Language of the Snakes
Cognitive science says that each of us has a “reptilian” brain inside us.
Naturally, snakes infused the thoughts and imagination of early Indians, or for that matter, early humans all over the earth.
Prakrit, the commoner’s language of India (as opposed to Sanskrit which was the language of literature and royalty) was called the “Language of the Snakes,” according to Sanskritist, Andrew Ollett.
The man in the photo is Dheena
The man in the photo, Dheena, said that snake pits are born of cow dung. Lots of it.
When left undisturbed, the cow dung becomes the beginning of a snake pit, which grows till its “eyes are opened,” and the holes are revealed.
Nobody knows when this will happen, says Dheena.
But once the eyes are opened, snakes take refuge in the pit and it becomes holy.
Sleeping on a snake
It isn’t just the goddess who is linked to snakes.
Shiva and Vishnu, the most compelling gods in the Hindu pantheon are as well.
Vishnu rested in yoganidra on the serpent Adisesha before churning the primordial waters and creating a lotus from his navel, atop which was Brahma the creator. And thus the world began.
Shiva wore a snake around his neck and ingested the poison that came up when another serpent, Vasuki helped churn the ocean for amrita, the nectar of immortality.
Snake rising up the spine
In the chakra system, two intertwined serpents, ida and pingala run up the spine, touching the chakras in between.
Snakes therefore are deeply connected to the kundalini shakti.
Mythology, psychology, dreams, and jewellery. If you know how to look, snakes are everywhere.
The swastika symbol which Hindus consider holy began with a snake.
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