The Sacred India Tarot Archive – 9 & 10 of Lotuses – Parvati Marries Siva

CONTINUING the Sacred India Tarot Archive, by Rohit Arya and Jane Adams;  with another rip-roaring chapter from the “Siva Purana”.  

In the Suit of Cups/Lotuses, we follow Siva and Parvati’s courtship into their marriage.  For a thousand years they resided on Kailas, behind the Himalayan range, to which all spiritual paths lead – through Badrinath, Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Kamet (see recent posts on the Chakras.)

We left Parvati being pestered by sages in the forest, and particularly by her Intended, Lord Siva, who arrived in a funny mask, and bad-mouthed himself, to test her resolve.

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From the Siva Purana – A Reminder:

Parvati listened, threw her head back laughing,  and said  “O excellent sages!  My tenacity cannot be affected.   Being born of a mountain, toughness is congenital to my body.   Pondering over this with your short intellect, you will please desist from preventing me.   When you glorify Vishnu as the abode of noble qualities or as a sportive deity, I do not contradict.   But Siva is Brahman, unchanging and without aberration.  He assumes shapes and forms for the welfare of His devotees.  He does not make a show of worldly lordship; therefore He assumes the attitude and behaviour of great Yogins.   O brahmins, the Lord is devoid of attributes,  unborn, free from illusion, of invisible movement, and a cosmic Being.  He does not shower His blessings on the ground of faith or caste.  I know Him truly.  O Brahmins, if Siva does not marry me,  I shall remain for ever a virgin.   Even if the sun were to rise in the west, even if the mountain Meru were to move;  even if the fire were to be cool,  and even if the lotus were to bloom on a rock at the top of a mountain,  my stubbornness cannot be nullified.   I am telling you the truth.”

After saying thus, and bowing to those sages,  the Daughter of the Himalayas stopped and recalled Siva with an unruffled mind.   The holy men blessed her and returned to Siva’s abode.

In brief, Siva Himself then appeared to her as a fraudulent Brahmacharyin,  and did His best also, to deflect her devotion.   And even as Parvati in utter weariness was about to brush him off,  He assumed His true form,  embraced her and said,  “Where will you go,  forsaking me?   You are not to be discarded again by me.   I am delighted.   From today I am your slave bought by your austerities.   I am sold to your beauty.   Even a moment appears like a Yuga.   Even in the three worlds I do not see a beloved like you.  O Parvati, in every way I am subservient to you!   Your desires are granted.   O beloved, come near me.   You are my wife.   I am your bridegroom.   I shall take you immediately to my abode on Mount Kailas.”

Kailas & Lake Manasarovar

Kailas & Lake Manasarovar

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From Rohit’s Book with the Deck:

“Joy pervades the Divine realms as Siva finally succumbs to love and marries Parvati.  All classes of living beings join the festivities led by the relieved devas. For Siva has promised them their deliverer – his son Skanda will be born, and he will kill the demon Tarakasura.  In his bliss he has even agreed to resurrect Kama, for as he comments wryly – “Am I too not under Kama’s sway now?” …

Sacred India Tarot 4 - Brahma, The Emperor

Sacred India Tarot 4 – Brahma, The Emperor

“The marriage of Siva and Parvati is the prototype for almost all Hindu weddings until today.  It is symbolically re-enacted in countless temples, while the Khandariya Manadeva temple in Khajuraho is one giant sculpture of the various stages of this Divine nuptial.  It has a resonance within the culture as an ode to supreme happiness that is simply not present in any other episode … Love should unite families, not disrupt the social fabric.  Even Siva the wild man, uncontrollable, bizarre, settles into the ritual order of the cosmos.  He becomes an example of Dharma.  To complete this reintegration into the social mainstream, the great god Brahma acts as the priest presiding over the ceremony. The accumulated powers of Yogic solitude will now be harnessed for the well-being of society and the world.”

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Visual reference for Siva/Parvati

Visual reference for Siva/Parvati

Rohit’s Notes to Jane in 2004 – 9 of Lotuses:  Siva Marries Parvati

“The visual provided is almost self-explanatory.  Brahma is the priest performing the ceremony, so you might want to refer back to the Emperor card.  Also, please remember that nipples and pubic areas are to be carefully covered with drapery!”

Visual reference from comic book - the marriage of Siva & Parvati, and the gods petition Siva

Visual reference from comic book – the marriage of Siva & Parvati, and the gods petition Siva

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Jane’s Notes

How little they knew!  For the Dharma to bear fruit, an aeon of experiential bliss is required, while the world’s cosmic imbalance – the ravages of demon Taraka –  awaits resolution. In fact, Parvati was unable to conceive in the normal way.  Their odd shaped offspring, Skanda, Ganapati and others, would be born from drops of sweat, and from the friction of their inevitable quarrels.

Here is the finished card of their marriage ceremony.  As within a Vedic shrine, Brahma the Creator-god presides.  Parvati, the Daughter of the Mountain, and reincarnation of Siva’s earlier bride Sati, was born dark and comely, like Solomon’s queen.

Sacred India Tarot 9 of Lotuses - Brahma officiates the wedding of Siva and Parvati

Sacred India Tarot 9 of Lotuses – Brahma officiates the wedding of Siva and Parvati

Brahma is the first of the divine Trimurti – Creator, Sustainer, Destroyer.  The other two are Vishnu and Siva.  In Hinduism, Brahman is not Brahma.  Brahman is the One transcending every divine Face:  the un-named, ineffable and Immanent Presence, containing All.

As you may remember from previous Parvati posts, Brahma-Creator was impressed by Tarakasura’s demonic austerities – his powers of concentration – and unwisely granted him a boon of conditional immortality.  The one condition was for a son of Siva to destroy him.   Everyone knew this was impossible. Siva being a Yogi, had no interest in women.  So Tarakasura unchecked, meddled with the Universe, creating outrageous virtual technologies and reaping dismay in all beings.   This is an aspect of Brahma-Creator when it goes manic.

But the Great Yogi, meeting his elemental match in the Himalayan steadfastness of his future bride, at last bowed to Kama the god of Desire – whom his third eye had incinerated.

Sacred India Tarot - Kama god of desire

Sacred India Tarot – Kama god of desire

Sacred India Tarot - Siva incinerates Kama (5 Lotuses)

Sacred India Tarot – Siva incinerates Kama (5 Lotuses)

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Rohit’s Notes in 2004 – 10 of Lotuses:  Siva agrees to restore Kama

“The visual reference provides the template.  You could also use the Gangadhara Siva as further reference.  Basically it signifies a restoration of balance to the cosmos with the resurrection of the Eros principle which is Kama.  It completes the suit on a note of reconciliation and harmony.”

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Jane’s Notes

NB – we finally drew a brand new Siva Ardhanariswara for 10 of Lotuses, to embody this theme.  At one point, Rohit suggested I draw a little reconstituted Kama figure in the bottom corner somewhere.   This never got done;  but the restoring of Kama is adequately covered in the Royals of this Suit.  (See next post in this series.)

