Sunday, October 16, 2011

Be Wise as Serpents


The earliest representations of feathered serpents appear in the Olmec culture (circa 1400-400 BCE). It is believed that Olmec supernaturals such as the feathered serpent were the forerunners of many later Mesoamerican deities, although experts disagree on the feathered serpent's importance to the Olmec. The Olmec feathered serpent is generally shown as a crested rattlesnake, sometimes with feathers covering the body, and often in close proximity to humans. Several Olmec representations have survived including La Venta Monument 19 and a painting in the Juxtlahuaca cave.
The pantheon of the people of Teotihuacan (200 BCE - 700 CE) also featured a feathered serpent, shown most prominently on the Temple of the Feathered Serpent (dated 150-200 CE). Several feathered serpent representations appear on the building, including full-body profiles and feathered serpent heads.
Buildings in Tula, the capital of the later Toltecs (950-1150 CE), also featured profiles of feathered serpents.
Quetzalcoatl is the Aztec incarnation of the Feathered Serpent deity, known from several Aztec codices such as the Florentine codex, as well as from the records of the Spanish conquistadors. Quetzalcoatl was a bringer of knowledge, the inventor of books, and associated with the planet Venus.

And from the Vedas:

Lord Vishnu is regarded as the protector of the universe, according to the Hindu myths. This protector form of Lord Vishnu is calm, blissful, soft and endowed with the quality of purity and goodness.

This unique form of Lord Vishnu is miraculous in the sense that how one can be so placid and composed even in the state of terror and fear. Lord Vishnu in this form gives us a message.

All of us are leading a life full of duties and responsibilities. The responsibilities however may be social, financial and family, but all these are accompanied by hurdles, hindrances, obstacles and puzzles.

At times the man feels disheartened, grieved and dejected, but the calm and subtle form of Lord Vishnu teaches us to be patient, controlled cool and unruffled. The hard times can be win over by this attitude alone. A man is said to be diligent, valorous and industrious only when he keeps a calm, blissful, soft and positive pursuit

12 days  until the  MAYAN CALENDAR END DATE of 10/28/11