Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.

Deepak Chopra (via purplebuddhaproject)

My Dear Tumblr Family, please send healing wishes and energy to my sweet daughter, who is over 7 months pregnant, she is very sick with possible pneumonia. She is heading to the ER now. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

how we must seem to them.

blighted flower petals. fading light.
a fleeting fragrance in cupped hands.

fragile leaves with fragile veins.

you will carry eternity under your tongue:
a wish, a kiss, a prayer. a petition.

you will look for the answers in stones
and birds and bones and the growth of moss.
the fox that cries. the music you do not play.

you will eat wild locusts and honey, you
wear your love like chains around your neck.
like a locket. like a noose.

it isn’t enough. you cannot taste their light.

you cannot balance a scale with a single feather
and all the gold in the universe.

natasza stark, how to love a god, part i. (via anexpansionlikegold)

The Symbolism of GaneshaGanesha is the formless Divinity - encapsulated in a magnificent form, for the benefit of the devotee.Gan means group. The universe is a group of atoms and different energies. This universe would be in chaos if there was no supreme law governing these diverse groups of entities.The Lord of all these groups of atoms and energies is Ganesha.He is the supreme consciousness that pervades all and brings order in this universe.The essence of Ganesha is brought out beautifully by Adi Shankara.Though Ganesha is worshiped as the elephant-headed God, the form (swaroop) is just to bring out the formless (parabrahma roopa) .He is, ‘Ajam Nirvikalpam Niraakaaramekam.’ This means Ganesha is Ajam (unborn), he is Nirvikalpa(attributeless), he is Niraakaar (formless) and he symbolizes the consciousness which is omnipresent.Ganesha is the same energy which is the reason for this universe. It is the energy from which everything manifests and into which everything will dissolve.We are all familiar with the story of how Ganesha became the elephant-headed God.Parvati became dirty when she was celebrating with Shiva. When she realized this, she removed the dirt from her body and created a boy out of it. She then asked him to keep guard while she bathed.When Shiva returned, the boy did not recognize him and obstructed his passage. So Shiva chopped off the boy’s head and entered.Parvati was shocked when she saw this. She explained to Shiva that the boy was their son and pleaded with Shiva to save him at all costs.Shiva then instructed his helpers to go and get the head of someone who was sleeping with their head pointing to the north. The helpers then got the head of an elephant, which Shiva affixed to the boy’s torso and Ganesha was born!Does this story sound strange?Why should Parvati have dirt on her body?Didn’t the all-knowing Shiva recognize His own son?Was Shiva, the epitome of peace, so short-tempered that he cut off the head of his own son? And why an elephant head on Ganesha?There is a deeper meaning to all this.Parvati is symbolic of festive energy. Her becoming dirty signifies that celebration can easily become Rajasik, or feverish and can take you away from your center. Dirt is symbolic of ignorance, and Shiva is symbolic of the Supreme Innocence, Peace and Knowledge.So when Ganeshaobstructs the path of Shiva, this means that ignorance, which is an attribute of the head, does not recognize knowledge. Then knowledge has to overcome ignorance. This is the symbolism behind Shiva chopping off the boy’s head.And why the elephant head?Elephant represents both gyan shakti and karma shakti.The principle qualities of the elephant are wisdom and effortlessness. The enormous head of the elephant signifies Wisdom and Knowledge.Elephants don’t walk around obstacles, neither are they stopped by them. They just remove them and walk ahead – signifying effortlessness.So, when we worship Lord Ganesha these elephant qualities within us are kindled and we take on these qualities.Ganesha’sbig belly represents generosity and total acceptance. Ganesha’s upraised hand, depicting protection, means, ‘Fear not, I am with you’, and his lowered hand, palm facing outwards means endless giving as well as an invitation to bow down, this is symbolic of the fact that we will all dissolve into earth one day.Ganesha also has a single tusk which signifies one-pointedness. Even the implements Ganesha wields are symbolic.He carries in his hands, the ‘Ankusa’ (signifying awakening) and the ‘Paasa’ (signifying control). With awakening, a lot of energy is released, which without proper control, can go haywire.And why does Ganesha, the elephant-headed God travel on something as small as a mouse? Isn’t that so incongruous? Again there is symbolism that runs deep.The mouse snips and nibbles away at ropes that bind. The mouse is like the mantra which can cut through sheaths and sheaths of ignorance, leading to the ultimate knowledge represented by Ganesha!Our ancient Rishis were so deeply intelligent that they chose to express Divinity in terms of symbols rather than words, since words change over time, but symbols remain unchanged.Let us keep the deep symbolism in mind as we experience the omnipresent in the form of the elephant God, yet be fully aware that Ganesha is very much within us. This is the wisdom we should carry as we celebrate Ganesh Chaturti.~The Art of Living

