Jeff Kripal on Erotic & Esoteric Spirituality

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Beyond a fascinating biography of a chief scholar in Western Esoterica, Jeff Kripal, we deeply delve into the intersection of esoteric and erotic spirituality. This includes the sexual expressions of religion and their tragic suppression. From Hinduism to American Christianity, we uncover erotic undertones that liberate the artistic souls of humans. And study how intense sexuality is found in famous poets, extraterrestrial encounters, and (of course) Gnosticism. As a bonus, we are joined by Dr. Joanna Kujawit, who discusses Tantra, the relation between Sophia and Shakti, the sensual dimensions of Mary Magdalene, and much more.

Astral Guest — Jeff Kripal, author of Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions, as well as Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University.

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