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Hinduism - Who Is Virabhadra?

 


Virabhadra is a powerful being created by the god Shiva to humble the demigod Daksha and destroy Daksha's sacrifice, according to Hindu mythology.


Daksha gives his daughter, Sati, to Shiva to marry, but later feels Shiva has not treated him with respect.

Daksha plans a large sacrifice and invites all the gods except Shiva to it in order to humble Shiva.

When Sati inquires as to why her father has done so, Daksha lashes out at Shiva, calling him worthless and despicable.

Sati, humiliated by these public insults, kills herself—in some versions, by leaping into the sacrificial fire, and in others, by withdrawing into a yogic trance and giving up her life.

When Shiva learns of Sati's death, he is enraged and tears two matted locks (jata) from his head and dashes them to the ground, according to the most popular version of Virabhadra's creation.

One matted lock assumes the form of Virabhadra, while the other assumes the form of Bhadrakali, the Goddess's most powerful and terrifying form.


Bhadrakali represents the Goddess's ferocious and dangerous side, in contrast to the gentle and loyal Sati, just as Virabhadra represents Shiva's destructive side.


The two demolish Daksha's sacrifice on Shiva's orders, scattering the guests and destroying the sacred fires, until Daksha repents and worships Shiva as the supreme deity.

Despite the fact that Virabhadra's actions in this story are destructive, he is and remains Shiva's servant, carrying out his divine master's commands, which ultimately uphold the created order.


~Kiran Atma


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Goddess Kundalini



UNDERSTANDING HER DIVINITY  ~ KUNDALINI SHAKTHI DEVI






Tvamapastvam Bhumistvayi parinatayam nahi param, 

Tvameva Svatmanam parinamayitum visvavapusha, 

Chidanandakaram haramahishi-bhavena bibhrushe, 

Manastvam Vyoma tvam Marudasi Marutsarathirasi, 

Tvamapastvam Bhumistvayi parinatayam


"Oh, Devi!" 

The mind, the moon, the air, the flames, the water, 

and the earth are all a part of you. 

On Thy transformation, nothing exists outside of Thee. 

To change Thy own blissful conscious Form in the shape of the universe, 

Thou hast become Siva's consecrated queen.”


The primordial energy or Sakti that lies dormant or resting in the Muladhara Chakra, the body's core, is Kundalini, the snake force or sacred light. Because of its serpentine shape, it is known as the serpentine or annular force. It's an occult entity that's electric and fiery, the great pristine energy that underpins both organic and inorganic matter.

Kundalini is the cosmic force that resides within each of us. It's not a physical force like electricity, magnetism, centripetal force, or centrifugal force. Sakti, or cosmic force, is a metaphysical ability. It has no shape in fact. 

In the beginning, the Sthula Buddhi and mind must take on a certain shape. The subtle formless Kundalini can be easily understood from this gross form. Kundalini produces Prana, Ahamkara, Buddhi, Indriyas, consciousness, five gross elements, and nerves.

Both creatures have the coiled-up, sleeping Divine Sakti dormant inside them. You may have noticed Svayambhu Linga in the Muladhara Chakra. Sushumna Nadi is connected to the Kanda via the head of the Linga. 

On the head of Svayambhu Linga, this enigmatic Kundalini lies face down at the mouth of Sushumna Nadi. Like a serpent, it has three and a half coils. 

It makes a hissing sound of a snake being beaten with a stick as it awakens, and then continues to the other Chakra through the Brahma Nadi, also known as Chitra Nadi within Sushumna. 

As a result, Kundalini is also known as Bhujangini, or serpent force. The three coils reflect Prakriti's three Gunas: Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas, while the half reflects Prakriti's alteration, Vikritis.

Kundalini is known as the Goddess of Speech and is revered by all. When the Yogin is awoken, She Herself gains light for him. She is the one who bestows Mukti and Jnana because She is that. Since she is the kind of Sabda Brahman, she is also known as Sarasvati. She is the wellspring of both wisdom and bliss. 

She is the very essence of consciousness. She is a Brahman woman. Prana Sakti is the Supreme Force, and she is the Mother of Prana, Agni, Bindu, and Nada. The universe exists because of this Sakti.

Her is the source of all development, preservation, and dissolution. Sakti is the only one who keeps the universe going. Nada is generated by Her Sakti on subtle Prana. You will see that the actual pulse begins from the Muladhara Chakra when you utter a continuous sound or chant Dirgha Pranava! (OM). 

All of the body's sections work because of the sound of this Nada. Via the subtle Prana, she keeps the human soul alive. In some way or another, the Goddess Kundalini is the focus of worship in any Sadhana.

Kundalini is linked to Prana, which is a subtle energy. The subtle Nadis and Chakras are connected by subtle Prana. The subconscious is linked to the subtle Nadis. The mind is connected to the rest of the body. 

You've already read that every cell in the body has a mind. Prana is the body's driving power. It's alive and well. Pranayama and other Yogic activities affect this stagnant Sakti, causing it to become active. The Kundalini's two roles, static and dynamic, are referred to as "sleeping" and "awakening."