Here’s a reminder that not all so-called “sacred texts” are actually spiritual.
An excerpt from an old text on Chinese Taoist sexology I came across today called the Fang-chung pu-i or Health Benefits of the Bedchamber states:
Long ago, the Yellow Emperor had intercourse with 1,200 women and ascended into the realm of the immortals, whereas the ordinary man cuts down his life with only one woman. How far apart indeed are knowledge and ignorance. Those who understand the tao regret only having too few women to mount.
~ translated by Douglas Wile
Hmm, how far apart indeed…
There are many similar “Taoist” sexual texts that share similarly monstrous statements. Health Benefits of the Bedchamber is dated to at least 984 AD when copies of it were made and preserved in Japan, whilst earlier copies were persecuted out of existence in China. They reveal how the concept of Taoist sacred sexuality fell into the wrong hands, and became horribly distorted and degenerated by the profane.
The author of another ancient Chinese alchemical text, called the True Transmission of the Golden Elixir, was right to express their worry that the sacred method for the integration of yin and yang would fall into the hands of those who had no interest in true spirituality.
Now here’s an excerpt that describes the actual spiritual practice, before it later became adulterated. Compare the abhorrent statements in the Benefits of the Bedchamber with the following such statements attributed to the great teacher Lao-Tzu, Taoism’s founder:
Where ordinary intercourse unites sex organs with sex organs, angelic cultivation unites spirit with spirit, mind with mind, and every cell of one body with every cell of the other body.
Culminating not in dissolution but in integration, it is an opportunity for a man and woman to mutually transform and uplift each other into the realm of bliss and wholeness.
~Hua Hu Ching, translated by Brian Walker
Just because a text or tradition is old or ancient and dresses in the habit of spirituality, doesn’t mean it has anything to do with divinity. Same goes for things written today.
To be able to distinguish the difference in my view, it’s far better to have the aim of understanding the living universal principles underlying creation, rather than relying solely on the writings of religions. If more people took this approach, how different this world would be.