The Symbolism of Ganesha

Ganesha is the formless Divinity - encapsulated in a magnificent form, for the benefit of the devotee.
Gan means group. The universe is a group of atoms and different energies. This universe would be in chaos if there was no supreme law governing these diverse groups of entities.
The Lord of all these groups of atoms and energies is Ganesha.
He is the supreme consciousness that pervades all and brings order in this universe.

The essence of Ganesha is brought out beautifully by Adi Shankara.
Though Ganesha is worshiped as the elephant-headed God, the form (swaroop) is just to bring out the formless (parabrahma roopa) .
He is, ‘Ajam Nirvikalpam Niraakaaramekam.’ This means Ganesha is Ajam (unborn), he is Nirvikalpa(attributeless), he is Niraakaar (formless) and he symbolizes the consciousness which is omnipresent.
Ganesha is the same energy which is the reason for this universe. It is the energy from which everything manifests and into which everything will dissolve.

We are all familiar with the story of how Ganesha became the elephant-headed God.
Parvati became dirty when she was celebrating with Shiva. When she realized this, she removed the dirt from her body and created a boy out of it. She then asked him to keep guard while she bathed.
When Shiva returned, the boy did not recognize him and obstructed his passage. So Shiva chopped off the boy’s head and entered.
Parvati was shocked when she saw this. She explained to Shiva that the boy was their son and pleaded with Shiva to save him at all costs.
Shiva then instructed his helpers to go and get the head of someone who was sleeping with their head pointing to the north. The helpers then got the head of an elephant, which Shiva affixed to the boy’s torso and Ganesha was born!

Does this story sound strange?
Why should Parvati have dirt on her body?
Didn’t the all-knowing Shiva recognize His own son?
Was Shiva, the epitome of peace, so short-tempered that he cut off the head of his own son? And why an elephant head on Ganesha?
There is a deeper meaning to all this.

Parvati is symbolic of festive energy. Her becoming dirty signifies that celebration can easily become Rajasik, or feverish and can take you away from your center. Dirt is symbolic of ignorance, and Shiva is symbolic of the Supreme Innocence, Peace and Knowledge.
So when Ganeshaobstructs the path of Shiva, this means that ignorance, which is an attribute of the head, does not recognize knowledge. Then knowledge has to overcome ignorance. This is the symbolism behind Shiva chopping off the boy’s head.

And why the elephant head?
Elephant represents both gyan shakti and karma shakti.
The principle qualities of the elephant are wisdom and effortlessness. The enormous head of the elephant signifies Wisdom and Knowledge.
Elephants don’t walk around obstacles, neither are they stopped by them. They just remove them and walk ahead – signifying effortlessness.
So, when we worship Lord Ganesha these elephant qualities within us are kindled and we take on these qualities.

Ganesha’sbig belly represents generosity and total acceptance. Ganesha’s upraised hand, depicting protection, means, ‘Fear not, I am with you’, and his lowered hand, palm facing outwards means endless giving as well as an invitation to bow down, this is symbolic of the fact that we will all dissolve into earth one day.
Ganesha also has a single tusk which signifies one-pointedness. Even the implements Ganesha wields are symbolic.
He carries in his hands, the ‘Ankusa’ (signifying awakening) and the ‘Paasa’ (signifying control). With awakening, a lot of energy is released, which without proper control, can go haywire.