Sacred India Tarot World Shakti for card 21 - originally drawn for Queen of Lotuses

Sacred India Tarot World Shakti for card 21 – originally drawn for Queen of Lotuses

This is the first Queen of Lotuses – Rati, the wife of Kama – that I drew.  Her kundalini was considered so powerful that Rohit promoted her to World Shakti in the Major Arcana, and I drew a new Siva Natarajan for her consort in the World card.

Pradyumna the son of Krishna and Rukmini was originally intended as the Knight:  in the end re-shuffle, he became the King of the suit, and Kama himself the Knight.   I was then commissioned to draw a new sensual Rati for the Lotus Queen.

Sacred India Tarot, Kama's wife Rati, detail

Sacred India Tarot, Kama’s wife Rati, detail

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Further Correspondence:  Rohit and Gautam to Jane, re Lotuses 10

20 October 2004 – “… card number 10, Siva agrees to restore Kama, I want an ARDHANARISWARA, which we can scan from the Presence of Siva book.  In the case of the card, the reconciliation and restoration of Eros to life can happen only by an integrated male and female energy, in short, the Ardhanariswara.  The figure standing by the bull is perfect to use. 

Ardhanariswara

Ardhanariswara

“I want to get this across to Jane now, because the speed at which she is hurtling along, we might have the card ready before we can talk to her.  I also want Jane to do a Dattatreya.  I do not know where we will use it, but it certainly has some scope in the pack – perhaps as a bonus.

31 October 2004 – “I think we should switch characters of Kama and Pradyumna for King and Knight of Lotuses, as Pradyumna is the healed person, and Kama is still immature.” 

“With regard, Rohit.”

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Ardhanariswara in Elephanta cave

Ardhanariswara in Elephanta cave

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Jane’s Notes

“Ardhanariswara” means “the Lord whose half is Woman” – the ultimate reconciliation:  the Great Work of alchemy:  a humane maturity.   Siva the solitary Yogi, Rudra the Wild Hunter, now basks in feminine beauty all down his left side:  she is seamless with his masculine power – the ultimate bliss, and union of the polarities.

The Bull Nandi is Siva’s vehicle and contact with the Earth.

The beautiful image above, is in the Elephanta cave on an island near Mumbai;  and here below is the finished Sacred India Tarot card Ten of Lotuses … as in The Chakras on the Tree of Life.  (and their sequel)

Sacred India Tarot 10 of Lotuses - Siva Ardhanariswara

Sacred India Tarot 10 of Lotuses – Siva Ardhanariswara

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Correspondence circa November 2005 – Gautam and Rohit

“Hi Jane, 
“Herewith feedback from Rohit.  I was away in Ramana Ashram and Puttapurthi for a few days.  We loved the card, but Rohit had a few points.  Warm regards, Gautam.

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“Gautam – The pic is as usual great, but there is no Kama in it, so how do we know he is going to be restored to life – no gods either, as in the picture reference we sent, where they are pleading with him to restore Kama.

“It is a really good, even spectacular picture, but for once in this suit it has missed this point.  Maybe some sort of ghostly Kama re-materializing in a corner would do the trick?  I mean it could stand on its own, most Ten of Cups are boring and static.  This card at least looks beautiful and dynamic, but some thematic unity perhaps?

“I do not understand what Jane says about the colours as they seem okay, maybe they look even better in the original artwork.  Too much blue, is it?

“Rohit.”

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“Dear Gautam and Rohit
Yes, you had given me the visual reference of the gods begging Siva to reinstate Kama;  but you then wrote an email replacing this idea with Ardhanariswara ! – which I took literally.  In my view, the Ardhanariswara incorporates the restoration of Kama and harmony to the universe, and the gods begging for it in the same composition would already have been given it!  so their plea would be a bit superfluous.  

“It is very difficult indeed to squash additional history into these narrow oblong frames, compositionally – one needs the panorama.  So let me know what you think.  Perhaps I could reduce the existing Ardhanariswara in size, and have a bit along the bottom with the gods in it, rather like as in the Ace.

“The colour  – you are getting an electric blue which is OK but in the original this same blue includes violets, indigos, greys and dark and light.  Otherwise the colour balance is good.

Yantra Siva Shakti

Yantra Siva Shakti

“The Yantra I sometimes use is I think, one of the Mother Goddess ones, and shorthand for the Sri Chakra:  two shakti triangles descend through one ascending Siva triangle.  I have a reference to it here, I will find the book and look it up for you.

“Jane.”

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Ardhanariswara in Elephanta

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From the “Siva Purana” –  Part Two:  A Tale From the Marriage

HER age long weariness subsided.   When the fruit is realised, the exertion during the process of undertaking, perishes.   A wedding in every realm took place upon Kailas; the vast army of the mountains and the gods on coming together shone like the Eastern and Western oceans joined;  and when they met,  the Lord Siva and His sky-piercing father-in-law considered themselves blessed.   And thanks to the trident-bearing Siva’s nectarine glance, Kama emerged from the ashes, a comely, wonder-inspiring body with splendid dress and features, and Kama’s wife Ratti ceased her lamentations and rejoiced.

Siva took Parvati to a delightful, brilliant, and isolated place on Kailas, and told her,  “I am reminding you: If you remember your previous birth, speak out.  In my divine sport, you are always my beloved.”   Making a wonderful bed conducive to good sexual pleasure, rendered smooth and fragrant with flowers and sandal paste, and auspiciously supplemented with objects of enjoyment, Lord Siva, the bestower of honour,  indulged in dalliance with Parvati for a thousand years.   In that divine sport, at the mere contact with Parvati,  Siva lapsed in trance ;  she also,  and neither knew the day nor the night.

When Siva, following the worldly way, began to enjoy his pleasures,  a great length of time passed by as though it was a mere moment in their awareness.   And the gods gathered together gloomily, and their spokesman Brahma petitioned Vishnu: “It is for the fulfillment of our task that Lord Siva, leader of Yogins, free from aberrations, the unsullied,  revelling and resting in His own Self,  has married.   No son is born to Him.  We do not know the reason.  How is it that the lord of gods is delaying the action?”

Maithuna in Khajuraho - photo credit http://trailsntrials.in

Maithuna in Khajuraho – photo credit http://trailsntrials.in

Vishnu replied  “O, Creator of the Universe, there is nothing to worry about.   All will be well.   O Lord of gods, seek refuge in the great Lord Siva.   Those who dedicate their minds to Him joyously and devoutly have nothing to fear from any quarter.   The interruption to amorous dalliance will take place at the proper time, not now,  O Brahma.   Any task carried out at the proper time is crowned with success, not otherwise.   If the enjoyment is desired by Siva, who can stop him?   When another thousand years are completed, He will desist,  out of His will.   If anyone separates the copulated pair by tricky expedient, he will suffer the pangs of separation from his wife and sons in every birth,  and fall from perfect wisdom.   O gods, Siva’s act of enjoyment will extend to a thousand years of celestial calculation.  After that period is over, you can go there and do such things as will necessitate the fall of the semen on the ground.   The son of the Lord named Skanda will be born of that.   O Brahma, return to your abode.”

