Durga and Chamunda

Durga Puja close up

Through my three and a half years or more of chanting the mantra of Green Tara, Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha, I have always felt I have something good by my side. 

Green Tara is known as Great Protectress, Incomparable Saviouress.  As not one day has gone past when I haven’t chanted her mantra at least once (one round of 108) in nearly 1,300 days, my sense of her benevolent, patient, compassionate, funny, magical, mischievous, no-nonsense spirit has grown inside me.

Green Tara is one expression or representation of the Great Feminine.  She has so many names over so many cultures.  Here in the West most of us see her in The Virgin Mary.  In Norse mythology she appears as Freyja.  Pachamama is her name in the Andes region.  She’s in the Mediterranean, she’s in Africa, she’s in Siberia, she’s everywhere.  Within the Hindu approach she has many different faces and many qualities.  One of those is Durga, known for her victories over a variety of demons. Continue reading

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A Cracking Victory?

cracked-glassWhen the global economy crashed nearly ten years ago, the first response of the people in charge was to act, hastily, to create the illusion that it hadn’t happened.

From a situation where there was no money left in the ATM’s (it was pretty close), impossibly large amounts of money were manifested, out of nowhere, so that everything could go on as before.  Yes, huge job losses, yes greater suffering, yes fewer opportunities.  But all that must have been deemed a price worth paying (by whom…) if it meant things would carry on as normally as they possibly could.

The problem was that it was not true, and this year the cracks have really started to show.

When an illusion is in power in a human dynamic, everyone trying to function within that dynamic is forced into a weird, contorted position in order to operate.  Ignoring reality and engaging with the illusion is painful, draining and ultimately sickening.  It leads to wasted, misspent time, wasted misspent energy and wasted misspent lives.  How long that situation can endure varies, but, in the end the illusion cannot prevail and reality breaks through.  Always, sooner or later. Continue reading