Lord Indra…lllllladies.

From the beginning to the end of this existence, Indra is there.

Before the child’s first breath, Indra protects the unborn one in the womb. He helps both mother and child both through the difficult and painful separation and birth into this world. For long has he been sung petitions of growth, strength, and health.

He is the guardian of youth, particularly young girls. Once in Cambodia maidens were called the brides of Indra, held in Indra’s trust until they married young mortal men. It is from Indra’s curse, and blessing, that blood comes to women. Men bleed for war, and death; women bleed for life, my once-teacher told me, and Indra is battle and life both.

He too is the wife-giver; he guides the young woman as bride to the one who seeks her, and is called to the marriage-fire to bless and give increase. Though divider he is also the joiner of two into one; it is known that Indra and Indrāṇī are two halves of each other: Śakra and Śacī, the primordial Śiva-Śakti.

To the wedded wife then he comes: to heal the rejected one, to make the barren flow with milk, to bring children to the childless, to grant release from despair. Because he respects no ties, he destroys all bonds, and so exposes the truth of love.

And it is Indra in the end who hears the mumblings of an old woman on the indifference of immortal to mortal, and rights her wrongs, and it is Indra’s heaven – not a place, but light and boundless freedom – to which he as psychopomp may bring the weary spirit.

Indra is so much a part of a woman’s life unseen, his only friends I have known have been female, and of course this would be so; He is intimate to women, binding and freeing, accepting alike prayers for delight in this world and austerities for knowledge beyond. He is tender strength and lightning joy and a thousand eyes that see what others do not, and how could a woman not love?

Kind God to those who sing thy praise,
O Soma-drinker, Thunder-armed, Friend of our lovely-featured dames…
What mortal, O immortal Dawn, enjoyeth thee? Where lovest thou? To whom, O radiant, dost thou go?
For we have had thee in our thoughts whether anear or far away.

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9 thoughts on “Lord Indra…lllllladies.

  1. Mahalaya 19 June 2012 at 17:07 Reply

    He is magnificent.<3

    I love your love letters so much.

    • Kāmya 19 June 2012 at 19:40 Reply

      Your posts were an inspiration for writing them, did you know? I used to be shy to write these things down, then read your work and that of a few other bhaktas and thought – why not? Is the sky going to fall on me? :)

  2. Zoë 25 June 2012 at 09:44 Reply

    that title made me laugh!

    • Kāmya 25 June 2012 at 11:08 Reply

      I am to please! And to ramble endlessly! :P

  3. Tierza 26 June 2012 at 22:43 Reply

    Kamya, I always knew your writing was spectacular, but you’ve hit home here. Reading this made me smile so much. It only helps that I happent o be sitting, with a candle lit, in front of a certain murti… ^^

    • Kāmya 28 June 2012 at 14:31 Reply

      Thank you so much for telling me that. Staying motivated (and awake enough) to write is difficult sometimes, and hearing about smiles really helps. And I am so pleased that the three of you are getting along. ;)

      • Tierza 30 June 2012 at 11:31 Reply

        I’m glad my smiles help. And yes, we seem to be getting along! Which is why I feel horrible when I forget or, like last night, got home super late and was so tired… T^T

  4. Ishvareya 03 August 2013 at 22:34 Reply

    Did indra cheat on indrani? I keep hearing stories of how he cheated on her with apsaras and other married women, and I’m so confused! I really want to know, and does he really love her? Please help me out here, thanks :)

    • Arjunī 03 August 2013 at 23:31 Reply

      I am no priestess or authority, to be sure! But you asked for help, and so here is what I think.

      I feel that we use the word “cheat” in human relationships because people have limitations; that is, we can only do so much, in terms of time and energy. If I have a spouse, but use my leisure time, sexual vigour, and financial resources to satisfy a lover, then I am indeed cheating my spouse of all of those things.

      But does God Indra have such limitations? Veda declares Him the mightiest God, “Lord of surpassing vigour” and guardian of treasures both material and numinous. More importantly, he is the virile and fertile Deva, who even gave “life to sun and dawn and heaven.” Veda also tells us that “his supports are inexhaustible.”

      As I wrote in another entry, Indra is relentless power, the power of desire, attraction, the continuation of life itself, perhaps the most aggressive force there is. Your question has been asked by others, and one of the best responses I’ve found has been this one:

      “Such a character cannot and should not be morally judged, since to his followers he represents the life force at work. He flouts the common moral code and thereby attains his own ends, and for this he is shown quite frequently to be cheating others.”
      –Sukumari Bhattacharji, The Indian Theogony: A Comparative Study of Indian Mythology from the Vedas to the Puranas

      The strong urge for life to continue itself, the overpowering power of sexuality, is a truth by which life thrives and survives. And Indra is the Truth that breaks all bonds. Yes, Indra has relationships with women – He has more than one wife/Śakti as well – and the stories of His ‘affairs’ usually show Him as the unstoppable force of life. Such tales carry other lessons for His worshippers, as well. For example, in this beautiful story – an artfully written expansion of a brief story from Mahābhārata – a brave and strong young woman wishes for Indra to accept her as His beloved. Her dedication to Him is so inspiring; it is difficult to have such thoughts as “cheating” in the face of her steadfast and loving resolve. How could Lord not respond to such pure devotion?

      Indra also manifests/reveals Himself as the rainbow. Part of his beauty is in revealing the myriad hues and countless variances in creation. That is, He has great joy in variegated manifestation, and teaches us to find love and wonder in everything and everyone. And He does the same, manifesting in a woman’s form and a man’s form and many other forms besides, and giving of Himself to those who desire Him.

      I feel that Indra’s love for his exquisite wife Śacī is limitless. But His heart is vast and expansive and as full of colour as the facets of a shining jewel, and He would not deny His love to anyone who would seek to know the truth of Him as Beloved. He is a Deva; His liaisons are not motivated solely by lust and definitely not by ideas of ‘betraying’ His spouse. Indra and Indrāṇī are the Divine Lovers; yes, there is love between Them, great love, a love that cannot be weakened or sullied.

      Indra may seem a mere cheating husband if He is viewed as a “demi-god” or lesser being, and His stories interpreted literally. But His deeds appear quite different when He is contemplated and meditated upon with devotion. (I’ve written before of my thoughts about His actions, in other posts, here and here.)

      This is only my opinion, and I hope it helps at least a little. Of course, you could always ask Him directly, too! :)

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