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Lakshmi

Lakshmi

There’s a film on YouTube that I listen to from time to time.  It is a recitation of the 1008 names of Lakshmi.

Everyone gets a name-check – Durga, Kali, even Tara: See Video >

The myriad attributes of the Goddess of all manifestation are listed in an act of vocal worship.  Tucked away somewhere around 100 names in is Mohini, translated as ‘She who bewitches’ here >

The inclusion of Mohini is interesting.  In the West, bewitchment is seen as something sinister, dangerous, generally not a good thing to be happening (save for the heady experience of being in love, perhaps).  Yet here is the Goddess of bewitchment, listed as an attribute of one of the biggest names in the composite of Shakti.  What’s going on? Continue reading

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By Nomu 420

Mohini – by Nomu 420

The female energy, Shakti, has many forms, as many forms as there are women on the earth.  One of those forms is Mohini, Goddess of Delusion and Bewitchment.

The story goes that Vishnu made himself into Mohini, so beautiful that she was able to trick the demons, the Asuras, into giving her Amrita, the nectar of immortality, which she promptly distributed among the Gods (Devas).  Here, the ability to delude is put to good use.

The way in which the human mind can be deluded, fooled, tricked into believing things that are not true, is an integral part of human life.  We all employ delusion on a daily basis; something as simple as answering ‘Fine thanks’ when we are in fact feeling dreadful, is the use of delusion.  Continue reading