The Art of Seduction by Seema Anand (Transcript)

Seema Anand

In this TEDx talk, Dr. Seema Anand explores how narratives on arts of seduction have been lost and in the evolution of their vocabulary, the implications have changed. Working with the range of what ‘story’ can mean to an individual Seema facilitates the learning processes of ‘telling’, ‘listening’, ‘acknowledging’ and ‘rejecting’ the narratives that make up our lives and our social interactions to enhance communication, build links and open dialogue.

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If we begin with the construct that we are a collection of stories, we are the stories that we tell, the stories that we believe, and equally the stories that we choose to ignore. And so I’m going to revisit some of these old forgotten lost stories today.

Story of Creation according to Hindu beliefs

Let’s start at the beginning. Let’s start with the story of creation. You know, creation is not a simple process and let no one ever tell you other ways.

According to Hindu belief, it is not even a one-man job. You need three people for it. You need one to create; one to preserve and want to destroy. But Brahma is the great Father, the Creator. When Brahma created the world from his mind, he decided in his arrogance that he was also going to be master of life and death.

And for this world that he was going to create, he was going to populate it with beings that were both man and woman in one body, beings that could self-fertilize.

So the plan was – he was going to get these beings to create a child from within themselves without any outside help, feed and look after this child for six years at which point the child would become self sufficient and the parent being would automatically die off. So in Brahma’s world, there was going to be no mess, no overcrowding.

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But when he actually created these beings from his mind, he discovered that they were all men. The creator hadn’t quite worked out how to manifest a woman. Shiva came to the rescue. Shiva is one of the Trinity; he’s the destroyer. And Shiva is married to Mother Earth.

Shiva came in and he reached into Brahma’s mind and he pulled out a woman. Brahma’s mind-born daughter. And then he explained to Brahma about men and about women and about the ecstasy of coming together.

Unfortunately Brahma wasn’t listening because he had taken one look at his beautiful mind-born daughter and decided he wanted her. And Shiva had had to sit back and watch the great father lusting after his own daughter, chasing his daughter all over the cosmos because he wanted to possess her.

And he realized what kind of sin he had brought into the world. So to try to mitigate the sin, Shiva castrated himself. He merged with his own wife and he went back to Brahma. And he said “Okay. Look plan A, this is how you create a being that’s both man and woman in one body. Let’s go back to this plan.”

But by now Brahma had known the ecstasy of coming together. So he pried apart Shiva from his wife and he said “From now on men and women will be born a separate entities, they will live a separate entities and they will know the joy of union.”

And then Brahma created a race of men, and a race of women. He paired them up together and he said “Go and populate my world”.

Unfortunately nothing happened, because no one knew what to do. So Shiva once again came to the rescue and he said to the men and women, he said “Go and tickle each other and the rest will follow”.

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