One finds in Buddhist tradition a distinction between “words” and “meaning,” which are often very different from one another, and we would do well to consider the traditional advice—whether we are looking at statues or interpreting teachings—to pay attention to symbolic meaning and not be limited to literal meaning.–
Rita M. Gross, “The Matter of Truth”
A Country Fair
Drive me out of my mind, O Mother!
What use is esoteric knowledge
Or philosophical knowledge
Transport me totally with the burning wine
Of your all-embracing love.
Mother of mystery, who imbues with mystery
The hearts of those who love you,
Immerse me irretrievably
In the stormy ocean without boundary,
Pure love, pure love, pure love.
Wherever your lovers reside
Appears like a madhouse
To common perception.
Some are laughing with your freedom,
Others weep tears of your tenderness,
Still others dance, whirling with your bliss.
Even your devoted Gautama, Moses,
Krishna, Jesus, Nanak and Muhammad
Are lost in the rapture of pure love.
This poet stammers,
Overcome with longing:
"When? When? When?
When will I be granted companionship
With her intense lovers? “
Their holy company is heavenly
A country fair for those mad with love
Where every distinction
Between master and disciple
Their love of love sings:
"Mother! Mother! Mother!
Who can fathom your mystery,
Your eternal play of love with love?
You are divine madness, O goddess,
Your love the brilliant crown of madness,
Please make this poor poet madly wealthy
With the infinite treasure of your love.
[Translated from Gospel of Ramakrishan]
Ksepana Mudra – for letting go and removal of negative energy
So you got an emotionally charged outburst from your loved one. A strangling bubble inside your stomach while shopping in a cramped mall. Traffic Jam. Pestering calls. Life seems to be unfair at times.
Ksepana Mudra helps you during these unfair moments. Ksepana Mudra helps in releasing negative emotions, pent up energy and toxins from the body. This mudra helps in elimination through skin (sweat), lungs (exhalation) and large intestine. Do it for 2 minutes, hands facing downwards towards earth and see the recharged you.
To do this mudra, you have to clasp your hands with index fingers touching flat on each other. Cross the thumbs and let a hollow form between your palms.
Affirm “Negative energy in my body and mind is flowing out. I am now absorbing positive and fresh energy”