Magia Sexualis

Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism

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Author: Hugh B. Urban

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520932889

Category: Religion

Page: 349

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Sexuality and the occult arts have long been associated in the western imagination, but it was not until the nineteenth century that a large and sophisticated body of literature on sexual magic—the use of sex as a source of magical power—emerged. This book, the first history of western sexual magic as a modern spiritual tradition, places these practices in the context of the larger discourse surrounding sexuality in American and European society over the last 150 years to discover how sexual magic was transformed from a terrifying medieval nightmare of heresy and social subversion into a modern ideal of personal empowerment and social liberation. Focusing on a series of key figures including American spiritualist Paschal Beverly Randolph, Aleister Crowley, Julius Evola, Gerald Gardner, and Anton LaVey, Hugh Urban traces the emergence of sexual magic out of older western esoteric traditions including Gnosticism and Kabbalah, which were progressively fused with recently-discovered eastern traditions such as Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. His study gives remarkable new insight into sexuality in the modern era, specifically on issues such as the politics of birth control, the classification of sexual "deviance," debates over homosexuality and feminism, and the role of sexuality in our own new world of post-modern spirituality, consumer capitalism, and the Internet.

Magia Sexualis

Sexual Practices for Magical Power

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Author: Paschal Beverly Randolph,Maria de Naglowska

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594775079

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 192

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A step-by-step guide to the occult science of sex magic • Based on the practices of P. B. Randolph, occult rival of H. P. Blavatsky • Reveals how to perform sex magic rituals for specific real-world results, such as greater strength or enhancement of the senses • Explains how to create magical talismans, such as rings with specific planetary forces, how to enliven a painting, and how to charge an effigy Conceived by Paschal Beverly Randolph, Magia Sexualis has been heralded as the most influential book about sex magic ever written, surviving to the present day solely through Maria de Naglowska’s French translation. Published more than 50 years after Randolph’s death, the authorship of this “translation” has been repeatedly called into question: While the greater part of the content can be traced to Randolph’s known works, a very significant portion cannot--leading to the conclusion that this work was supplemented by Naglowska’s own sex magic work and extensive occult teachings. Magia Sexualis explains Randolph’s meticulous science of sex magic, practiced by the Brotherhood of Eulis and the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light. Beginning with exercises to develop essential skills, the book explains in step-by-step detail how to perform sex magic rituals for specific results, such as greater strength or enhancement of the senses, how to charge and use a “volt”--an effigy of a specific person you want to influence or protect, how to enliven a painting in order to influence those around it, and how to create magical talismans with specific planetary forces, using what Randolph calls “fluid condensers.” This work from two great occult minds shows that true power of the spirit is acquired in conjunction with the power of sex--affirming that “sex is the fundamental force in every being, the most powerful force in Nature, and the most characteristic evidence of God.”

Magia Sexualis

die sexualmagischen Lehren der Bruderschaft von Eulis

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Author: Pascal Beverly Randolph

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783901134029

Category: Magic

Page: 157

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CAMION NOIR

MAGIA SEXUALIS

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Author: P.B. Randolph

Publisher: CAMION BLANC

ISBN: 2357793805

Category:

Page: N.A

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Pascal Bewerly Randolph est une des grandes figures mystérieuses de l’occultisme du XIXe siècle. Bien avant Freud, il fut le premier occidental à proclamer que la clef de tous les mystères de l’univers se trouvait dans le sexe. Plus encore, considérant que « Le sexe est la plus grande force magique de la nature », il conçut une nouvelle forme de magie – la Magia Sexualis ou magie sexuelle – et il créa des ordres initiatiques pour l’enseigner à ses contemporains. Magia Sexualis explique, schémas à l’appui, comment utiliser le coït dans un but tant mystique que d’influence sur autrui. Il constitue, à ce titre, la meilleure introduction à cette forme de magie aussi secrète qu’efficace.

