Re-aligning the Hindu scale

Madurai Meenakshi temple
Madurai Meenakshi temple

For One to Three
Forgetting the Two
Hundreds to millions to a billion
In faith that travels across
Space and time, no dimension or scale
Necessary to measure that
Which comforts and heals.
In belief they appear
Perfect, not in practice –
Forgetting there is a Two.
Some others philosophise on
The need to multiply
Ritualistic fractions
Keeping a single constant denominator.
Rationals drawing straight lines
Forget it takes two points.

And, or, either
Remember to factor
To carry over the base
And make equal
The Feminine.
From One to Two to Six.

In Hindu philosophy (at least in the interpretation I find satisfactory) there is the Supreme Being, the Brahman, which encompasses all deities. I find people interpreting this force as being masculine but I was taught that the Brahman in fact is also Shakti (meaning power) which is the feminine force. We forget that the One is made up of Two.

Here’s a quote by Sri Ramakrishna, one of the greatest Hindu spiritual leaders,

He who is Brahman is also Shakti. When thought of as inactive, He is called Brahman, and when thought of as Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer, He is called the Primordial Energy, Kali. Brahman and Shakti are identical, like fire and its power to burn. When we talk of fire we automatically mean also its power to burn. Again, the fire’Β’s power to burn implies the fire itself. If you accept the one you must accept the other.

I feel that the three widely recognised Hindu Gods (or forces as I see them): Brahma (Creator), Vishnu (Protector) and Shiva (Destroyer) should be counted as six, to include their feminine powers. These are – Sarawathi (Knowledge), Lakshmi (Prosperity) and Parvati (Love and devotion) respectively. Equal status!

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16 thoughts on “Re-aligning the Hindu scale”

  1. Very nicely scripted. Congratulations.
    ‘Brahman’ of the Shrutis is devoid of Attribute (Gunas) – which takes the question of masculinity or otherwise beyond Vedic/Upanishadic realm. It’s the First one, existing before the Gods as we know them. Vedas say Gods came later to Brahman. When the term ‘Purusha’ has been used in Shrutis, it is only to connote a ‘being’ and not male of the species.
    Keep it up.

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  2. I do appreciate the postscript, although I like the poem anyway. I like numbers almost as much as I like words, but now I understand your poem’s meaning. I know very little about the Hindu religion, so this was really interesting and informative. I like your take on the balance of the male Gods and their female powers.

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