Article by Pratiksha Apurv published in Speaking Tree on March 21, 2015, New Delhi, India
Inspired by Osho’s teachings, Pratiksha Apurv’s paintings tell us how physical intimacy could lead one to Superconsciousness
We have also never given much importance to the natural and simple act of sex and don’t even want to talk about it, because it is considered a very private matter. While growing up we were also taught to control the sex energy and never to indulge or explore it. You will never find anyone saying that sex can be a very important key for our inner oneness, and that it could help you go beyond the mind, despite the fact that it finds considerable mention in our oldest tradition — tantra.
Osho is perhaps the first spiritual master in recent times to remind society that the journey to Super Consciousness begins from sex. He was very clear that sex could be a launch pad for Super Consciousness. However, those who always treated sex as taboo, have remained stuck at the sex centre, not realising that the real message was meant for a greater inner journey, a journey where, as Shiva told Shakti in Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, the ‘mind’ dissolves into heart, and heart dissolves into space.
To drink the nectar of eternal salvation, and to become spiritually awake, we have, over the years, invented, discovered, and used several methods and techniques. Meditation has always been used as a very important technique. But the big question is: why do we need to even look at these techniques, when every act of ours can be transformed into meditation, with just a little bit of awareness?
Tantra points out three possibilities that can be described by three geometrical figures when two lovers are meeting. It further argues that these figures are a tantric analysis of the sexual act itself. The first geometrical figure is a square; the second figure is a triangle, and third is a circle.
While listening to Osho’s discourse, I created a series of three paintings – Mahamudra, Synchronicity, and Eternal Orgasm — to describe the sexual energy and journey that goes beyond mind, while diving deeper into inner energy. The paintings have depicted these three possibilities with a square, triangle and circle that remain in three separate paintings. However, I have tried to depict Eternal Orgasm with bindu, dots, within the circle. In Mahamudra, this transcendental consciousness is depicted through two fish, merging into each other, while in Synchronicity, the confluence of male and female energy has been depicted through yin and yang.
One will perhaps be surprised to know that generally sex involves four persons, not just two as it appears. And, that is the reason why the first possibility is shown as a ‘square’ — the four angles, because you yourself are divided in two — thinking and feeling. This applies to your partner as well, thereby making the sex act — of four persons. There is no inner communion because four persons are meeting. There is a crowd and four persons are pulling at each other, making the deep inner journey absolutely impossible. You and your partner will not be able to dive into infinity, because they continue to struggle between thinking and feeling which not only prevents this journey into the core of their being, but also stops you and your partner from plunging into the inner centres. The sex act in this first type is just the meeting of two thought processes and not of two feeling processes. The feeling processes remain hidden and unexplored.
In the second type, depicted through a ‘triangle’ — there is a possibility of oneness. The two angles in the geometrical figure is the base — you and your beloved. While in the sex act, suddenly you merge into each other, dissolve into each other, becoming one like the third angle of the triangle. Light sparks for a moment and in that very moment, you enter into the core, into oneness. In that moment there is no difference between you and your beloved. In simple word, the sex act becomes formless, just like an ocean. Tantra says that this is better than the square meeting because at least for a moment, there is oneness, taking the communion to supreme bliss.
However, the third type, depicted through a ‘circle’ — is the real tantric meeting. It would be an act where continuous energy will flow. It is not momentary or temporary, but is actually infinite. There is no time in it and this occurs only when you are not seeking release and remain at the beginning. If you are seeking release, the act will become a triangle. Remaining at the beginning is the sutra, the key for synchronicity — diving more deeply, immersing into each other, enjoying the communion of two bodies, the two souls further melt into each other. Just remember to remain in the present, forget that you have to reach somewhere. There is no goal-post, just the beginning. This is the key to turn the sexual act into a deep spiritual communion.
The moment you drop the ‘seeking’ and remain in the present, your act of physical intimacy will be transformed into a spiritual hymn that would reverberate inside you, and not just remain a physical act where you and your partner are rushing toward a release. The two bodies merge into each other creating eternal music, and the resultant energy will allow you to enter into the vastness of samadhi. This, Osho has described as Super Consciousness. And, one will be surprised that this sex act becomes nonsexual, thereby launching you into an ocean of meditation. Antah Swanubahvananda, Vikalponmuktagochara, Yavastha Bharitkara, Bhairvi Bhairavatmanah. This inner experience will be free from all the thought processes, thereby, triggering an inner awakening — the state of Bhairava, the transcendental state of Consciousness.
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