And so the issue remains unresolved in my mind, at least. If Ahalya was raped, was she guilty? Rama's comment to Sita after he kills Ravana (रावण) would definitely seems to indicate so. Although the narrative of the epic states clearly that Sita is pure, Rama compares her to a sacrificial offering that has been licked by a dog, and tells her she is free to go her own way (Check it out if you don't believe me!!). If Ahalya thought the man in her hut was Gautama, where does the blame lie? And if she thought he was out or sorts, does that mean she knew it was another man? And if she knew what she was doing, is Indra to blame in any way - after all he's not married to Gautama, is he? And are there others way of looking at the episode?
I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any trouble posting comments (you shouldn't) please email your response to me, and I'll post it for you.
~ Account from D.P. Vora's book pg 47-49
** Help me resolve this circularity, please - he's called the thousand eyed god in this version, but the eyes are supposed to be a mitigated form of the 1,000 female genitals in the first place...
- Life, Thought and Culture in India: Centre for Studies in Civilisations, Vol 1 Part 2, ed G.C Pande, 2000
- Wendy Doniger in the History of Religions. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3176562
- Renate Sohnen in SOAS Bulletin: Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/617314 .
- Vora, D.P, 1959, Evolution of Morals in the Epics, Popular Book Depot, Bombay