Gods, goddesses, angels, demi-gods, messiahs, siddhas… have been important forces and part of every culture and tradition of the world. Epic tales of the valor, colossal strength, and power of these beings leave everyone awestruck and inspired.
Stories from various religious texts talk about the determination, compassion, prowess and magical abilities used by these archetypes to help mankind fight against evil and forge a path towards a better tomorrow.
Though not visible to the naked eye, these archetypes can be felt, sensed and experienced when the mind is silent and calm. The archetypes are present to this day and are very much a part of our existence.
They communicate to us by sending messages and signals. We just need to connect with them and open our minds, and we can intuitively know what message an archetype is trying to send.
Faith helps in every way, and it brings in courage never ever imagined before. It is this faith and strong belief that people have had for years and centuries that make these archetypes all the more powerful and strong.
Legendary tales of devotees who show unconditional love and respect to the archetypes, who in turn guided these devotees at every stage- dot scriptures. It all begins with the love and emotional connection we feel towards a particular archetype.
Opening the doors of our hearts and mind gives the archetype an invitation into our lives, and then we just need to call upon the archetype for them to appear before us and help us in our paths.
One great example is of Mahatama Gandhi, who opened his heart to the archetype of Rama. He believed that just by thinking of Rama he could get courage in the worst possible situations.
Addressing a prayer meeting in New Delhi on 25 May, 1946, Mahatma Gandhi said: ‘Rama Nama should come from the heart. In that event, Rama Nama could become an effective remedy against all ailments. A man who believes in Rama Nama would not make a fetish of the body but would regard it as a means of serving God. And for making it into a fit instrument for that purpose, Rama Nama is the sovereign means. To install Rama Nama in the heart requires infinite patience. It might even take ages. But the effort is worthwhile. Rama Nama cannot come from the heart unless one has cultivated the virtues of truth, honesty and purity within and without.’
Rama is just one example of an archetype from the Vedic Hindu Pantheon- there are numerous angels, messiahs, goddesses, gods from other traditions as well, who we can connect with and open our hearts to.
Christianity, for example is all about faith. It is not a religion that requires intellectual thought and discourse, but just simple and pure faith. “And Jesus said unto them … , “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.” Romans 1:17
Hanuman or the monkey god lived in another epoch/yuga during the ages of Rama. In Vedic philosophy he is considered to be the ultimate devotee. He depicts strength, valor, courage, the ability to fly. Hanuman can accomplish all acts that human beings cannot.
Karuppasamy, literally known as The Dark God, is a fierce-looking deity sporting a thick moustache, decked with many ornaments, riding a white horse and carrying a drawn-out sword.
He is said to have sprung from Vishnu’s hands and hence is also known as Kaiyannar (One created from the hand).
Hayagreeva is an incarnation of Vishnu, depicted with a human body and a horse’s head, brilliant white in color, with white garments, seated on a white lotus.
Hayagreeva is a very important deity in the Vaishnava tradition. His blessings are sought when beginning study of both sacred and secular subjects.
Rama is one of the many popular figures and deities in Hinduism, specifically Vaishnavism and Vaishnava religious scriptures in South and Southeast Asia. In Ayodhya – the Indian city believed to be the birthplace of Rama, he is also worshipped as an infant or Rama Lalla. Most of the details of Rama’s life come from the Ramayana, one of the two great epics of India.