Monthly Archives: Oct 2011

Elephantine assistance.

It will be Kojāgari Pūrṇimā tomorrow, and the pūjā of Devi Lakṣmī and Lord Indra together. The association of Indra with Lakṣmī is very ancient and very wonderful; so far, every story I have read of these two has delighted me.

Here is one such story!

Gajalakshmi
Have you ever wondered why Mā Lakṣmī is showered by elephants?

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Kauṣītāki Upaniṣad, book 3.

The Upaniṣad literature is vast, and each individual Upaniṣad is an entire world of revelation unto itself. I think that even one of the major works could guide the aspirant to enlightenment, if studied and meditated upon with full attention and devotion.

This particular passage has been on my mind a great deal lately, so I thought I would post it here – both for my own faster reference, and to share it with others.

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The rain of nectar.

A particularly gorgeous example of Rāga Malhar. The lyrics are from Sikh scripture. How beautiful.

Baras Ghana Mera Pir Ghar Aya

“So rain down, O clouds. My Husband Lord has come home. I am a sacrifice to my Guru, who has led me to meet my Lord God. My love, my Lord and Master is forever fresh; I am embellished with devotional worship night and day…Devotional worship has made me glorious and exalted throughout the ages. I am Yours; the three worlds are Yours as well. You are mine, and I am Yours.”

And from the same text, though not part of the linked song, are these words:

“I hear the thunder in the clouds, and my mind is cooled and soothed; imbued with the Love of my Dear Beloved, I sing His Glorious Praises. The rain pours down, and my mind is drenched with His Love…She is the happy soul-bride of her Husband Lord; her mind and body are filled with joy by His Love. Discarding her demerits, she becomes detached; with the Lord as her Husband, her marriage is eternal. She never suffers separation or sorrow; her Lord God showers her with His Grace.”

Both quotes from the Gurū Granth Sāhib.