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The Three Stooges

To: alt.magick.tantra,alt.religion.universal-life
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: The Three Stooges
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999 10:11:23 -0800

DJD  wrote:
> it a great acronym - no doubt from a great guru.

Ah, a mutual Australian student petting zoo! Our newest poster,  thinks that 
is a "great guru." How nice for them. 

> by the way catherine y... does it adequately depict the sex act, if 
> not then I guess sex mysticism can't be part of tantra can it?

Sex mysticism is not "a part of tantra."  Mysticism is a broad term that
covers both non-religious and religious approaches to the divine through
direct experience. Sex mysticism is a sub-set of mysticism that
incorporates sexuality in its theory or in its practice. 

Sex mysticism does not specifically confine itself to what you refer to
as "the sex act" (presumeably coitus or masturbation), but can address
the divine through a variety of sexualized images and metaphors as well. 

There are, of course, sex-mystical aspects to certain schools of tantra,
but sex mysticism itself exists beyond the confines of Indian religions
or religious practice. It is found in arachaeological evidence of
religious practices dating back to the neolithic period, when generative
sexuality seems to have been the focus of a great deal of awe and
worship. From that time forward, sexuality, to a greater or lesser
degree, has played a role in the mystical and folk-religious poractices
of people of many cultures and all eras. 

At certain times and in certain places, the focus of prominent sex
mystics has been on "the sex act," at other times or place on the act of
giving birth, or on the act of suckling an infant, or on the
visualization of a "divine" form of human "beauty." The variety of these
forms of focus, and their cultural shifts from place to place, seem to
indicate that virtualy any aspect of sexuality can provide a gateway for
entrance into a mystical state. 

And, of course, sexuality is only one of dozens of forms of physical and
metnal induction to the mystical state. Others include meditating,
dancing, chanting, drumming, eye-gazing, praying, ingestion of
psychedelic drugs, and even the infliction of pain. Any one of these, or
a combination of them, can be carried out in the physical world, or
through visualization, contemplation, or a combination of techniques.
Thus, sex mysticism is but a small facet of the entirety of mysticism in
the human species. 

I hope this clarification helps you understand some of the issues we
discuss in this newsgroup -- and i welcome to the forum! 

catherine yronwode

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