And why does Ganesha, the elephant-headed God travel on something as small as a mouse? Isn’t that so incongruous? Again there is symbolism that runs deep.
The mouse snips and nibbles away at ropes that bind. The mouse is like the mantra which can cut through sheaths and sheaths of ignorance, leading to the ultimate knowledge represented by Ganesha!

Our ancient Rishis were so deeply intelligent that they chose to express Divinity in terms of symbols rather than words, since words change over time, but symbols remain unchanged.
Let us keep the deep symbolism in mind as we experience the omnipresent in the form of the elephant God, yet be fully aware that Ganesha is very much within us. This is the wisdom we should carry as we celebrate Ganesh Chaturti.

~The Art of Living

wiccateachings:

Wishing you a blessed Mabon today. Autumn Equinox also known as Mabon is celebrated when day and night are of equal duration before the descent into increasing darkness and is the final festival of the season of harvest. After this day darkness takes over light, cold takes over warmth and death takes over life, earths energy is pulled inwards as leaves from trees fall to the ground, flowers wilt and die, the ground will become hard and baron. In nature, the activity of the summer months slows down to the hibernation for the winter. For Pagans, now is a time to reflect on the past seasons. The Sun God is now descending into the underworld and will make his final decent on Samhain. The Triple Goddess after giving birth to the harvest has left her Mother phase and is now entering her Crone Phase. Mabon is also a time to recoginse that the balance of the year has changed, the wheel has turned and summer is now over, we must prepare for a long winter ahead of us and ask the Lord of the Dark Sun to be kind to us through the winter months. Autumns Equinox is a time of balance, it is a time to look within ourselves and balance our thoughts and emotions, to find balance in our lives. Astrologers will recognise this as the date the Sun enters the sign of Libra - the Scales of Balance.Mabon is considered a time of the mysteries.The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the Horned God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines and herbs. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle and bussle of everyday life. May your Mabon be memorable, and your hearts and spirits be filled to overflowing.

wiccateachings:

Wishing you a blessed Mabon today. 

Autumn Equinox also known as Mabon is celebrated when day and night are of equal duration before the descent into increasing darkness and is the final festival of the season of harvest. After this day darkness takes over light, cold takes over warmth and death takes over life, earths energy is pulled inwards as leaves from trees fall to the ground, flowers wilt and die, the ground will become hard and baron. 

In nature, the activity of the summer months slows down to the hibernation for the winter. For Pagans, now is a time to reflect on the past seasons. The Sun God is now descending into the underworld and will make his final decent on Samhain. The Triple Goddess after giving birth to the harvest has left her Mother phase and is now entering her Crone Phase. 

Mabon is also a time to recoginse that the balance of the year has changed, the wheel has turned and summer is now over, we must prepare for a long winter ahead of us and ask the Lord of the Dark Sun to be kind to us through the winter months. 

Autumns Equinox is a time of balance, it is a time to look within ourselves and balance our thoughts and emotions, to find balance in our lives. 

Astrologers will recognise this as the date the Sun enters the sign of Libra - the Scales of Balance.

Mabon is considered a time of the mysteries.The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the Horned God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines and herbs. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle and bussle of everyday life. May your Mabon be memorable, and your hearts and spirits be filled to overflowing.

silverkrustx:

"Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify." - Henry David Thoreau
#solitude #liveyourlife #celebratelife #lifeisabeach #silhouette #beach #takeabreak #taking_photos #refreshyourlife #water #reflections #f5yourlife #photooftheday #snapoftheday #sky_painters #sky #skyandclouds

silverkrustx:

"Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify." - Henry David Thoreau

#solitude #liveyourlife #celebratelife #lifeisabeach #silhouette #beach #takeabreak #taking_photos #refreshyourlife #water #reflections #f5yourlife #photooftheday #snapoftheday #sky_painters #sky #skyandclouds