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Shatarupa – the concept of Goddess Shatarupa

The concept of Shatarupa is closely associated with creation. It tries to explain the birth of the different living beings on earth. Shatarupa means one that can take numerous forms. The concept of Shatarupa is also an extension of the core teaching of Sanatana Dharma that all living forms are the manifestation of the Supreme Truth.
The symbolic story – Legend has it that the first being that was created by Brahma was Goddess Saraswati. Brahma was unable to control his passions for the first female form.
Knowing the intention of Brahma, Goddess Saraswati moves away from Brahma taking the form of a cow. To follow her, Brahma takes the form of a bull. The Goddess then becomes a mare; Brahma becomes horse. Every time Goddess Saraswati turned into a bird, animal or tree, Brahma took the male form.
The Goddess who thus took different forms came to be known as Shatarupa.
Such stories are meant to simplify the core teaching of Sanatana Dharma which is otherwise difficult for common man to u…

When we think that God is near all our burdens will diminish – Mata Amritanandamayi

If there is a resting place nearby, the mere thought that the luggage which you are carrying can soon be unloaded lightens the burden. In the same way, when we think that God is near, all our burdens will diminish.
God is very close to you, that is why you cannot see Him. Is it possible to see our own face without the aid of a mirror? And will it be possible to see our image in a mirror if the mirror is completely covered with dust? Look after wiping away the dust particles and cleaning the mirror; then certainly you can see.
Searching for God outside ourselves is like trying to catch fish by emptying the ocean. Therefore, become introspective and look within.
The moment you remember your parents, relatives, friends or your favourite food, you see them in your mind’s eye. You have to build a similar attachment to God. That is the purpose of japa, meditation and satsang. Mata Amritanandamayi
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