By Jalaja Bonheim
Incorporating a large choice of women's voices and relationships, including old goddess archetypes, this specific quantity takes an intimate examine the transformative energy of women's sexual experiences. unique. 25, 000 first printing".
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The female half we call Shakti, our mother, who is matter and energy and form. Shiva and Shakti have always been one and will always be one, but to our eyes, they appear as two. The minute those two caught sight of each other, they fell in love and had no greater desire than to reunite. Always, we desire the opposite of what we have. This is how things are, even with the gods. The one wanted to become two, and the two wanted to return to their former oneness. Shiva desired Shakti, and she desired him.
Given the radical challenge the devadasis posed to patriarchal values, it is no wonder their traditions were eventually suppressed, especially as the sexually repressive values of the English took hold. The English, accustomed to thinking of god as a male, celibate, asexual being, perceived the devadasis as mere whores and convinced the Indian elite to think along similar lines. The sexual temple rituals so enraged the British that they outlawed the devadasis’ customs; the practice of temple dance was made illegal and remained so until India gained its independence in 1947.
With her, she brings charm, magic, and grace, enlivening the sober fabric of daily life with frivolous strands of shimmering gold. In her presence, rippling, causeless joy and laughter bubble up from our hearts like champagne. When Aphrodite blesses our lovemaking, all sense of fragmentation vanishes and we feel healed, holy, and whole. Like a rocket shooting out beyond the earth’s gravitational field, earthly pleasure then crosses over into heavenly joy, and sexual union blossoms into sacred communion.