10/20/2006

Mother Goddess

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Mother Goddess
mother godess
***** Location: India, other areas
***** Season: Non-seasonal Topic
***** Category: Humanity


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Explanation

Conceiving the Goddess

The concept of the Goddess is central to Hinduism and later Buddhism, and has inspired the creation of many beautiful sculptures and paintings, as demonstrated by the exhibition GODDESS, Divine Energy, currently showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Goddess worship has a history dating back millennia BCE when she was venerated for her generative powers, and her auspicious associations with fertility and abundance.

In *Hinduism* the Goddess is the personification of shakti (energy), in Buddhism the embodiment of *prajna* (wisdom). Followers of the Hindu Goddess believe in the absolute authority and power of shakti which is personified as Devi, the Great Goddess; as one of her many manifestations; or as the power or consort of a god.

The multiplicity of goddesses coalesced into one *great goddess* (Maha-Devi) with the appearance of the text, the Devi Mahatmya (Glorification to the Goddess) dating to c 500s CE. According to this text, the goddess was created from the shaktis of the gods with a resultant power that enabled her to overcome all hindrances.

The story of Durga, the buffalo slayer, is a central incident in the Devi Mahatmya, and an allegory for the power of the Goddess who can be fearsome as well as benign. The concept of the benign goddess is most fully articulated in Parvati, the Shakti of Shiva.

Another facet of the Goddess, apart from all her physical manifestations, is seen it the concept of the 'body-less' goddess, the kundalini shakti, the power that resides within each one of us and which can be harnessed towards the attainment of enlightenment.

The goddess appears in the Tantra teaching of *Vajrayana Buddhism* in which the goal is to overcome dualistic notions like male and female, sun and moon, and so forth to realise non-dual truth. This teaching is embodied in male and female couples in intimate embrace where the male equates with compassion, the female with wisdom, the two together symbolising the attainment of enlightenment.

quoted from
http://www.buddhiststudies.org.au

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Green Tara
Kwan Yin (Kannon)
Isis
Mother Mary
Lakshmi

This website is devoted to the discovery of God in the feminine form - the Goddess; the Divine Mother.
http://www.goddess.ws/


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Worldwide use


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Things found on the way



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HAIKU


Mother Goddess-
adorable incarnations
my mom wife daughter

Mother Goddess:
forbid your adult children
to play with fire

spring morning-
flowers' scented prayer to
Mother Goddess


vishnu p kapoor, India

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Power symbolized
by hands weapons and gesture
stands Durga the Mother.


© Aju Mukhopadhyay, 2006, India

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there is no mirror
to reflect your beauty -
mother goddess


To look at the haiga, click on this haiku.
Gabi Greve, October 2006

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autumn dawn ~
from the Durga's temple
fragrant mantrams


Narayanan Raghunathan, 2006


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Related words

***** Divali (Diwali, India)

***** . Kanjak Ashtami Puja - Kumari and Durga .


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1 comment:

. Gabi Greve said...

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Great Goddess (Shakti), India

The Great Guru Shankaracharya once went to Kashmir, wanting to engage in debate the followers of the Goddess (Shakti), known as the 'Shaktas.'

No sooner had he reached the place than he was rendered immobile by a severe bout of dysentery. So seriously was he affected, that unable to get up from his bed, he for the moment, lost the power to speak.
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"O Goddess, Let yourself become the burning power of fire; who is not able to burn anything without thee. At the conclusion of any mantra, whoever taking thy name (Svaha), will pour oblations in the fire, he will cause those offerings to go directly to the gods. Mother, let yourself, the repository of all prosperity, reign over as the lady of his (fire's) house."
Devi Bhagavata Purana

Read the full story here:
 © From Heaven to Household: The Many Tales of Shakti
by Nitin Kumar

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