- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Inner Traditions; 2nd edition (November 14, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892811269
- ISBN-13: 978-0892811267
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sacred Sexuality: The Erotic Spirit in the World's Great Religions 2nd Edition
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"Feuerstein offers hope that erotic spirituality is once again beginning to be embraced as a path to true ecstacy." (Spirit of Change, Sept/Oct 2004)
“A remarkably complete book stocked with the knowledge of esoteric Asian traditions never before seen by Western eyes.” (The Village Voice)
“A massive compendium, furnishing just about everything you always wanted to know.” (The Book Reader)
“An intriguingly illustrated, thoroughly researched collage designed to enhance sexual consciousness.” (New Age Magazine)
“Georg Feuerstein is a scholar and practitioner of the first magnitude and an extremely important and valuable voice for the perennial philosophy.” (Ken Wilber, author of Sex, Ecology, Spirituality)
"An informative and uplifting read that reveals secrets of the sacred." (Vision Magazine, February 2004)
From the Back Cover
PHILOSOPHY / TANTRA
“Georg Feuerstein is a scholar and practitioner of the first magnitude and an extremely important and valuable voice for the perennial philosophy.”
--Ken Wilber, author of Sex, Ecology, Spirituality
Sacred Sexuality examines the history of sexuality as a sacramental act. In spite of our culture’s recent sexual liberalizations, sexual intimacy often remains unfulfilling. Georg Feuerstein suggests that fulfillment can only be attained once we have explored the spiritual depths of our erotic nature.
Feuerstein delves into a wide variety of spiritual traditions--including Christianity, Judaism, goddess worship, Taoism, and Hinduism--in search of sacred truths regarding sexuality. He reveals that all of these great teachings share the hidden message that spirituality is, in essence, erotic and that sexuality is inherently spiritual. From the erotic cult of the Great Mother and the archaic ritual of hieros gamos (sacred marriage) to the institution of sacred prostitution and the erotic spirituality practiced in the mystery traditions, Feuerstein offers a wealth of historical practices and perspectives that collectively serve as the basis for a positive sexual spirituality suited to our contemporary needs.
GEORG FEUERSTEIN, PH.D., is the author of over thirty books, including The Yoga Tradition, The Philosophy of Classical Yoga, Holy Madness, Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy, and Lucid Waking. He is the founder-president of the Yoga Research and Education Center (www.yrec.org).