“Many theologians and scholars believe the Holy Spirit written as,
We must also look in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and
Here is an excerpt from “The Decline of the Feminine and the Cult of
The Vulgate translated Ruah into Latin as masculine, Spiritus. God’s
The Christian Goddess
The Christian Goddess July 1, 2008
SHRI DEVI GITA June 28, 2008
SHRI DEVI GITA
Devi gita constitutes the last ten chapters of the seventh Skandha
Specifically, we are interested in discussing the Devi gita. To
The setting of the Devi gita is introduced by Janamejaya’s query
This sets the scene for Devi Gita and the teachings.
In the Devi gita, following Himalayas request, the Devi proceeds to
Simplicity and Profoundness:
Devi gita is both simple and profound. It is different from other
Similarly, the word of ‘coming’, ‘going’, ‘becoming’ cause confusion
Start of chapter 33:
The Devi said: “O Giriraja ! This whole universe, moving and
There is no other Intelligence other than Me. Viewed practically, it
O Mountain ! Unless I enter as Breath, how can this birth and death
As the sun rays are never defiled when they illumine various objects
SHRI DEVI GITA
1) Sri Mata
Sri Lalita Sahasranama, C. S. Murthy,
“The Saktas worship the Universal Energy as Mother; it is the
Mother is the first manifestation of power and is considered a
Every manifestation of power in the universe is Mother. She is Life,
She can show Herself to us in any form at any moment. The Divine
The sum-total of all the cells in an organism is one person. Each
A bit of Mother, a drop, was Krishna; another was Buddha. The
Swami Vivekananda, “Inspired Talks, My Master and Other Writings”,
“The Goddess is the great Sakti. She is Maya, for of her the maya
K. K. Klostermaier, Hinduism: A Short History,
THE PRIMEVAL ENERGY
One of the unique features of Hinduism is the fact that it conceives
BRAHMAN TO BE KNOWN, SHAKTI TO BE WORSHIPPED
The primordial Parâshakti is therefore the ultimate dynamic energy
But the beauty of the concept of Parâshakti is that She is
QUAN YIN: THE GODDESS OF COMPASSION AND MERCY March 2, 2008
Quan Yin is one of the most universally beloved of deities in the Buddhist tradition. Also known as Kuan Yin, Quan’Am (Vietnam), Kannon (Japan), and Kanin (Bali), She is the embodiment of compassionate loving kindness. As the Bodhisattva of Compassion, She hears the cries of all beings. Quan Yin enjoys a strong resonance with the Christian Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Tibetan goddess Tara.
In many images She is depicted carrying the pearls of illumination. Often Quan Yin is shown pouring a stream of healing water, the “Water of Life” from a small vase. With this water devotees and all living things are blessed with physical and spiritual peace. She holds a sheaf of ripe rice or a bowl of rice seed as a metaphor for fertility and sustenance. The dragon, an ancient symbol for high spirituality, wisdom, strength, and divine powers of transformation, is a common motif found in combination with the Goddess of Mercy.
Sometimes Kuan Yin is represented as a many armed figure, with each hand either containing a different cosmic symbol or expressing a specific ritual position, or mudra. This characterizes the Goddess as the source and sustenance of all things. Her cupped hands often form the Yoni Mudra, symbolizing the womb as the door for entry to this world through the universal female principle.
Quan Yin, as a true Enlightened One, or Bodhisattva, vowed to remain in the earthly realms and not enter the heavenly worlds until all other living things have completed their own enlightenment and thus become liberated from the pain-filled cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
There are numerous legends that recount the miracles which Quan Yin performs to help those who call on Her. Like Artemis, She is a virgin Goddess who protects women, offers them a religious life as an alternative to marriage, and grants children to those who desire them.
The Goddess of Mercy is unique among the heavenly hierarchy in that She is so utterly free from pride or vengefulness that She remains reluctant to punish even those to whom a severe lesson might be appropriate. Individuals who could be sentenced to dreadful penance in other systems can attain rebirth and renewal by simply calling upon Her graces with utter and absolute sincerity. It is said that, even for one kneeling beneath the executioner’s sword already raised to strike, a single heartfelt cry to Bodhisattva Quan Yin will cause the blade to fall shattered to the ground.
The many stories and anecdotes featuring this Goddess serve to convey the idea of an enlightened being who embodies the attributes of an all pervasive, all consuming, unwavering loving compassion and who is accessible to everyone. Quan Yin counsels us by Her actions to cultivate within ourselves those particular refined qualities that all beings are said to naturally possess in some vestigial form.
Contemplating the Goddess of Mercy involves little dogma or ritual. The simplicity of this gentle being and Her standards tends to lead Her devotees towards becoming more compassionate and loving themselves. A deep sense of service to all fellow beings naturally follows any devotion to the Goddess.
by Bethleen Cole
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