In the tradition of Yoga, Ha and Tha are two counter-qualities originating from the same source. They represent the dualistic principle contained in the matter of the World. And as far as everything in the World, beginning with «primitive» organic forms to the most «exquisite» organizing fields, is interconnected material, so Ha and Tha qualities cover every thing existing in this World.
Traditionally Ha quality corresponds to light, sun, activity, absence of inertia, maleness, etc, whereas Tha quality corresponds to dark, moon, passivity, inertia, femaleness, etc. It is absolutely obvious that a detailed analysis of all the material and energy manifestations in the World would make a list extending to infinity.
From the very beginning, it is necessary to understand that Ha and Tha are not matter and energy as such, but their qualitative states.
For example, in a question such as: «Is electric or nuclear energy good or bad?» The question is not clear, isn’t it? It requires qualitative clarification. Because verything depends on how the energy is generated and used, and what results will be obtained from this.
Answer: «Energy or matter may not be bad or good, but it can possess Ha and Tha qualities, which may have beneficial or adverse effects on a particular phenomenon».
Energy may not be «dirty», and it is stupid to become free from it and lose it. It can just be in the unfavourable quality, which may be transformed into something beneficial, which is a matter of practical experience in tantric energy control.
Energy control implies the presence of a controlling will. All things under control are, with respect to the controlling will, controlling instruments, means and objects.
Any active will source expresses Ha quality. And any passive object or processes transformed by this active will manifests itself in Tha quality. According to definition, instruments are subject to their master and are controlled by his will program.
Human physical organs, senses and mind are controlled instruments and, with respect to the Power of Will, they posses Tha qualities. The will may be conscious or unconscious, and respectively pertain to consciousness or the sub-conscious.
Any exercises designed to overcome personal weaknesses require effort, expression of will and the Ha quality of the Power of the Spirit, whereas any exercises related to the relaxation of the body, senses, and the mind imply loss of will and Tha quality of the Power of the Spirit.
Therefore, it is necessary to realise what is happening with the controlled instruments during training and what the state of the Spirit is. With this understanding one should strive to reconcile the state of the Spirit with the qualities required to perform particular exercises.
Asanas, Pranayamas, Pratyahara or Dharana — regardless of whether while practicing them one strains or stretches the muscles, whether the breath is deep or relaxed, or whether the rays of attention are distracted from the object or are fixed on it — all require will-based control, concentration and Ha of Spirit.
Dhyana requires contemplation on natural processes «left to themselves», moving into a deep relaxation, and «dismissing» the instruments of the body, senses and the mind. It also means spontaneously restoring or releasing all forms of will concentration and control. Then up to Samadhi, when there is said to be a complete balance in all systems, achieving unity and identifying it with the essence of the object of contemplation. This corresponds to Tha of Spirit.
Ha-style training means ultimate capacity in all exercises and concentration of the Spirit. This is a fight for new qualities in all subordinate bodies under the control of the will. Compression and concentration of the Fire in the ultimate limiting point reaches a critical level, which is followed by an essence-transforming explosion. In this style the active male energies of self-assurance and worship of the Personal Power dominate.
The technique of exercises in this style requires high functional training, practical experience with a number of different strength elements, «unkilled» endurance, lightning-like reaction and impeccable will control.
The majority of tough styles in Oriental martial arts, Southern-Indian dance styles (Bharata Natyam) and Tensgheriti are featured by Ha-style.
Ha-style training is the same as climbing to the top of a high mountain. The mountain represents a concentration of Personal Power of the Spirit. This climb occurs during the whole process of training. In this event, of course, a discharge of concentration may occur at the times when it becomes unbearable, but not all the concentration, only its part - the unbearable excess of energy concentration.
In general, all elements of Ha-style training are a challenge worth accepting. Personal heroic feats provoke strengthening concentration and Power of the Spirit in order to «jump from the top of the mountain to the bottomless abyss» of relaxation, liberation and fusion with the High Power at the end of the training session.
Tha-style training means ultimate sensitivity and plasticity. The release of the Personal Spirit concentration implies the transfer of personal instruments to the High Power. This is pure spontaneity and contemplation of the flow of exercises in the course of training. This is the development of the ability to perceive and conduct through oneself the qualities of the High into the World. At the breaking point of dissipation and release of Personal Spirit, the loss of form occurs, and the quality of the Emptiness that contains everything becomes clear. This style is featured by passive female energies, renunciation and self-sacrifice in the triumph of the High Power of the One.
The technique of exercises in this style requires high sensitivity, a broad range of perception, the ability to be submissive and give oneself to the spontaneity of the energy flows, knowledge of personal limitations and Wisdom.
The majority of soft styles Oriental martial arts, Eastern-Indian temple dances (for example, Odissy), and Buddhist, Hindu, Sufi and Christian tantric practices are featured by Tha-style.
Training in Tha-style resembles the collapse of a mountain and its dispersal on the boundless flat plain. This is a gradual deep dive into the Ecstasy of Unification with the High and surrender into Its hands. It is related to liberation from mind-imposed limitations until they are completely stopped. At this time, the senses and an accurate reflection of all energy-related motivations by one’s the relevant actions occupy the foreground. Concentration is reduced, increasing softness, plasticity and disengagement. At the end of the training, one achieves a perfect translation of the High Will and identification with the essence of the One.
Ha-Tha-style requires alternating Ha- and Tha- styles in the process of training, developing abilities required in the practice of both styles, and making a conscious choice of the most beneficial method for achieving a goal at a particular stage. This is a fusion of personal heroic feats with worshipping the High. It is the development of various qualities and the expansion one’s functional ability to be different. This style is featured by the harmony of active (male) and passive (female) energies as the realization of the Unity of the individual and the Universal.
A few of the schools existing in the world aim from narrow specialization to integrating all of the previously accumulated experience and harmony of the Overall. As an example, we can suggest Aikido, Indian Hatha Yoga, some ancient and almost lost traditions in the Danube and Dnieper basins, Egypt, and Scandinavia, a few true followers of the Israeli and Middle Eastern schools, as well as the «Polyglot-Masters», followers of any kinds of world schools.
It is hard to convey the differences of training in Ha-Tha-stile with respect to Ha- and Tha- styles. It is possible, however to, note that it is the optimum combination of the best qualities of both Ha and Tha opposite extremes and the balance between them results in the manifestation of third quality of the Middle Way, which differs from the first and the second ones and posesses absolute advantage.
Naturally, Ha- and Tha- styles are only milestones that illustrate opposing poles of orientation and development during the course of training. However, a great variety of transitional Ha and Tha modes of the Middle Way are shared between them. These are oriented towards one pole in the beginning, in the middle or at the end of training, or whichever preserves a stable and balanced correlation of Ha and Tha during the whole duration of training.