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
When 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