Losing Our Way – The Flight From Holiness

Shiva

Lord Shiva

It isn’t often that I have seen an image of Shiva completely nude. I wondered about this, especially after having visited the Khajuraharo temples in India. The temple of Candi Sukuh in Indonesia also features nudity in the temple, especially male nudity. I did get to see other examples of nudity, male and female, in various Hindu and Jain temples in India when we spent a month there between teaching semesters in China.

Another image of Lord Shiva

Another image of Lord Shiva

More often than not, Shiva has his genitals covered while the rest of him is skyclad. Lord Shiva has roots going back likely more than 3,500 years ago. Shaivism is the oldest of the four sects of the Hindu religion, and it is in this form where Lord Shiva was always imaged as being skyclad. It is from these roots that the Naga Sadhus, or Holy Saints and the Digambara which are part of the Jainist religion that also sprang from the earliest roots of Hinduism.

Lord Shiva, as a god was skyclad. True worship of this god was done skyclad. It’s interesting to note that nudity was equated with holiness, with purity as it was at one time in the Judean tradition that forms the roots of modern Christianity. God created women and men in his image and this humanity was created skyclad. There was no sin in nakedness. Sin only came about when humans found this creation, this state of being nude, shameful. Yet, we moderns are so absolutely certain that nudity is as far from holy as one can get.

About A Naturist's Lens

I am a therapist that focuses on the use of active imagination, photograph, dreamwork and Jungian Psychology in order to uncover the whole person hidden beneath layers of personae, complexes and clothing.

Posted on June 17, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. ..

    We had some neighbors, a husband and wife that were Jains. They both had a Phd. They were no strangers to nudity as they on occasion forgot to pull their shades down. The neighbors were very surprised that I knew the basics of their religion. My Dad was stationed in India during WW-II

    There are pictures of monks completely nude in public and carrying their dusters to sweep bugs out of their path on the Internet..

    There seems to be many nude male statues, relief’s and art in the religions of India.

    Have a good one Pat..

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