8.15.2006

A night with Nava Shakti - Chamunda.






















She woke up in cold sweat,
What was that?
All she remembered were those eyes.
A man moved around,
A lightning in the dark, two eyes so powerful
Swept the air as they danced to his beat.
He resounded again...

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

She stood, silent looking at the sea,
The waves advancing with force washing her feet,
Giving additional rhythm to the drumbeat.
The moon swayed in the night sky,
Tossing among silent clouds
As the wind whistled on.
The mridangam beat reverberated in her mind...

She raised her feet, looked up to the air and called to the Goddess Chamunda.

Oh Mother
Help me perform the very dance,
The dance of fury
The dance of lightning
Those very steps that you walk...

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

The feet raised, the body moves
The muscles wake up
To the calls of the night
The cat moves in stealth
Chamunda descends

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

The dimly lit cloudy stage
The wet floor with waves
The slow beat in the waters
A trident gold the goddess awakes
The spirit invoked

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

The muscles like a panther move
The feet agile, the body smooth
The steps sure, the earth resounds
Sending ripples through the wind
The fury within pours forth

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

Together the beat, together the step
They yield the trident of death
The eyes glow, the limbs move
The grace within unfolds
The bodies arch back, and then attack

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

A red glow in pure white skin
The Goddess shimmers in gold
A deadly trident circles around
Her deft hands behold
The power within

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

The flames light up, the gods descend
The sea recedes and comes forth again
The clouds move, the moon reveals
The bright eyed goddess moves
Crossing the man in rhythmic outburst

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

Their backs meet, their feet retreat
The tridents move like lightening
Circles of light that never meet
As they unite and depart
The energy within overflows

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

The tiger moves, in similar step
As she takes her feet through the air
Her grace her light her charm revealed
She moves in fury
Her feet sink in the sand beneath

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

Such force, the tremors felt
The heart pound the heat rises
Her skin glows, her dress in red
Sways to the wind as she flows
The trident now her halo holds

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

The gods witness the performer go
The man gives the beat to her feet
Her moves so easy her mind so calm
That sways with such delicacy
Through the shaken air

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

Such grace unknown, such power not felt
That brings the great gods to earth
Lord Shiva beholds her silent steps
The shastras of bharata unfold
The dance of fury, the dance of vigor

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||

The moon hides, the sea calm
The man bring down the rhythm
The dance concludes the body weakens
Chamunda withdraws from the being
A miracle engulfed into the silence again.

damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum |
damadamadama | damadamadama | damadamadum ||













Photo courtesy: Glossary of Indian Art | Shunya.net

35 comments:

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

On Yogiraj Krishna's birthday, I would only say that a lay person reads in the popular ‘Hindu’ mythological story, “Chamunda emerged as Chandika from an eyebrow of Goddess Kaushiki and was assigned the task of eliminating the demons Chand and Mund”, and maybe it is only a yogi/ one who is conversant with ‘chakras’ who can perhaps see the significance of the “eyebrow”, below which (at the meeting point of the forehead with nose) the ‘Ajna Chakra’ is located, and thereby relate ‘Goddess’ with essence of Moon located at the ‘Sahasrara Chakra’, the essence of the believable illusory universe above it on the human head, and the demons with ‘Rahu’ (planet Mercury that was perhaps believed to be related with Ultra violet rays) and ‘Shukra’ (misnomer ‘Satan’, that is ‘Saturn’, in the CE, for Shukracharya or planet Venus of ‘Hindu’ belief), their essences located at the chest and throat levels respectively...

Happy Janmashtami to all!

kavitha said...

Hi Joshi uncle

Happy Janmashtami to you too. You are right about Chamunda, her twin name is chandika. She has been depicted as a rather fierce goddess though essentially she is an exponent of bharatnatyam herself.

She is known to have performed with sage bhringi when Skanda was born and for this dance Ganesha is supposed to have given the rhythm, hence he has been called Lambodara.

