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The Erotic Sculptures of India

Updated: Mar 8

Part - 1

In the history of Indian sculpture, erotic sculptures of India have had a significant manifestation that has made all viewers worldwide curious. Indeed, it is very usual to raise the question, why were such erotic models sculpted in those temples where the statue of the Lord was offered with high honor and the faith of Hinduism?

In this ancient religious culture, we could find many spiritual or mythological stories that can be performed on temples either by painting or sculpting, but astonishingly, why were those ancient sages permitted to dig up the erotic sculptures? There are a lot of doctrines of scholars around those erotic sculptures performed in various improper directions for viewers; however, without having the apparent experience and in-depth knowledge, it may not be possible to get the right direction.

Adverse opponents thought it reflected the ancient misconduct of Hinduism known as DevaDasi. It is a fact that some malpractices in the world's earliest religious community threw it into the dark several times. Still, each time, the Hindus returned to their position by someone born within the community. In my earlier write-up, I said that based on the beliefs of this community,  God assures that he will be returning in each era when the earth will plunge with lewdness. He will demolish all the malpractices and establish his imperium. It is not just a group of words; we can notice the truth of the above proclamation of God by trying to see the history. 

Shankaracharya, incarnation of Lord Shiva

For example, I want to mention the remarkable figure of Shankaracharya, also known as Lord Shiva, a renowned Vedic scholar and teacher who revitalized and redefined Hinduism during the early 8th century. Shankaracharya, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, was born in Kalady of Ernakulam, located in Kerala, at a kind request from his parents to Lord Shiva.

In later time, he proved it. In his words, -

"Without hate, without infatuation, without craving, without greed;

Neither arrogance nor conceit, never jealous I am;

Neither dharma nor artha, neither kama nor moksha am I;

I am Consciousness; I am Bliss, I am Shiva, I am Shiva."

"Without fear, without death, without discrimination, without caste;

Neither father nor mother, never born I am;

Neither kith nor kin, neither teacher nor student am I;

I am Consciousness; I am Bliss, I am Shiva, I am Shiva."

He said it in Sanskrit, and it has been translated into English.

He was a great philosopher and theologian who re-established Hinduism in a new form. DevaDasi is one of the most ancient malpractices that ran for a certain time. Therefore, it is easily conceivable that there was no serious spiritual reason to sculpt such a bad custom in the temples' bodies.

To truly understand India, it is crucial to delve into its rich history and diverse cultural influences. Only then can one make informed and valuable comments about the country's past and present. Over the years, India has undergone significant transformations and embraced various foreign and indigenous cultures. Though some cultural shifts may have been challenging, the country and its people have persevered through hard work and dedication, always returning to their rightful place.

Here, I would like to offer the secret spiritual consideration behind those erotic sculptures that are based on the solid direct experience of Hindu devotees and Hindu theosophy.

According to Hindu theology, before the creation of the universe, there was only the pulsation of the Almighty Creator, which appeared as a tiny dot but contained immense power that was out of the imagination of human beings. There was no concept of time, space, or any events.

erotic sculpture khajuraho Lakshman temple
Erotic sculpture curved on the wall of Lakshman temple of Khajuraho. 10th Century.

However, God eventually felt lonely and desired to be numerous. It was the first will of the Almighty. This led to a massive explosion from the pulsation of God, resulting in multiple lively particles being scattered into infinity with tremendous force. In the scripture, the first will of God is described in a single Sanskrit word, - “Sotkamayat.” Meaning, - I'll be numerous. The concept of God in Hindu theosophy is an eternal, solitary, and singular entity who created diverse forms of life to revel in his creations. Hinduism also holds that God is an intangible entity beyond any gender classification.

It is considered the first will of the universe. All the energized particles had divided into two forms—one masculine and the second feminine. The masculine represents males, while the feminine represents nature. This separation has caused males to feel bewildered and eager to reunite with their female counterparts to regain their primary position. This pattern of attraction and completion is prevalent throughout the entire universe and will continue until its destruction. Every particle in the universe, whether consciously or unconsciously, has the innate desire to find completion by uniting with its counterpart. This is a common trait in the universal creation of God that cannot be prevented.

Ancient Hindu scripture described such ardor as 'Love.' After having the visual impact between each other, both immerse in their physical form, which creates affection. Later, they meet and finally produce a new one. Hence, First material impact, then love, and later, creation. After the three sentiments stated above, another sensibility becomes necessary to nourish the product. It is described as an endearment. Religious philosophy believes the universe is going big continuously. It's similar to the theory of the cosmological constant, which Albert Einstein developed.

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