Monday, May 26, 2008


Like this, another weapon in the hands of the Bhadrakali is the sword. The sword can be seen in many temples. In fact in some temples, there is a custom of taking the sword in procession. What in fact, is the sword ? Today, what many people generally lack is self confidence. The reason for the alarming increase in the number of suicides is this lack of self confidence. People are not confident of saying that they are capable of doing such and such job. Lack of self confidence means that they are incapable of facing the realities of life. In short they are fearful and anxious about their future. The sword is a symbolic representation of annihilating this fear-this ignorance called ‘ lack of self confidence’. Also to get rid of all the obstacles in the path of life. A person who worships this Goddess who has a sword in Her hands , never has to face the element called fear in life. Another weapon is the leather shield . One’s life is not to be wasted by making it a failure when confronted with problems of day to day life.
We need the efficiency to resist them. And this leather shield is the weapon to resist them .So the
sword is to annihilate the obstacles in life and the
leather shield is to resist them

In short, it means that the weapons of this deity are the symbols of success made in life by the Keralites. The trident which symbolizes will power, power of knowledge and the power to act or create. Kapalam which contains knowledge the ‘somam’ which contains the knowledge, the sword capable of annihilating the obstacles and the shield which helps to resist them. These are the weapons of the family deity or Kuladevata of Kerala. According to the entomology of the word Kuladevata, it originated from the word ‘kaulam’ Those who follow the Kaula practice belong to the ‘Kulams’. The state in which Siva and Parvathy are in separable. Thus the Kuladevata is the inspiration to achieve success in life by awakening the innate creative potential in oneself. This fact is mentioned in the text called ‘Sivasukta’. The interpretation ‘Vimarsini’ by Kshemarajan on the Sivasukta also states this fact clearly.

However, the strong propaganda that no Aacharanam is necessary has indeed made a deep impact on us . We generally say that God dwells at the bosom of each and everyone. But without grasping the deeper inner meaning, the propaganda spread like wildfire that if God is dwelling in our hearts then there is no need of lighting the lamp., no need of doing pooja and so on .If God dwells in our hearts, then what is the problem of visualizing him everywhere? If God dwells in our hearts, then you can see Him wherever you look for Him. One who cannot take the trouble of looking for Him goes on saying that God need only dwell in the heart , because of the fact that he cannot do anything except sit idle.
To experience God anywhere and everywhere, one should experience Him in one’s own heart. How can you see Him there? There is only one answer. You have to spend at least a few minutes a day to identify Him. The Vedas proclaim that God is omnipotent or that God is everywhere.
“ Sarvam khallwatham Brahma
Ekam satvipraha bahudhavadanthi
Ekam santham bahudha kallayami ”
One can see many declarations as mentioned above .Brahman is everywhere. The very one is named in a variety of ways by the rational minds. In short we can say that God is visualized in many ways and forms.

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