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Artist Alex Grey is creating some of the most beautifully refined paintings in the world today and his work is exhibited worldwide, including the New Museum and Stux Gallery in New York, the Grand Palais in Paris, the S㯠Paulo Biennial, and ARK exhibition space in Tokyo. His art is also featured in venues as diverse as album covers for the Beastie Boys, Nirvana, and Tool, Newsweek magazine, and the Discovery Channel. This is a limited collector’s edition which contains:

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Overview

Artist Alex Grey is creating some of the most beautifully refined paintings in the world today and his work is exhibited worldwide, including the New Museum and Stux Gallery in New York, the Grand Palais in Paris, the S㯠Paulo Biennial, and ARK exhibition space in Tokyo. His art is also featured in venues as diverse as album covers for the Beastie Boys, Nirvana, and Tool, Newsweek magazine, and the Discovery Channel. This is a limited collector’s edition which contains:

• One hardcover copy of Sacred Mirrors

• One hardcover copy of Transfigurations

• Portfolio of six new paintings suitable for framing

• The protective case acts as an altar

• Contains over 250 color paintings

 

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“Mr. Grey’s paintings, as detailed and anatomically accurate as medical illustrations, present man as an archetypal being struggling toward cosmic unity . . . Grey’s vision of a flawed but perfectible mankind stands as an antidote to the cynicism and spiritual malaise prevalent in much contemporary art.”
Walter Hopps
“Alex Grey is making some of the most beautifully refined imagist work in the country today.”
Deepak Chopra
“Alex Grey’s art will bring you face to face with your soul and move you to a new level of enlightenment.”
Alberto Villoldo Ph.D.
"Alex Grey's visionary art gives form to what shamans see only with the eyes of the Soul. His work opens portals that allow us to perceive the luminous nature of life and of all creation."
Suzi Gablik
"Alex Grey's paintings breathe new life into the deadened soul of modern consciousness. You will find in this work the intensity of someone who is not just doing his own personal art but is consciously participating in the evolutionary unfolding toward a more integral world. In a more integral world, inner and outer experiences, spiritual and material realities, become a single stream of unified energy. In Alex's work, this crystallization has already occurred."
Artforum
 " . . . it is only Grey's inquisitiveness, his desire to understand the cosmic metastructure of humanity, that drives him to such a rigorously detailed account of the typically unseen."
Donald Kuspit
"It is the light that is sublime in Grey's oeuvre—which is the most important innovation in religious light since the Baroque—and that makes the mundane beings in them seem sublime, in every realistic detail of their exquisite being."
Raw Vision
"All Grey's work is both personal and universal, intending to provoke an experience of the divine in the viewer . . . He sees through the surface of things and paints the soul like a seraphim, a pure consciousness, a body of light."
Ph.D. - Alberto Villoldo
"Alex Grey's visionary art gives form to what shamans see only with the eyes of the Soul. His work opens portals that allow us to perceive the luminous nature of life and of all creation."
Ken Wilber
“Alex’s work, like all great transcendental art, is not merely symbolic or imaginary: it is a direct invitation to recognize and realize a deeper dimension of our very own being.”
Roger Walsh
"The exquisite immediacy and compelling power of his work clearly comes from direct experience of the sacred and demonstrates why Alex Grey is so widely regarded as one of the great visionary and spiritual artists of our time."
From the Publisher
“O swiftly spinning 21st-century Human! We’ve already missed out on Rumi, Blake, Swedenborg, and Gibran, but we’ve been sent a comforter for our time flowering from the same vine. His name is Alex Grey.”

". . . [his paintings] vibrate, radiate, and touch a core of understanding about humanity that resonates deeply."

"Alex Grey's visionary art gives form to what shamans see only with the eyes of the Soul. His work opens portals that allow us to perceive the luminous nature of life and of all creation."

 " . . . it is only Grey's inquisitiveness, his desire to understand the cosmic metastructure of humanity, that drives him to such a rigorously detailed account of the typically unseen."

