1. Have an Interesting Snippet to Share : Click Here
    Dismiss Notice
  2. If someone taught you via skype, what would you want to learn? Tell us here!
    Dismiss Notice

Where Is Durga?

Discussion in 'Interesting Shares' started by jayasala42, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. jayasala42

    jayasala42 Finest Post Winner

    Messages:
    4,410
    Likes Received:
    8,883
    Trophy Points:
    408
    Gender:
    Female
    From 28th September,Navarathri celebrations start throughout India .
    Nine full days are allotted for Devi Worship.
    Durga Saptashati (400-600 CE) is unhesitatingly emphatic. Durga, manifestation of Parvati, wife of Shiva, is the Supreme Being and Creator of the Universe. Shiva, without her, is inert. He is the omnipresent, omniscient, all-knowing representation of Brahman, the attributeless (nirguna) undifferentiated consciousness pulsaing through the cosmos .But without the latent Shakti in Brahman, he is powerless.
    Durga is that invincible, unassailable Shakti that enables Shiva to manifest himself.


    The mythological Durga is not a quiet, reticent, withdrawn, passive or elusive deity. As the Supreme Creator, she is depicted as the Warrior Goddess,
    riding a lion, with eight or 18 arms, each carrying a weapon to defeat the designs of evil and ensure the victory of good. In this goal, she succeeds where all the gods fail. None can defeat the mighty demon, Mahishasura, who has the boon to change his shape into any form, and is waging a relentless war against the Devas. Unable to defeat him, the gods approach Durga. The Devi — whose very name, Durga, literally means “fortress”, and who is impregnably beyond defeat — then takes on the task. Riding her lion, she slays him, unwavering in her resolve, and unbeatable in her martial powers. She is willing to forgive those who are ready to change their ways, but unyielding to those who are not worthy of her mercy. That is why she is also called Mahishasuramardini, the goddess who defeats the demon, her face calm and serene as she ruthlessly meets out vengeance to the unrighteous.
    Consequence of the pinnacle on which they place the goddess, at least a fraction of the reverence do they reserve for her? Is there some correlation between the deification of the Devi, on the one part, and the respect for women in society, on the other? Or, are we a nation of schizophrenics who will prostrate before a goddess, but see no contradiction in illtreating females in human form, who, theoretically, are representatives of the Devi herself?


    Do we accept that philosophical belief and religious ritual have nothing to do
    with actual behaviour? It would be to confess that there need not be a nexus between theory and practice. Durga as goddess can rule the world, with people bowing low in obeisance to her, but the Devi in human form is met with men — and often, surprisingly, women — who self-righteously stand erect in opposing her interests.
    As we commence yet another year of joyous festivities to celebrate Durga Puja, let us pause for a moment to honestly examine how big the gulf is between our glorification of the female principle at the level of religion and the dereliction of our duties towards females at the level of society.
    Is there a meeting point between Durga, the goddess, and Durga, the neighbour ?
    Or, are they poles apart, one deservedly on a pedestal, and the other at the lowest rung of the societal ladder?
    The incidents of physical violence against women continue to proliferate. The statistical bulge can only partly be explained away by the argument that more cases are being reported now. Certainly, there has to be something seriously wrong.
    In India a sexual offence against a girl child takes place every 15 minutes, and that there has been a five-fold increase in crimes against minors in the last 10 years. Rape, according to the National Crime Bureau, is the fourth most common crime against women in India. Dowry, although banned since 1961, is still a pervasive evil, and a major contributor to observed violence against women. The repulsive practice of female foeticide continues to be widely prevalent.
    Not everything is negative. There is a new assertion in women, particularly in those who are economically independent. More girls are being sent to school, and at the tertiary level, the gap between boys and girls has considerably narrowed. We have women at the helm of many national-level institutions, both in government and in the corporate sector. we have women in the Supreme Court, women who fly airplanes, and are doing an excellent job in such hitherto unlikely sectors like the police and the armed forces.

    So, is Durga today ascendant or still a prisoner of a primeval, medieval, patriarchal mindset that sees no contradiction in worshipping a goddess, but oppressing the species that best represents the remarkable powers she is endowed with?Let us contemplate.

    jayasala42
     
    Loading...

