04/17/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Top 5 Sexiest Spiritual Icons

I've been thinking about spirituality lately (duh), and I've realized that if there is one word that people don't (or won't) associate with spirituality, it's sexy. But why? Why can't spirituality be sexy? Well, my dear readers, as far as I'm concerned, it can. And so, I bring to you, in no particular order, the Top Five Sexiest Spiritual Icons.

1. Barack Obama

Look, if you want to argue with me that Barack is not exactly a "spiritual icon," I'll call you a liar. The man is pretty much a modern-day messiah. I mean, have you seen the O-Face? But on top of that (no pun intended) politics is always sexy. And somehow the man manages to bring more innuendo to the words "change" and "hope" than Ron Jeremy and Jenna Jameson in an Anaïs Nin read-through. The audacity, Senator!

2. Madonna / Demi / [Insert Hot Kabbalistic Celeb Here]
OK, so while these spiritual icons may be somewhat controversial, they're undeniably H-O-T. First off, anybody who gets people talking about spirituality is alright in my books, and secondly, the fact that they are so public with it gives them an A for Effort. Heck, I can't even get people to talk about spirituality when I ply them with alcohol. So call them spiritual icons, brand ambassadors, or even straight-up posers, they're still doing some good. I mean, Madonna even adopted a baby. When was the last time you adopted a baby? Yeah, I thought so.

3. Hindu Goddesses
Not only are there a bunch of them (the more the merrier!), but they're all beautiful. Maya, pictured, is the goddess of illusion. It is Maya that allows Cosmic Consciousness to become Individual Consciousness. Talk about a super power! And with those flowing tresses and hour-glass figure, no wonder she's a goddess! While we're on the topic, check out Saraswati, as well.

4. Sister Wendy
There is no argument on this one. Intelligence is always sexy. She knows how to wax eloquently on the finer points of art, and is remarkably articulate for someone who has taken a vow of silence. Also, she's my spiritual guide, and she's managed to form her own opinions even while being a firm devotee to the Catholic Church. Bravo! That woman has more inner (and outer) beauty radiating from her than Gisele Bundchen cuddling an endangered baby polar bear. And lastly, have you seen her talk about religious ecstasy?

5. Tied - The Dalai Lama and Buddha
There is nothing sexier than a smile and a sense of humor, and when you combine that with divine consciousness and eternal happiness, boy, do you have a winner. These two good boys just put such a big smile on my face that I had to include them. Heck, since we're talking sexy, let's just say I might even give up sex for whatever these two have got going on. Bold statement, I know. But The Dalai Lama and Buddha sure do know how to look on the bright side of things, and in times like these, that's worth it's weight in gold. Also, Buddha looks like he'd know his way around a kitchen. Just sayin'.

So, do you agree or disagree? Are there any other spiritual icons out there that get you all hot and bothered? We're all friends here - tell us your thoughts below!