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Friday, February 22, 2013

Steadiness of mind

The five-headed cobra represents the mind as it constantly roils about and constantly hisses through its five heads, which are the five sense organs.

Lord Vishnu stands on the serpent. There is no struggle. 

The senses are arranged as His mind, around His head. The senses are still, serving Him. He is in control of His mind.

It is a profound image.

I didn't like Vishnu's images, I wasn't sure why. He seemed stiff and blank faced, with a more primitive drawing style.

Now I know why Vishnu has that look on His face, and why he stands that way. To a yogi, he is impassive, a divine quality. To the devotee, He is the sustainer, and holds up the universe. He stands straight and strong.

The multi-headed cobra represents various passions or modifications of mind, such as: Kama (lust), Krodh (anger), Lobh (greed), Moh (attachment), Ahankar (ego) and Matsarya (envy). 

Lord Vishnu reclines on the serpent, completely relaxed, completely in control of His mind and its passions.

In Buddhism, a seven-headed serpent-being called a "naga" protected the Buddha from the elements after his enlightenment.

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