  2. joylokhi

    joylokhi Platinum IL'ite

    Messages:
    1,282
    Likes Received:
    1,824
    Trophy Points:
    285
    Gender:
    Female
    QUOTE So, is Durga today ascendant or still a prisoner of a primeval, medieval, patriarchal mindset that sees no contradiction in worshipping a goddess, but oppressing the species that best represents the remarkable powers she is endowed with?Let us contemplate UNQUOTE
    Very valid and pertinent question at this point of time! I have always felt the patriarchial society with its norms for girls and how they should be brought up, the kanyadaan and the consequent adjustment into the marital home etc, all are at direct contrast to the way DEVI is worshipped. Fortunately over the years with equal education facilities and families also changing for the better, women are empowered to some extent. Still, we cannot take consolation when we see the number of crimes against girls whether it be infant girls or women in general. Women becoming completely independent whether economically or physically to be able to handle their lives by themselves within or outside marriage, is the only way out for society to come out of the medieval mindset. However, this is also leading to the other end where problems of adjustment and ability to maintain relationships in the long run crop up. A long way to go either way I feel!
     
    satchitananda and Thyagarajan like this.
  3. Balajee

    Balajee IL Hall of Fame

    Messages:
    4,871
    Likes Received:
    3,786
    Trophy Points:
    308
    Gender:
    Male
    Ironically the patriarchal mindset manifests itself in women. In a conservative household, it is the MIL who is the embodiment of such a mindset. Of course in Urban areas such mindsets are declining with the emergence of nuclear families but in the backwaters of India things remain the same. Whon were the most vehement opponents of entry of women in menstrual age egroup into Sabarimala Ayyappa temple? Women of course! Sorry for being cynical but the most effective way to oppress women is to extol her as Shakti and set restrictions claiming that theuy are there to maintain the purity of Shakti. Hogwash!
     
    satchitananda and Thyagarajan like this.
  4. jayasala42

    jayasala42 Finest Post Winner

    Messages:
    4,410
    Likes Received:
    8,883
    Trophy Points:
    408
    Gender:
    Female
    Thank you Joylokhi for your kind response. This has been a topic of discussion right from my childhood. No doubt that patriarchal mindset is being nourished by many women.I have seen even lady doctors practising gynaecology long to have male children for themselves.I am sad that the discussion stops academically and even today, with all the hi-fi talks on women empowerment,patriarchy rules supreme.
    All talks about'Naree-tu-Narayanee'are superfluous and carry no significance.
    jayasala42
     
    Thyagarajan and joylokhi like this.
  5. jayasala42

    jayasala42 Finest Post Winner

    Messages:
    4,410
    Likes Received:
    8,883
    Trophy Points:
    408
    Gender:
    Female

    Dear Balaji,
    Thank you for your response. Though seemingly harsh, it is the sour fact that ladies too are aware.But the suggestion given by you, has never been effective.At the most it has been tolerated,but never accepted.
    jayasala42
     
    Thyagarajan likes this.
  6. Viswamitra

    Viswamitra IL Hall of Fame

    Messages:
    10,514
    Likes Received:
    18,723
    Trophy Points:
    538
    Gender:
    Male
    Dear Smt. Jayasala:

    In my view, Shivam and Shakthi together is the divine principle. They are just one principle, one is meditating and teaching right living to the entire universe filled with knowledge and another demonstrating that knowledge into experience. From that sense, theory without practice is useless and practice without knowledge is baseless.

    The society with superiority of anyone gender only results in chaos. Whether it is patriarchal society or a society controlled by women, it is likely to become unequivocally lopsided. There has to be balance with mutual respect for respective gender. They need to be equally knowledgeable and equally practical and help each other for right living and transform the society.

    Society is filled with flawed character on both genders. When men dominates in particular family or village or city or the entire society, the women along with the rest of the men should revolt against such practice. Gender differences are just for the well-being and progression of the society and both are human. They have the same set of tools and only the way they are raised, think, talk and act differ based on information and analysis carried out in their mind.
     
  7. jayasala42

    jayasala42 Finest Post Winner

    Messages:
    4,410
    Likes Received:
    8,883
    Trophy Points:
    408
    Gender:
    Female
    Dear Viswa

    "Gender differences are just for the well-being and progression of the society and both are human. They have the same set of tools and only the way they are raised, think, talk and act differ based on information and analysis carried out in their mind"

    Theoretically it is nice to hear such things. But reality is totally different.Is it a practical possibility to revolt when man/woman dominates?Then the advice will spring up" Acceptance is the essential principle of life.That which cannot be cured should be endured"

    .It is this endurance by women mostly, has resulted in this crisis.
    jayasala 42
     
    satchitananda and joylokhi like this.

Share This Page