The Five Ms are as follows:
- Madya - Wine
- Matsya - Fish
- Mamsa - Meat
- Mudra - Parched grain
- Maithuna - Sexual intercourse
Considered a ritual of transformation, the man and woman performing maithuna do so as deities: the man is considered Shiva and the woman as Shakti. The energy generated while performing maithuna with breath control techniques awakens kundalini shakti in the man.
It is thought that when the creative energy of the man and woman is released, they are led to a state of higher consciousness. Tantra practice is unique as it suggests this use of sex to achieve enlightenment while many practices advocate celibacy.