SEX TABOO

THE NATURE-NURTURE DEBATE/REPRODUCTION VERSUS LOVE

SEX TABOO

In the natural world, most creatures are ruled by the powers of nature. Their lives are determined by natural forces and are dependent on them. But intelligent creatures, homo sapiens or modern humans for example, are able to control and even transform nature. They appeared on planet Earth some 300,000 years ago. After mastering fire and developing agriculture, they have built cities and transformed their habitat and, in the process, they have transformed themselves.

In general animals are governed by mating seasons which ensure the survival of the species but modern humans do not need sex to reproduce. They have developed in vitro fertilisation and eugenics. Sex is perceived more as an expression of love and a source of pleasure.

Backward peoples still consider sex as a mere reproduction instrument much needed for survival and which guarantees supremacy of males who think it is their right to fornicate and rape. Culturally advanced peoples have a different perception. Backward peoples practise genital mutilation to prevent women from enjoying sex; LGBT people are persecuted, punished and murdered because their behaviour does not assist procreation and the precious semen is wasted. Non-reproductive sex is considered a sin by these bachward peoples. I remember how scared my male Catholic friends were to confess masturbation and wet dreams. They were admonished for these horrible sins which meant a one-way ticket to hell. I also remember what my female HSC students (Hindu, Muslim and Christian) once told me: “Since the front door must not be used, we use the back door.”

Although Pope Francis has called the story of Adam and Eve a fable for children; although Pope Francis sees no sin in the love between Adam and Steve, religious bigots continue to curse free love and harass people who think and behave differently as far as sex is concerned.

Although the Holy Koran is clear about gender equality, some religious leaders still preach the inferiority of women. This is what the Holy Koran says: (my translation)

1. “Ena pou dimande ki bizen fer kan enn fam gagn so reg. Dir ki sa li enn boubou, enn endispozision. Kan enn madam gagn so reg, pa sey penetre li (li gagn dimal). Kan so reg fini, lerla zot kapav viv enn lavi konzigal normal. Bondie kontan bann ki repanti kan zot finn fer erer e ki viv enn lavi prop. To fam li to partner dan devlopman e ansam zot kapav fer enn zoli travay dan respe Bondie. Koumsa to sir to pou beni. Proklam bon nouvel ar tou bann krwayan. (2:222)

2. Bondie ti reponn zot lapriyer:
‘Mo pa ignor travay nenport kisannla, ki li zom, ki li fam. Zom ek fam egal. (3:195)

3. O limanite, vener to Bondie ki ti kre twa ar enn senp atom e ar sa mem atom la li ti fer to partner… (4:1)

4. Bann krwayan, zom kouma fam, zot konplemanter. Zot devlop seki bon e zot konbat lemal. Zot fer lapriyer e zot donn sarite. Zot obeir Bondie ek So mesaze… Bondie donn bann vre krwayan zom ek fam enn plas dan Paradi. (9:72)

India, the caste-ridden country, the land of growing fascism and persecution of ethnic minorities, has a great message of love for the whole world – indeed life is a contradiction, the main message of The Bhagavad-Gita. In true Indian culture, sex is not a sin and homosexuality is neither a sin nor a crime. Read the Kama Sutra and visit the Khajurao Temples and you’ll understand.

Find out also about Hijras. This is what Wikipedia has to say:

“Since the late 20th century, some hijra activists and non-government organizations (NGOs) have lobbied for official recognition of the hijra as a kind of “third sex” or “third gender”, as neither man nor woman.[15] Hijras have successfully gained this recognition in Bangladesh and are eligible for priority in education.[16] In India, the Supreme Court in April 2014 recognized hijras, transgender people, eunuchs, and intersex people as a ‘third gender’ in law. Nepal, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh have all legally accepted the existence of a third gender, with India and Nepal including an option for them on passports and certain official documents.”

But in the trilingual paradise of semi-linguals and maha-Tartuffes don’t be shocked if you find rampant prejudices and intolerance.

19.02.20

SUFISM

DAN PARADI TRILENG

SUFISM

RUMI

Sufism is a very open-minded, tolerant and all-encompassing practice of Islam and it could one day be the powerful Islamic ‘ecumenical’ drive to iron out division and conflicts within Islam.

The 13th century Persian poet and theologian, Rumi, is a perfect exemplar of mystic poetic Sufism. Look at one of his poems taken from his book the Masnavi:

I died to the mineral state and became a plant,
I died to the vegetal state and reached animality,
I died to the animal state and became a man,
Then what should I fear? I have never become less from dying.
At the next charge (forward) I will die to human nature,
So that I may lift up (my) head and wings (and soar) among the angels,
And I must (also) jump from the river of (the state of) the angel,
Everything perishes except His Face,
Once again, I will become sacrificed from (the state of) the angel,
I will become that which cannot come into the imagination,
Then I will become non-existent; non-existence says to me (in tones) like an organ,
Truly, to Him is our return.

Now the Mauritian version by D.V:

Kan mo nepli ti mineral, mo ti vinn enn plant;
Kan mo nepli ti vezetal, mo ti vinn zanimo;
Kan mo nepli ti zanimo, mo ti vinn dimoun.
Ki ena pou per? Lamor finn fer mwa vinn pli gran.
Kan mo kit lemonn dimoun mo pou vinn ankor pli gran;
Mo pou anvole dan liniver anzelik;
Apre mo pou kit liniver bann anz
Parski nanye pa permanan apart Li,
E mo pou aret evolie parski mo pou aret ekziste
Pou vinn enn ar Enn,
Enn ki retourn dan ENN.

Rumi’s poetry has the power to describe creation in a few words which echo Darwinism before the word. They also remind us of the basic tenets of reincarnation and Moksha when the spark of life returns to the Original Flame. This is a great message of LOVE.

01.02.20