” [Brhad-Âranyaka Upanisad, 6.4.20]1 Whenever the issue of Love, Nudity, Sex and Hinduism comes into picture, we usually get any one of the following reactions- 1] The Westerners in general and Western scholars doing South Asian studies [for example RISA2] in particular, and their Indian counterparts who consider Hinduism to be mix of voodoo and pornography. Now I will examine, how valid is both of these perspective. release from further transmigration..”5 So, according to Hindu scheme of thing, even though Enlightment is the ultimate goal of life, it encourages people to enjoy everything and fulfill all material desires. It can be achieved only when all material desires are quenched.
Moksha – liberation from the cycle of reincarnation According to Kama Sutra, “IN the beginning, the Lord of Beings created men and women, and in the form of commandments in one hundred thousand chapters laid down rules for regulating their existence with regard to Dharma, Artha, and Kama.” 4 Further it says- “MAN, the period of whose life is one hundred years, should practise Dharma, Artha and Kama at different times and in such a manner that they may harmonize together and not clash in any way.
Sex as Yajna: Yajna or sacrifice is derived from root word “Yaj”. Max Muller defines Yajna is an act by which we surrender something for the sake of gods”6. It is an act by which the couples surrender their ego, in order to gain pleasure, progeny, eventually even enlightment.
Although some Hindu dharmic texts contain injunctions against homosexuality, a number of Hindu mythic stories have portrayed homosexual experience as natural and joyful.
Same-sex relations and gender variance have been represented within Hinduism from Vedic times through to the present day, in rituals, law books, religious or so-called mythical narratives, commentaries, paintings, and sculpture.
Verily, indeed, as great as is the world of him who sacrifices with the Vâjapeya (“Strength-libation”) sacrifice, so great is the world of him who practises sexual intercourse”7 (Brhad-Âranyaka Upanisad) These verses clearly shows that, sex was treated as a form of worship, an act to not only fulfill one”s desires and gain pleasures, but also as an act of sacredness. When in such embrace your senses are shaken as leaves, Enter this shaking. These verses clearly indicate how sexual act can be utilized for achieving enlightment. As in a sexual act, the couple leaves behind their ego and unites with each other and achieves sexual ecstasy.