New Art Examiner
"Grey has had a great social impact outside the confines of the art world."
Rebecca Alban Hoffberger
“O swiftly spinning 21st-century Human! We’ve already missed out on Rumi, Blake, Swedenborg, and Gibran, but we’ve been sent a comforter for our time flowering from the same vine. His name is Alex Grey.”
Susan Dobra
". . . [his paintings] vibrate, radiate, and touch a core of understanding about humanity that resonates deeply."
The Village Voice
“Grey’s anatomically detailed paintings amplify as much as they dissect, paradoxically intensifying the reductionist clarity of the ­scientific eye into a blazing, luminescent mysticism.”
author of The Marriage of Sense and Soul Ken Wilber
“Alex’s work, like all great transcendental art, is not merely symbolic or imaginary: it is a direct invitation to recognize and realize a deeper dimension of our very own being.”
author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success Deepak Chopra
“Alex Grey’s art will bring you face to face with your soul and move you to a new level of enlightenment.”
author of Has Modernism Failed? and The Re-enchant Suzi Gablik
"Alex Grey's paintings breathe new life into the deadened soul of modern consciousness. You will find in this work the intensity of someone who is not just doing his own personal art but is consciously participating in the evolutionary unfolding toward a more integral world. In a more integral world, inner and outer experiences, spiritual and material realities, become a single stream of unified energy. In Alex's work, this crystallization has already occurred."
professor of Art History and Philosophy at SUNY-St Donald Kuspit
"It is the light that is sublime in Grey's oeuvre--which is the most important innovation in religious light since the Baroque--and that makes the mundane beings in them seem sublime, in every realistic detail of their exquisite being."
New York Times
Mr. Grey's paintings, as detailed and anatomically accurate as medical illustrations, present man as an archetypal being struggling toward cosmic unity . . . Grey's vision of a flawed but perfectible mankind stands as an antidote to the cynicism and spiritual malaise prevalent in much contemporary art.
Walter Hopps
Alex Grey is making some of the most beautifully refined imagist work in the country today.
senior curator, Guggenheim Museum and Menil Collection
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892811397
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: Limited Slipcase Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 739,122
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 13.50 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Grey’s work has been exhibited around the world, including the New Museum and Stux Gallery in New York City, the Grand Palais in Paris, the S㯠Paulo Biennial, and ARK exhibition space in Tokyo. His art has also been featured in venues as diverse as album covers for the Beastie Boys, Nirvana, and Tool; Newsweek magazine; and the Discovery Channel. He lives in New York with his wife, artist Allyson Grey, and their daughter, actress Zena Grey.
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The Embrace
Alinganavichara Prakarana

This part of the Kama Shastra deals with sexual union, and is called Chatushshashti, or sixty-four. Some authors say it is so titled because it contains sixty-four chapters. Followers of Babhravya say that this part contains eight subjects: the embrace; kissing; scratching with the nails or fingers; biting; lying down; making various sounds; purushayitam, or playing the part of a man; auparishtaka, or mouth congress. Each subject is of eight kinds, and since eight multiplied by eight is sixty-four, it is therefore named Chatushshashti.

But Vatsyayana affirms that as this part also contains subjects such as striking, crying, the acts of a man during congress, the various kinds of congress and other subjects, the name sixty-four is only accidental. For instance, a tree is saptaparna, seven-leaved, or an offering of rice is panchavarna, five-coloured, but the tree does not have seven leaves, nor does rice have five colours.

Kind of Embraces

Babhravya refers to eight different kinds of embraces:
The embrace which indicates the mutual love of a man and woman who have come together is of four varieties, and the action is denoted by the word which describes it.

If a man under some pretext goes in front of or alongside a woman and touches her body with his own, this is called the touching embrace.

If a woman in a private place bends down as if to pick up something, and presses her breasts against a man sitting or standing, and the man takes hold of them, this is called a piercing embrace.

