Thursday, February 03, 2005

Hindu Can-Do

Enjoying a late breakfast of tea and chocolate marzipan in hazy winter sunshine, having my feet waxed, anticipating the aubergine-coloured gloss paint drying soon, and the housedust mites being thrown out with the old carpets and made homeless.. oh damn it, I'm supposed to be writing about LOVE until the Day of Cupid=Stupid, which means I have to resist the constant urge to drift off-topic and scratch the other parts of my head.

So I won't mention how some of my favourite blogs have just disappeared, leaving me with that peculiar hollow feeling and odd concerns about the health of the writer... or how I have mercilessly chopped down the excess linkage that adorned the right hand column.. because that would be blogging about blogging which in my blogging about blogging month is FINE but not in this month.

We North-Westerners have a half-naked Greco-Roman Deity - Cupid aka Eros - clutching a bow and arrow to represent our culture's romantic passion. How much more interesting is the Hindu Myth of Kamadeva:

Kamadeva, the Hindu god of carnal love, who is said to arouse physical desire. Born out of the heart of Creator Lord Brahma, Kamadeva is depicted as a youthful being with a greenish or reddish complexion, decked with ornaments and flowers, armed with a bow of sugarcane, strung with a line of honeybees and floral arrowheads. His consorts are the beautiful Rati and Priti, his vehicle is a parrot, his chief ally is Vasanta, the god of spring and he is accompanied by a band of dancers and performers - Apsaras, Gandharvas and Kinnaras.

According to a legend Kamadeva met his end at the hands of Lord Shiva, who incinerated him in the flames of his third eye. Kamadeva had inadvertently wounded the meditating Lord Shiva with one of his arrows of love, which resulted him to fall in love with Parvati, his consort. From then on he is thought to be bodiless; however, Kamadeva has several reincarnations, including Pradyumna, the son of Lord Krishna.


Now that sounds a lot more funky - I want to go to that gig!

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3 Comments:

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Blog ho quoth...

seems kind of low on the ... carnal pleasures for me.

 
At 2:32 AM, Blogger transience quoth...

reminds me of the kamasutra. i don't know why. anyone want to borrow my copy? and no, i'm not included in the package.

 
At 1:16 AM, Blogger Indigobusiness quoth...


cupidstupid

 

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