Die heilige Magie der Sterne

hermetisches Sternenweistum

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Author: Pascal Beverly Randolph

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3937341285

Category:

Page: 228

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Lords of the Left-Hand Path

Verbotene Praktiken und spirituelle Ketzereien Von den Seth-Kulten bis zur Church of Satan

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Author: Stephen Flowers

Publisher: Edition Roter Drache

ISBN: 3944180208

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 456

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Von Schwarzer Magie und Satanismus bis hin zu gnostischen Sekten und Gurdjieffs „Viertem Weg“ war der linkshändige Pfad Jahrhunderte hindurch mit vielerlei Praktiken, Kulten und Persönlichkeiten verbunden. Stephen E. Flowers untersucht die Methoden, Lehren und historischen Wirkungen des linkshändigen Pfades, angefangen von seinen Ursprüngen in der tantrischen Philosophie Indiens bis zu seinem erheblichen Einfluss auf die heutige Weltpolitik, und legt dar, welche Philosophen, Magier und okkulte Gestalten der Geschichte wahrhaft als „Herren des linkshändigen Pfades“ anzusehen sind.Flowers zeigt, dass der linkshändige Pfad im Gegensatz zum rechtshändigen, der eine Vereinigung mit Gott erstrebt und dafür die Abhängigkeit von diesem in Kauf nimmt, auf der Suche nach einem „höheren Gesetz“ ist, das auf Wissen und Macht beruht. Es ist der Weg der Selbstvergöttlichung und der wahren Freiheit. Beginnend mit hinduistischen und buddhistischen Sekten des Altertums, richtet Flowers den Blick sodann nach Westen und behandelt viele mutmaßliche Gruppierungen des linkshändigen Pfades: die Verehrer des Seth und die jesidischen „Teufelsanbeter“, die Assassinen und Neuplatoniker, den Hellfire Club, Bolschewiken und nationalsozialistische Okkultisten sowie verschiedene sufistische und andere muslimische, zoroastrische und christliche Häretiker. Anhand einer sorgfältigen Definition der beiden grundlegenden Prinzipien – Selbstvergöttlichung und Zurückweisung der konventionellen Auffassungen von „gut“ und böse“ – verdeutlicht der Autor, wer wirklich als Anhänger des linkshändigen Pfades anzusehen ist, folgt den Spuren berühmter und berüchtigter Persönlichkeiten wie H. P. Blavatsky, Faust, dem Marquis de Sade, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, Anton LaVey und Michael Aquino und belegt, welche okkultistischen Meister tatsächlich Herren des linkshändigen Pfades waren.Flowers betont, dass der linkshändige Pfad durchaus nicht seinem Wesen nach „böse“ ist, sondern sowohl ein Teil unseres kulturellen Erbes darstellt als auch unserem tiefverwurzelten Wunsch entspricht, frei und unabhängig zu sein und über unser Schicksal zu verfügen.

Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

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Author: Henrik Bogdan,Martin P. Starr

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199996067

Category: Religion

Page: 432

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This volume is the first comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a study in contradictions. Born into a fundamentalist Christian family and educated at Cambridge, he was vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, yet revered as perhaps the most influential thinker in contemporary esotericism. Moving beyond the influence of contemporary psychology and the modernist understanding of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, was an eclectic combination of spiritual exercises drawn from Western European magical ceremonies and Indic sources for meditation and yoga. This journey of self-liberation culminated in harnessing sexual power as a magical discipline, a "sacrilization of the self" as practiced in Crowley's mixed masonic group, the Ordo Templi Orientis. The religion Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his role as a charismatic revelator and herald of a new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting influence can be seen in the counter-culture movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s and in many forms of alternative spirituality and popular culture. The essays in this volume offer crucial insight into Crowley's foundational role in the study of Western esotericism, new religious movements, and sexuality.

