Of Gods and Goddesses

In search of the elemental human

Iconography, the use of humanlike images representing aspects of the have been in use and venerated for many millennia and we are all familiar with this phenomenon regardless of birth or belief. We know from archaeological discoveries that before the development of belief systems most of these deities were depicted naked and as population increased, and beliefs developed, they became increasingly better clothed.

People continue to ask the reason why and many presume to know the answer is becoming more popularised idea that all these early deities because the statues are naked is that it was the earliest form of pornography. This idea has perverted most of the westernised thinking about the deities within Hinduism but this idea distorts a very fundamental truth of life.

Western thinkers must come to terms with their mistakes and understand the being naked is natural and not pornographic. Modern civilisation has bred a vast amount of perversion around the human body and human behaviour that makes the knower of truth cringe in dismay. But to explain the truth requires the suspension of beliefs and disbelief's.

Let's go back to those simple clay figurines some of which date back more than one hundred thousand years and look at this at the level of human relationship. We are biologically designed that men and women must unite sexually to reproduce and as some still say 'copulate'. This activity produces states of happiness, joy, bliss and sometimes ecstasy which is natures incentive to keep us reproducing and ensure our long-term survival. So at a very simple level there is an element of sexual appreciation in all these figurines but there is also an element of education and that the tribal elders would be able to point to the various parts of the body and discuss the nature of physical intimacy in a way that was nonthreatening to others.

When we look back through the archaeological finds there are more female figurines than male which indicates the elevated status of women in those ancient societies. The process of enduring her monthly cycle, conceiving and giving birth as a cause of great wonderment, appreciation and awe. The ancients perhaps thought that the woman actually created the new child within her however we know today that this process happens of its own accord and not the actions of the woman.

So physically, we have several different relationships inspiring the form including that of the male which does not really appear until much later in our evolutionary process and when he does appear, it is more in the role of the hero or the leader rather than the spiritual deity that existed within Hinduism concurrent with the female forms.

Within Hinduism the masculine and feminine were seen as being of equal importance. Both the masculine and feminine forms can be seen in the social life from the point of view of reproduction but they also both seen as elemental forms of protection and renewal but there is also something deeper.

As we are biological organisms made of the stuff of the earth, we are like the plants conductors of energy. Energy flows through us from the earth into space and energy returns from space down into the earth so like the plants we are participating in the earth's evolutionary cycle. To appreciate this one must dive into the great unknown and contemplate the origin of one's self which is the original spirituality.

The adage 'know oneself' has been around for a long time and from time long before the Greeks who have been attributed with this idea in modern times. This goes back to the first sense of wonderment at our universe before any civilisation which gave rise to a recognition that men are in some ways more related to space or akash and women more related to the earth. Culturally we most often refer to anything arising from the earth as 'she' and this is so deeply ingrained that we don't notice.

Within the worlds spiritual traditions there is a natural reference to the holy mother as she is called by many names. It is an analogis that life comes through the mother and that the mother nurtures life and in fact there could be no life without mothers so they are esteemed for their reproductive qualities and the associated wisdom contained therein.

The modern belief systems like Christianity and Islam have long sought to deny the feminine, they have objectified and denigrated women as lesser beings and glorified the uncouth and bloodthirsty male. This patriarchal approach to life as we can see looking around us is so destructive because life cannot be regulated controlled, something that the male element of being disconnected from the feminine believes he needs to survive. Of course some woman suffer this as well but this politicalisation of spirituality combined with other degenerative obsessions is destroying us.

If you think that as spiritual beings we must keep evolving, then it is imperative that we return and embrace the divine feminine and accept her in her naked glory. In our ignorant world we are ruled by morality, the deities have all been clothed and the human body made into a criminal offence should it be seen naked in public. But there have been long periods of time in our past with the human body was never an issue and clothing a simple protection from the elements or occupation.

There is little point in walking naked on the street as a way of embracing your true self as you would likely end up in jail unless of course you are particularly beautiful. But you should be able to find an appropriate private space to walk naked, to experience nature and spend time contemplating the nature of your existence. This is where the image of a deity plays a role in guiding you to safely explore the great unknown within your own individual consciousness.

The deity can be externalised to help shape our sociological landscape and bring since to civilisation but it's most important role is in helping you to navigate the complexity of your internal universe. Appreciation of the divine in all its forms is what transforms you from a mere mortal into a human being.



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