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Bhairava

Our need to “fit in” makes evolutionary sense. Our ancestors needed to stick together in extended families, then in tribes to survive a tough life in a dangerous world. Today, we are a predominantly urbanised species that has divided itself into … Continue reading

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The Birth of Skanda – Part 5

Skanda thereby came into being through the interaction of Desire (Kama), Consciousness (Shiva), Earth (Parvati), Fire (Agni), Water (Ganges) and Space (the Krittika).[1] Indeed, such was the force of his miraculous creation that it rippled through the matrix of the universe, … Continue reading

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The Birth of Skanda – Part 4

Although many miles apart, Rati felt Kama’s incineration and collapsed to the ground, tearing out her hair in anguish.[1] “Without the Pleasures of Love in the world, what remedy will there be for mankind’s suffering?” she wept.  “Without Love, bulls will abandon … Continue reading

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The Birth of Skanda – Part 3

Upon alighting high in the Himalayas, Kama dismounted his parrot and climbed onto the Makara – a mythical crocodilian creature, traditional symbol of the authentic tantric path for it represents the inner reality of all things, the truth beyond ordinary understanding. Kama thus began his approach to the … Continue reading

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The Birth of Skanda – Part 2

Kama was famed for his beauty. His body was slim and muscular.  His black hair curly and adorned with flowers.  His breath a fragrant breeze.  His scent that of an elephant in the full musth of arousal.  Indeed, it is said that … Continue reading

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The Birth of Skanda – Part 1

Did you know old India had a deity dedicated to men who reject conventional marriage in preference for the love of another man? He still maintains his popularity in the South under various names, and yet this original association has largely … Continue reading

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The Peacock King & his Paramour

In 2009, the Delhi High Court declared Section 377 of Chapter XVI of the Indian Penal Code “unconstitutional”, 150 years after the British administration first legislated against homosexuality.  The celebratory response of Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders in India was predictable. … Continue reading

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