Plato's Ghost

Spiritualism in the American Renaissance

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Author: Cathy Gutierrez

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199889139

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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In its day, spiritualism brought hundreds of thousands of Americans to s?ance tables and trance lectures. It has alternately been ridiculed as the apogee of fatuous credulity and hailed as a feminist movement. Its tricks have been exposed, its charlatans unmasked, and its heroes' names lost to posterity. In its day, however, its leaders were household names and politicians worried about capturing the Spiritualist vote. Cathy Gutierrez places Spiritualism in the context of the 19th-century American Renaissance. Although this epithet usually signifies the sudden blossoming of American letters, Gutierrez points to its original meaning: a cultural imagination enraptured with the past and the classics in particular, accompanied by a cultural efflorescence. Spiritualism, she contends, was the religious articulation of the American Renaissance, and the ramifications of looking backward for advice about the present were far-reaching. The Spiritualist movement, says Gutierrez, was a 'renaissance of the Renaissance,' a culture in love with history as much as it trumpeted progress and futurity, and an expression of what constituted religious hope among burgeoning technology and colonialism. Rejecting Christian ideas about salvation, Spiritualists embraced Platonic and Neoplatonic ideas. Humans were shot through with the divine, rather than seen as helpless and inexorably corrupt sinners in the hands of a transcendent, angry God. Gutierrez's study of this fascinating and important movement is organized thematically. She analyzes Spiritualist conceptions of memory, marriage, medicine, and minds, explores such phenomena as machines for contacting the dead, spirit-photography, the idea of eternal spiritual affinity (which implied the necessity for marriage reform), the connection between health and spirituality, and mesmerism.

Dhoula Bel

Ein Rosenkreuzer-Roman (Classic Reprint)

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Author: P. B. Randolph

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9780656912094

Category: Fiction

Page: 246

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Excerpt from Dhoula Bel: Ein Rosenkreuzer-Roman Eine Zeitlang war er wenn ich nicht irre in Boston berufsmäßiger Hellseher und be stritt seinen Lebensunterhalt durch Verkauf dererwähnten magischen Spiegel, 'die er unter kuriosen, exotischen Zeremonien anfertigte. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Adam's Ancestors

Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins

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Author: David N. Livingstone

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421401430

Category: Science

Page: 320

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He reveals how what began as biblical criticism became a theological apologetic to reconcile religion with science—evolution in particular—and was later used to support arguments for white supremacy and segregation. From heresy to orthodoxy, from radicalism to conservatism, from humanitarianism to racism, Adam's Ancestors tells an intriguing tale of twists and turns in the cultural politics surrounding the age-old question, "Where did we come from?"

Open Secret

Postmessianic Messianism and the Mystical Revision of Menaḥem Mendel Schneerson

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Author: Elliot R. Wolfson

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023152031X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 472

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Menaḥem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994) was the seventh and seemingly last Rebbe of the Habad-Lubavitch dynasty. Marked by conflicting tendencies, Schneerson was a radical messianic visionary who promoted a conservative political agenda, a reclusive contemplative who built a hasidic sect into an international movement, and a man dedicated to the exposition of mysteries who nevertheless harbored many secrets. Schneerson astutely masked views that might be deemed heterodox by the canons of orthodoxy while engineering a fundamentalist ideology that could subvert traditional gender hierarchy, the halakhic distinction between permissible and forbidden, and the social-anthropological division between Jew and Gentile. While most literature on the Rebbe focuses on whether or not he identified with the role of Messiah, Elliot R. Wolfson, a leading scholar of Jewish mysticism and the phenomenology of religious experience, concentrates instead on Schneerson's apocalyptic sensibility and his promotion of a mystical consciousness that undermines all discrimination. For Schneerson, the ploy of secrecy is crucial to the dissemination of the messianic secret. To be enlightened messianically is to be delivered from all conceptual limitations, even the very notion of becoming emancipated from limitation. The ultimate liberation, or true and complete redemption, fuses the believer into an infinite essence beyond all duality, even the duality of being emancipated and not emancipated an emancipation, in other words, that emancipates one from the bind of emancipation. At its deepest level, Schneerson's eschatological orientation discerned that a spiritual master, if he be true, must dispose of the mask of mastery. Situating Habad's thought within the evolution of kabbalistic mysticism, the history of Western philosophy, and Mahayana Buddhism, Wolfson articulates Schneerson's rich theology and profound philosophy, concentrating on the nature of apophatic embodiment, semiotic materiality, hypernomian transvaluation, nondifferentiated alterity, and atemporal temporality.

