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THE SHAKTI FORMS OF PARVATI MA
Consort of Shiva
Parvati, the consort of Shiva, is a goddess of many forms. Her name means "she of the mountains." She was the daughter of Himavan, lord of the mountains, and Queen Mena. Her transport is the lion , but also thought to be (by some) the mountain lion, the lioness, and a Tibetan lioness, which is white with turquoise tipped fur. Nandi, the Bull, is her other transport.
Her most popular festival is the Gauri Festival, where she is worshipped as the goddess of the harvest and protectress of women. This is her golden form. This festival is popular in Maharashtra and Karnataka (two regions of southwest India). Parvati is the goddess of love and devotion, skills, power, prowess, genius and determination. She was a goddess who knew what she wanted, and she was willing to do every thing to obtain her goal of winning Shiva's love. As Gauri Ma she is a beautiful, young wife in her domestic glory, but she is much, much more! As every woman has many qualities and abilities, not just being a homemaker, Parvati has a very powerful Shakti side, too. She is like most modern women in that she works outside the home, uses her intelligence to over come obstacles, and can think outside the box! What a creative and powerful goddess! She balances the spheres of the world and the home.
Once she took the form of Kali and defeated Raktabija and his cast of 49 demon warriors. He was a real tough customer who was terrorizing and trying to overthrow the gods. None of the gods could defeat him. Parvati became Kali and was invincible. I would have loved to see that battle!
Her other form is known as Durga Ma, who is just as powerful as Kali. Durga is the protectress of the Cosmos. I would have loved to see Durga and her lion when she defeated that nasty demon Maishasura. All the male deities gave her all their weapons because he could not be defeated by a god or a man. The only way he could be defeated was through the Goddess! She defeated him with her trident and the help of her female warriors. She is the One I want to have on my side! She helps us defeat our own inner demons! She stands for justice, right, truth and social change. Her Mother Principles changed the world. Kali and Durga, what a team! She can cook up a batch of cookies, yes. Her greatest ability is getting everyone together and making the world a better place. She knows how to sacrifice for the common good.
From environmental science we know that women have a great advantage in that we purify our bodies on a regular basis. Every month we sweep out our own body (by the letting go of the blood) and get rid of garbage and toxins. Parvati does this and more. She demonstrates to us that there are no limits to what a woman can achieve when she uses her spiritual energy to reach her goals: the right career, the right spiritual teacher, the right inner qualities or the right husband. You can achieve one of these goals, some of them, or all of them. It is your choice!
JAI SHRI PARVATI!, Radhapriestess
OATMEAL PARVATI HARVEST COOKIES (Very healthy & sugar free)
1 1/2 cups quick oats, 1/2 cup buckwheat flour or other glutten flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda, pinch of ground cinnamon, 2 Tbsp chopped nuts or raisins, 1 cup mashed yams, sweet potatoes and banana combination (3/4 yam, 1/4 banana), 3/8 oil (1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp), water as needed for dough. I think coconut oil tastes best.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix dry ingredients together. 2. In separate bowl, mix mashed yams/bananas and oil. Add to dry ingredients. Add enough water to make dough stick together and be moist. 3. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto an unoiled cookie sheet. 4. Bake 10-15 minutes. You can freeze these cookies and reheat in oven for 12 minutes. They are wonderful.