I found this amazing picture on Google Search that caught my painter’s eye. I like how it is rendered in a seemingly traditional manner and illustrating the chakras. The carmine (one of the many shades of red) is the first thing that caught my eye. In the interest of yogic inner alchemy which is all about the kundalini, let me see what I can see from the other elements in this lovely picture.
It’s interesting that the goddess here is shown with her hair down. Kind of reminds me of Kali instead. If that’s so, this is a really benign Kali, no skulls or dripping blood! Well, it does’t matter which goddess it is, as Devi and Kali are just different aspects of the same and one goddess, the Mother, and if anything, kudos to the artist who did a great job with this unique representation.
I mean she looks so lovely but take another look and you see how the redness of the henna on her fingers and toes, almost like blood. Her skirt, too! Ooo, could be Kali after all! But what about the conch shell and lotus on the upper right and left, typical symbols of Vishnu, equally found with goddess Parvati. Hmmm?
Next, the two Sanskrit letters to the left and right of her feet make me wonder (and this is the other reason I saved the pic)…..
- why य and not य् which would have been a more correct rendition for this letter known as ‘ya’
- why not यँ which would have made it ‘yam’, the Bija Mantra for the Heart Chakra
- Similarly for the left, why व and not व् or वँ which would have made it ‘vam’, the Bija Mantra for the 2nd or Sacral Chakra
Okay, maybe the artist has his/her own reasons. Never mind, that’s art for you. It’s what it means to the artist that counts. We just enjoy.
But wait… look at her Heart Chakra again. The petals of the lotus in her Heart Chakra are drooping downwards. Oh dear! Scriptures say the petals of the chakras would perk up as the kundalini passes through them. So hers are not perked up? Hmmm, does she then represent us, in our unenlightened state rather than a goddess? Is she the Kali in us that must destroy our ignorance first? 😜
Or, is she training to transmute her sexual energies (together with the mantra for sacral chakra, plus all that red carmine such a color of passion) in order to awaken the Heart Chakra? If you are curious enough, you must read Mantak Chia’s books on Tantric Sex. Ha ha, definitely food for thought.
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As for the rest of the inscriptions, they aren’t any clearer when I enlarged the picture so we’ll leave it at that then. Plus, I suspect the script is more like Bengali rather than Sanskrit per se. But then I may be wrong. Then I will get a knock (via email) on the head from my Sanskrit teacher. 😓😓
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Lastly, I leave you with this quote which refers to the Heart Chakra.
The Light within you has the power of discrimination. You can use that Light to see the darkest corner of your inner chamber.
~ ॐ ~