|Earthtribe-Gather: Prayer and Meditation|
6 comments1 Nov 2004 @ 16:09 by martha : Lovely prayer and link John
thanks. It's reassuring to read about people who really care so deeply about humanity.
1 Nov 2004 @ 17:15 by craiglang : Thank you, and interesting, too...
Thank you for a wonderful prayer.
I also wonder - in the post, you mention the deity Kali. I don't know very much about Kali, and I would be very interested to learn more. If you could post some links on that, that would be great.
1 Nov 2004 @ 18:28 by shawa : Beautiful picture, too
Thanks, very inspiring. :-)
2 Nov 2004 @ 05:26 by koravya : Goddess in India
While not very descriptive
concerning Kali in particular,
here is a link to a very good essay
on the comprehensive phenomenon of
the Hindu goddess.*********///
Worship of the Goddess in Hinduism
by Sarah Caldwell
The vast landscape of goddess worship in Hinduism is impossible to grasp in a single lifetime, much less in a brief essay. However the richness of this tradition, and its potential to contribute to the religious understandings of people the world over, is immense. Many people throughout the world are seeking to improve the relations of humans to their physical world, and to one another. In the profound sacred geography of Hinduism, which reveres the earth as a goddess, are plentiful resources for regenerating the ecological awareness of human beings. Whether through participation in pilgrimages to sacred rivers and mountains; through the celebration of the beauty, wisdom, and power of the manifold goddesses in the exquisite rituals of puja; through initiation into the profound mysteries of Kundalini Yoga and Shakta tantra; or simply through the recognition of divinity in the human body of every man and woman, Hindu tradition offers the world an almost infinite array of ways to sacralize every aspect of mundane existence. From cooking to business to pleasure to knowledge, Devi is the source from which all success and joy arise. For those seeking ultimate knowledge, the Sri Vidya practice is arguably the most elaborate and esoteric form of worship of the goddess, and also one of the most theologically complex. It would take many lifetimes to fully grasp the depth of the symbolism and beauty of the ritual practice encoded in its tradition. This form of understanding of goddess has great potential to expand our concept of the divine in many religions. Women, especially those raised within Hinduism, should be encouraged to read and study deeply the meanings of these great traditions, and to realize the presence of the goddess within their own minds and bodies. Men can learn to respect and revere the feminine as well as masculine qualities, and to see Devi in all women. Such an attitude, that embraces all of creation and all beings as pulsations of divine love, will heal and uplift our world.
3 Nov 2004 @ 01:53 by astrid : Thank you, koravya!
The pic is absolutely beautiful and what you say is so very, very wise!Could only be said by an Old Shaman(Soul)...
3 Nov 2004 @ 17:00 by koravya : Note
I haven't said anything here.
This a quote from Sarah Caldwell,
the author of this article.
Couldn't agree more about the picture.
I had the good fortune to have lived
next to the sea in south India near the small town of Cuddalore
on the eastern shore. I watched the Morning dawn
rise over the sea for two years.
Here is a reference to an interpretation of Kali.
"The truth behind the mystery of kali, it seems, is not to be found by a conventional appraisal of her physical appearance. Rather a faithful analysis of the deep symbolism underlying this mighty Goddess is required to penetrate her innermost essence."
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