allow ourselves to drift along with these emotional streams, we are caught in their loop, & will attain nothing. That is why it is said, "stay so". When something has aroused our wrath, we must seek the meaning of that wrath - not just intellectually but spiritually, wholly, energetically. Without that the root of hate is left in our hearts even if the feeling subsides, and sooner or later will wake up the negative emotions. Not if we purify our hate, sublimate it, stay in it even when we are rational. This must not be some jealous egoism, it must be "rational emotionalism" which have choose because of our spiritual ethos, as the background here necessarily is. If the practice is done without that, the Left Hand Path tantra will make us evil & self-centered, or actually, it will show the world we have been like that all along & give us more power to progress (that is, regress) in evil. But if our mindset is right, rooted in spiritual working, this "staying in wrath" will purify us greatly.
The next instruction gives us the "or", as a possibility to attain that same concentration without that dangerous practice of wrath, if that is avoidable - at the moment, or perhaps altogether.
The last instruction is the polar inversion of the first: against forceful mortification, forceful vivification. Sucking is the primal reflex of a baby as it receives shelter, nutrition & love from its mother; it is the very act of vital dependance. In this practice we choose an object of sucking - I presume a smoker might use this practice with one's cigarette - & "become the sucking". What does this mean? We understand that it is not some certain thing we receive from the object of sucking, even if we chose something more nutritional than a cigarette, but the very act of sucking is important to us, because it means "life" with its most positive connotations to our subconscious. At the moment we become one with this deep-rooted feeling of being at the receiving end of the stream of life, we will reach the attainment: for this stream of life is not (only) physical, but fundamentally spiritual.
What leads us through all these stages is once again magnetized prâna. It travels through:
1) Mortification, the Black Aspect ("Lie down as dead.")
2) Transsubstantiation, the Red Aspect ("Enraged in wrath, stay so. Or stare, &c.")
3) Vivification, the White Aspect ("Or suck something and become the sucking.)
One must go through all these different stages.