Saturday, November 27, 2010

Eros and the Mysteries of Love: The Metaphysics of Sex by Julius Evola




What is the essence of the power which animates the universe of eros and sex? The author presents us with an in-depth study of the possibilities of sexual energies on their highest level. He verifies that the erotic experience can lead to a displacement of the boundaries of the ego and the emergence of profound states of consciousness. He observes that a different rhythm is established in every intense experience of eros, which invests and transports, or suspends, the normal faculties of an individual and can open vistas onto a different world.

Modern researchers who try to investigate sexuality by studying others rather than themselves are in error; they cannot approach the depths of the metaphysics of sex. Furthermore, since psychoanalysis has emphasized the sub-personal primordialism of sex it is necessary to oppose it with a metaphysical perspective. Only the lost sacred science is able to provide the necessary references for investigating the potential dimensions of the experience of eros.

THE METAPHYSICS OF SEX is opposed to the established conventional viewpoint which has promoted the spiritual fall of modern man. But the world of eros did not begin today. Religion, mysticism, folklore and mythology point to the existence of erotic forms and sexual experiences in which the deeper possibilities of man are recognized. The author introduces a world of ritual invocations and initiatory experiences and traces their development through time. He reveals the sexual rites of sacred traditions: from the transmutations of Tantric and Taoist yoga, to the adulation of the female organ at Eleusis, to the erotic rituals described in the Kaballah and the secret and symbolic practices of Islam. Evola also discusses the myth of the androgyne, the Courts of Love of the Middle Ages; Sacred Prostitution and Holy Marriages, the Incubus and Succubus, mystical ecstasy, and the polarity between voluptuousness and suffering. He explains these practices and helps us to understand the vast, universal fresco that is the mystical and spiritual expression of sexual love.















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