The reflection on the repulsive nature of the body is also referred to as the contemplation on the thirty-two parts of the body. The term repulsive nature needs to be clearly understood since experiencing aversion toward the body would indicate that our meditation practice was off course. There is nothing inherently ugly or wrong with the body; it is not something to be despised. On the contrary, we need to treat it with respect and care. The word repulsive is used merely to indicate that there are some aspects of the body that are difficult to see when we are blinded by passion and sense desire.

Matthew Flickstein, Swallowing the River Ganges