Chamunda and Bhringi perform this dance in the ematiated form, hence it appears as if two skeletons are in dance... quite the opposite of what i have depicted in the post!!!

regds
Kavitha

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

Yogis reportedly also conform to the hierarchy as it apparently exists in all the aspects of ‘Nature’, i.e., some of the sages such as Bhringi might be able to cross the different ‘chakras’ up to ‘Vishuddhi chakra’ to reach the ’Ajna Chakra’, the essence of Earth or Shiva or the final check-post to achieve “Siddhi” or all round knowledge only if okayed by Parvati or the essence of Moon at ‘Sahasrara Chakra’.

The story thus shows how sage Bhringi - like Ravana, an ardent devotee of Shiva in the Tretayuga was discourteous to Sita - didn’t worship Parvati even when Shiva acquired the Ardhanarishwar form and remained inside His male part as a bee after boring a hole into it. Being Bholanath, Shiva reportedly provided a ‘third leg’ to his devotee Bhringi to support him even when Parvati (life giving energy of Moon) had turned him to a mere skeleton. Perhaps thus indicating his burial under earth and thus his reported continued presence at the time of ‘pralaya’, i.e., when Shiva performs Tandava from time to time also! .

JC Joshi said...

To sum it up, stories related to Krishna the Yogiraj, the ‘sudershanchakradhari’, depict His love for Ma Yashoda, the mother of all mothers or the Guru, perhaps the superior most model of moon during Dwaperyuga, who adopted Him… although His natural mother was Devaki, wife of Vasudeva and mother of only one living son out of eight born from her...

Krishna was separated from His ‘natural’ mother immediately after His birth, like child Ganesha’s original head had flown into the sky, cut away by ‘Shani’ that is Saturn, ‘sudershanchakradhari’ or the planet with grand rings or perhaps the physical representation of Lord Vishnu (the infinite universal void) who is famous for His ‘Yoganidra’…Stories indicate Lord Vishnu as the superior form of ‘sudershanchakradhari’ Krishna, the similar characteristic property reflected by planet Jupiter, which has relatively smaller rings. Thus indicating Krishna as a model of planet Jupiter and is associated with Infra red rays or formless pure heat as the energy associated with it…Thus the stories apparently link the universal void to the members of the solar system - and finally to human form through their essences located at different levels, from ‘Ganesha or planet Mars at Mooladhar Chakra’ associated with Krishna to ‘Parvati or Moon at the Sahasrara Chakra’ associated with the Formless…

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

Krishna found His mother, the formless in Ma Yashoda just as ‘Hindus’ found theirs real one in Moon or ‘Chandra-ma’ and perhaps got their name also from it, i.e., Indu, meaning Moon in Sanskrit…Even the ‘wise Hindus’, however, appear to have failed to help the Formless reach His mother, and thus called it unborn and unending, i.e., 'Swayambhu' or the one who appeared on His Own and 'Ananta' or eternal…Thus the search for self or Atman continues since time immemorial...

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

The ‘Hindu’ concept of Shiva (earth) as essence of the universe, and so also temporary or illusory human forms as ‘model of the universe’, leads to the possibility of different continents that float on plates to represent selected eight numbers of galaxies whose essence the selected ‘Nabagrahas’ or nine members of the solar system believably are…If that be so, it is possible that the mythological stories about Kashi on the bank of River Ganga as the original abode of Ardhanarishwar Shiva as the central figure, Rama born at Ayodhya, and Krishna at Mathura, and so on, indicate the Indian sub continent to represent our ‘Milky way galaxy’…

JC Joshi said...

This is in continuation of the comment posted earlier that has remained to be accepted…

Kavitha, you said, “She is known to have performed with sage bhringi when Skanda was born and for this dance Ganesha is supposed to have given the rhythm, hence he has been called Lambodara”…

I would like to add to my comment that, as I had earlier also indicated, as per the moden day ‘scientists’ our galaxy has a bulge in the middle that believably houses a powerful Black Hole, which in the human form is linked by Yogis with essence of planet Mars that is associated with it at the ‘root’ or ‘Mooladhar’. Although it generally refers to a big belly, in the mythological stories, Ganesha the spiritually powerful favourite son of Parvati is specifically referred as ‘Lambodar’…while ‘Skanda' or ‘shoulder’ refers to Kartikeya the physically powerful favourite son of Shiva, representing planet Venus whose essence is housed at the throat level…

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

The comment I have referred above and still remains to be accepted is being given below again...

