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Goddess Parvati – Understanding Goddess Parvati – Symbolism and Meaning

Goddess Parvati is one of the most popular Goddesses in Hindu pantheon and she is the wife of Lord Shiva and mother of Ganesha. For Hindus, Goddess Parvati is mother who bestows affection. She is also famous for her beauty. The meaning of the term Goddess Parvati is ‘she who dwells in the mountains.” Forms of Goddess Parvati - Creations of a Limited Human Mind Goddess Parvati is Ambika, Kali, Girija, Sarvamangala and Durga. As many devotees, so is the number of forms of Goddess Parvati. She appears in the form that her devotee wishes for. The forms of Maa Parvati are unimaginable. The forms that we see, hear, read and imagine are minuscule. Ignorant minds project ignorant forms, but she is mother so she appears in that form to please her children. She is Sarvamangala for many as she ushers in positivity and auspiciousness. She is Ambika because she is the mother of all creation. She is Girija because in the form of Goddess Parvati she is the daughter of Himavan, the king

Bhrumadhya Drishti – Yoga – Benefits Of Meditating On The Space Between Eyebrows

Bhrumadhya Drishti is fixing the eyes on an object and is an important practice with numerous benefits in yoga. Bhru in Sanskrit means eyebrows and Bhrumadhya means the space between eyebrows, particularly the middle point between them. Dhrishit means sight. In Yogic practices, Bhrumadhya Drishti indicates gaze or fixing the eyes on an object. The object may be located inside the body too. The two forms of Drashti are inner gaze and outer gaze. Example – Chakras or the energy centers situated along the spine, or it may be an external object like the tip of the nose or the midpoint between the eyebrows. In Yogic texts like (Hatha Yoga Pradipika: IV. 36-40) and Advayatarak Upanishad (1-8), words like lakshya, taraka yoga or simply taraka re used in place of Drishti. The inner gaze is called antar lakshya or antardrishti while the outer gaze is called bahir lakshya. In Hatha Yoga Pradipika (I.44), the nasal gaze (nasikagra drishti) is said to be associated with padma

Batuk Bhairav – Puja - Tantric Worship - Yantra - Contemplation of Batuk Bhairav Form of Shiva

Batuk Bhairav is the child form of Bhairav – Shiva. In Batuk form, Bhairavnath is childlike and is innocent witness to happenings in the world. Batuk form is used to visualize and symbolically represent the one pure atman. Batuk Bhairav is also known as Gora Bhairava – he is white in complexion – gentle. This child form of Shiva is sometimes shown as holding a head. This head symbolizes the ego or aham. It is also the fifth head of Brahma that Shiva as Bhairava removed. The head also represents Adharma or those that desire to dominate living beings and the world. Batuk Bhairav is represented as a child with four arms. One arms holds the head of Brahma. Another holds the damaru. The third hand holds a small mace and the fourth is in blessing posture. A dog follows him constantly. Batuk Bhairav in Scriptures In Sri Tantraloka (1/6), Batuk Bhairav is adorned with the title of Devisut (son of the Goddess) He is the embodiment of faultless bodily attributes. He is know

Swami Chinmayananda Thoughts On Love - Stop The Feeling Nobody Loves Me

Swami Chinmayananda (1916 - 1993) shares his thoughts on Love. He says that we need to stop the feeling nobody loves me. Very often we hear some people complaining that "nobody loves me." The world is full of love. But generally our hearts are not open for the love to gush into us. And the door of your heart ever remains closed. Nobody other than you can ever throw it open; for the door of your heart cannot be locked from outside and it can be open only from within. You alone are in your heart. You unconsciously got locked in and you cry out to others to open up and release you. Nobody can. Stop crying. Open up and receive all love. Love is the heart of religions, the theme of all classical works of art and literature and the song of all devotees. Scientists know only what love does... not what love is. Love can indeed empty our asylums, perhaps all our prisons, may be all our hospitals. People suffer in life due to lack of love. Love is to human hearts what