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