The ‘Hindu’ concept of Shiva (earth) as essence of the universe, and so also temporary or illusory human forms as ‘model of the universe’, leads to the possibility of different continents that float on plates to represent selected eight numbers of galaxies whose essence the selected ‘Nabagrahas’ or nine members of the solar system believably are…If that be so, it is possible that the mythological stories about Kashi on the bank of River Ganga as the original abode of Ardhanarishwar Shiva as the central figure, Rama born at Ayodhya, and Krishna at Mathura, and so on, indicate the Indian sub continent to represent our ‘Milky way galaxy’…

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

In the nutshell, as I interepret it, the mythological stories indicate ‘Natraj’ or the dynamic planet Earth as the model of the expanding universe. For, as per ‘present-day-scientists’ also, our planet earth and all other Heavenly Bodies contained within the infinite void are also expanding while rotating around their own axes and also revolving around some parent body, i.e., ‘performing the cosmic dance’...

Mythological stories about ‘Yogiraj Krishna’, a re-incarnation of Vishnu or Naadbindu the point source of sound energy (or model of universal void) also similarly depict Krishna directing dance performances by the cowboys and girls of ‘Vrindavan’ to His tunes played on the ‘flute’... The holes in the musical instrument, however, could perhaps be interpreted as representing the believable essences of selected planets, or the eight ‘chakras’, located within the human form, which believably is a model of the universe…Shiva-Shakti, i.e., Earth & the 'mysterious moon' believably represent the essence of the physical forms that apparently fill the infinite void of the universe, as a result of 'Maya' that is illusion...

However, Krishna says that one could reach Him with knowledge and science. However, He likes best His devotee who surrenders in Him...Maybe one could perform Yoga - surrender with knowledge!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mr Joshi, i have just one small story to tell, Once Swami Vivekananda was debating with his peers on the existence of god. As he was a great orator, he wanted to prove his might,so first he argued about the existence of god and won, then again he contradicted his own views and much to the amusement of his peers, he put forwarth strong points on why god does not exist. The inmates of the Mutt were confused. Shri Ramakrishna was watching the proceedings silently.

After Vivekananda had completed his part, shri Ramakrishna takes vivekananda to a place where stray dogs are fighting for a piece of bread that was lying on the road.

There were four stray dogs, three of the dogs were fighting and barking loudly at each other, while the fourth one does not fight, but it takes possession of the bread and runs away. After this incident, Ramakrishna tells vivekananda," My dear Naren, ALthough a person may be very knowledgable, his/ her knowledge should be used only for good purposes, if the person indulges in boasting act, he is compared to the barking dog, he always barks achieving nothing, the person who is truly knowledgable remains silent and perceives his journey to attain Moksha" Hearing this Vivekananda hung his head in shame and from that day onwards used his speaking skills only to preach his spiritual knowledege to others. Hope you understand the moral of this story.

JC Joshi said...

Hi Shri Anonymous,

I hadn’t thought of writing what ‘knowledge’ I had gained after surrender in Krishna till I came across Ms Kavitha’s blog and her attempt to read the minds of the ancient ‘Hindus’ through a variety of their creations related with worship of a variety of deities according to one’s own sweet choice, i.e., whatever or whosoever apparently gave one the feeling of peace and happiness. And, of course, majority just continued to copy generation after generation because they had seen their parents/ majority do it, such that the 'present day' curious youth has become sceptic as their elders by and large are unable to educate their wards on ‘spiritual’ matters…

Personally, with experience, I have come to agree with the ancient saying that a single leaf even can’t flutter without His will!

