Tantra and Sacred Art: Exploring Rasa Theory through Yogic Principles

This paper discusses yoga and meditation in order to explore how the para-normal or spiritual experiences caused by these practices imbue sacred Indian art with a magical potency. This potency arises from the revelation of the nature of the symbolic realm of the unconscious mind as well as the a priori structures of the mind-body complex that make thought and cognition possible. Since the earliest times, esotericism in India has allied itself with art. I say ‘allied’ rather than ‘expressed’ itself because esotericism used art both as a medium of spiritual reportage as well as an aid to spiritual practice. Classical Indian art theory did not distinguish between the purely aesthetic and the doctrinally significant. My focus shall be on how tantrism relates with art. Continue reading