Monday, April 03, 2006

40 Days of Lent - Day Thirty-Four

More Hindu Gods and Goddesses and one old vaudeville joke

Kali was created when the Divine Mother sent her energy or lifeforce to combat demonic forces that had conquered earth, the astral plane and the heavens. These forces were aligned with the sun and the moon. Kali is similar to Shiva in that she is Destruction. She is also the goddess of Time and Death. She creates fear in those who fear death and are too attached to life, whereas she aids those who no longer fear death.

Annapurna is the Hindu goddess of food and cooking. Annapurna is empowered with the ability to supply food to an unlimited amount of people. Annapurna is an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Parvati, the wife of Shiva. Temple art in India often depicts Lord Shiva with his begging bowl (skull), asking Annapurna to provide him food that gives the energy to achieve knowledge and enlightenment. As such, Annapurna also symbolizes the divine aspect of nourishing care.

Body resembles a man’s, but he has an elephant’s head. He’s not an animal, or a human being, but a Hindu deity. Before you pray or worship, you invoke Ganesh. In this way, he is similar to Papa Legba in voodoo ceremonies. He is the gatekeeper, and the god that you must appease before you can access the other deities.

By paying respect to an elephant-headed god, you are willingly leaving behind the rational world for the spiritual, and you are also learning to accept people for who they are rather than what they look like.

Nothing much. Vishnu with you?

Today's reading from the Faithful Words Promise Box:
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord FOREVER.
- Psalm 23:6


Mom said...

Thank you for today's blog. I appreciate your information, especially on Kali. I knew that she had something to do with violent death because the Thugs of India worshipped her. However, I never heard of Annapurna and Gnesh before. Interesting.

the hanged man said...

No problem. As you can see, I do take requests.

Anonymous said...

ganesh w/ his little mouse friend is the remover of all obstacles...he's worshipped before any new undertaking. and by the way, the most popular hindu deity in india!

I've got my own little alter w/ kali and ganesh...somehow they both make sense to me!


the hanged man said...

When I think of Ganesh, I always think of the scene from The Simpsons when Homer is trying to give a peanut to the statue of Ganesh on Apu's altar, and Apu says "Mr. Simpson, please stop trying to feed a peanut to my God."