Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu by David R. Kinsley

By David R. Kinsley

Goddess worship has lengthy been an important point of Hinduism. during this publication David Kinsley, writer of The Sword and the Flute—Kali & Krsna: darkish Visions of the bad and the elegant in Hindu Mythology, kinds out the wealthy but usually chaotic heritage of Hindu goddess worship.

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This festival signals the point at which Visnu is believed to fall asleep for several months. It is common to pray to Visnu at this time to prevent the loss of one's wife or husband. In this festival Laksmi and Visnu are the embodiment of marital harmony and bliss. 69 At another festival in honor of her and Visnu, Laksmi plays the role of a jealous wife and protector of the home. 2009 10:51:34] page_35 < previous page page_35 next page > Page 35 3 Parvati * Rivaling Sri-Laksmi* in popularity in the Hindu tradition is the goddess Parvati.

His association with world renunciation, asceticism, and the powers of fertility as symbolized by the linga probably marked him as a deity who belonged to the fringes of society from the point of view of the Brahman establishment. The antagonism between Siva and Daksa* probably reflects this underlying conflict. Eventually, of course, Siva became one of the most important and dynamic deities in the Hindu pantheon. The reinstitution of the sacrifice with Siva included among those who partake of it probably represents his incorporation into established Brahman religion.

As expressive of Sri-Laksmi's* nature two general meanings seem apparent. 8 The lotus, and the goddess Sri-Laksmi by association, represents the fully developed blossoming of organic life. At the macrocosmic level the lotus might be taken as a symbol of the entire created world. The lotus growing from the navel of Visnu* marks the beginning of a new cosmic creation. 9 The lotus suggests a growing, expanding world imbued with vigorous fertile power. It is this power that is revealed in Sri-Laksmi.

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