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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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The Paradox of Sex—II

The Paradox of Sex—II

A-parigraha as Sexual Happiness*

(p.102) 23 The Paradox of Sex—II
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

Oxford University Press

Seduction of the ascetic remains an abiding theme of Indian mythology and literature. In a radically opposite view, the force of sex can be transmuted into the highest form of spiritual energy. That can be done neither by confining sexuality within an arbitrary social order, nor by renouncing it, but by utmost submission to it in the first place. In this essay Badrinath says that the cosmic energy stored in human sexuality can be released into human consciousness by means primarily of those very acts. But not before sex has been perceived and worshipped as the primal force, shakti. This path of adoration of sexual force in the person of the naked female, a young virgin, so that human limits may flow into the limitlessness of the divine, is not meant for weak constitutions but only for the strong. This, Badrinath asserts, is the view of Tantra.

Keywords:   Tantra, vairagya, shakti, human sexuality, kama, aham in Tamil literature, Tolkappiyam

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