Sunday, October 10, 2010

Inspite of themselves, they were drawn

Parva/The Epic © Amruta Patil 2010

'(The asura realm, or the realm of the jealous gods)...is highly energetic, almost in contrast to the state of spiritual absorption...(beings) try to be extremely busy and entertain themselves, indulging in all sorts of things.

(The realm) has the quality of speeding and trying to achieve everything on the spot, trying to make sure your experiences are valid and that nobody is going to attack you...It is the extreme paranoia of trying to save yourself, trying to attain something higher and greater constantly...Everyone is viewed as an enemy from the asura point of view...You do not want to be helped.'

Chögyam Trungpa, 'Transcending Madness'

5 comments:

indisch said...

Janmejaya's snake sacrifice?

amruta patil said...

Yes, heart of the fire.

indisch said...

I love this work. Seeing from the lack of comments I presume it's way under-rated... why are works which speak little and leave a lot to imagination little appreciated? Or is it just that I'm wrong?

amruta patil said...

Being quieter, the sort of work you speak of perhaps draws different people towards itself - people who may not be as trigger-happy, as keen to wage flashy, ill-considered public battles.

Ranjit said...

Arun Kolhatkar has used this snake sacrifice to strike a parallel with extremism in his poem Sarpa Satra.

If you haven't read it then its a great one to draw inspiration from.