Hindu mythology is an enormous and rich cultural heritage that has developed over millennia. It combines stories, characters, philosophies and beliefs that, in turn, reflect the diversity and complexity of the human mind and the cosmos. It is not simply a collection of legends and fables, but rather a mirror that reflects man’s constant quest to understand his place in the universe, his links to the divine and the intrinsic lessons of life and existence.
Each story, each episode, is imbued with symbolism. The cosmos is seen as a divine game, a lila, where the divine plays incessantly, creating and destroying, in an endless cycle. In this game, every human being has a role and a purpose. Our challenges, joys, sorrows and triumphs are all part of this cosmic dance.
But what lessons can we learn? First, that life is an endless cycle of change, and that we must learn to flow with it rather than resist it. Second, that at the core of our existence is a divine spark, the Atman, which is eternal and unchanging. Third, that our purpose in life is to discover and align ourselves with our dharma, our true duty and path.
Hindu mythology also teaches us about the interconnectedness of everything, that we are all linked in this great web of existence. It reminds us that our actions, no matter how insignificant they may seem, have repercussions, summed up in the concept of karma. To delve into this mythology is to embark on a journey into ourselves.
Gods of Hinduism
In Hinduism, gods and goddesses are much more than just entities to pray to and show blind devotion to. They are personifications of energies and principles that underlie apparent reality. They may represent aspects of nature, dimensions of the human soul or even stages in the journey of life. By connecting at a deep level with these deities, we not only seek their blessing or protection, but also a deeper understanding of ourselves and the universe.
These divine figures can act as guides or teachers on our spiritual journey. Not as separate beings dictating laws, but as reflections of the higher potential that resides within each of us.
The richness of the Hindu pantheon is enormous. Each of the gods hides within them a great number of spiritual teachings and are themselves objects of meditation.
The feminine has always had a prominent role in different spiritual currents of India, especially in Tantra Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. Shakti is the universal feminine energy, the active and dynamic force that gives life to the universe. This powerful energy manifests in each of us represented in the Kundalini energy.