In a lighter vein, perhaps one of the the morals of the interesting story retold by you could also be that only dogs/ animals live by bread alone! I can’t say if Ramakrishna understood the language of dogs. Many sages reportedly had acquired such powers though…

There are umpteen numbers of such stories told and retold by people at different times to justify their own view-points through their own conclusions derived from those, which might even be seen later to have been contradictory. When Buddha’s thoughts were being compiled after his death, even Buddha was seen to have reportedly given contradictory views on the same issue to two different persons. However, each view was to the satisfaction of the concerned when they had approached him at different times…

Thus eventually today it leaves the ‘lay person’ (who believably, in the words of the ‘wise’ ancients, is an image of the creator oneself – and doesn’t realize it because of lack of knowledge) to choose what the ‘Absolute Truth’ out of all those innumerable available ‘Truths’ could have been! And, unfortunately, one cannot hear it from the mouth of the horse or, rather, God itself!
That perhaps is the beauty of the illusion or ‘Maya’ of the creator…

Hanuman, who is worshipped as ‘sankat-mochan’ that is ‘trouble shooter’, reportedly also wasn’t knowing about his own potential till Jamwant made him aware of it and when he actually realized it because of faith in Lord Rama…

The 'wise Hindus' apparently believed that which doesn’t change with time as the ‘Truth’ and existence of one and only Formless Creator as the “Absolute Truth’…It is only a matter of belief in the wisdom of our ancients…

I have found that ‘Moksha’, like ‘Liberty, equality and fraternity’ in the world that particularly today is filled more with the opposite meaning ones, is used quite often, off hand by many... It would be helpful if you could please throw some light on that for the benefit of the visitors to this blog…Thanks!

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

This is what perhaps the ancients meant by “hurdles in the path of the seekers” (of ‘Truth’, which perhaps meant the ‘Absolute Truth’): There is a long pause, like a ‘commercial break’ in an interesting TV programme, before my request to Mr Anonymous could even be made known to him, which could perhaps have resulted in our receiving pearls of wisdom from Mr Anonymous as gift much earlier!

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

While we await Mr Anonymous’ to let us know what he believes ‘moksha’ means, I would in the meantime like to point out to the cryptic clue about the illusion or ‘Maya’ part of ‘Hindu’ belief in the story about child Krishna insisting on having Moon as a toy to play with (and not the sun, which alone is seen during the day and constantly appears of the same size as full moon, nor any other smaller looking star out of the innumerable ones that also become visible in the night and provide the variety to choose from, perhaps because moon is unique - it alone is changing its form everday, day after day and is so cool too)!

Ma Yashoda didn’t know how to make it understand that moon was too far away in the sky, beyond human reach (a Herculean task for the ‘present day advanced man’ even). However, Nand being a wise man asked just for a basin of water to be placed in the open…

Child Krishna was immediately pacified, and it was happy to see the reflection of the moon on the surface of water. However, when Krishna put its hand into water to take it into it, he naturaly disturbed the image, which started dancing because of the ripples created by its hand (like Chamunda’s ghost apparently danced with that of the sage Bhringi as referred by you!)…

Anonymous said...

Hi Mr Joshi, The original moral of the story was "Men with Ultimate Knowledge never boast of their knowledge, but they remain silent and guide their followers to the ultimate truth(brahman". What Ramakrishna meant was that Vivekananda was wasting his abilities by boastfull lectures and so he wanted Vivekananda to concentrate more on attaining ultimate knowledge rather than showing off his oratary skills. Ramakrishna was believed to have said," OH Naren, This world believes in only people who speak in actions, so never tarry, prove to this world who you are".

If you go through the life history of these great monks, you wil get the message, "A guru is not a person who just teaches, but a one who preaches and practices his teachings". I would end this LOOOOOng lecture of mine by saying, " Actions speak louder than words, so dont speak, practice and prove your theories".

Regards
The wandering traveller

JC Joshi said...

