Being fearful, passive, secretive, uncreative, and passionless are the signs of the victims of erotized
The second of these papers, Philip Lutgendorf's "The Secret Life of Ramcandra of Ayodhya," provides a provocative and insightful introduction to an important but largely unexplored aspect of Rama worship, the tradition of erotized
devotion as practiced by the Rasik Sampraday of Ramanandi monks in Ayodhya.
50) Similarly, one comes across references to the gopas' wish to become women so that they may directly experience the madhuryabhava, or state of erotized bliss, generally regarded as the highest expression of bhakti.
Thus Ila is made female because of the sages' visual transgression in casting their erotized male gaze upon the Mother Goddess engaged in the sexual act with the powerful phallic divinity Siva.