“If Shiva takes drugs, so must I,” said a student to his teacher. “A good idea,” said the teacher, “but first you must make yourself Shiva, no?”
Who is the Shiva we worship? The one who is initiated by the Goddess (Uma-pati) or the one who withdraws from the Goddess (Yogeshwara). Both are valid. But the former is part of society.
In creating the elephant-headed Ganesha, Shiva stops being the world-renouncing hermit and transforms into Shankara, the world-affirming householder
In Harappan civilization there is the image of what looks like proto-Shiva, and so, the dancing girl must be proto-Parvati
We yearn for loyalty and are afraid of the commercial: those who sell their skills and expertise to the highest bidder. We cannot bear the thought of pleasure being a commodity
Matsya Purana and Vishnu-dharmottara Purana lists Ganapati’s shakti in the list of female warrior goddesses. Her name was Vinayaki also known as Ganeshvari
To understand Lakshmi, we have to understand where wealth comes from. Wealth in its most primal form comes from under the ground. Lakshmi is therefore called Patala-nivasini, she who resides in the subterranean realm. Patala is also the realm inhabited by the Asuras
Saraswati is all kinds of knowledge and skills. The better knowledge you have, the better skills you have, the more likelihood of you generating wealth.
Science as a discourse is only 500 years old and we often confuse science with religion. An interesting dynamics have emerged between rishis, who epitomize faith; and science which epitomize enquiry.
Isn’t it amazing that the worshippers of Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth, have become so apprehensive of wealth that they would immediately think of a rich man as bad and a poor man as a good guy