Coloring Book Reccomendation

A while back someone from sent me a review copy of their coloring book of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. It got lost in the shuffle of moving, but I found it again and I was delighted by what I found.It's a big book with clear, big outlines for drawing.It's more than just coloring, though. There are stories, mantras, and prayers to go along with each God and Goddess represented.Something both fun and educational! I really should add it to my baby hope chest for … [Read more...]

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Welcome, Goddesses! Happy Navratri!

October 5th begins nine days of celebrating the Hindu Goddesses as forms of Shakti, the divine feminine energy. Durga (Day 1-3) Durga is a warrior Goddess. She rides a lion or a tiger and she wears bright red. On each day she is also honored in one of her different forms: Kumari, Parvati and Kali. They represent the three different types of femininity: child, young woman, and adult woman. Lakshmi (Day 4-6) Lakshmi (Laxmi) is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. She rides an owl and dresses i … [Read more...]

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Meet a Goddess: MahaDevi

Shaktism is a branch of Hinduism that focuses on the supreme power of the feminine energy. The highest form of God is a mother form in this system.  According to Wikipedia: Shaktism's focus on the Divine Feminine does not imply a rejection of Masculine or Neuter divinity. However, both are deemed to be inactive in the absence of Shakti. As set out in the first line of Adi Shankara's renowned Shakta hymn,Saundaryalahari (c. 800 CE): "If Shiva is united with Shakti, he is able to create. If he is … [Read more...]

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