After saying this, the Lord of Lakshmi went back to his harem.   But on account of the dalliance of Siva and Parvati,  the Earth quaked with the weight along with Sesa the serpent chief and Kacchapa the tortoise,  who support Her.   And the cosmic air, the support of everything, was stunned.  The three worlds were acutely terrified and agitated.   Vishnu was again petitioned by the depressed gods; this time He took them all to Kailas.  Siva’s attendants would not at first let them in.   “How should they know what Siva, the great Lord, is doing in Parvati’s apartment? He has been there for many years.”   But Vishnu, the favourite deity,  went to the doorway of their apartment.  The tumultuous cry of the heaven-dwellers distressed by the demon Taraka, mingled with the sound of his eulogy to Siva, as he wept bitterly.

Hearing this, the great Lord, expert in Yogic theory,  yet free from lust,  did not emit his semen, as he feared to offend Parvati,  but came to the door where the distressed gods were gathered.   Siva cannot resist His devotees.   They begged Him,  “O Lord, carry out the task of the gods.   O great Lord, save the gods.  Slay Taraka and other demons, and take pity on us!”

Siva replied,  “O Vishnu, O Brahma, O gods, you are the goal of everybody’s mind.   What happens necessarily must happen.   Nothing can stop it.  It already happened.   Now, O gods, listen to what is relevant to the context.   Let him who will, pick up this discharged semen.”   After saying this, He let it fall on the ground.   Urged by the gods, Agni, the Vedic god of the fire offerings,  became a dove and swallowed it with his beak.   Meantime, Parvati arrived, saw what had happened, and blazed with fury.   She scolded Vishnu and the gods:

“Hi, Hi, O gods, you are wicked and selfish,  and you give pain to others.   For the sake of realising your self-interests, you all seduced the Lord and spoilt my pleasure.  I have become a barren woman.   Ye gods, after offending me, none can be happy!   Hence, O wicked heaven dwellers, you will suffer.   Let your wives be utterly barren.   And you, Agni, be the devourer of everything,  and let your soul be afflicted.   You are a fool, a rogue.   You do not know Siva’s fundamental principles.  You have come forward to carry out the task of the gods.  It is neither proper nor beneficent to you, to have eaten up Siva’s seed.”

After cursing the fire thus, Parvati the Daughter of the Himalayas, returned to her apartment along with Siva, dissatisfied as she was.

[Now, O Sage, listen to this story of the birth of Guha.  “Guha” means the Cave of the Heart.   Better known as Karttikeya or Skanda, he was born in a thicket, in a forest, out of the semen of Siva,  without the intervention of Parvati,  and fostered by the Pleiades constellation (Krttikas).   When grown into a youth, he became the Commander-in-Chief of Siva’s army,  and fought and slew the Demon Taraka.   As he killed (mara) the evil (ku) Asura or Demon, he became known as kumara.]

O Sage, hear now the details of His birth.  The gods are wont to partake of the offerings of food consigned to Agni, the sacred fire, in accordance with the Vedic text.   Hence, the gods became pregnant.   Unable to endure within them the force of the semen, they became afflicted,  overwhelmed and scorched.   They had already lost their wits with Parvati’s curse.   In this terrible state, again they sought refuge in Siva.   With palms humbly joined in reverence, they beseeched Him,  “O great Lord,  consort of Parvati,  what has happened now?   Your magical power cannot be transgressed.   We have become pregnant and also scorched by your seed.   O Siva, take pity on us.   Remove our miserable plight!”

Siva in Rishikesh

Siva in Rishikesh

ON HEARING their eulogy, Siva came at once to the threshold,  and on hearing these pitiful words,  laughed and replied with His usual sympathy to His devotees, “O Vishnu, O Brahma, O gods, all of you listen carefully.   You will be happy.   At my behest, you shall vomit this virile semen of mine.”

Accepting this command with bent head, Vishnu and the other gods immediately vomited it out, after recollecting Siva as the Imperishable. Siva’s seed, lustrous and golden in colour, as it fell on the ground,  seemed to touch the heaven, huge as a mountain ;   and Vishnu and the other gods were relieved.   Only Agni was not happy.  The distressed Fire deity eulogised Siva with palms joined, and piteously spoke:   “O Lord of gods,  I am a stupid and deluded servant of yours.  Forgive me my fault.   Please remove my burning sensation – O Lord, benefactor and sympathetic to the distressed!”

Siva said delightedly,  “It was improper of you to swallow my semen.  Hence your sin became formidable at my bidding,  and the burning sensation was not cured.   Now that you have sought refuge in me, you will be happy, I am pleased with you.   All your misery will dissolve.   Deposit that semen carefully, in the womb of some good woman.   You will become happy and particularly relieved of the burning sensation.”

On hearing this, Agni replied,  “O Lord Siva, this splendour of yours is inaccessible and unbearable.   No woman in the three worlds except Parvati, can hold it in her womb.”  Then Narada, the great Sage and Messenger of the gods, counselled him:  “O Agni, listen to my words to dispel and relieve you of your burning sensation.   They will yield great pleasure and ward off your pains.   Take recourse to the following expedient, by Siva’s will.   O Agni, deposit this semen of Siva in the bodies of the ladies who take their morning baths in the mouth of Magha river!”

kamasutra image, Khajuraho

kamasutra image, Khajuraho

IT SO HAPPENED that the wives of the Seven Celestial Sages came to a certain spot, desirous to take their early morning bath in the mouth of Magha,  together with other rites and observances.   After the bath, six of them were distressed by chilliness,  and wished to warm themselves by the fire.   The Sage Arundhati of good conduct and knowledge, saw they were deluded by Siva’s magical art, and tried to dissuade them.   But the six ladies stubbornly insisted on going by the fire to ward off their chill.    Immediately, the semen particles entered their bodies through the pores and hair-follicles, O sage!   The Fire was relieved of that burning sensation.   And vanishing at once from the scene,  Agni in the form of a flame, went back happily to his region,  mentally remembering Your good Self, O Sage,  and Siva.

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O AUSPICIOUS One, all the women became pregnant,  and badly distressed by that burning sensation.   They went home, and O dear, the husbands on seeing the plight of their wives were outraged.   Consulting one another, they discarded them;  and there was chaos in the ashram.   And in this miserable state, the six ladies felt very distressed indeed.

The Rishis wives were driven hither and thither, and at last managed to cast off the irritant semen in the form of a foetus on the top of Himalaya Mountain;  they were then relieved of their terrible burning sensation.   But unable to bear that seed of Siva, trembling with earthquakes, lava and avalanches of melting snow, the Himalaya range was scorched, cracked open and hurled it into the Ganga river.  And O great Sage, Mother Ganga rose up in enormous waves,  and deposited Lord Siva’s intolerable semen in the forest of Sara grass by the banks.

