Symbolism of Dharma Shaasta (Sabarimala)




Typically, Dharma Shaasta is shown with two consorts, namely Poorna and Pushkala. These names translate to "Completeness" and "Prosperity", and are allusions to the 2 paths - Jnaana and Bhakti, through which one reaches absolutely the as Self-Realization.

Rather than the 2 consorts, these represent the 2 halves of the Lord itself, within the pure Yogic posture and form one sees at Sabarimala.

The Lord is seen during a unique Yogic posture, sometimes also seen in Lord Narasimha, Dakshinamurthi or Aanjaneya. Here, the Lord is seated upright, together with his legs bent and both ankles touching the Mooladhara or root Chakra. The erectness of the posture enables free flow of Kundalini Shakti or the vital force through the seven Chakras. it's humanly difficult to take care of such a posture for long duration, and to stop the legs from straying away, the Lord features a band (Yoga Pattai) tying his legs with the rear .

Thus, Chin-Mudra, or the gesture of concentration, consciousness and reality is that the true and supreme teaching of Self-Realization. One sees this very same Mudra within the sort of Dakshinamurthi. Thus, the proper half Dharma Shaasta highlights the teacher or Shaasta Aspect, and this is often precisely Poorna Devi - completeness of wisdom, knowledge and understanding of reality.

The left of the Lord rests on His leg, pointing towards His feet. altogether seated sorts of Ayyappan, one will certainly see the left leg lifted up, regardless of whether the proper leg is lifted up (as in Yoga Asana form in Sabarimala) or hangs down (as in Veera Asana forms in other temples). Thus, counting on the peak of the statue, when the devotee stands or sits before the Lord, he will find the Lord's raised feet at the extent of the guts . This, and therefore the Lord pointing to His feet, is His message to put His feet firmly within the heart (Hrudkamalam). The Lord as Krishna or Narayana says an equivalent within the Bhagawad Gita - "Maam Ekam Sharanam Vraja".

Having the Lord's feet within the heart and constantly contemplating on Him is that the cultivation of Bhakti or Divine Love, and this is often also the simplest thanks to cultivate Sattva Guna, good conduct and Dharma, and ultimately reach the Lord. Thus, the left half Dharma Shaasta highlights the righteousness or Bhakti or Dharma Aspect, and this is often precisely Pushkala Devi.

Thus, the 2 consorts, or rather the 2 halves of the Lord signify the concept of Dharma-Shaasta with predominance of Narayana and Shankara aspects respectively.




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