Beauties of Meditation 4
Trigger Warning: This post contains EVEN MORE images of unclothed women sitting in non-pornographic religious poses. If you are offended by uncovered human bodies, especially female ones, then skip this post, and have a nice day.
Ironically, the pictures for this “pictorial guide to the harmonious symmetry of the undraped meditatrix” were collected and arranged several months ago, around the time that I posted the third installment of this particular series, and thus when I was still an ordained monk. So this, the fourth installment (the others being here, here, and here, and there may be another after this one, eventually), is the first “girlie” meditation pictorial that I have posted without being, debatably, grotesquely transgressive. Monks aren’t supposed to like girls, or rather they aren’t supposed to like scantily clad or naked ones.
But, I have been a man, and a human, for longer than I was a monk, and it is good to be true to oneself. My fascination with feminine beauty was an instrumental contributing factor, though not the only one, in my exit from the Bhikkhu Sangha, and my relinquishment of the status of a Great Elder. Many purists would of course opine that admiring feminine beauty is a serious no-no, but I really don’t care. I can’t really afford to care because it is built right into me. As the great philosopher Popeye used to say, I yam what I yam (but I ain’t no sweet potato).
On the other hand, I fail to see why pictures such as those which follow should be so outrageous. They are, after all, human beings just sitting there. In fact, it seems to me that a woman in a meditative or prayerful posture is adopting about as non-sexual and non-pornographic of a pose as is humanly possible. What could be less erotic than a spiritual pose associated with the transcendence of worldliness? That has been a central theme of these pictorial posts from the beginning. If a meditating woman with no clothes on is pornographic, then naked women in general are obscene. And they’re all naked under their clothing.
Some people, especially the most religious and the most MGTOW, have been scandalized or outraged by pictures like the ones below, and a few of them expressed outrage, or at least very stern disapproval, in response to previous posts. Why? The pictures are not pornographic, at least not necessarily. Whether they are pornographic or not depends on the attitude of the viewer. Thus if you see pictures of naked women in simple meditative poses as something nasty or wrong or as “porn,” then I would suggest that perhaps you have a dirtier mind than you would like to believe. A few have posited other reasons for sternly disapproving of meditating nudes, for example the belief that most, if not all, of the women who pose for these are abused white slaves; though I really don’t see it. My guess is that most women who pose for these are showing off their “yoga” skills and their, eh, harmonious symmetry, quite willingly. There are a few who are porn models and actresses, so their personal lives may be ethically messed up and unhappy, with drug addictions or deep emotional scars or some such, but I assume that most are exhibitionist amateurs. But anyhow we are dealing with two-dimensional forms here, and not so much actual women meditating or pretending to meditate. All we are seeing is pictures.
Probably since I was a teenager it has struck me that the human race is not yet fully civilized so long as we are unable to look at a person in a state of nature, that is, uncovered by clothing, as one was born, without considering it to be obscene or indecent. Is the human body obscene? That depends on the mental states of the person considering it. But though a person in a state of nature is “indecent,” graphic footage of people shooting and killing others, or even of people simply overflowing with hate, is considered appropriate for prime time public viewing. But this is not the place to dwell on the insanity of human society.
The fact is, though, that we humans are neurotic about sex. Our nearest living relatives, biologically speaking, are chimpanzees, and they reportedly have sex about twenty times per day, even when the females are not in estrus (the number of times increases dramatically when the female chimps are “in season”). We humans, evolutionarily, have moved towards monogamy, but we are still sexual as hell, and the transition is not fully complete. So we are ambivalent, liking sex more than we think we should, and sometimes pretending to be more “proper” than we really are…which borders on dishonesty. It is certainly no coincidence that naked people in pictures considered to be pornographic tend to be at the peak of reproductive age, and healthy-looking enough to be good breeding stock. It’s a matter of mating instincts, and of domesticated animals (that’s us) trying to ignore the fact that we still retain wild instincts. But trying to deny them doesn’t make them go away.
Anyway, I’ve been very busy editing books, communing with a real live beautiful female, and otherwise transitioning out of monasticism and into a more “free form” existence, which includes more embracing of “transgression”—to exist is to transgress. And since, as I say, these images have been waiting in the Beauties of Meditation 4 folder for months, I figure it is convenient to post them now, especially since now I don’t have an Order of monks to scandalize by doing it. If any of you are still scandalized regardless, well, your reactions are your own. Just don’t blame me (or anyone else) if you are unhappy, because from a Buddhist perspective, our dukkha is ultimately all our own doing, and self-inflicted.
One note about my choice of pictures: Some may object to the trend of feminine skinniness in these images. Personally I do prefer more voluptuous, curvaceous females as being more esthetic; but I take what I find on Internet images searches, and it turns out that most women who pose scantily clad or unclad in yoga poses tend to be thin, and maybe even vegan. Also they tend to be young, and of breeding age. We do what we can.
|this one is from a video game I think|
|not sure about the headlights effect|
(it was like this when I found it)
|also not sure about this one|