Hi Mr Anonymous,

I am sorry if I have given to you an impression that I was boasting of my having achieved the believably impossible in human form, i.e., become the ‘ultimate knowledge’ or Nirakar Vishnu that resides within everybody, like it believably does within even an atom (a poet has said that each atom shines with the light of the Creator!)… That also I had explained earlier as the limitation in any language to communicate exactly in words the real intent in the heart/ mind of the writer... A couple of my young friends would by now perhaps know that whatever I have been writing (or perhaps am made to write) for the last about eighteen months in Kavitha’s blog are thoughts that I have believed are not ‘mine’…

As apparently understood by the ancients, Man being a model of the formless Supreme Knowledge/ universe can only realize the Absolute Truth that He is alone and He alone is the doer although giving a feeling of doership, and therefore ego, to different forms, including man believably as His best creation - His own ‘image’…

Whatever was needed to be done has already been done by Him in no time...
Maybe one could say that let those who believe they can do better than Him, get out of this already 4.6 billion year old earth (which eternally supplies all the material for human creations to satisfy our ego and to remain lost life-long in the opposites, ‘good’/ ‘bad’, and so on), and create something ‘original’ and ‘new’ to show that they could do a better job than Him!

There is this story retold about a follower of a Guru who saw a new blanket floating in the water. With the idea of getting rid of his old one, he jumped into the river. But soon he was heard shouting to his Guru for help. The Guru asked him to leave the blanket, that was draging him along with the current, and be satisfied with the old one that he already had… The follower said that he was prepared to leave the blanket but the blanket was not leaving him (for it was in fact a bear that appeared as a blanket floating in water and thus creating the illusion)!

Perhaps “Old (really) is gold!”

Best Wishes and regards to ‘Bhringi’ the wanderer!

Anonymous said...

Hi Joshi Uncle, with all due respects to your knowledge and your age, i wish to mention ony one thing, Your comments on Kavitha's blog are very thought provocative, interestings and they throw light upon many things that we did not know. But at the same time, your comments are so Loooooong that the other readers may get distracted from the ost and lose interest in Kavitha's blog, to make matters worse, many readers may stop visiting this blog, so I request you to make your comments," SHORT, SPECIFIC and SWEET. This is just my suggestion. and Iam damn sure that not many will disagree with me. PLease take this as suggestion and not as an insult.
With Warm regards
The Wandering Traveller.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joshi Uncle, with all due respects to your knowledge and your age, i wish to mention ony one thing, Your comments on Kavitha's blog are very thought provocative, interestings and they throw light upon many things that we did not know. But at the same time, your comments are so Loooooong that the other readers may get distracted from the ost and lose interest in Kavitha's blog, to make matters worse, many readers may stop visiting this blog, so I request you to make your comments," SHORT, SPECIFIC and SWEET. This is just my suggestion. and Iam damn sure that not many will disagree with me. PLease take this as suggestion and not as an insult.
With Warm regards
The Wandering Traveller.

kavitha said...

Hi anonymous,

I would like to give you a few facts. The audience on my blog has increased over the last one year and Joshi uncle is one of the regulars on my blog and he has been posting for a year and a half now.

I have an average hit rate of 75 to 100 page views a day and thanks to the many people who visit regularly, and post comments, this blog is doing very well for itself.

I would prefer if comments can focus on the subject and not on the writing styles of people who post here.

Joshi uncle is a valued visitor to my blog and i am willing to lose page views to have him post here. I agree some of his posts are difficult to understand but i think its our inability and lack of time that prevents us from digging deep enough.

I do hope you understand. Meanwhile, it would be a lot better if you came out with your real self, i believe there is nothing to hide here... under anonymous..

regds
Kavitha

Aswin said...

Hi Kavitha and Joshi uncle, my humble apologies for the anonymouse comments, I no longer want a veil to share my view.

I wish to say that i am not pointing out at Joshi uncle's way of writing nor am I trying to find fault with his views. I was just trying to tell Joshi uncle that long messages do not reach out to ordinary people like me, i agree that it's mainly due to lack of interest, but to be practical, when you are genuinely interested in gaining knowledge on a subject, but you find that the teacher(who is very knowledgable) gives out a very long lecture to you, it is natural for you to lose interest at one point. As for the number of visitors, I agree that I am wrong in my comments.

But to sum it all, i still strongly believe that Joshi uncle should share his knowledge in a more orderly way. This is my suggestion, JUST a Suggestion, I may be wrong. I hope that you take it in the right spirit.
Regards
Aswin

Aswin said...

