On Recent Criticism Of Our Divine Art – And Attendant Legal Threats Surmounted

I must say - this is the first time (that I can recall) that one of our posts has apparently attracted the threat of legal action, police enforcement, and imprisonment. But rather … unexpected dimension is not why I'm posting this cap here with commentary. Rather, I want to take a look at various of … Continue reading On Recent Criticism Of Our Divine Art – And Attendant Legal Threats Surmounted

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

KalaRatri for Chaitra Navratri – The Black Night of Unveiling, The Night of Death

The Seventh Night of #NavRatri is dedicated to Kalaratri - The Night of Death, the Blackest Night, the Darkness at the End of Time Herself ! And yet, as has become something of our theme whenever we discuss the Devi - we are vehement in pointing out that this is only one side to Her, … Continue reading KalaRatri for Chaitra Navratri – The Black Night of Unveiling, The Night of Death

Chandraghanta for Chaitra Navratri – Radiancy of the Foe-Destroying Splendorous Moon

The Third Night of #NavRatri is dedicated to Ma as Chandraghanta - which we might directly translate as 'Moon Bell', although this does not *quite* capture the true sense of the latter term's meaning.  Now a Ghanta, for us, is a bell. Particularly of the sort rung during religious purposes. The sense is not merely … Continue reading Chandraghanta for Chaitra Navratri – Radiancy of the Foe-Destroying Splendorous Moon

The Dhyana of the Dancing Shiva

आंगिकम भुवनम यस्यवाचिकं सर्व वाङ्ग्मयमआहार्यं चन्द्र ताराधितं नुमः (वन्दे) सात्विकं शिवम् Angikam Bhuvanam YasyaVachikam Sarva VangmayamAaharyam Chandra TaradiTam Numah (Vande) Satvikam Shivam Whose Body is the Universe[Whose] Divine Vocalization is the Language of All[Whose] Adornments are the Moon and the StarsTo You we Bow in Reverence, the Truth, Lord Shiva ! ॐ नमः शिवाय ! … Continue reading The Dhyana of the Dancing Shiva

Divine Play – The Unfurling Mythic Universe As Wargame And Drama In Nordic And Hindu Perception 

As we move toward the close of 2021, there's something I feel is relevant to share. It uses the Binding of Fenrir as a framing device, but has a far broader saliency. And far more personal relevance and application. I've had a rather … difficult - indeed, downright tempestuous, in some respects - last few … Continue reading Divine Play – The Unfurling Mythic Universe As Wargame And Drama In Nordic And Hindu Perception 

Bhairava & Kali For The Transition Of The Cycle Of Time On New Year’s Eve / Day

There are few situations which cannot be matched with a fine exemplar of the artwork of Abhishek Singh. In this case, he had chosen to depict Bhairava & Kali at the end of a Kalpa ('Cycle of Time'). He later refined the Bhairava into a full-colour work; yet I think that there is something immensely … Continue reading Bhairava & Kali For The Transition Of The Cycle Of Time On New Year’s Eve / Day

Pradosha Vrat – The Fortnightly Evening Observance For Lord Shiva

Pradosha Vrat tonight … so here's a pretty aesthetic shot of the Shiva Temple at Kedarnath Pradosh Vrat [literally 'Evening Observance' - 'Vrata', from the same root as our English 'Word', communicates the sense of a 'Vow', giving somebody your Word] is hailed as an ideal time to approach the Lord in supplication. This is, … Continue reading Pradosha Vrat – The Fortnightly Evening Observance For Lord Shiva

Shiva, Krishna, Arjuna – And Attaining The Weapon Of One’s Dreams 

For some reason, we often seem to encounter ardent Krishna worshippers online who are very keen to denigrate the idea of positively engaging with any other Deities.They have their reasons for pushing that perspective, of course - and if you're really interested in hearing more about them, then you may go ask them yourselves.  Yet … Continue reading Shiva, Krishna, Arjuna – And Attaining The Weapon Of One’s Dreams