100+1 SYMBOL: Rudraksha Beads & Flow of Shiva’s Seeds

The Tapasvin practises celibacy, refuses to have se with woman and father children. Thus he destroys his family tree voluntary. No other living creature can do this. Plants are bound by nature to bear fruit and seed. Animals are bound by nature to mate. Humans are the only creatures for whom reproduction is a choice. The male gender of Lakulesh is thus indicative of choice. Shiva strings the seeds of rudraksha around his neck, instead of sowing them under the ground. Thus he prevents germination. Chain of rudraksha beads represents celibacy. (more…)

THE HINDU – Cafe Papaya: A space for expression

Published in India, June 21, 2013: THE HINDU – A space for expression


Movies, music and food are on the menu of the Cafe Papaya

In 1998, American singer-songwriter Dave Matthews wrote of ‘The Dreaming Tree’, a place beneath which promises held true, fears were conquered and creativity flourished unbridled. In a large house on North Janatha Road, a similar tree exists. Pencilled onto a white wall and lit by sunlight from a skyroof, the tree is packed chock-full of words and images that stand for oneness in Japanese, Hebrew, Tamil, Malayalam and a myriad other languages. It is the epicentre of Kochi’s new creative hub for movies, music and food — Cafe Papaya — a collaborative project between filmmaker Aashiq Abu, photographer Ajay Menon and Avial’s band manager Jithu Livingstone. (more…)

100+1 SYMBOL: Lakulesh & Phallus worth of adoration

Ancients Indian artists used the male body to represents mind. This is because the male genitalia, unlike female genitalia, shows dramatic visual transformation between state of non-arousal and arousal. A flaccid penis indicates an unstirred mind. An erected penis represents a stirred mind. The spurting of semen offers a very visual metaphor to show the submission of the mind to external stimulus. Eyes represent the senses. When the man’s eyes are shut and his penis is flaccid, it indicates a mind that refuses to submit to external stimulus.  (more…)

100+1 SYMBOL – Sound AUM

The vibration of ‘Aum’ symbolises the manifestation of God in form (saguna brahman). ‘Aum’ is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be “Adi Anadi”, without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists. The mantra ‘Aum’ is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme. When taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects: Bhrahma Shakti (creation), Vishnu Shakti (preservation) and Shiva Shakti (liberation, and/or destruction). (more…)