Hi Kavitha and Joshi Uncle, please do check this blog, http://www.arunachalagrace.blogspot.com/ it is one of those rare blogs on Thiruvannamalai.

JC Joshi said...

Hi anonymous,

Thanks! I would have liked it lot better if you had set an example by writing your own ‘short’ and ‘sweet’ views on ‘Moksha’…
No, like another great personality, Buddha the light of Asia, I do not mind it at all for I believe it’s not a particular individual that one insults. History or mythology believably repeats - Krishna in Gita also says that if you abuse another person you are abusing Him instead as He resides within all…

I have in fact told Kavitha and Felix also that one should not hesitate and ask questions when and if something isn’t clear…

I had found Kavitha was interested to read the minds of the ancients through their creations…The problem however is existence of innumerable views and I have only been trying to reach at the essence (Shiva, by definition) of ‘Hindu Philosophy’ of innumerable Gods…

Kavitha, if one is interested in a particular subject one anyway finds time for it. The Indian youth is more attracted towards everything ‘foreign’ or ‘western’ today. There is a huge demand for “Harry Potter”, for example. One voluminous book after another is being read…That’s God’s mischievous style, of course, that categorises people, each in two major ones – ‘good’ and ‘bad’ through different eyes :-)

PS Glad to see you again Mr Aswin
:-)

JC Joshi said...

Hi Aswin,

‘Absolute Truth’ in minimum words can perhaps be expressed as an invisible super intelligent being who is fooling itself with its own innumerable images in innumerable ‘magical mirrors’ each of which is so designed as to continuously reflect some flaw or the other in some or all aspects of its overall appearance, even when it is aware there exists none to observe it!

With due apologies to all hte ladies, to us temporary humans or its images, particularly in India, perhaps it is comparable to a woman sitting in front of a mirror, say, who is readying herself to attend a function related with some auspicious occasion and gives finishing touches till the last minute of the departure and still remains conscious, anticipating in advnce what others (like reflections in magical mirrors) might say to her about her outward appearance - either words of appreciation or critical comments or mute indifference!

JC Joshi said...

Hi Aswin,

Thanks! I went through the recommended site. It provides adequate information about Arunachala…that shows what faith can do, or perhaps did to a greaer extent in the ‘past’, in the ever changing part of the globe called ‘India’, the believable original abode of Adi Shiva, where Yogis believably could see the past events, as in a ‘flashback’ that one is commonly used to see in the ‘present’ also in recorded films…

I too had earlier narrated one such personal experience where a ‘tantrik’, mybe not that elevated, told me about a ‘future’ event related to possible poor heart condition of a relative which manifested in the form of a heart attack experienced by my father within a fortnight thereafter…

kavitha said...

Hi Joshi uncle,

When interest turns into worship, everything else takes a back seat. Yes temples attract me a lot and so does mythology.

I do not believe our mythological stories are a pill of nonsense or that they should be understood in the same breath as how we see life today.

We need to fundamentally understand that a human being can be made to work in different ways and that we are not the ultimate form there is to it. Now i would even doubt whether we are an evolved version for i feel somewhere we lost out on our own power of the self.

regds
Kavitha.

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

The wise ancients, called Yogis, understood the phenomenon as a relationship between human efficiency and time, which was reckoned in terms of Yugas. As per their realization, every individual in the Satyuga or the age of perfection can achieve 100% of the designed potential…but towards the end of Kaliyuga, the efficiency reaches nearly 0%, which is also supported by the present day ‘scientists’ confirming that even the most intelligent human being today utilizes only a negligible fraction of the cells available in the brain…

Also, Yoga, as a physical exercise, mainly through detachment achieved for some time in a day, has found popular support all over the world today as a means to cure certain diseases/ achieve good health at least…

Performance of the rituals related with ‘worship of idols’ also, similarly, mainly serves the purpose of attaining detachment from routine life for some time at least each day…

The phenomenon if approached from a ‘scientific’ point of view would indicate that the ancients had understood human form to have been created on principles similar to that of our galaxy and the solar system contained within it. It is therefore obvious that the basic design would have remained the same even today…so the situation could perhaps be understood as someone having a very sophisticated instrument in one’s possession, but not having the manual to learn how to operate it to make optimum use of it!

