Guide to dating a yoga goddess
Her four hands, symbolizing various gifts to her devotees, will be discussed in detail in a moment." (Brown 1998, 65) "The Great Goddess, known in India as Devi (literally 'goddess'), has many guises. As Jaganmata, or Mother of the universe, she assumes cosmic proportions, destroying evil and addressing herself to the creation and dissolution of the worlds. Devi is all-important in Hinduism, but there are also forms of female divinity in Buddhism and Jainsim.She is worshiped by thousands of names that often reflect local customs and legends. Today millions of Hindu men and women conduct regular pujas to Devi through one of her many manifestations.She was also revered at Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro in the Indus Valley from 2,500 BC.Closely associated with the land itself, villagers in rural India paid tribute to the Earth Goddess, adorning branches of trees and placing shrines within them which carried her image.Devi is first seen as cosmic force, where she destroys demonic forces that threaten world equilibrium, and creates, annihilates, and recreates the universe.Next, in her gentle, radiant dayini form, she is the gracious donor of boons, wealth, fortune, and success.As heroine and beloved, Devi comes down to earth and provides inspiring models for earthly women.
Flowers garland her image with brightness, the light of countless lamps illuminate her presence and the blood of thousands of animals stains the stones of her altars crimson. Devi the Shining One source of the life-giving powers of the universe, who is experienced by her ecstatic worshipers as the Primal Cause and Mother of the World.
She is endowed with three eyes, as she is ever awake and watchful, concerned with the well-being of her children.