The aspects of transcendence of profane love are beyond the natural state. This is to imply that it is metaphysical in nature. There are some of the things that the spiritual world especially the religious doctrines consider to be evil in that they prevent one from achieving the perfect state. Such of these things include the profane. This paper focusses on the transcendence of sex as phenomena in humans.
The value of phenomena of transcendence in the spiritual world is meant to manifest in the peace, happiness and physical lives of those who practice their religions. Their beliefs profoundly shape the morals of these individuals. In the search for happiness, human beings often seek to derive pleasure from love and sex. In the search for this pleasure, they attain phenomena of transcendence. In the societies whereby the force of sex has been recognized as a primary form of happiness, there has been formulated strict conventions. These conventions are meant to guide and protect the value of sex, and they apply to each regardless of gender. The meaning of this is that the moralistic nature of the conventions does not exist because the regulations are not based on the necessary forms that are recognized by the keepers of the culture (Evola, 1991). For instance, a main ought to fall in love only with one woman. On the other hand, a woman is expected to participate sexually with only one man, and this remains to be a convention that ties and binds the individuals within such a society.
Plato addresses love in a manner that seeks to converge with the way the Bible sees it. However, there are some differences between the two views. Nonetheless, the most common convergence of these on love is the transformation from completeness to non-duality. Sexual desire is said to be expressed in the form of a man’s search for something to eliminate duality (Evola, 1991). Nevertheless, this duality is only meant to be reduced for a short while doing away with the difference in ego and not-ego. Furthermore, the boundary that exists between self and not-self is overcome.
Platonic love is seen as deficient from a spiritual perspective. This is because its presentation is merely a theory of philosophy whose results can only be described as a technique of ecstasy and therefore cannot be followed. The teachings of Platonic love are mystical, and thus their reality cannot be established since they have never been put into experimentation or actual practice. When falling into love, lovers are over excited with the thought that they would overcome duality. On the contrary, they are just doing their reconfirmation. The desire that the two individuals have is mostly dependent on one another and is just an extroverted craving. This means that the passion has graduated into want which is essential and inborn. The satisfaction desire opens up the way for dependence, confirming that the person in the is impotent or insufficient. The spiritual perspective refers to this insufficiency as the paradox of thirst. This is because being satisfied only opens up the channel of wanting more instead of quenching the thirst it was intended to put off.
The desire for sex arouses a person, and therefore the individual seeks to have another who would help them quench the thirst (Evola, 1991). Nonetheless, after the quenching, the desire even grows stronger, calling for a stronger and further fulfillment. However, there is no such fulfillment because it would make one be a slave to the sex and therefore the desire graduates into lust that last longer than just a mere desire. It is, therefore, justifiable to argue that the thirst for sex is not quenchable but increases with every effort to satisfy it. For instance, the case can be compared to an incident of a person trying to put off flames using kerosene. The kerosene makes the fire brighter, stronger and more prominent, making the situation worse than before.
As a way to seek the phenomena of the transcendence of sexual love, orgies have been invented. The term orgy has been defined as the uncontrolled sexual interaction coupled with escalated drinking affair. In the ancient Greek, orgies were held whereby Bacchus and Dionysus used to be honored in the event which featured singing, dancing as well as uncontrolled drinking of alcohol content especially wine.
The Biblical perspective of sex and love is not the same as the definition that Plato gives. The Bible sees the issue as an unquenchable thirst as opposed to Plato. This is why the system of marriage came up instead of expressing the phenomena of the transcendence of sexual love. Here, a man approaches his legally begotten woman for sex, and the satisfaction is expected to be enough for all. According to the Bible, a human being is not a slave to sex (Romano, 2007). In conclusion, the phenomena of transcendence and profane love as well as sex are seen when human beings seek sex to eliminate duality so that the state of non-duality can be achieved.
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