The Divine Empress And The Fire God – Beautiful Newari Art And The Durga Suktam

Very, very cool ! On the left, is Maheshvari (Devi) - on the right, Agni. Now, it might at first seem a little curious - we are used to thinking of Agni as a 'two-faced' figure in the iconography. Yet in a way … These depictions are, quite literally, two sides of the same artwork. … Continue reading The Divine Empress And The Fire God – Beautiful Newari Art And The Durga Suktam

On The True Meaning Of Kali Standing Above Shiva – The ‘Dark’ Devi Uber Alles

This style of Kali depiction is probably one of the most familiar forms of Hindu deific representation to many of us here in the West. It's remarkably prevalent - and along with it comes a curiously insistent similarly 'pop-culture' perspective as to what's represented there within. To paraphrase the sort of thing I'm referring to … Continue reading On The True Meaning Of Kali Standing Above Shiva – The ‘Dark’ Devi Uber Alles

The Vitality of the Universe Entire – On MahaGauri, SiddhiDhatri, and Demeter

The Eighth Night of #NavRatri is dedicated to MahaGauri - The Great Beauty, The 'Great White One' ; The Ninth Night of NavRatri, to Siddhidhatri - the Bestower of Boons, The Giver of Empowerment. Both because I am rather late in my finishing of this piece - but also due to a certain underlying thematic unity ...  … Continue reading The Vitality of the Universe Entire – On MahaGauri, SiddhiDhatri, and Demeter

On Goddess, The Gender of the Moon, And Insistent Paradigmatic Error-ism

There's one point which seems to keep coming up when the fact of an Indo-European male Moon deific is raised.Namely, the notion that this is an impossibility - or, at the very least, a glaring incongruity - because we know with our modern scientific perspective that the Moon 'receives' the light from the Sun. There … Continue reading On Goddess, The Gender of the Moon, And Insistent Paradigmatic Error-ism

In Honour Of The BanaLingam Upon The Occasion Of Its Arrival – The Living Altar Of Narmada That Is Shakti & Shiva Rightfully Conjoined

We have attained the BanaLinga ! Yet what is this mighty stone, inset within a shining Yoni of Silver ?  The easiest way to explicate it is to start with the very basic and work our way up from there. At its core, a ShivLing is an 'aniconic' embodiment of the Lord Shiva. It may also … Continue reading In Honour Of The BanaLingam Upon The Occasion Of Its Arrival – The Living Altar Of Narmada That Is Shakti & Shiva Rightfully Conjoined

Salutations To The Shivas – Glorious Modern Hindu Art Of MahaDeva & Devi, And The Uma Maheshwara Stotram Of Adi Shankara

Beautiful art of Lord Shiva & Devi, by Tanushree Ghosh Goes rather nicely with Adi Shankara's Uma Maheshwara Hymnal: नमः शिवाभ्यां नवयौवनाभ्यांपरस्पराश्लिष्टवपुर्धराभ्याम् ।नगेन्द्रकन्यावृषकेतनाभ्यांनमो नमः शङ्करपार्वतीभ्याम् ॥ 1 ॥ Salutations to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shiva,Who are always in a fresh stage of youth,Who cling to each other in a tight embrace,Of whom one is the … Continue reading Salutations To The Shivas – Glorious Modern Hindu Art Of MahaDeva & Devi, And The Uma Maheshwara Stotram Of Adi Shankara

The Heavy Illumination Of Etymology And Folk Etymology Comparatively Considered

Something I have just been thinking about is the etymology of 'Guru'. From PIE 'Gwrehus' ['Heavy'], same place as Latin 'Gravis', English 'Gravitas' [or 'Grave' in the sense of serious] Effectively, therefore, "One Whose Words Have Weight" Although it should also be noted that 'Guru' has a general sense in Sanskrit to refer not only … Continue reading The Heavy Illumination Of Etymology And Folk Etymology Comparatively Considered

‘Mother And Motherland Are Higher Than Heaven’ – An Arya Akasha Analysis Of A Beauteous Maxim

'Mother And Motherland Are Higher Than Heaven' - An Arya Akasha Analysis Of A Maxim Today marks Republic Day in India. जय हिंद ! The dual commemorations it is keyed to being the promulgation of India's Constitution in 1950, and the declaration by the Indian National Congress in 1930 of their intent to fight for … Continue reading ‘Mother And Motherland Are Higher Than Heaven’ – An Arya Akasha Analysis Of A Beauteous Maxim

Furor Teutonicus And Furor Poeticus – The Furious Goddess-Given Power Of Both Barbarian And Brahmin Alike

Something I have long advocated, is that the two forms of 'Furor' spoken about - "Furor Teutonicus" ('Germanic Fury' - Berserk Battle-Rage) and "Furor Poeticus" (The 'Fury of the Poet' - Artistic Inspiration of a certain all-consuming caliber) are, in essence, the same quality. Just differently expressed.  On the surface, this can sound curious. After … Continue reading Furor Teutonicus And Furor Poeticus – The Furious Goddess-Given Power Of Both Barbarian And Brahmin Alike