[Carl Jung on Sexuality, Erotic Sculptures, Dharma and Karma.]

When I visited the ancient pagoda at Turukalukundram, southern India, a local pundit explained to me that the old temples were purposely covered on the outside, from top to bottom, with obscene sculptures, in order to remind ordinary people of their sexuality.

The spirit, he said, was a great danger, because Yama, the god of death, would instantly carry off these people (the “imperfecti”) if they trod the spiritual path directly, without preparation.

The erotic sculptures were meant to remind them of their dharma (law), which bids them fulfill their ordinary lives.

Only when they have fulfilled their dharma can they tread the spiritual path.

The obscenities were intended to arouse the erotic curiosity of visitors to the temples, so that they should not forget their dharma; otherwise they would not fulfill it.

Only the man who was qualified by his karma (the fate earned through works in previous existences), and who was destined for the life of the spirit, could ignore this injunction with impunity, for to him these obscenities mean nothing.

That was also why the two seductresses stood at the entrance of the temple, luring the people to fulfill their dharma, because only in this way could the ordinary man attain to higher spiritual development.

And since the temple represented the whole world, all human activities were portrayed in it; and because most people are always thinking of sex anyway, the great majority of the temple sculptures were of an erotic nature.

For this reason too, he said, the lingam (phallus) stands in the sacred cavity of the (Holy of Holies), in the (house of the womb).

This pundit was a Tantrist (scholastic; tantra = ‘book). ~Carl Jung, Aion, Gnostic Symbols of the Self, Paragraph 131.

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