The Goddess in India Lecture for The Joseph Campbell Series, St. Peter’s Episcopal church Rome, GA. 2/9/2005. Part 1: The Goddess in Myth and Image. Goddesses Represent Shakti. Shakti is the divine POWER of Nature Creation Life force Movement Mind Strength Destruction.
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Shaktiis the divine POWER of
Sundari beneath the Mango Tree.Madhya Pradesh or southern Uttar Pradesh,
Parvati..Chola period, ca 1100.
Nagini. Bihar, ca. 100.
Torso of a fertility goddess (yakshi), from the Great Stupa at SanchiCentral India, Madhya Pradesh Sunga period, 25 B.C.–A.D. 25Sandstone
Mother Goddess Figurine Pakistan,
Mohenjodaro, ca. 2,600 - 1,900 B.C.
Devi as trimurti, contemporary
Khond tribal image of Markama Orissa, spring 1997.
Varahi Devi, at SanchiPunjab Hills, Basohli, ca. 1660-70
Procession image of Parvati.Kapalisvara temple. Mylapur, Chennai
Heroine of the Ramayana epic
Chaste, loyal, beautiful, longsuffering
Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana in the Forest.India, Punjab Hills, Kangra, ca. 1790.
Sita and Ram, North
Indian temple images
ChamundaNepal, 14th century.
Gayatri Devi, contemporary
Jain goddess Sarasvati. Gujarat, 1153.
Yaa devi sarvabhuteshu buddhirupena samsthitaa
Namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namaha
To that goddess who dwells within all beings in the form of intellect,
I bow again and again and again
- Chandi Path (Devi Mahatmya),
Ch. 5, v. 20
Chola period, 8th century C.E.Southern India,
Saint Karaikkal Ammaiyar at Sanchi Tamil Nadu,
Chola period, 12th century.
Sri Amritananda Mayi Ma
Yogini with DiscipleWest Bengal, Murshidabad, 18th century.
Hindu answer: God is just one half of God-dess and the latter contains the former.