The semen that fell transformed to a handsome good-featured baby boy, glowing with glory and splendour,  lying among the reeds;   and the myriad inhabitants of the three worlds felt an unknown increase of pleasure within them.   O great Sage, on the sixth day of the bright half of the lunar month of Margasirsa, and with six faces, Siva’s son was born in the world.   At that moment, upon their mountain in Kailasa,  the Daughter of the Himalayas and the Lord Siva knew great joy, and rivers of milk exuded from Parvati’s breasts.  On reaching that place in the Sara grass, everyone felt very happy.   An auspiciousness blossomed throughout the three worlds, pleasing to the good,  and obstacles occurred to the wicked,  and particularly to the demons.   The sky throbbed with a mysterious sound of the Dundubhi drum.   Showers of flowers fell on the boy.  And O excellent Sage, there was great delight to Visnu and the gods, and jubilation everywhere.

Extract from Siva Purana

Kamadeva

Kamadeva with his sugarcane bow

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THIS PARABLE has been culled directly from the Siva Purana which goes into much greater detail as to Parvati’s austerities, the betrothal and the wedding, the birth of the elephant headed Ganapati, etc.   The symbolism concerning the Pleiades constellation,  light from which split the core of Himalaya mountain,  and created “the river” and the elements,  is rich, racy and of multiple depth,  as the Puranas draw on yet deeper strata of Vedic material.  (It is commemorated in the greatest festival in Southern India,  Deepam, the Festival of Lights,  which takes place when the full Moon is in the Pleiades – November/December – and during which beacons are lit at the top of Arunachala and in Ramana Ashram itself.)   The relationship between the Sara grass, the flame and the mantric language is touched upon in the Guru Mantra Bhashya of Ganapati Muni. (A translation of this is available on request.)

Siva is the Puranic incarnation of the Wild Hunter, Rudra, and Parvati was Rudra’s erstwhile consort, Sati.   The fire of their yogic lovemaking, a still point (sthanu) in a turning world was immersed for aeons in the waters of primordial awareness,  from which innumerable forms of life proliferated.  

A rewarding and visionary study of these archetypal themes can be found in Prof.Stella Kramrisch’s Presence of Siva (published by Princeton in the USA,)  which skilfully and sensitively orchestrates together Vedic and Puranic strands of a recurring mythos  — Rudra-Siva and his fiery progeny.

The discovery of Ramana Maharshi as the archetypal Skanda or Kumara – the warrior who immobilizes the demon of the mind by Self-enquiry – is touched upon philosophically in the Ramana Gita, by his spiritual “brother”,  Ganapati Muni.  The Muni’s Forty Verses in Praise of Ramana appraise him thus: 

Sacred India Tarot - Ramana as Skanda (Knight of Staves/Wands)

Sacred India Tarot – Ramana as Skanda (Knight of Staves/Wands)

“WHO HAD,  in foregone times,
pierced through Krauncha hill, 

foregoing the joy of being fondled
on his mother Parvati’s lap, 

that he might incarnate in human shape as Ramana 
to pierce the dark
that densely encircles man on Mother Earth 

whose heart now floods with joy on account of Him!”

(Skanda, the son of Siva and Parvati, is famed in the Puranas to have pierced this hill and broken it to pieces.)

“Salutations to the One
who has transcended all qualities, 

the astute celibate,  the one with human habilments, 
the Master and Slayer of Tarakasura!

“Here is no divine peacock that can bear you; 
no Ganges you can bathe in;  no nectar of mother’s milk 
from Parvati’s breasts,  no celestial choir of vina-players to sing to you;

“Oh!  Pounder of Krauncha hill! 
How is it that you yet abide in Arunagiri?”

Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni
from  Forty Verses in Praise of Ramana

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The Chakras Part 2 – the Mountains

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3 Granthis on Everest!  Photo by F S Smythe, 1930s

3 Granthis on Everest! Photo by F S Smythe, 1930s

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This post suggests walking the Tree of Life through the Himalayan range! – to re-state the themes of the journey.

Chakras on the Tree of Life

Chakras on the Tree of Life

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The Granthi Knots

Definition by Ernest Wood:  “There are three granthis:  in the basal/muladhara, the heart(anahata) and the eye-brow/ajna Chakras.   It is explained that Kundalini has to break through these knots in the course of her journey up the spine.  The first is called the knot of Brahma, the second that of Vishnu, the third that of Siva.  Human consciousness goes through (these) three states before reaching perfect union with its own true Self, or abolition of bondage.”  

The trimurti Brahma Vishnu Siva are “Creator, Sustainer, Destroyer”.   The One Immanent Reality (equivalent to Y – H V H in our tradition [jhvh, jahveh]) is Brahman, the Self, transcending all three.  Once again in the greater Mysteries, we find the divine Thread – a Tetrahedral sacred geometry:  3 with the emerging One within – a 4th.

soul tetrahedrons

soul tetrahedrons

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Here is a page from “Manishya – On Being Human” by myself and Actaeon, in 2004:

THE KNIGHT (male) journeys through the mandala of the Rose (female).  The Knight and the Rose  symbolise our learning process from childhood.  The child’s task throughout life, is to reconcile and honour his or her interior parents – incarnation’s archway whose horizons expand.  They, the right and left pillars of the Tree of Solomon, stand south and north.  I journey through their portal, travelling from the west to the rising sun.  This is a quadriform Key to life:

“All experience is an arch where thro’
gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades
for ever and for ever, as I move … “

Alfred Lord Tennyson

In our shadow are belief systems – rigidities of indoctrination. Devouring their own tail, they reinforce a closed circuit of births or reactive patterns of behaviour.  Hod repeats the Netzachian pulse, fuelled by Yesod the personal ego: a triad of feeling – the habit pattern.

Arcana - ourobouros

In alchemy, we try to walk contra the way of the world.  Rather than run with life’s pressure, we turn to face it.  The arrow put into reverse, flies “upside down” into the heart of Dante’s Rose of paradise.  Our attachments to “life-and-death” matters begin to drop away.  They fall out of the pockets of that powerful tarot symbol, the Hanging Man – the path of MEM.  This Hebrew letter means the Waters of Life.  Diving into the unconscious, he smiles as he performs a cosmic headstand, treads the starry firmament, and is born again –  as dew from heaven.

The Hanging Man is a pendulum at rest.

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Arcanum 12 - Hanging Man

Arcanum 12 – Hanging Man

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The personal becoming transpersonal, moves deeper into the Tree.  We reach our own interior crossroads, where the granthi of our genetic, karmic and spiritual tendencies were knotted.

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Tree of Life with three Granthi Knots

Tree of Life with three Granthi Knots

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In Indian Yogic culture which parallels the Tree of Life, the granthis correspond to the solar plexus, the throat, and third-eye centres.  Kundalini – the Shakti – has to break through these knots in the course of her journey up the spine, and free their energy potential.

Brahma granthi (Sacred india Tarot)

Brahma granthi (Sacred india Tarot) – Vishnu lies asleep on the serpent, and dreams him on his lotus, umbilically.

