This will make two Tim Miller posts in a row, but that’s a danger we are willing to accept.
This week’s Tuesdays with Timji provides Tim’s wonderfully succinct primer on the Ramayana — and its symbolic meaning within and without us.
The at least triplicate meaning of much of Hindu thinking — I’m eschewing the word “religion” in fears it is too limited and avoiding “philosophy” for the same reason — is among its most intriguing aspects. This stuff is complicated, and for me — and I think the Confluence crew (all two of us) in general — that not only makes it more interesting but makes it feel more relevant for understanding ourselves, our universe — and what’s beyond.
You might here be making the leap back my post about why yoga’s gotten so easy. The same drive in me away from a yoga style that would seem to easily and quickly get me to union is at work here. Overly simple answers to questions about ourselves strike me as, well, overly simplistic. (Occam’s Razor need not apply.) Hinduism and yoga philosophy has not being easy down.
Everywhere you look, you have threes — not even the simple ratio of opposites or dualism, but something one step (at least) further. (Hi to our William Blake experts at this point: Yes, we’re remembering contraries. Fun bonus fact: My nearly 20-year-old tattoo, my only tattoo, represents this. OK, on with the show.) Brahma, Vishnu, Siva — and their accompanying energies. The gunas. And there’s this:
The Mahabharata war can be seen as representing a physical war between two divides of an Indian (right word?) family; the metaphysical war within us to achieve liberation and overcome our baser instincts; and the cosmic war that leaves the world in our present age, the Kali Yuga. (I think I have that right; it is, after all 5:40 a.m. and I ought to be getting out to practice.)
Let’s leave it at the point: This stuff is complicated, that makes it more interesting and makes it seem more like a roadmap to understand life, the universe and everything.
That Tim can explain this stuff succinctly, by the way, is a good attribute. One needs to be able to distill the difficult down; that what I may be failing to do two paragraphs up.
Well, enough. Here’s a taste of Tim’s blog:
Hanuman is the son of Vayu, the God of the Wind, and is considered to be the embodiment of Prana. He has the ability to descend to the Muladhara Chakra where Seeta (the Divine Feminine) lies imprisoned by the Demon King (Lust, Greed, Selfishness, etc.), and also the ability to ascend to Rama’s (the Divine Masculine’s) place at the Sahasrara Chakra. The Kundalini Shakti represents a knotting up of prana at the base of Sushumna nadi that lends itself to lower chakra activities—acumulation of wealth and security and indulgence in sensory pleasures. Through Hanuman’s (Prana’s) help, Seeta is liberated and reunited with Rama in the Anahata (Heart) Chakra—the perfect balance point between the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine. Hanuman takes us deeply into the Heart and shows us the path to liberation through Love, Service and Devotion.
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