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JC joshi said...

As I have understood it, coming to the instrument part, as per the definition of Yoga or addition or fusion, each human form believably is a natural Yogi, the addition of two independent systems, i.e., the immortal spirit or soul and the mortal ‘physical’ body. The physical body believably is formed of the essences of the selected ‘grahas’ or members of the solar system, including our sun, that are centered at different locations from tail-bone end, called ‘Mooladhar Chakra’, to the head, called ‘Sahasrara Chakra’. There believably is interaction between different essences of planets according to a cycle related with 'apparent time' generated by relative motions of sun and earth… And, the essence of the universal void (Vishnu in ‘yoganidra’ or super conscious state) - represented in physical form through the essence of the centre of our galaxy (Krishna the Yogiraj or a re-incarnation of Vishnu), which is considered as the superior most out of all galaxies - is also believably housed at the ‘Mooladhar Chakra’, but like a coiled hooded serpent that needs to be awakened by the concerned Yogi through three-in-one exercises at any given point of time (or a thoughtless state), for it is related with ‘zero’ time…

The apparent hierarchy at any given time between different Yogis believably is on account of the process of evolution of a particular human form starting from a pure spiritual form...

The outward manifestation of the internal rise of dormant energy to a different intermediate Chakra in the material world based on personal experiences is generally described in books related to Yoga. However, only a rare Yogi believably achieves ‘Siddhi’ or is able to make the dormant energy reach the head to experience zero space and zero time or the ‘Absolute Truth’…

'Bhringi the wanderer' perhaps therefore had to repeat the cycle...

JC Joshi said...

Astrology as practiced today, based on knowledge passed on through generations as developed by different schools of thoughts in the past - perhaps starting from one common source originally - indicates time of birth at least as the common basic information acceptable to all to reach at the likely cycle of interaction between planets…

Due to many factors involved, however, losses in communication over time is inevitable and thus there doesn’t exist one common practice used for prediction and trouble shooting for obtaining optimum efficiency…

‘Tantra’, ‘Mantra’, and ‘Yantra’ are being prescribed by different schools of thoughts, which unfortunately for a lay person do not appear ‘scientific’ in nature…However, a common feature seen in India today, particularly among the urban populace, is use of gemstones in rings/ pendants and so on, supposedly for taking care of all negative features anticipated during the life time of the concerned individual and thus better performance…

The basic idea, as in Yogic exercises also, apparently is to avoid unnecessary loss of energy and allowing entry only to the needed form of energy, which are believably associated with each gemstone thus prescribed after detailed study (right or wrong because of lack of knowledge of the fundamentals)…Thus, there is need to reach the fundamentals to make the study more ‘scientific’…

JC Joshi said...

Hi Aswin,

I came across a quotation on 'illusion' and 'doing good' in the newspaper today from the Lebanese-American poet, Kahlil (Khalil) Gibran (1883-1931), which I thought would interest you too. So, I give it below, with the saying to the effect in mind, “He also serves who stands and stares.” And, “What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare…” – WH Davies (1871-1940)...

“A man’s true wealth is the good he does in the world. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.”

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

As I have understood it, coming to the instrument part, as per the definition of Yoga or addition or fusion, each human form believably is a natural Yogi or the addition of two independent systems, i.e., the immortal spirit or soul and the mortal ‘physical’ body. The physical body believably is formed of the essences of the selected ‘grahas’ or members of the solar system, including our sun, that are centered at different locations from tail-bone end, called ‘Mooladhar Chakra’, to the head, called ‘Sahasrara Chakra’. There believably is interaction between different essences of planet according to a cycle related with apparent time generated by relative motions of sun and earth… And, the essence of the universal void (Vishnu in ‘yoganidra’ or super conscious state) - represented in physical form through the essence of the centre of our galaxy (Krishna the Yogiraj or a re-incarnation of Vishnu), which is considered as the superior most out of all galaxies - is also believably housed at the ‘Mooladhar Chakra’, but like a coiled hooded serpent that needs to be awakened by the concerned Yogi through three-in-one exercises at any given point of time for it is related with ‘zero’ time…

