the feminine force in the Hindu pantheon is none but the
destroyer of sorts. Revered throughout India, in
different forms, she is in the form of destroyer. Even
today, we cannot digest the fact that women and the
feminine force existing even in animals can ever
destroy! A woman is ‘care’ personified, chirpy as a
young girl, radiating with hope as a young maiden,
empathizing as a wife, nurturing as a mother, and wise
as a crone! But, the human psyche finds it hard to
accept her as a person capable of rage and fury.
is a force to reckon with. She is the dark, fierce
mother who delivers her devotees from the evil forces
that scare or engulf them.
you have several children to look after and you
patiently deal with each of them, dispensing wisdom
through stories, teaching them life skills, feeding
them, and goading the one lagging behind. You are at
your benign best! You are Goddess Lakshmi ever-smiling!
your children, one is naughty and enjoys upsetting the
entire brood! You’d keep engage him in work, so that
his energies are diverted. Your guidance can enable him
to realize his behavior and remedy the situation. As you
are educating this child, the rest of the brood learns
too. You are the Goddess of wisdom-Goddess Saraswati!
despite your several pleas, your rational methods, the
child continues with his mischief and in fact becomes
disruptive and scares the others. As a mother, you’d
naturally assume a fierce form and march towards the
errant child and perhaps spank him! Don’t you want to
protect your other children from harm? In doing so,
you’re putting an end to perhaps the bully’s
self-defeating behavior. That is Goddess Kali
she is seen as sporting a fierce look, with human skulls
strung around her neck, a sword in one hand, yet
blessing and protecting her devotees with another hand.
While correcting the bully, you are reassuring the
others that you are there to manage. And yet, in a
second, you are Kali and Saraswati personified! By your
assertive reaction, the most timid of your children will
be shaken from lethargy and will learn to take the bull
by their horns. They learn a lesson too. Sometimes, when
the bully is punished, the mildest child learns too. The
lesson here for the on-looking children is, that in
order to achieve success, you got to conquer sloth,
timidity and have the courage to face challenges.
to the Devi Mahatmiya of the 5th century,
Kali is the incarnation of Durga. When her son Skanda
could not defeat the demon Raktabhija, he appealed to
his mother Durga(Parvati), who took on the form of the
mighty Kali and entered the battlefield to fight
Raktabhija. The demon was so unconquerable that each
time a drop of his blood fell on the ground; a thousand
demons would spring to life from each drop! Kali who was
overcome with rage, went on a killing spree, vanquishing
every demon with her mighty strength. Overcome by blind
fury, she went about destroying everything in the
universe that her eyes fell on. When her consort Lord
Shiva realized that the universe would come to an end,
he lay in her path calm and inert like a corpse.
Kali’s feet hit Shiva’s body, she presumed she had
killed him too. Filled with remorse, she placed one foot
on Shiva’s chest and brought him back to life. To
mellow her fury, Shiva assumed the form of an infant and
cried pathetically, which stirred the maternal instinct
in Kali, who yielded and at once became Gauri-the
will find a striking familiarity of the legend to any
household unit even in today’s life! Women are the
primal feminine force- an embodiment of Mother Parvati-creative,
sustaining other life forces. They are Goddess Saraswati
dispensing wisdom, Goddess Lakshmi radiating hope and
also Kali in fury when dispensing justice!
psychologist Carl Jung called the force anima and
animus, in Tao it is the ‘yin’ and the ‘yang’
and in Hinduism it is the masculine and feminine force
each existing in you and me and in every human being.
When she is Shiva’s consort, she is Parvati the
homemaker and dutiful wife of Shiva. Sometimes, as a
woman you are forced to wear the pants in the family and
sometimes rouse your husband from passivity.
he is immersed in his world of cares, you got to arouse
him with your feminine charms and when he is enjoying
himself nonchalantly, you assume the assertive role,
bringing him back to his senses! And when you are the
one fuming to bring order and semblance into your lives,
it is your partner who uses his feminine and passive
grace to strike a balance!
above, so below”, says the Tao. Life too cannot be
perfect. You have to strike a balance now and then,
being forceful once and yielding at another time.
In west Bengal, India, Durga pooja marks an
important festival during Navratri, when for 9 (nav)
nights (ratri), the trinity in the Hindu pantheon is
worshipped as the creative and nurturing force, the
force form which you learn the mysteries of the universe
and how to handle the challenges lying outside and
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