In the mythos, the first is sometimes called the knot of Brahma (creator), the second is that of Vishnu (sustainer), the third is Rudra/Siva (destroyer).  We may detect, become aware and release the bonds of life.  We inherit the Conscious seed – our second birth.

Siva/Rudra granthi (sacred india Tarot)

Siva/Rudra Granthi (sacred india Tarot) – serpent power liberated

Vishnu Granthi (Sacred India Tarot)

Vishnu Granthi (Sacred India Tarot) – serpent power contained.

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Human consciousness reaches union with its own true Self, through these three levels.  The first concerns personality, ancestral and genetic codes.  The second addresses issues still deeply engraved in the Soul Law from previous lives, which await resolution.  At the third (beyond the mind), time and space dissolve, and grace prevails.  The points of tension or conflict, seek resolution.

near Tibet - photo by Ashvin Mehta, Encounters with Eternity 1985

near Tibet – photo by Ashvin Mehta, Encounters with Eternity 1985

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In the Tree’s Lower Face, the cutting of the first granthi  of Yesod to Tifareth, across the Hod-Netzach “Red Sea”, frees the heart from ancestral ties or relationships which bind.

Clip from Jacobs Ladder, showing the Tree of the psyche (planets) interlocking the Tree of the body (Cha

Clip from Jacobs Ladder, showing the Tree of the psyche (planets) interlocking the Tree of the body (Chakras).  The psychological Tree of Formation is planted in the body Tree’s Tifareth, at “ground level”.  The first granthi (ancestral) is below the ground level.  The second granthi is above it, at Tifareth, Gevurah, Netzach, where the Trees of Formation and Substance interlock.   The soul matures.  At the third granthi – in the Great Triad of Tifareth, Binah, Hokhmah –  the Creational archetypes interlock with the Tree of Formation.

I need to refresh and clarify the detail for myself.  This diagram also has the general idea:

Jacobs Ladder - interlocking worlds

Jacobs Ladder – interlocking worlds:  11 circles  (see previous post)

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After we have lived and worked along the paths forming the Soul cup, we start to comprehend the nature of our second granthi, –  the intersection of Tifareth centre pillar with the horizontal Path of Strength –  Gevurah and Hesed.  Unravelling this knot, where profound Karmic issues adhere, releases a potential to receive the Cup of divine grace:  Tifareth, Binah, Hokhmah … Kether.  Conditioned tensions in the Tree’s Lower Face melt away, as our centre of gravity shifts to the heart.

So we cross the Abyss “beneath the Angels’ Wings”.  As we travel the mountain passes, the great Wings of Archangel Mikael open from between the shoulder blades.  “As children we shall re-enter the mystery of our Heavenly Mother and Father” .

Photo taken from FS Smythe's highest point on Everest, 1933

Photo taken from FS Smythe’s highest point on Everest, 1933

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The Soul Law

THE INCARNATIONS of the soul are a journey to expand consciousness, truth and love – through conflict towards harmony.  This is what unconditional love ultimately embraces and contains.

At the second granthi, we understand and break the deep, ingrained Soul patterns of victim, persecutor, rescuer.  Obscuring consciousness (Tifareth), truth (Gevurah) and love (Hesed), these lay embedded for lifetimes to resolve.

Terrace farm in Ranihet by sranjan, trekearth.com

Terrace farm in Ranihet by sranjan, trekearth.com

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flow of stone, Encounters with Eternity 1985

flow of stone, Encounters with Eternity 1985

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Gevurah and Hesed in the Soul triad, are feminine and masculine pillars of our individual soul Law.  The soul Law is reflected in the parental Hod and Netzach to which it gravitates for an incarnatory purpose, seeking resolution.  And so, embodying a bundle of soul memory, the personal “I” – Yesod – takes shape.  The soul Law breathes into our ear a Word – the essence of our quest for this lifetime.  As we are born again and pick up this live vibration, we treasure in ourselves, our parents’ genetic framework, their gift to us however arduous, and our way of discovery through it.

If you rest against a tall beech or oak in the woods, you can listen to the Word:  the golden core within.  Time’s ancestral concentric rings in the wood are a plane which crosses the Tree’s height, root and breadth.   These are layers of the onion.   Reaching the core of my soul Law  “that I am“,  she moves and flowers through all my seemingly separate births, linking and drawing them together by soul osmosis … upward and across the pattern.

Osmosis is the law of growth.  Moisture and nitrates in the ground are drawn up through the roots as sap, towards the Sun.  The sap rises through the cell membranes.  As nature abhors a vaccuum, each cell as it empties, draws nourishment up into itself.  This is Ascension.  In the branches and leaves it photosynthesises with light, and releases life-giving oxygen.  Alchemy calls this ‘the green dragon’;  a sensitive onlooker from outside Earth, may witness the flow of renewed life over the continents, as a quiver of springtime’s emerald ray.  A soul’s release into Spirit from Tifareth, begins to nourish humanity.

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Towards Daat …

Bearing rather than scatter the seed
whose fire liberates us,
we are the glowing lamp the Hermit holds.
We are the honey of the melting snows.

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The Journey to Badrinath

GALLERY – I have not been to Badrinath.  These photos were taken by Actaeon, many years ago.  The pilgrim chant through the watershed is Lakshmi Narayana, Badri Narayana – the seed (Badri) which Lakshmi gave to Vishnu. 

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This is how I imagine the journey:

The Blue Ones – consider the throat chakra in the rainbow scheme – they speak.  The speaker.  The transmission.   Imagining it at this moment, as a flow of jewels in the air – the ageless teaching, the wisdom, ever fresh and beautiful – the river flowing from the source, the voice …  I find myself at a meeting point of Siva and Vishnu, hence the over-abundance of river valleys in this region.   Around Badrinath they abound.   Vishnu is Lord here, and he is blue.   Siva did something rather like RAHU.  When the gods were churning nectar with Mount Meru as the stick, they churned up all the poisons too.   Siva drank up all the poisons and held them in his yogic Throat where they turned pure peacock-blue – Vishnu’s colour:  stability, Sustainer.

In such a tale, the gods are not differentiated, they are Brahman the One, in his flow of aspects.

Rahu when he was an ordinary asura, crept in on the gods when they were feasting on their own immortality, and took a sip.   One of the Vishnu(?) gods saw him, and cut off the head and mouth which had tasted.  The elixir would rove for ever more, unsated, energising humans to bite off more than we can chew.

Siva when the gods got into trouble with their self indulgence, also came and sipped and drank, but as a Deliverer.   As a Yogi, he held it in his throat without swallowing, and transmuted the toxicity.  He turned it into brilliant blue sky.   Siva is alchemical.

