Did you ignore Cinco de Mayo? Of course you did, because you had to get up early this morning.
And maybe it feels like yet another mostly made-up holiday that just serves our consumer appetite.
But there is plenty of power in 5, as Tim Miller helpfully notes this week in his blog:
As it turns out, 5 is a pretty special number in many traditions, especially in India, where we find: The Pancha Tanmatras— The Five Sensory Potentials or Subtle Elements—Shabda (sound), Sparsha (touch), Rupa (sight), Rasa (taste), and Gandha (smell); The Pancha Jnanendriyani—Five Sense Organs–Ear, Skin, Eye, Tongue, and Nose; The Pancha Karmendriyani—Five Motor Organs—Mouth (expression), Hand (grasping), Feet (motion), Urino-genital (emission), and Anus (elimination); The Pancha Mahabhutani—The Five Elements—Earth (stability), Water (fluidity), Fire (illumination), Air (movement), and Ether (communication and self-expression).
He goes on to note some 5s that pertain specifically to yoga. And I’d add one he doesn’t seem to have listed: The five Pandavas from the Mahabharata.
And of course there is Panchamukha Hanuman, who hangs above our front door.
Posted by Steve