Glass Barriers
a romantic fiction novel in India by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Volume 5A of the 12-volume series, The Lodging for the Rose

Page 58
Chapter 7 - Dimensions of Dancing

      "That's the kind of society we have been building," I said to Indira, "in which rape is becoming evermore dominant in the face of a vanishing sense of humanity and a growing isolation of people from one another. We have created a tragically poverty-stricken society. We've become small. We have become so poor as human beings that the simplest things don't work anymore, and the most deeply seated needs remain unmet. That is why I said earlier that love is the most precious light we have, and we seldom ever realize how precious this light is until it goes out. Rape isn't the rage of a deranged mind, with a few rare exceptions. It is one of the symptoms of a deranged society in which the human dimension has been relegated to the trashcan. Greed unfolds in the same manner. Greed is a rage of stealing, a different kind of rape that totally ignores the human dimension. Then take power. It's the same thing. Even terrorism is the same thing. It's all rape in the broader sense. And so is religious terrorism, and violent terrorism, and nuclear-threat terrorism. It's all the same thing, Indira. Each one of these takes us further and further away from the human dimension and its principle. It takes us away from the precious light of love, into an ever-deeper denial of it. Of all these, so it appears to me, sex may be the easiest case to sort out. Maybe that is why Mary put it onto the table and into two separate development streams."

      "I agree, it has many facets," said Indira.

      I suggested that human sexuality fulfills a greater purpose than just being a necessity for procreation. "There appears to be a profound human need attached to it on a continuing basis that is related to our unity as human beings. It brings us together not just for procreation, but for much more than that. In this higher dimension, for which there exists a real need, our acceptance of ourselves, our love for our humanity and one-another should be promoted and expanded. Human sex comes with a built-in need, which reflects a spiritual need, the fulfillment of which is foundational for civilization. Civilization is the outcome of our functional unity as human beings. Without that, we would have no civilization. Sex appears to be a part of the process that causes this unity to unfold. Unfortunately this dimension has been kept small, as mall as it can be, being confined to a singularity of two. That is what empires depend on, and that in turn might be the reason why society has not been able to free itself from the yoke of empires for over 4,000 years of struggling to do so."

      "This greater need, the fulfillment of which can take us out of our struggles, fortunately be easily satisfied with an intelligent approach in which sex becomes recognized as a higher level spiritual quality of our humanity that makes the human dimension rich and infinitely wide in its individuality," said Indira."

      "Our sexual dimension should therefore be elevated and be celebrated for its spiritual nature that is reflected in our corporeality," I said in total agreement. "It shouldn't be bottled up and be privatized."

      I suggested to Indira that all related aspects follow the same pattern. If love is bottled up and privatized into something small and narrow then the world falls into rape greed, power, and terrorism. "These happen when the spiritual dimensions of our humanity have been so deeply trashed that nothing works anymore at the physical level. We simply cannot get away from this interconnection. The horror and inhumanity that see so much of in modern times are symptoms of a desperately impoverished society. This means that we need to develop the spiritual dimension of our humanity once again, which has been lost, and that we develop it more fully than ever before. Mary suggests that we can do this scientifically in all cases, through scientific development, including in the case of sex. The way I see it, she suggested that sex could be raised to something much more profound than exists at the merely moral level. She speaks of the infinite and absolute, the universal All, and of the scientific and spiritual development that can open a portal to it. In other words, the real adventure in our spiritual journey hasn't even begun in any stream of our self-discovery when we remain stuck at that the moral level where we are merely living, but are not really alive. Mary called the moral level, transitional. In other words, it is a place that we want to get away from as quickly as possible and step up to higher ground. Mary puts all of her references to sex onto the moral level, and that attaches a mandate for us to uplift the concept out of the lifeless, precarious, and meaningless, towards something profound. The Hindus seem to have done this to some degree. Helen calls the lateral lattice of hearts that she sees as the reality of our being, the domain of our joy. A singularity of two doesn't fit into that reality. Neither does it fit into the development streams in which Mary references sex. The singularity of two doesn't allow one to raise the dimension of the spiritual it to something as profound as a universal principle? Helen also refers to the lateral lattice where we all stand side by side with one another as the domain of our economic development. That reflects the characteristics of the first development stream where Mary puts sex into. This places sex in conjunction with joy and economic development, and the universal kiss."

      "What a beautiful spiritual dance we have unfolding here!" Indira commented.

      "That's quite a unique perspective of sex, isn't it?" I said and nodded. "I wonder if Mary would agree with Helen."

      "That does it matter if Mary would agree? I do agree," said Indira. "Nevertheless the conjunction also looks somewhat like a paradox to me," said Indira. "I can see economics and joy being related, but sex doesn't seem to be related to economic development at all, or is it?"

      "Didn't you tell me the Chandela people built 85 temples in Khajuraho? They were all built with a profusion of sexual images, were they not?" I asked. "There is your link, Indira. They way I see it, a huge economic capacity must have stood behind that kind of accomplishment. Building immense temples involves an enormous economic effort, and more so the building of 85 of them in a short time frame. I think the two aspects unfold together, the economic, and the spiritual and sexual."

      "Did your friend Helen know about these temples?"

      I shook my head. "If she did, she never said so. I assume that these universal principles had universal effects, which she felt in her own life to some degree. It appears that the effect of universal principle are all related," I added. "Both seem to pertain to the fuller development of our humanity in which we find our identity as human beings. If we develop one aspect, other aspects appear to follow. Maybe my friend Helen understood this. She also was a beautiful sexual woman and quite a joy to be with. However, I also think that the real solution to the great paradox about sex, that you mentioned, lies somewhere else."

      "And where would that be, Peter?" Indira asked and laughed.

      "Don't laugh; you're part of the solution of the paradox, Indira."

      "Me? No, Peter."

      "Sure you are. The solution to the paradox is reflected in the way you're dressed, Indira. Isn't it paradoxical that the modern fashion designers are making extraordinary efforts to cover up as little as possible in designing woman's clothing, and society loves their creations? But when it comes to going all the way, and covering nothing up, society says, hold everything, you can't do this! Isn't that a paradox? Isn't there some dishonesty involved? I think if we lift sex out of the doldrums and into the whirlwind, the passion becomes a fire that would also become reflected in economic development. And that in a sense is reflected in you clothing. It makes the scene richer by adding a beautiful cultural element without taking anything away."

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