Nilakantha by moonlight, photo by F S Smythe 1935 - blue in Siva's throat

Nilakantha by moonlight, photo by F S Smythe 1935 – blue in Siva’s throat

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So here are Siva and Rahu, both with the Taste of Elixir.    Here are Siva and Vishnu in the high Ganga tributaries;  and here is Creator Brahma dreaming it all.  I can only imagine their places of worship and pilgrimage among those arduous communicating valleys and snowy passes.  I imagine being among their mountains and hearing their song, the melted glaciers rushing through the little towns.   I sense their altars, and the pilgrims who have trudged this far, and are content.   I hear the chanting and the ancestral release.  I can smell the dhoop and yak dung, and put down my heavy load:  the air of high altitude, biting fresh, and in the hidden distance, Kailas.   You know, you cross the highest watershed, and still ahead of you, remote in Tibetan brownlands, awaits the culminating peak:  and the lake of lakes, in which to bathe.

Nilgiri Parbat, photo by Frank Smythe

Nilgiri Parbat, photo by Frank Smythe

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I might not be able to travel to Badrinath physically in this lifetime, but it is in my soul.

I hear the ancestral song.  You know, our ancestors and past loved-ones, are buried in our personal graveyards, the ones we carry around on our backs.   We are walking graveyards!   Siva dances in graveyards.  And when we arrive up here, we let go of our walking dead, clean and noble.   We cut the “granthi knot”.  We release our personal micro-cosmos to the Self:  the godcosm.

And then we return to the plains, having honoured them, and life goes on.

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Chalice and Blade

Chalice and Blade

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This is from a collection of photographs of a journey to Kailas.  Glimpses of Siva and Parvati abound:  their marital home was on Kailas.

Mountain gallery
Photos copyright Rommel and Sadhana Varma 1985

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I found this photo of Kailas in Tom's blog The Sun Hermit, of poetry and observations

GLIMPSE OF KAILAS – I found this wonderful photo in Tom’s blog The Sun Hermit, of poetry and observations.  Under it is his poem The Mountain without Valleys – a beautiful tale.

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Sacred India Tarot Archive: Creation of 8 of Lotuses – Siva Tests Parvati

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Mask

Mask

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Continuing the Sacred India Tarot Archive, by Rohit Arya and Jane Adams.  This post is quite a ragbag, because into it arrived two vintage Himalayan mountaineers:  Siva  tries on their faces to further tease Parvati, perhaps.  Or … an essay on India’s charm for we romantic Brits.

This post belongs with “Solomon” (23 March) which is over in Aquariel, my other blog.

While assembling Solomon and (to conclude) a gist of his Song, I thought of Parvati in her Himalayan forest, watering the trees and being visited by the wise.

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Rohit’s Notes (2004)Eight of Lotuses:  Siva Masks Himself

Lotuses 8 Visual reference  1

Lotuses 8 Visual reference 1

“Siva appears as a smug, self satisfied Brahmin, to test the poor girl, indulging in much abuse of his qualities, nature, life style and appearance.  Parvati responds with anger, as shown in the comic strip below.  This indicates both the Karma which kept them apart, and the fact that when such happens, the illusions which separate people no longer hold sway.  This is the only card where Siva is not shown in colossal stature, and he is not bejeweled or crowned.”

lotuses 8 reference 2

lotuses 8 reference 2

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Parvati pestered by sages - detail

Parvati pestered by sages – detail

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Jane’s Notes

As a Capricorn child, I am bound to identify with the Daughter of the Mountain. My love letter is to the universe, for all hearts to read.   Let it be!

Rahu Northnode ... after tasting the nectar

Rahu Northnode … after tasting the nectar.  The immortal gods severed Rahu’s head from his body, for daring to sip their elixir.  He leads the glorious Illusion through which “the Shepherd leads himself back to Himself” … “the One most fully present in His seeming absence” … “honour Him with integrity or He will swallow you whole” … “there is no where in heaven or hell where I AM not” … “I do not believe – I know” …  Rahu’s cosmic Love song is in this link.  (song of Rahu by Jeanette Kishori McKenzie)

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Here I am, Parvati by the Star pool, listening to Rahu, fishing away for Siva, and pestered by a sage or two !  

Why not take all the time it needs?  The sages who come along are interesting, and sometimes they pretend to be Siva for a while, which is fun.   Siva’s masque fits any of them.  He puts on a different face, pretending to be Rahu’s Head Exchange …   Siva the god of Love is a holy terror among the wives of sages !  Siva shines through Rahu.   Rudra is sometimes Rahu.   They seem to pass through one another.  None of them is really Siva.   This is the Glory and Freedom of Siva.

Rahu’s appearance presages Parvati’s future child with an elephant’s head – Ganesh.

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Parvati pestered  - Version 4

Wives of sages get left alone a lot in the forest.   Up the path through dark stems and columns of sunlight, who comes next?  What matted lean stranger, with loincloth, waterpot and glowing eyes?  Any day, the unexpected !   The call of strange birds, through Himalayan valleys:  the clambering rhododendron giant:  nocturnal mist lifts off the ground, as Surya begins His work for the day.

I think Parvati’s nectarous ecstasy was greater in her expectant Solitude, sleeping out at night and fasting on the ground, than in all the future days of her marriage with Siva on Kailas.   Of course they would  squabble, whenever they came off the peak.   That was the fractious energy field required to conceive their children, Skanda and Ganapati.

My loveliest experience in India, was not Gurus.  I didn’t really take to them, other than Ramana.  It was sitting in Ramanananda’s cottage the other side of Arunachala Hill: the tall medicinal herbs in his garden – all of them collected from sages’ samadhis –  the rocks in his fireplace, his watercolours of the Hill, his old put-put scooter and excellent idiomatic English.  Friar Tuck in horn rimmed specs and orange skirts welcomes staff-bearing kindred spirits.  He is busy raising funds to restore Annamalai Temple:  piles of paperwork perch precariously on pebbles, rudraksha beads and sacred ash.  Through his parlour, men and women sadhus potter and pass the timeless hour:  their laughing Vedic intellect, the Path to Liberation and the heat.

Ramanananda Saraswathi in 1993

Ramanananda Saraswathi in 1993

In modern India and the loosening of some of its brackets, an ancient freedom speaks as it always has. Off the beaten track, Ramananda’s caravan among wiry eucalyptus, catches what breeze it can.  He told me that in summer, if you throw an egg on the wall, it fries, and that he is not really a Swami, he is the Self.

The train stops again.  Through the wide windows, time and tall herbs pass by. In Siva’s fiery light, no caste or custom confines the eccentric delight of elder India.

Mira de Coux

Mira de Coux

It is also my friendship with Belgian Mira when she stayed with me for a short time in London; we laughed about our menfolk.   She like Parvati waited by the Ganga many many moons with cloth and waterpot, till Harilal Poonja returned along the path – her Siva whom she married:   their daughter Mukti.

FOR MIRA AND POONJA

With a ghee lamp   
butter from the cow is burned,   
leaving nor ash nor carbon.

With a ghee lamp   
the cow is burned; pure   
is Vedic light from the Sun she gives.

Fire, brave ship in water shining.   
Sun, bright fire in the sea.   
Water, deep peace of night.   

Fire is in the wood.   
Fire sleeps in the wood.   
Fire from the Sun   
is present in all beings. 

