100+1 SYMBOL: Narayana & Lotus, In Which Resides Brahma

Narayana’s slumber represents a state when the consciousness is totally unresponsive to the world around. So deep is the slumber that Narayana is not even aware of himself. This is ‘pralaya’ dissolution, the period before the split between Purusha and Prakritri. There is neither observer nor observation. Things have no form or name. Space collapses. Life entropies into the formless, nameless mass – the ocean of milk. Time is no longer sequential. The past, present and future telescope into each other. The serpent of time coils rather than slithers. (more…)

KHAJURAHO EROTIC TEMPLES: Do Not Ban It – Understand It!

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India. The temples are famous for their nagara style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 CE by the Chandela dynasty. Historical records note that Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by 12th century, spread over 20 square kilometres. Of these, only about 20 temples have survived, spread over 6 square kilometres. (more…)

100+1 SYMBOL: Ardhanarishvara

Ardhanarishvara symbolizes that the male and female principles are inseparable.The composite form conveys the unity of opposites in the universe. The male half of Ardhanarishvara stands for Purusha and female half is Prakriti. Purusha is the male principle and passive force of the universe, while Prakriti is the female active force; both are “constantly drawn to embrace and fuse with each other, though separated by the intervening axis”. The union of Purusha (Shiva) and Prikriti (Shiva’s energy, Shakti) generates the universe, an idea also manifested in the union of the Linga of Shiva and Yoni of Devi creating the cosmos. (more…)