Black Sun

Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity

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Author: Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814732372

Category: Political Science

Page: 371

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More than half a century after the defeat of Nazism and fascism, the far right is again challenging the liberal order of Western democracies. Radical movements are feeding on anxiety about economic globalization, affirmative action, and third-world immigration, flashpoint issues to many traditional groups in multicultural societies. A curious mixture of Aristocratic paganism, anti-Semitic demonology, Eastern philosophies and the occult is influencing populist antigovernment sentiment and helping to exploit the widespread fear that invisible elites are shaping world events. Black Sun examines the new neofascist ideology, showing how hate groups, militias and conspiracy cults attempt to gain influence. Based on interviews and extensive research into underground groups, Black Sun documents the new Nazi and fascist sects that have sprung up from the 1970s through the 1990s and examines the mentality and motivation of these far-right extremists. The result is a detailed, grounded portrait of the mythical and devotional aspects of Hitler cults among Aryan mystics, racist skinheads and Nazi satanists, Heavy Metal music fans, and in occult literature. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke offers a unique perspective on far right neo-Nazism viewing it as a new form of Western religious heresy. He paints a frightening picture of a religion with its own relics, rituals, prophecies and an international sectarian following that could, under the proper conditions, gain political power and attempt to realize its dangerous millenarian fantasies.

Controversial New Religions

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Author: James R. Lewis,Jesper Aa. Petersen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199394369

Category: Religion

Page: 480

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In terms of public opinion, new religious movements are considered controversial for a variety of reasons. Their social organization often runs counter to popular expectations by experimenting with communal living, alternative leadership roles, unusual economic dispositions, and new political and ethical values. As a result the general public views new religions with a mixture of curiosity, amusement, and anxiety, sustained by lavish media emphasis on oddness and tragedy rather than familiarity and lived experience. This updated and revised second edition of Controversial New Religions offers a scholarly, dispassionate look at those groups that have generated the most attention, including some very well-known classical groups like The Family, Unification Church, Scientology, and Jim Jones's People's Temple; some relative newcomers such as the Kabbalah Centre, the Order of the Solar Temple, Branch Davidians, Heaven's Gate, and the Falun Gong; and some interesting cases like contemporary Satanism, the Raelians, Black nationalism, and various Pagan groups. Each essay combines an overview of the history and beliefs of each organization or movement with original and insightful analysis. By presenting decades of scholarly work on new religious movements written in an accessible form by established scholars as well as younger experts in the field, this book will be an invaluable resource for all those who seek a view of new religions that is deeper than what can be found in sensationalistic media stories.

Determined Spirits

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Author: Christine Ferguson

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748650687

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Examines the Spiritualist movement's role in disseminating eugenic and hard hereditarian thought

Fantasy and Belief

Alternative Religions, Popular Narratives, and Digital Cultures

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Author: Danielle Kirby

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317543629

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Religion and spirituality are being transformed in our late modern and secularising times. New forms of belief proliferate, often notable for not being limited to traditional systems of reference or expression. Increasingly, these new religions present worldviews which draw directly upon popular culture - or occulture - in fiction, film, art and the internet. Fantasy and Belief explores the context and implications of these types of beliefs through the example of the Otherkin community. The Otherkin are a loosely-affiliated group who believe themselves to be in some way more than just human, their non-humanity often rooted in the characters and narratives of popular fantasy and science fiction. Challenging much current sociological thinking about spirituality and consumption, Fantasy and Belief reveals how popular occulture operates to recycle, develop, and disseminate metaphysical ideas, and how the popular and the sacred are combining in new ways in today's world.

Teaching Mysticism

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Author: William B. Parsons

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190208635

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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The term ''mysticism'' has never been consistently defined or employed, either in religious traditions or in academic discourse. The essays in this volume offer ways of defining what mysticism is, as well as methods for grappling with its complexity in a classroom. This volume addresses the diverse literature surrounding mysticism in four interrelated parts. The first part includes essays on the tradition and context of mysticism, devoted to drawing out and examining the mystical element in many religious traditions. The second part engages traditions and religio-cultural strands in which ''mysticism'' is linked to other terms, such as shamanism, esotericism, and Gnosticism. The volume's third part focuses on methodological strategies for defining ''mysticism,'' with respect to varying social spaces. The final essays show how contemporary social issues and movements have impacted the meaning, study, and pedagogy of mysticism. Teaching Mysticism presents pedagogical reflections on how best to communicate mysticism from a variety of institutional spaces. It surveys the broad range of meanings of mysticism, its utilization in the traditions, the theories and methods that have been used to understand it, and provides critical insight into the resulting controversies.

