The Eternal Goddess

In the painting Krsna’s peacock feather is missing and so also his adornments. His hair is curled and his dhoti tied hastily around. Yamunaji is also not bedecked in finery. This moment shown in the painting is preceded by the story of love, yearning and passion between Krsna and Yamuna.

She arises, a luminous Goddess

Mesmerised by the Divine Flute

Lotus stems plucked from the depths

To entwine Her Lover

She offers her offering –

Her entire Self

 

Embalmed in His radiance

The Two are One and the One are Two

Their exquisite effulgence

Majestic, mystical, magical

Their passion and love infinite

Unbounded……United!

 

 

The preceding episode leading to this culminating moment captured in the painting –

‘Awakening from deep sleep

An unknown flutter arose in His heart

He scrambled out of bed

The peacock feather stuck to His pillow…..forgotten,

 

A passion surged through His Being

Parting the curtains He saw the moon and the stars above

Determining it to be just before the midnight hour…

Scrambling to the door, His flute tucked in His gold-orange mul dhoti

 

He dashed out through the gate

Nimbly working His way through the sleepy village streets

And then reaching the outskirts, running swiftly amongst the trees, brushing the foliage aside.

He reached the River bank, standing still, hiding behind a bush.

 

Somewhere a heavy-eyed bird muttered

A water-creature plopped up and down

He waited, His pulse racing, His heart aflutter.

A passion unknown arising within His Being

 

And then,

 

She emerged from the dark, deep green water

Rising like a luminous sphinx, the River Goddess Yamuna!

Full-breasted, Her saree, ruby-red clinging onto Her sensuous form

Her hands clasping the choicest lotuses plucked from mid-stream

 

She felt Him close by, She could sense Him, smell His Divine presence

She stood still! Unsure of what was to come

A tingling erupted in every pore, a tremble waved through Her Being

Her eyes closed, Her breath held, She awaited!

 

He smiled, heaved a sigh, His heart abounding, pulsating with love, anticipation and joy

He then emerging from behind the bush –

Seated Himself on the highest rock, taking the Almighty’s seat

Gently pulling out His flute, put it to His lips, His movements, the epitome of grace!

 

Soulful, joyous, sensuous, rapturous….beyond imagination

The music of the flute wafted through the air….ripping it in a crescendo

Tearing it and then loving it, caressing it in tender embrace….

The sound; deep, penetrating seemed to come from nowhere yet enveloped the entire space

 

Yamuna, She stood transfixed, mesmerized, in sublime exquisite bliss

Oh what a sensation – unimagined! The enigma of Love unparalleled!

In this Divine moment, She savoured the experience of the

‘Rasanubhava of Love’ at the midnight hour!

 

 

 

 

Philosophy and you and me today

The extent of Indian philosophy is vast and delving within its immense body of knowledge is like leaping into the oceans of the world. Within this enormous framework it becomes difficult to choose any particular stream to study and practice.

Hence, the position of a philosopher is precarious; between philosophy, its application, utilitarianism and today’s world of science and research where empirical observation, logic, experimentation, analysis and validity play an important role. In the Western philosophical arena, after the advent of the Industrial and Scientific revolution, philosophy became analytic and logical, based on empirical observation. Intuition and the inner realm of subjective experiences which could not be validated became mystical and something that could not be spoken about with scientific sanctity and surety.

It is a challenge to present the complexities of any ancient philosophy. Especially, not allowing it to remain a mere intellectual study but introducing its principles as a practical application on the journey of life, enabling the avid seeker to live life fully, yet, remaining grounded in philosophic wisdom.

My intention is bringing out the traditions from closed jackets of an ancient jargon and presenting it in a new light. It is understanding the ancient language in the light of new socio-political-economic conditions and requirements to render it more suitable to the general reader and for the sincere seeker of practical philosophy who seeks to bring about transformations within him/her towards more aware states of consciousness.

It is also to ensure a tradition remains alive by its practice and not only as a matter of pure philosophical pursuit. The effort is to remain true to the original teachings yet leaving room for its practical application in the context of modern life and living.

Shortly, I will be writing about the Yoga Sūtras and other texts.