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Perhaps these scenes are allegorical--comparing experiencing God with sexuality's all-consuming attention. According to Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 4.3.21, “As a man closely embraced by a beloved woman knows nothing outside, nothing inside, even so this “person,” closely embraced by the knowing Self knows nothing outside, nothing inside. There his desires are fulfilled, he desires only the Self, desireless, all sorrows ended.” This sort of comparison is not limited to Hindus, the Song of Songs in the Hebrew Bible uses sexual imagery to depict Israel's relationship with God, as does the Indian Sufi romance Madhumalati (Oxford Univ. Press, 2000), in which Prince Manohar symbolizes both the lover and the spiritual seeker, and Princess Madhumalati the Divine Beloved.
Perhaps these scenes are realistic--to acknowledge sexuality as an important aspect in human life. This is explicitly acknowledged by the Hindu dharma literature, which lists kama as one of the Four Goals for human life (Purusartha). As a word kama simply means "desire," and can refer to any of the desires that people want to satisfy (for food and drink, aesthetic pleasure, pleasant company, a new boat, or even to renounce the world). Yet the word kama also has overtones connoting sexual desire--which in its all-consuming attraction stands as the paradigm for them all. Classical Indian society recognized the importance of kama, and Chapter One of the Kama Sutra defends pleasure as a legitimate part of human experience. It does recognize a hierarchy of human goals, and accepts that the quest for pleasure must ultimately be regulated by a commitment to dharma (righteous action)--without which the quest for pleasure becomes destabilizing. Yet when one's priorities are in proper balance kama is a GOOD thing worthy of being pursued (later parts of the Kama Sutra, of course, give very explicit instructions on how to pursue sexual and aesthetic pleasure).
Perhaps these scenes illustrate tantric religious practice--which in the classical Indian (Hindu AND Buddhist) ideas .involves the idea of attaining ultimate unity through transcending all duality



Clad. In her absolute, primordial nakedness she is free from all covering of illusion. She is Nature (Prakriti in Sanskrit), stripped of 'clothes'. It symbolizes that she is completely beyond name and form, completely beyond the illusory effects of maya (false consciousness). Her nudity is said to represent totally illumined consciousness, unaffected by maya. Kali is the bright fire of truth, which cannot be hidden by the clothes of ignorance. Such truth simply burns them away





Puja is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals. An essential part of puja for the Hindu devotee is making a spiritual connection with the divine. Most often that contact is facilitated through an object: an element of nature, a sculpture, a vessel, a painting, or a print.

Puja means worship,devotion and reverence. Puja is believed to be derived from the word 'pu-chey',or worship. The term puja is now used to include all forms of worship, ranging from the simple daily offerings of flowers, fruit, leaves, rice, sweetmeats and water to the deities in homes or temples, to the sacrifices in temples dedicated to Kali, Durga and other female deities.

There are three kinds of pujas: "Dhirdha", "Madhya" & "Laghu". Puja ritual of idols of God has become in recent times a great of faith and belief in Hindu Religion. Puja is not only performed in temples but also in most of our homes. we worship God in our meetings before we start our days' programme of Jagran/Bhajan/Kirtans/ Ramayana and /or study of scriptures. The object of the puja ritual is to create and setup thoughts of spiritual forces in and around us. This is best achieved by chanting of some Mantra ,Bhajan or Chalisas, The benefit of puja is to remove obstacles. The pujas are performed on behalf of those who request them by us. Some of the benefits for doing specific pujas include: Obtaining happiness and peace by getting rid of malefic forces. Removing troubles that prevent us from starting on a spiritual path or business Gaining material spiritual, prosperity and abundance. Creating positive vibrations in the house, when starting new ventures such as a new job,business. Removing obstacles if suffering from losses, when starting a new business or investments. Improving the general health of body and mind, for a speedy recovery from illness. Increasing leadership skills. We can enhance the benefit of the Puja by doing spiritual practices. Some of the commonly observed practices include Meditation, Mantra Japa , Silence, Prayer, Fasting or Repeating God's name, charity. These vows can be done for one day or as long as you wish. The result of these actions is to enable us to imbibe more deeply the spiritual energy invoked by the Puja and to help purify us.












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Volumes could be filled discussing the presence of the Divine Mother in all cultures from every corner of the world. In these earlier mythologies, the Mother was seen as that which gives birth to all creatures and that the earth, the elements, were not void of spirit but are in fact the living Goddess-Creator herself. To quote from Marija Gimbutas in her book The Language of the Goddess:

Although forms of the Goddess are countless, there is only one Divine Mother or Sacred Feminine behind them all. Ultimately the Mother is pure formless Love appearing as the manifold expressions we see as the universe and all of the beings in nature. By pursuing love for the Mother in any of Her forms, we will eventually arrive at the non-dual perspective.

The Goddess gradually retreated into the depths of forests or onto mountaintops, where she remains to this day in beliefs and fairy stories. Human alienation from the vital roots of earthly life ensued, the results of which are clear in our contemporary society. But the cycles never stop turning, and now we find the Goddess reemerging from the forests and mountains, bringing us hope for the future, returning us to our most ancient human roots.

The concept of God as feminine is not new. Virtually all cultures have had a means of venerating the Supreme Being as a female form. Hindu and Buddhist cultures are rife with forms of the Divine Mother. In the Islamic tradition Allah has two principle names - Rahman and Rahim which mean Compassionate and Merciful. Both of these names are derived from the root Arabic word that denotes womb. Mahayana Buddhism recognizes the Mother as Prajnaparamita, the boundless and unfathomable Mother of all Buddhas. The early Gnostic Christians put much emphasis on the Virgin Sophia who is the feminine embodiment of Wisdom. The Chinese have Kwan Yin the Goddess of Mercy. In orthodox Judaism there is the Sabbath Queen and the feminine Shekinah. The mystical Jewish doctrine, the Holy Kabbalah, maintains that out of the Absolute emanated the three Mothers or primal elements, out of which emanated three Fathers which were primordial or spiritual air, water and fire from which came the planets and their angels. Some hold that in the Christian Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that the Holy Spirit is the feminine principle. Mother Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus, continues the presence of the Divine Mother in modern Christianity