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Hindu Goddess that Destroys Demons

Goddess Durga




(Sanskrit: "the Inaccessible"), In Hindu mythology, Mother Durga is one of the many forms of Sakti (the goddess), and the wife of Siva (Shiva). She is the Great Warrior goddess whose energy becomes lethal when directed to the forces of evil. Durga's story is told in the three great legends in Devi Mahatmya. Her best-known feat was the slaying of the buffalo-demon Mahisasura. According to legend she was created for this purpose out of flames that issued from the mouths of Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, and the lesser gods. She was born fully grown and beautiful; nevertheless, she presents a fierce menacing form to her enemies. She is usually depicted in painting and sculpture riding a lion (sometimes shown as a tiger), with 8 or 10 arms, each holding the special weapon of one or another of the gods, who gave them to her for her battle against the buffalo-demon. The Durga-puja, held annually in September-October, is one of the greatest festivals of northeastern India. A special image of the goddess is made that is worshiped for nine days, then immersed in water, all accomplished with large processions and much public and private festivity.

The following is reprinted from the book Soft Moon Shining.

GARLAND OF POEMS

My Beloved Divine Mother
I place this garland of poems
    around your neck
        Each simply says
            "I love you"

Now I bow before you
    like a blade of grass
    bent to the ground
    in the hurricane wind of your compassion

I am praying
    with folded hands
        that I might become small enough
            to sit on your lap
                and be held in your arms
                    listening to your lamp of rainbow light
                        singing in the empty space of eternity

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The book Soft Moon Shining by Ethan Walker III is a work of devotional poetry that revolves around God in the feminine form. Like Rumi, Hafiz and Ramprasad, Soft Moon Shining beautifully and effortlessly ferries the reader into the realm of the Divine on the ship of innocent love. It is an invitation to step into the heart of the Goddess - the all-pervading Divine Mother of the Universe. The Goddess is ready to shower Her love and affection on any who care to turn their gaze toward Her luminous heart.


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