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…)
Every time dharma is threatened Vishnu mounts his eagle, the mighty Garuda, and comes to earth ready to battle. The descents of Vishnu from Vaikuntha to earth are his avatars or incarnations. The form of each descent is different because the demands of the world each time are different. (more…)
“That’s what is it. Not this, not that, this too, that too. That’s who we are – ‘Tat tvam asi’.”
God and Goddess.
Purusha and Prakriti.
Observer and observation.
Subject and object. (more…)
“Shiva is a form of Vishnu and Vishnu a form of Shiva. Shiva dwells in the heart of Vishnu while Vishnu in the heart of Shiva.” (Skanda Upanishad)
Hari-Hara is composite form of God Vishnu (‘Hari’) and God Shiva (‘Hara’). Shiva, the ash-smeared ascetic, represents the realized soul who withdraw from the world. Vishnu, the gold-bedecked king, represents the realized soul who participates in the world. (more…)
The ‘Trimurti’ is a concept in Hinduism in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified by the forms of ‘Brahma’ the creator, ‘Vishnu’ the maintainer or preserver and ‘Shiva’ the destroyer or transformer. (more…)
THE POINT OF SHIVA & SHAKTI – The Soul
The dot represents the soul, the formless divine within us. Without the point no circle (symbol of universe) can not be drawn and no square (symbol of culture) constructed. Just as the existence of the circle presupposes the existence of the central point, the existence of the world presupposes the existence of a witness of the world – the soul (‘Atma’). (more…)