Symbolism In Hindu Mythology

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Heroes or heroines in the past set out to conquer a city or country. Some of these fearless heroes rescued princesses. Characters in some of the great adventure stories of the past recovered a magical jewel or sword that would give them unlimited power. The attempt to gain something that will transform us or rescue us is played out in our present life as we are subjected to stress and look for some relief. The elements in these examples are in most cases symbolic to a larger truth. Figuratively, they are looking for those objects or in the case of the princess, a person, but what they are really looking for is Spirit. This Spirit is not the religious doctrine or dogma. The symbolism of the object or person represents what the hero or heroine is really looking for: the Spirit that allows them to see beyond their immediate reality or circumstance. They are really searching for enlightenment, which will come through a revelation as they discern the ultimate purpose of their challenge. They come to the knowledge that there is more than meets the eyes. What is this more? In Christianity, it is represented by the verse, “And the Word was made flesh.” In Hindu mythology, enlightenment is represented by the union of Siva, the universal male form and energy, and in Buddhism, it is the union of Yang, representing the male, and Yin, representing the female. What the hero or heroine now realizes, or revels in, is that God is One. He is the unity of male and female. He

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