Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Aabha Rosy Vatsa writes


Yes, this is me.
A woman for whom self respect means everything.
When caught in a web
She garnered courage to break free from the web
Rather than be devoured by it.

Yes, this is me.
Who believed intrinsically in hope
Believed that the Almighty was silently watching her struggles
And would never abandon her
And mete out justice.

Yes, this is me.
Whose mood can lift in a jiffy
Listening to a golden melody of Bollywood
Or the heart wrenching lyrics of an English song.
Someone who is naturally uplifted by Nature
And immensely touched by generosity.

Yes, this is me.
Who worked her way through motherhood
Knowing well the rewards of family.
Someone who believed in doing the right thing
An advocate of Karma.

Yes, this is me.
When all boundaries were mercilessly ransacked
Did not hesitate to adorn the soul of Kali
Dancing to a crescendo
Setting the scales right.

Yes, this is me
Who believes in true love
And that soul mates and guardian angels do exist
Someone who believes in diligence and staying focused
As much as in the hands of destiny.

Yes, this is me
Writing poetry with a flair at fifty
As the heart is still young and vibrant.
Someone who was taught to see beyond races and religions
Someone who learnt that
Being too soft can be perilous in this world
Yet loved by family unconditionally.

Yes, this is me
Who needs excuses to buy flowers for home
Plan family meals and escape holidays.

Yes, this is me
Who believes in a supreme power
And the wisdom of Vedas
Long before motivational books came in vogue.

Yes, this is me
A simple creation of the Almighty
In full gratitude
For an eventful life.
 Kali Canvas Poster Mahakali Art print Indian art Kali dance

1 comment:

  1. Mahamaya is the peaceful ("shanta"), gentle ("soumya") form of Kali, and is known by many names. In the "Chandi" or "The Devi Mahatmya" ["glorification or praises of the Goddess"] section of "The Markandeya Purana" she proclaimed herself:
    "I resemble in form Brahman
    From me emanates the world
    Which has the Spirit of Prakriti [nature, the original or natural form or condition of anything, primary substance] and Purusha [pure awareness, metaphysical consciousness]
    I am empty and not empty
    I am delight and non-delight
    I am knowledge and ignorance
    I am Brahman and not Brahman"

    In the "Devi Mahatmya" Sumbha and Nisumbha, two Asura brothers, sought to conquer the Three Worlds (planes of existence) by subjecting themselves to severe penance and purification rituals. After 10,000 years of prayer Brahma promised that no man or demon could destroy them. They then sought to abduct the beautiful devi, but she slayed the 60,000 asuras sent against her. Then Nisumbha was killed, along with a powerful demon that emerged from his corpse, which she decapitated. Then she used her trident to cut Sumbha in two. Then the Three Worlds returned to their ordinary state of being, and the goddess' anger was soothed and she manifested herself as Mahamaya, the maiden-aspect of Kali. In this guise she creates, maintains, and annihilates the material world and is the giver of awareness by adding egoism to reality. As a spirit dwelling perpetually in women, she embodies all 3 aspects of the maternal trinity as Virgin-Mother-Crone. She bestows joy, riches, children, good hunting, and victory in battle and cures disease. According to Wendell Charles Beane she "was born from the energies of the male divinities when the devas became impotent in the long-drawn-out battle with the asuras. All the energies of the Gods became united and became supernova, throwing out flames in all directions. Then that unique light, pervading the Three Worlds with its lustre, combined into one, and became a female form." As Ajit Mookerjee wrote, "The Devi projected an overwhelming omnipotence. The three-eyed goddess was adorned with the crescent moon. Her multiple arms held auspicious weapons and emblems, jewels and ornaments, garments and utensils, garlands and rosaries of beads, all offered by the gods. With her golden body blazing with the splendor of a thousand suns, [she] is one of the most spectacular of all personifications of Cosmic energy." In her tantric mandala and sadhana (meditation practice), she takes the form of a male heruka deity embracing a consort. (A heruka is an enlightened deity in Vajrayana Buddhism who has adopted a fierce countenance to benefit sentient beings.)


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