Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working my way through a book called Awakening Shakti. It’s really wonderful and filled with information and meditations and exercises around the energy of each goddess, but if I’m honest, I mostly only picked it up, because an online group I belong to (in the sense that I OWN it) is working its way through a goddess a month and January’s goddess was Saraswati.
Saraswati is awesome. I’d never been too interested in the Hindu pantheon, but somehow she always stood out, probably because she finds her realm in the world of words, music, language, intellect. Plus, she rides (well, ok, sits on, but let’s not quibble!) a white swan and anyone who knows my fondness for T-Rex knows I’m in favor of that. AND she is often depicted with peacocks. AND she has a lot of parallels to one of my two favorite Celtic goddesses, Brighid.
So, it’s not really a surprise that the day would come when I would dive a little deeper into learning about her. What did come as a surprise, however, is how interesting I’m finding the other goddesses and gods of her pantheon. There is such a cool balance between masculine and feminine in that system and I want to learn more! It’s probably just because I’m reading about it, but Shiva, in particular, is popping up all over the place. I attended a meditation the other day that invoked him. A friend, who has no idea of my new-found interest, sent me a candle honoring him, and I just noticed today that my favorite incense is called Boom Shiva (but mostly because it has some floaty albeit legal ingredients that really relax a person). Even my physical therapist plays Krishna Das during our sessions, which is lovely, because I am pretty obsessed with his music lately.
My favorite at the moment is Kashi Vishwanath Gange, which is based on a prayer called the Shiva Stuti and tells a lovely story about the mercy shown by Lord Shiva when he is moved by the prayer of one of his followers. It’s a beautiful melody that lifts my spirits every time. And isn’t it wonderful when after half a lifetime, you find that there is a whole world of fascination in something you never thought interested you?