I took this photo in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India in January, 2008. It is a detail from the outer wall of the Jagdesh Temple in the old inner city. Kama is one of the four sacred paths which lead to union with Brahman, the path that leads to Moksha, the escape from the wheel of life and rebirth. Four paths with Kama being the path of materialistic living.
Kama is not the same as the Jungian concept of coniunctio, the holy marriage the union of masculine and feminine, yet the end result is exactly the same. The escape from the wheel of life leads to Brahman, the transcendent reality, the divine ground, the return to wholeness through union with the one.
Sex is sacred and needs to be honoured as such rather than be a commodity bought and sold or bartered. Sex is not a weapon to be used to gain power or advantage or to punish. Sex is about celebrating the journey. Sex is a constant reminder of the need to bring union to opposites.
A year ago I was in India and took this photo of Lord Shiva, his consort Parvati and a small Shiva Linga which is in the centre foreground. Yesterday’s post about libido brought to mind many such Shiva Linga carvings seen during my wanderings in India. The Shiva Linga has a raised nub at the centre of a circle which has a narrow channel that rises towards the centre. The protrusion of the Shiva Linga is a representation of the lingam, a penis. The circle with entryway is the yoni, the uterus and vagina. The entryway is often depicted with a kundalini serpent moving upwards to the lingam. The lingam in the yoni, yin and yang, the holy union of the masculine and the feminine.
Jung has refered to this holy union as the “mysterium coniunctionis”.
Libido, the energy of the self and the universe. It gets confused with sex. But, it is embodied in the physical relationship between male and female as well as the pyschic relationship between the conscious and unconscious, the masculine energies and feminine energies within, with soul and spirit, with light and shadow.
????? ??????. Know thyself. I want to thank one of the people who come here to read, Thelma, a woman from Greece, for these words. This is what the whole process of blogging here is about. This is just one of the things that I am engaged in with the purpose of “knowing my self” a bit better. This isn’t as easy as it sounds.
For example, writing this blog. What do I say? What do I disclose? What do I omit saying but at the same time leave small direction signs that hint at what I am thinking? What do I omit without even any crumbs of evidence of what is on my mind? And these are just the conscious aspects of self knowledge in this blog conversation with my “self” and “others”. The act of putting words and photos on this blog has both personal and collective unconscious aspects that insinuate themselves within the words and in the choices of photos. It is my belief that in blogging, the shadow presents itself in a numinous fashion, hoping that the conscious self “gets it” with one of those “ah-ha” responses.
This time in Mexico is quickly coming to an end. In less than 48 hours I will be in a plane headed back to my place in the outer world. I will then see just how the alchemical processes being enacted under the hot sun here in Mexico, will become manifest in my presence in the outer world of “home”. I have changed. How will that change fit the old container?