Sexual Secrets: Twentieth Anniversary Edition

The Alchemy of Ecstasy
By (author) Nik Douglas
By (author) Penny Slinger

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Sexual Secrets: Twentieth Anniversary Edition
The Alchemy of Ecstasy
By (author) Nik Douglas
By (author) Penny Slinger

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Pages : 352

Book Size : 8.5 x 11

ISBN-13 : 9780892818051

Imprint : Destiny Books

On Sale Date : December 01, 1999

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : 199 color and 401 b&w illustrations

Revised and redesigned in full color, the #1 bestselling book on sex and mysticism covers the philosophy, psychology, art, theory, and practice of Eastern sexuality.
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About Sexual Secrets: Twentieth Anniversary Edition


• The #1 guide to sex and mysticism, redesigned in full color for the new millennium.


• More than 600 illustrations of the erotic sentiment, 200 in full color.


• More than 1 million copies sold with translations in 19 languages.


• Combines the wisdom of the great Eastern sages with images from the West to present a celebration of creative sexuality.


Sexual Secrets is the definitive guide to sex and mysticism, revealing the wisdom of the sages of India, Nepal, Tibet, China, and Japan whose teachings on sexuality unveil how physical love can be the pathway to spiritual liberation. Containing more than 600 illustrations--the most comprehensive collection of images expressing the erotic sentiment--and with more than one million copies sold in more than 19 languages, Sexual Secrets unlocks for everyone the experience of ecstasy once sealed in the ancient texts and art of the East.

In celebration of its 20th year in print, Sexual Secrets has been completely revised and redesigned and includes 200 color illustrations to complement Penny Slinger's unsurpassed black-and-white illustrations, which evoke all the major cultures of the East. Working from contemporary models and from ancient pieces originally commissioned by kings and emperors, Slinger blends images of the West with the sentiments of the East to further enhance the experience of the text and to help in the transmission of the secrets--a celebration of creative sexuality.

Table of Contents

Table of content

Sexual Secrets: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Alchemy of Ecstasy

New discoveries on the origins of the secrets
Preface to the 20th anniversary edition
Publisher's Preface
Introduction
Part One: Brahma The Creative
Part Two: Shiva The Transcendental
Shiva
The Buddha
The Yellow Emperor
Part Three: Vishnu The Preserver
Summary of secrets
Glossary
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index 

Author Bio
Nik Douglas (1944-2012) studied Oriental art, philosophy, medicine, and related sexual practices while living for eight years in the Himalayas. He studied with Indian physicians, adepts of Tantra, and Tibetan lamas, at the same time mastering Sanskrit and the Tibetan language. He organized numerous exhibitions of Eastern art and was called upon by leading museums and private collectors to authenticate Oriental art and writings.

An honors graduate of the Chelsea College of Fine Arts, Penny Slinger is one of Europe’s leading erotic artists. Her work has been exhibited widely and hailed as “dynamic, progressive eroticism, an exploration of female sexuality.” Her illustrations for Sexual Secrets evoke and represent all the major cultures of the East and are inspired by centuries of artistic achievement. Working from life and from ancient images originally commissioned by kings and emperors, Slinger blends the images of the West with the sentiments of the East.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"For twenty years Sexual Secrets has been the spiritual person's guide to celestial copulation. Flesh meets faith inside this book and each is the better for it."
ForeWord

"What distinguishes the couple's efforts from the plethora of books on the subject of Eastern eroticism are their depth of research and their breadth of presentation. Opulent cocktailable sexbiggies."
The Village Voice

"Monumentally researched, comprehensively detailed, and profusely illustrated. . . . Sexual Secrets is a timely, well-rounded masterpiece. This reviewer's reaction can be summed up in two words: BUY IT!"
Yoga Journal

"For twenty years Sexual Secrets has been the spiritual person's guide to celestial copulation.  Flesh meets faith inside this book and each is the better for it."
ForeWord

"The book touches on every aspect of sacred sexuality that you could imagine and even those you might not. If you want to find the key to understanding the 'alchemy of ecstasy,' Sexual Secrets is definitely the place to look."
Healing Retreats & Spas

"For twenty years Sexual Secrets has been the spiritual person's guide to celestial copulation.  Flesh meets faith inside this book and each is the better for it." 
ForeWord, October 1999

"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

"Sexual Secrets gathers together the best parts from several different traditions of erotic lore."
Sheela Ardrian, New Witch, Autumn 2002
Back Cover

Back Cover Copy

SEXUALITY

“Monumentally researched, comprehensively detailed, and profusely illustrated. . . . Sexual Secrets is a timely, well-rounded masterpiece. This reviewer’s reaction can be summed up in two words: BUY IT!”
--Yoga Journal

“A remarkably complete book stocked with the knowledge of esoteric Asian traditions never before seen by Western eyes.”
--The Village Voice

“For twenty years Sexual Secrets has been the spiritual person’s guide to celestial copulation. Flesh meets faith inside this book and each is the better for it.”
--ForeWord

“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

With more than one million copies sold and translations in twenty languages, Sexual Secrets continues to be the definitive, all-encompassing text on sacred sexuality. The distillation of more than two thousand years of practical techniques for enhancing sexual awareness and achieving the transcendental experience of unity, Sexual Secrets explores the path of love and mysticism, making accessible the sexual mysteries of the East.

In India, Nepal, Tibet, China, and Japan, sexuality has long been regarded as both an art and a science worthy of detailed study and practice. Virtually unknown to the Western world, a vast and potent body of ancient sacred writings on sexuality exists. The secrets for consciously inducing and maximizing the experience of ecstasy have remained sealed in the ancient texts and art of the East. Sexual Secrets makes available the essential core of this vast literature on sexual wisdom in a vital and practical form. It is meant to be experienced as well as read, for it is the sharing of ecstatic love that unlocks the sexual secrets.

THE RICHEST COLLECTION OF EROTIC ART EVER ASSEMBLED
More than six hundred color and black-and-white paintings and illustrations have been created and collected to enhance the experience of the text and to unfold these sacred mysteries. The illustrations and paintings in Sexual Secrets are the most comprehensive and diverse collection of images expressing the erotic sentiment ever assembled. Two hundred different sexual postures are depicted, creating a complete illustrated Kama Sutra, Ananga Ranga, and the major Taoist love treatises. These works of art are unique in themselves and represent, as does the text, a gathering together of many streams, leading to the same source--the celebration of sacred sexuality. Sexual Secrets reveals the wisdom of the sages whose teachings on sexuality have stood the test of twenty centuries and, even today, show how physical love can become the pathway to liberation.

NIK DOUGLAS
Nik Douglas studied Oriental art, philosophy, medicine, and related sexual practices while living for eight years in the Himalayas. He studied with Indian physicians, adepts of Tantra, and Tibetan lamas, at the same time mastering Sanskrit and the Tibetan language. He has organized numerous exhibitions of Eastern art and is called upon by leading museums and private collectors to authenticate Oriental art and writings.

PENNY SLINGER
An honors graduate of the Chelsea College of Fine Arts, Penny Slinger is one of Europe’s leading erotic artists. Her work has been exhibited widely and hailed as “dynamic, progressive eroticism, an exploration of female sexuality.” Her illustrations for Sexual Secrets evoke and represent all the major cultures of the East and are inspired by centuries of artistic achievement. Working from life and from ancient images originally commissioned by kings and emperors, Slinger blends the images of the West with the sentiments of the East.

Sexual Secrets is the unique product of a journey of discovery. Its pages document how the sexual teachings of the East have remained, to this day, a key to understanding the alchemy of ecstasy.

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