The fourth suit, pentacle or discs, in the #thesacredindiatarot by #rohitarya embodies the enrgies of Lord Buddha. It's amazing how a materialistic, finance based suit be made so surreal. While working with this suit (but working I mean reading the guidebook and forming my connect by meditating on the images alone and together) I felt a heavy rush of energy all over my body.. I was aware of my aura and my crown chakra was activated. .
We also have the story of Angulimala (Garland of fingers), the skilled robber who would cut the fingers of the people he robbed from as a means of self approval. Eventually when he encountered The Buddha (the town people request His help for the same), he changed and attained Nirvana.. .
There is so much of a connect with this deck as I grew up listening and reading about these stories during my childhood. Sometimes watching and rewatching the television programmes made on the same. .
While growing up
I read about Sita
About her beauty
And most importantly
Her loyalty towards her husband
I read about her sacrifices
And her strength
As she fought
Against the evils of the world
For me it's an inspiration
It's also a curse
For I know the end
End to her loyalty
End to her strength
End to her fight
They say every woman
Is an embodiment of Sita
If that's true
Then I will be left alone
I will be doubted
I will be a tragedy
Just waiting to happen...
Sita is and would always be a part of us and she has always been my biggest strength.....
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Day 20 of the challenge: Shahmaran
Shahmaran, king/queen of the snakes, is a mythological creature from south Asia. The Shahmaran is an intelligent and wise creature, half woman half serpent. After dying her spirit will pass to her daughter.
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‘Sita - An Illustrated Retelling Of The Ramayana’ is the book which has influenced me the most so far. Devdutt Pattanaik, the author and a mythologist, conveys the message of ‘dharma’ of this epic, in simple words and symbolic, beautiful illustrations. Every Indian has heard, ‘All our answers and solutions lie in the Ramayana.’ Devdutt Pattanaik gives justice to this by satisfying our thirst to broaden our horizons with the nectar of this marvellous story for us to relish. .
The book begins with a note to its readers, that the epic speaks of ‘dharma’ meaning human potential and not righteous conduct. This itself addresses the fallacies around this brilliant piece of ancient Indian literature.
The Ramayana is said to have been narrated by Shiva to Shakti, to comfort her in rough times. It was originally written by Valmiki in the form of hymns, who teaches it to the twins, Luv and Kush who in turn present it in front of Ram, the king of Ayodhya, not knowing that he’s their father and also the protagonist of the story they’re singing.
The many characters in the story, each have their own back story, keeping you enthralled till the end. Ram, the scion of the Raghu clan, is the supreme upholder of rules irrespective of the agony these rules bring to his loved ones. His love for Sita and Sita’s love for him create the embodiments of an unconditional relationship. Hanuman, my favourite, stays adorable throughout with his strength, knowledge, wisdom and loyalty. Ravana is the villain you fall in love with. His strength, his powers, his ‘siddha’, his devotion for Shiva, are affirmative. But his greed, seduction attempts to possess Sita and stubbornness bring him closer to his death. .
The themes of Love, Shakti, nature, culture, devotion, desires, adaptation, uncertainties, selflessness, faith, patience and freedom are decoded into the best form, eventually making it a 300+ pages book.
Nonetheless, it will keep you engaged and can bring about a transformation in your life, if you complete reading it.
1 1623 April, 2019
When your Uncle gifts you the one book you had always wanted to read.
From a very very young age, I have always questioned Krishna's actions in Mahabharata. The righteous war or the Dharma Yuddha and everything in between, never felt completely right. I believed that basically it was the winner's side of the story. Maybe that's why I enjoyed reading the Anand Neelkanthan books, Asura and the Ajaya series. However, the fact remained that I had to read the original and I decided that it was best to start with the Gita, instead of the entire Mahabharata. It's been a long time that I could finally lay my hands on this book, but better late than never. How Krishna counsles Arjuna who is unsure if he should take up arms against his own and be responsible for the death and destruction that is to follow, should be interesting. I will be reading it with an open mind.
Anyone who has read the book and has thoughts or views on the same are welcome to comment below. I would love to know !! #bhagavadgita#gitasaar#india#mythology#vedas#indianmythology#reading#booklover#indian
Wishing You All A Very Auspicious And Prosperous #ramnavami .
Navami Tithi Begins = 11:41 on 13/Apr/2019
Navami Tithi Ends = 09:35 on 14/Apr/2019
Ra Means Light, Ma Means Within Me, So, Rama Means The Light Within Me.
Rama Was Born To Dasharath & Kousalya.
Dasharath Means ‘ten Chariots’ The Ten Chariots Symbolize The Five Sense Organs & Five Organs Of Action And Kousalya Means ‘skill’ The Skillful Rider Of The Ten Chariots Can Give Birth To Ram.When The Ten Chariots Are Used Skillfully,Radiance Is Born Within.
Rama Was Born In Ayodhya.
Ayodhya Means ‘a Place Where No War Can Happen’.When There Is No Conflict In Our Mind, Then The Radiance Can Dawn.
The Ramayana Is Not Just A Story Which Happened Long Ago It Has A Philosophical, Spiritual Significance And A Deep Truth In It.It Is Said That The Ramayana Is Happening In Your Own Body.
Your Soul Is Rama, Your Mind Is Sita, Your Breath Or Life-force (Prana) Is Hanuman,
Your Awareness Is Laxmana And Your Ego Is Ravana.
When The Mind (Sita),Is Stolen By The Ego (Ravana), Then The Soul (Rama) Gets Restless.Now The Soul (Rama) Cannot Reach The Mind (Sita) On Its Own. It Has To Take The Help Of The Breath – The Prana (Hanuman) By Being In Awareness(Laxmana) With The Help Of The Prana (Hanuman), & Awareness (Laxmana),The Mind (Sita) Got Reunited With The Soul (Rama) And The Ego (Ravana) Died.
In Reality Ramayana Is An Eternal Phenomenon Happening All The Time.