The apparent hierarchy at any given time between different Yogis believably is on account of the process of evolution of a particular human form starting from a pure spiritual form. The outward manifestation of the internal rise of dormant energy to a different intermediate Chakra in the material world based on personal experiences is generally described in books related to Yoga. However, only a rare Yogi believably achieves ‘Siddhi’ or is able to make the dormant energy reach the head to experience zero space and zero time or the ‘Absolute Truth’…

‘Bhringi the wanderer’ had perhaps therefore to repeat the cycle…

N.B. The above is resubmitted as the one posted earlier has remained yet to be accepted

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

Another one reposted below.

Astrology as practiced today, based on knowledge passed on through generations as developed by different schools of thoughts in the past, perhaps starting from one common source originally, indicates time of birth at least as the common basic information acceptable to all to reach at the likely cycle of interaction between planets…Due to many factors involved, however, losses in communication over time is inevitable and thus there doesn’t exist one common practice used for prediction and trouble shooting for obtaining optimum efficiency… ‘Tantra’, ‘Mantra’, and ‘Yantra’ are being prescribed by different schools of thoughts, which unfortunately for a lay person do not appear ‘scientific’ in nature…However, a common feature seen in India today, particularly among the urban populace, is use of gemstones in rings/ pendants and so on, supposedly for taking care of all negative features anticipated during the life time of the concerned individual and thus better performance… The basic idea, as in Yogic exercises also, apparently is to avoid unnecessary loss of energy and allowing entry only to the needed form of energy, which are associated with each gemstone thus prescribed after detailed study (right or wrong because of lack of knowledge of the fundamentals)…Thus, there is need to reach the fundamentals to make the study more ‘scientific’…

Living Away said...

What an amazing blog! I came here by "next blog" and it was a great surprise!
Thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge about it!

JC Joshi said...

Hi 'living away',

It is said that knowledge is the only wealth that increases by distributing it...At the first glance your blog too looks interesting...

Today personal computers could be said to be the outward projection or extension of the ‘present day’ integrated human brain that is still undergoing evolution to reach the ultimate...

Before the advent of PCs, electronic computers were quite cumbersome and expensive, needed large spaces for installation and were therefore generally owned by certain agencies, government or otherwise, who hired it to many users on payment on hourly basis…This could perhaps provide a hint towards development of different ‘user friendly images of the Creator’ starting from huge and apparently cumbersome Heavely Bodies…

The Astrological chart at the time of birth of a particular individual shows the relative positions of the selected planets in the sky. And, that believably provided the basis for determining the likely cycle - beginning with a particular planet and in a certain predetermined order - and also durations of interactions between the concerned planets, which are used to predict the likely events during the life time of the concerned, which apparently has no ‘scientific’ basis as predictions generally appear to go wrong…

Division of a terrestrial day into three sets of 8 hours each - of rest, physical action and miscellaneous actions - and apparent selection of 8 ‘grahas’ and three aspects of God, i.e., creation, sustenance, and transformation, could perhaps provide a hint for a ‘scientific’ approach, which I have adopted and the work is in progress…At this stage I would say that I have been able to achieve partial success, starting with the time of birth as per IST, i.e., Indian Standard Time (associated with Longitude 82.5 degree East, around which the holy places in India are located)...

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

There is a correction... Not all the holy places, of course. I should have said, places , such as the original abode of the Adi Shiva at Kashi, that is Varanasi, and Mount Kailash the source of holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna and the believable abode of Shiva-Parvati in Tibet after their marriage, after the Himalayas, the ‘bulge’ or the ‘shakti pitha’ or ‘energy centre’ (as all mounds elsewhere also believably are), emerged out of the sea bed - in the North of the Jambudweep Island that was original ‘India’ - that consequentially pushed all the sea water to the southern boundary of the present Indian sub continent (depicted in the mythological story as sage Agastya drinking the whole of the sea water); and birthplace of Lord Rama at Ayodhya; and so on…

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