Let there be peace   
to all beings:  to rocks, plants,   
rivers, animals and people.   
Let there be peace. 

His soul is to her love released.   
In the flower childrens' fire,   
Master's body fell, was licked and torn,   
eaten, feasted. Let there be peace   
to all beings.

from Poems of Eclipse, 1999

 cow, dark & light

THE RIVER LADY

The wisdom of an elder, beautiful woman   
plays among the cows.   
The Daughter of the Mountain nomad   
knows not what'll happen next.

With her Master's zest   
she parries the prurient in the bud   
with deft shield   
and sword to tease and pierce. 

Because like Parvati, she by Ganges waited   
outside time, her spouse,   
an old, old river through her flows, a gravitas.   
A terrible compassion in her stands.   

Master's eyes are palpable   
in her round feminine face   
with wide laughter wrinkled -   
a soft river apple blooms.

Bhakti in the West is not well understood.   
The soul of bhakti is the effortless   
being taken;  Master's absence of effort.   
There is no lineage, no permission for the river.   

It overflows its banks, within my house.   
The room is filled with the river lady's 
way of hen partying   
here, with Master in our toes.

My thoughts are cradled in small sails   
the river takes to its own.   

They are brave little ships.   
They are butter, lit in paper boats.

from Poems of Eclipse 1999

butterlamp boat

The luminosity of Vedic India, the shining brown river, the Himalayan myths and legends,  the paradoxical political scene … remain bright and eternal in Parvati’s soul.   I feel the sound of the river and the old wrinkled stones and the sun’s heat even now.   I travel sitting still!   Waiting for Siva is the Himalaya in my soul:  the coming and going of this, is beauty.   Nobody need wait for Siva.   Siva is the perfume of all the whispering leaves.

oaks in treasure wood near Broomlands

I did not tread the shores of Mother Ganga in this lifetime, nor visit Badrinath.  The memory is planted from other lifetimes, who knows when or where ?   Badrinath where Ganga rises, and the mountain-girt sanctuary of Nanda Devi and the Valley of Flowers, are on the watershed, on the direct trail to Kailasa in the north, the shining peak.

himalayan forest

himalayan forest

Let Nanda Devi be my mantra !   She is the goddess of nanda, a male sanskrit word for joy.  In the 1930s, the Himalayan explorer Eric Shipton opened up the dark Rishi Ganga gorge to the secret flowering meadow and snows around Her beautiful high fang, till then inaccessible …    “Rishi” means “Sage”.  The Sages’ silence flows from there, and the mountains are devic beings.

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Eric Shipton

Eric Shipton

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Nanda Devi

Nanda Devi

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If my thoughts seem to stray, it is because Parvati and Siva invoke for me this landscape and its archetypal resonance.  Translating Parvati’s visions on an empty tum, to my inner world in England, I am inspired by the early Himalayan explorers  as they mapped the sacred trail among the high Ganga sources around Badrinath, seat of Vishnu.  I have their books and their old photos.  It is an INVOCATION :  to touch upon, and to marvel.  The trail crosses the watershed.  Its great peaks are Kamet and Nanda Devi, on the way to Kailas in Tibet.

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parvati suspicious

In the book with Sacred India Tarot deck, Rohit writes: 

“Siva, vanquished by Parvati’s great tapasya, and even greater love, still has a puckish desire to test her.  If she was not discouraged by indifference, perhaps she will be by disgust?  Appearing as a young Brahmin, he professes loud astonishment that she is wasting her life and beauty on that fellow Siva.  Is he any sort of goal for decent people?  His family and background is unknown, his ornaments are serpents, he lives in cemeteries with weird goblins, and he certainly has no money. 

“This is a peculiar form of Bhakti called Ninda-Stuthi – Abuse-Praise!  It is coded language for spiritual initiates.  Siva has no money because he is the lord of the world.  He lives in cemeteries because that is where every human ends up.  He has no family and is of uncertain background because He is the origin of the world, and so on. 

“‘He encompasses all things, though he is but one.  Whoever knows him, Siva the Auspicious, wins peace for ever.’

Svetasvarura Upanishad

Sacred India Tarot 7 of Lotuses/Cups:  Siva Tests Parvati

Sacred India Tarot 7 of Lotuses/Cups: Siva Tests Parvati

Rohit continues:  “While Parvati does understand this language, her great love for Siva made these contumelius epithets unbearable.  She began to objurgate this insolent man – scolding and rebuking sharply in a whirlwind of offended love.  “The stupid and envious always say malicious things about the Great Ones of the world.  What is beyond the limited understanding of shallow minds, is condemned.  To speak ill of great souls is a sin, to listen is to participate in that sin.’

The last bonds of impeding Karma snap at that moment, and Siva concedes defeat.  The devas are relieved.  Parvati has in her meditations, worked out their negative Karma too.”  

Finally, embedded in his interpretation, Rohit concludes, “This is an end-of-Karma card … Whatever goes at this time, let it go.  It has no more Karma with you.  Seek new horizons in life.”

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Kailas sacred mountain

Kailas sacred mountain, starlight

Looking for a picture in Frank Smythe’s The Valley of Flowers (Hodder & Straughton 1938) about his exploration near the Nanda Devi sanctuary, I discovered this marked paragraph:

“It was the first time I had travelled alone in the Himalayas, and the experience after the last two caravanserais to Mount Everest, was more than refreshing.  For the first time in my life, I was able to think. I do not mean to think objectively or analytically, but rather to surrender thought to my surroundings.  This is a power of which we know little in the west, but which is a basic of abstract thought in the east. 

“It is allowing the mind to receive rather than to seek impressions, and it is gained by expurgating extraneous thought.  It is then that the Eternal speaks;  that the mutations of the universe are apparent:  the very atmosphere is filled with life and song:  the hills are resolved from mere masses of snow, ice and rock into something living.  When this happens, the human mind escapes from the bondage of its own feeble imaginings, and becomes as one with its Creator. 

“My pen has run away with me.  It often did when recording my impressions in the Valley of Flowers, for it is impossible to continue along conventional channels when the country on either side is so fair … …  

“The silence was complete save for the light, almost imperceptible hiss of the burning logs.  Presently even that died, and the fire shrank to a heap of glowing embers.  The cold stole up behind me;  suddenly I was chilly, and my pipe was out.  A few minutes later I was warm in my eiderdown sleeping bag.  The last thing I saw before closing my eyes, was a bright star poised on a distant ridge, looking at me through the door of the tent.”

Frank Smythe

Frank Smythe

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This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.

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Sacred India Tarot Archive: 7 of Lotuses – Parvati waters Trees

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Rohit’s Notes 2003/4

“Seven of Lotuses is an interesting episode, because Parvati used to break her tapasya every day, to care for trees in her vicinity, and was criticized for being frivolous in so doing.  She quoted back a Vedic verse which says that the most sacred and meritorious of all acts is to serve trees!  This break was also part of her Sadhana.  

