Psychology Behind Hindu Mythology -1
Mythology and identity processess-1
It was during the internship at ISISD (Indian society for Individual and social development) for becoming a process worker with groups that I encountered my experiential relationship with Mythology.
After the intense workshop which was about searching within for what we are :I was returning from Jaipur to my home city Bangalore.In the middle of the night I woke up with a start and one word was ringing in my mind---Virbadra...Virbadra.I knew vaguely the myth of Virabadra and I was wondering why I woke up with this name on my lips.I went back to sleep.
The next day a very good friend of mine who is a master in Hindu Mythology phoned me up and asked me to join him to visit the Kali temple in a hill nearby.I accompanied him to the temple.He told me that we should first go to the Pathal Ganga near the temple and wash our feet before going to the temple.To my wonder As I entered the area where the Pathal Ganga(a water hole) was there I came across a giant size statue of a fearsome deity.I asked my friend '"Who is this?" .His reply Shook the daylights out of me.He said "Virbadra"
That was the beginning of my existential journey into the personal mythology that empowered my identity.I read many books,visited many temples and spoke to many seers in search of roots of my identity in mythology .In these articles I will try and articulate my understanding of identity and mythology linkage in our culture(Hindu Culture).This is a condensation of my personal experiences.
Identity is a set of thinking and feeling process which act in a composite nature to define our behavior in a surrounding.In cultures where mythology still lives one of the ways of decoding our identity is to symbolize the composite in the form of mythological figures or mythological process.My psyche was very much in tune with this and mythology unveiled so many of the facets of my personality .It also gave me directions for evolution to make myself whole in a certain sense.
Mythological figures and events are a symbolic representation of Identities and human processes that are embedded in a culture.An intensive associative study(study of symbolism) of mythology gives us an understanding of meanings ,trends and perceptions of the basic question
"What is it to be a human being?"
The pre condition for this is that the Mythology needs to have life in the culture.For example In the Indian culture mythological figures of Varuna,Mithra,Manu etc do not have life. But the myths of Siva,Ganesha,Muruga,Vishnu,Durga,Kali and Ardha Nareeeeshwara are still alive.
In the next article I shall talk about five core evolved Integrated Identities in the Indian culture
Siva the perfectly evolved identity
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