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There are people in India who believe that the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho and Konark temples are a disgrace to the nation.
Khajuraho and Konark are a visual manifestation of the Kamasutra, the ancient Indian text on erotic love. But many don’t see it that way.
Only a few months ago, members of a Hindu outfit burnt copies of the Kamasutra in Gujarat, stating that they are obscene and hurt religious sentiments.
For them, these erotic images and sculptures are nothing but “pornographic” and hence must be “covered with mud”. But what these loonies fail to notice is the very irony of their act.
If these sculptures and images were indeed as problematic as it’s being made out to be, would they have existed in the first place, for thousands of years or even been created?
The erotic sculptures of Khajuraho and Konark are a testimony to an ancient Indian tradition, which is now practised more in the West than in the land of its origin: Tantra.
Tantra is perhaps the only philosophical tradition in the world that has made attempts to elevate sex to a spiritual dimension.
For thousands of years, these erotic statues, counter-intuitively, have been objects of meditation to free people of lust. As Osho, philosopher and founder of the Rajneesh movement remarked. The erotic sculptures helped people to dissipate ones “mad sexuality” and go through a “catharsis” without actually being a part of it, just like the way someone’s deep-seated and instinctive urge to fight gets fulfilled, when they watch two strangers, fight or quarrel on the road.
If that is the case then we need more Khajurahos and Konarks, everywhere.
What better way to address sexual repression and frustration than by sending people to look at these sculptures and meditate.
Perhaps then we may also not need so many doctors to help people deal with their sexual difficulties.