“The normal spirit associated with the Star card is what we are seeking here.  Trees near a lotus pond will do.”

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hawthorn & oak

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from Hermetic Tarot 1991

from Hermetic Tarot 1991

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Jane’s Notes:

Parvati waters trees!   In the Major Arcanum 17 image, she is mother naked, truth, and she pours from flasks of infinite supply, onto the ground and into the starry pool, seeking and being her knowledge.

With the same water of Life, Parvati in the Himalayan forest, replenishes the upward flowing sap and photosynthesis – the inverted root.  Each forest giant is Siva, and she moves among them like the dew;  the heat and smell and sweat of earth, the stirrings of insects and wild deer.   She dips her cloth in the water, and wraps it around her, to cool herself.

Parvati’s sadhana and service contained these tremendous contrasts:  the ultimate snows, the fiery dance of her Lord, and the lush grandeur of Himalayan valleys.

As Rohit has pointed out, after the terrible shock and humiliation of Kama being destroyed, her passion is like a little girl, convinced that a happy and magical outcome is in her power.  For is it not her destiny to be the Mother of the world?

As Mother Ganga descends from the Himalayan watershed, Sati reborn as Parvati is the consciousness:  and she awaits Him by the waters, with all the time in the world.

Visual reference from the cartoon-book, for Seven of Lotuses

Visual reference from the cartoon-book, for Seven of Lotuses

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Indeed, the tapas and self-starvation of the young Daughter of the Himalaya Mountains, richly nourished her daydreams – which every Indian Princess has – of family life with Lord Siva and their children Skanda and Ganapati, on Mount Kailas …

Postcard - Parvati, Siva & family in Kailas

Postcard – Parvati, Siva & family in Kailas

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… the blissful marital bed of eternal, yogic snows …

Kailas - sacred mountain

Kailas – sacred mountain

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A  Kabbalist experience of the Self, yet Sivaic …

Something similar to this (below) may have shone through Parvati’s dreams. Just such a moment influences an entire life.   We all have them;  but do we notice them?

1991:  “I dreamed I or someone had an injury, a toxic swelling on the left leg, near the ankle.  The person lay on, or was part of a piece of furniture or framework, in a garden out of doors, and suffered from a lack of equilibrium.  With my growing interest in healing, a strange knowledge entered me.   I lifted this swollen point or part of space.  I let it collide with a point of vitality which I brought to meet it over the wooden frame, from the other side.  From the marrying spilled an incandescent throbbing.  It was not of my body;  it was the air:  the point everywhere, of Reality.    For those endless instants, I knew and I am the infinite Source.

“Nothing can end or destroy the Source, the seamless thrill of being.   A mountain range, a Himalaya of crystal light sparkles in the nucleus of every atom and in my hinterland.  It calls me.  It is an ancient Song which I cannot lose.   It will be always, as it always has been, home and living with my grandmother.  It has no beginning.

simikot kailas manasarovar, www.adventuregeotreks.com

simikot kailas manasarovar, http://www.adventuregeotreks.com

“It is as it fades, my uttermost and lingering refreshment.   It is the truth.  It flowered, it happened in the air.  And the sick leg was naturally being cured.

“I” …    How can I lose, or be lost?   It is imperishably simple.

“The creative act collides the particles.  It explodes their unsought energy.   Their interaction is more profoundly alive than any sum of the parts.   It is at position or motion.  It moves as a wave of light.  The hidden languages of adepts were built on verbs – motion – and not upon nouns – position.

“The interaction or “change” appears anywhere, at any moment over the cosmic lattice.

moon circumpunct

“In the ripple effect even a thousand light years distant, the mysterious brother or sister particle concurs.  It answers the continuum, through the veil of time and space.  An electron’s observable behaviours are pieces in cross-section of Reality.   An electron is a charged unit of life or change.  The quanta vanish and reappear beyond the Script of Light, in every place of time.  The living being is beyond sight and touch;  yet I breathe it through my nose.  Fragmentary planes across the limbs, appear in our elemental lattice – we add them together to make a sum or experiment for prediction.  But when they touch, the bucket’s bottom drops out.  A few parts of the electron memory and the way it feels, return through the veil.  The whole of I is this for ever.   The three-dimensional lattice is my dream, outlining the shadow.   The living being is in the wheels Ezekiel saw in the desert near Tel Aviv.

“Ezekiel recounted four simultaneous likenesses (to lion, eagle, angel, bull) in four directions squared through space at the speed of light.  On the chariot, four spherical wheels, one for each creature ‘went in any of their four directions without turning as they went … and when the living creatures rose from the earth the wheels rose … for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.’  Above this was a boundless crystal firmament – their point.  In this stood still  ‘the likeness of the Glory of the LORD ‘  –  axis of all the worlds.

“In the I-dot of each grain of space, I am the echo of that crystalline brightness Ezekiel calls ‘of a gleaming chrysolite‘ – my age old peaks, the mountains.

“Crystal is pure composition.  Handling or friction of crystals releases the current.  Crystal in the minerals and geological strata of Earth resembles the  Angelic Laws.  Crystalline and unadorned is this.”

sun circumpunct

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Here now is the completed card:   Parvati waters the Trees.

Sacred India Tarot - 7 Lotuses

Sacred India Tarot – 7 Lotuses

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The aura Omkara around Parvati recalls the green Kundalini in 2 of Lotuses,  as she fell at the feet of the sage Narada who brought her the news.

Correspondence Jane to Gautam & Rohit – 31 October 2004:  “As enclosed – and  thanks for sending Garuda images.”

Rohit to Jane:   “Both the eight” (see next SITA post) “and the seven are cards that leave us no room for comment.  They are terrific and beautiful.  It was a very pleasant surprise to see Kailas in the 8, as Gautam was going to send you a picture reference of the same to incorporate somewhere in the suit.  I think that we should switch characters of Kama and Pradyumna for King and Knight, as Pradyumna is the healed person, and Kama is still immature.”

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Mt Kailas over manasarovar, www.trekearth.com

Mt Kailas over manasarovar, http://www.trekearth.com

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GALLERY:  the young girl’s elemental romance

Sacred India Tarot Natarajan world detail

vedic vessel

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Rohit Arya

Rohit Arya is an Author, Yogi and Polymath. He has written the first book on Vaastu to be published in the West, {translated into five languages} the first book on tarot to be published in India, co-authored a book on fire sacrifice, and is the creator of The Sacred India Tarot {82 card deck and book}. He has also written A Gathering of Gods. He is  a corporate trainer, a mythologist and vibrant speaker as well as an arts critic and cultural commentator. Rohit is also a Lineage Master in the Eight Spiritual Breaths system of Yoga. 

Earlier posts about the deck, including the first 15 Major Arcana archives are in http://aryayogi.wordpress.com   The deck is copyrighted (c) 2011 to the publishers, Yogi Impressions Books pvt, and available also on Amazon and internationally.

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Jane Adams

My adventure invites fellow travellers.  I am a poet, an artist and a seer.  I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom.

This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.

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