The Trimurti and Tridevi
Trimurti means the 'Great Trinity', and represents three Hindu Gods, whereas the Tridevi which means the 'Three Shining Ones' conjoins the three Goddess that complete them. Collectively they represent the powers of balance in the micro, and macro-cosm.
First is Brahma, the creator, alongside Saraswati, the goddess of learning and the arts, but also of cosmic consciousness and intelligence.
Next is Vishnu, the maintainer or preserver, alongside Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, fertility and of fulfilment and abundance.
And then Shiva, the transformer and the destroyer, alongside Parvati or Durga, who depicts the transformational power of unity and is the fierce goddess of power and love.
In our yoga practice we can engage with each, not as abstract mythological figures, but as an archetype, or a field of consciousness whereby their invocation amplifies and supports the qualities they represent in ourselves.
As we come to the close of the year we are celebrating simultaneously all three, and considering what balance we hope to achieve in the future.
We recognise everything that has been abundant and joyful that not so long ago was only a vague notion, the seed of an intention. We see what it is we want to continue nurturing and to continue growing as we move forward, and we also recognise what we are ready to release, or 'destroy' and transform.