Hindu Gods, Yoga

A Cautionary Batik

This batik hangs over my bed. Shiva & Parvati with the ghost of Kali.


Shiva, the destroyer, leans on his trident supported by his white bull as Parvati, the perfect wife, shows him her necklace of skulls reminding him that she has another aspect. That of mad, ravening, Kali, the black one, who can do a fair amount of destroying on her own account.

I once had a larger, better quality batik of Krishna and Radha in the garden. It was very sweet and pretty, but I got tired of it quickly. At a swap meet I took that batik to, there was this one in all its crude glory. I’m not tired of it yet!

I’m just sharing it because I love it. Come to whatever conclusions you like!

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