Gurus of Modern Yoga

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Author: Mark Singleton,Ellen Goldberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199374953

Category: Religion

Page: 416

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Within most pre-modern, Indian traditions of yoga, the role of the guru is absolutely central. Indeed, it was often understood that yoga would simply not work without the grace of the guru. The modern period saw the dawn of new, democratic, scientific modes of yoga practice and teaching. While teachings and gurus have always adapted to the times and circumstances, the sheer pace of cultural change ushered in by modernity has led to some unprecedented innovations in the way gurus present themselves and their teachings, and the way they are received by their students. Gurus of Modern Yoga explores the contributions of individual gurus to the formation of the practices and discourses of yoga today. The focus is not limited to India, but also extends to the teachings of yoga gurus in the modern, transnational world, and within the Hindu diaspora. Each section deals with a different aspect of the guru within modern yoga. Included are extensive considerations of the transnational tantric guru; the teachings of modern yoga's best-known guru, T. Krishnamacharya, and those of his principal disciples; the place of technology, business and politics in the work of global yoga gurus; and the role of science and medicine. As a whole, the book represents an extensive and diverse picture of the place of the guru, both past and present, in contemporary yoga practice.

The Power of Tantra

Religion, Sexuality and the Politics of South Asian Studies

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Author: Hugh B. Urban

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857731580

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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In the West, the varied body of texts and traditions known as Tantra for more than two centuries has had the capacity to scandalise and shock. For European colonisers, Orientalist scholars and Christian missionaries of the Victorian era, Tantra was generally seen as the most degenerate and depraved example of the worst tendencies of the so-called 'Indian mind': a pathological mixture of sensuality and religion that prompted the decline of modern Hinduism. Yet for most contemporary New Age and popular writers, Tantra is celebrated as a much-needed affirmation of physical pleasure and sex: indeed as a 'cult of ecstasy' to counter the perceived hypocritical prudery of many Westerners. In recent years, Tantra has become the focus of a still larger cultural and political debate. In the eyes of many Hindus, much of the western literature on Tantra represents a form of neo-colonialism, which continues to portray India as an exotic, erotic, hyper-sexualised Orient. Which, then, is the 'real' Tantra? Focusing on one of the oldest and most important Tantric traditions, based in Assam, northeast India, Hugh B. Urban shows that Tantra is less about optimal sexual pleasure than about harnessing the divine power of the goddess that flows alike through the cosmos, the human body and political society. In a fresh and vital contribution to the field, the author suggests that the 'real' meaning of Tantra lies in helping us rethink not just the history of Indian religions, but also our own modern obsessions with power, sex and the invidious legacies of cultural imperialism. 'The Power of Tantra is a major scholarly treatment of a much misconstrued esoteric tradition and a well-written and illustrated guide to a dimension of Hinduism that deserves the careful research Hugh B. Urban has given it. An impressive achievement.' - Paul B Courtright, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Emory University

Selling Yoga

From Counterculture to Pop Culture

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Author: Andrea Jain

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199390266

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Premodern and early modern yoga comprise techniques with a wide range of aims, from turning inward in quest of the true self, to turning outward for divine union, to channeling bodily energy in pursuit of sexual pleasure. Early modern yoga also encompassed countercultural beliefs and practices. In contrast, today, modern yoga aims at the enhancement of the mind-body complex but does so according to contemporary dominant metaphysical, health, and fitness paradigms. Consequently, yoga is now a part of popular culture. In Selling Yoga, Andrea R. Jain explores the popularization of yoga in the context of late-twentieth-century consumer culture. She departs from conventional approaches by undermining essentialist definitions of yoga as well as assumptions that yoga underwent a linear trajectory of increasing popularization. While some studies trivialize popularized yoga systems by reducing them to the mere commodification or corruption of what is perceived as an otherwise fixed, authentic system, Jain suggests that this dichotomy oversimplifies the history of yoga as well as its meanings for contemporary practitioners. By discussing a wide array of modern yoga types, from Iyengar Yoga to Bikram Yoga, Jain argues that popularized yoga cannot be dismissed--that it has a variety of religious meanings and functions. Yoga brands destabilize the basic utility of yoga commodities and assign to them new meanings that represent the fulfillment of self-developmental needs often deemed sacred in contemporary consumer culture.