|In the words of
Dr.D.C.Sen: "When Buddhism declined in India, and Hinduism had not yet risen on her
horizon in the full- ness of its glorious revival, when the idea of a higher life inspired
by a keen sense of mortality and introspection, which was dominant spirit of Buddhism,
declined into scepticism and sensually, and when devotion an absolute trust in God, which
characterized the Pauranci Hinduism, was yet unknown, in the twilight of the transition-
period, mystic rituals of Tantricism ruled Buddishtic and Hindus communities all over
India. The Bamachari Tantriks perpetrated wanton crimes in the name of religion, and the
vast literature they have left us lays down codes for those initiated in the creed, which
totally upset the moral fabric of society.
Sahajiya-cult owed its origin to the Bamachari Buddhists. A process of rituals in which
young and beautiful women were required to be loved and worshipped sought for salvation.
In sexual love there is surely a higher side which points to love divine. The
Sahajiya-cult was originally based upon this idea."6
The Sahajiya creed of Vaishnavism had its great exponent in
Chandidas. Chandidas himself in a poem had mentioned: "Every one speaks of
Sahajiya--but alas! Who knows its real meaning? One who has crossed the region of darkness
(passions) can alone have the light of Sahajiya."
According to Chandidas the object of Parakiya love must remain chaste and she must
sacrifice herself entirely to love but not to any desire.
6 History of Bengali Language and Literature by Dr.
Dinesh Chandra Sen, Calcutta,