These two kinds of embraces take place only between persons who have not, as yet, started speaking freely to each other.

When two lovers are walking together slowly, either in the dark, or in a public or a lonely place, and rub their bodies against each other, this is referred to as a rubbing embrace.

If on this occasion one of them presses the other's body forcibly against a wall or pillar, this is known as a pressing embrace.

These two embraces are peculiar to those who know each other's intentions.

Embraces on Meeting

At the time of the meeting four kinds of embrace are used:
When a woman clings to a man in the same manner as a creeper twines around a tree, pulls his head down to hers to kiss him and makes a slight purring sound, embraces him, and looks lovingly at him, this embrace is called twining of a creeper.

When a woman places one of her feet on the foot of her lover, and the other on his thigh; passes one of her arms round his back, and the other on his shoulders; makes a slight sound of humming and cooing, and climbs up towards him to get a kiss, this embrace is likened to climbing a tree.

These two kinds of embrace take place when the lover is standing.

When lovers are on a bed, and embrace each other so closely that their arms and thighs are encircled by each other, and rub against them, this is called an embrace like a mixture of sesamum seed and rice.

If a man and a woman are very much in love and embrace as if they are entering into each others bodies, either while the woman is sitting on the lap of the man, or in front of him, or on a bed, this is called an embrace like a mixture of milk and water.

These two kinds of embraces take place at the time of sexual union.

Embracing Specific Body Parts

Suvarnanabha gives us four more ways of embracing particular parts of the body:
When one of the two lovers presses one or both thighs of the other between his or her own forcibly, this is the embrace of thighs.

If a man presses the jaghana, middle part of the woman's body, against his own, and mounts her to practice scratching with the nail or finger, or biting, or striking, or kissing, while the hair of the woman remains loose and flowing, this is referred to as the embrace of the jaghana.

If a man places his breast between the nipples of a woman and squeezes them, this is called the embrace of the breasts.

If either of the lovers touches the mouth, eyes and forehead of the other with his or her own, this is known as the embrace of the forehead.

Some say that even massaging is a kind I embrace because it involves touching of bodies. But Vatsyayana thinks that as massaging is performed at a specific time and for a particular purpose and has a different character, it cannot be termed an embrace.

Some shlokas further enlighten us on this:
The whole subject of embracing is of such a nature that men who ask questions about it, or who hear about it, or who talk about it, acquire thereby a desire for enjoyment. Even those embraces that are not mentioned in the Kama Shastra should be practiced at the time of sexual enjoyment, if they are in any way conducive to the increase of love or passion. The rules of the Shastra apply as long as the passion of man is middling, but once the wheel of love is set in motion, there is then no Shastra an no order.

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Table of Contents

The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra

Preface to Kama Sutra
Introduction to Kama Sutra
Book 1—General Principles
Study of the Shastras
Dharma, Artha, Kama
Study of Arts, Sciences
Man about Town
Nayikas and Messengers
Book 2—Love-Play and Sexual Union
Sexual Union
The Embrace
The Kiss
Pressing and Nail Marks
The Bite
Sexual Vigor and Intensity
Striking and Spontaneous Sounds
Donning the Male Role
Oral Congress
Beginning and End of Congress
Book 3—Courtship and Marriage
Betrothal and Marriage
Instilling Confidence in the Bride
Courting a Maid
Behavior of a Couple
Kinds of Marriage
Book 4—The Wife
Duties of a Wife
Senior and Junior Wives
Book 5—Seducing the Wives of Others
Characteristics of Men and Women
Getting Acquainted
Ascertaining Emotions
Duties of a Go-between
Behavior of a King
Conduct of Ladies of the Inner Court
Book 6—The Courtesan
Beguiling the Right Man
Living as his Wife
Acquiring Wealth
Reconciliation
Special Gains
Gains and Losses
Book 7—Secret Lore, Extraneous Stimulation, and Sexual Power
Beautifying the Body
Regarding Virility

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