October 1st, 2015

Akka Mahadevi - Yoga/Hindu/Shaivite(Shiva) -

Mahadevi or Akka Mahadevi, sometimes called simply Akka, was born in Udutadi in the Karnataka region of India. At age 10, she was initiated as a devotee of Shiva, the pale-skinned god of destruction and rebirth, lord of yogis and ascetics. She worshiped Shiva in the form of Chennamallikarjuna, which means literally "Mallika's beautiful Arjuna."

It is said that Mahadevi was married by arrangement to Kausika, a local king. There were immediate tensions, however, as Kausika was a Jain, a group that tended to be wealthy and was, as a result, much resented by the rest of the population. Much of Akka's poetry explores the themes of rejecting mortal love in favor of the everlasting, "illicit" love of God, and this seems to be the path she chose as well.

She ran away from her life of luxury to live as a wandering poet-saint, traveling throughout the region and singing praises to her Lord Shiva. A true ascetic, Mahadevi is said to have refused to even wear clothing -- a common practice among male ascetics, but shocking for a woman.

In Kalyana, she met the famous Shaivite saints Basava and Allama Prabhu.

Akka spent the last of her days in the Srisailam area. Tradition says she left the world in her twenties, entering mahasamadhi (final divine union) with a flash of light.

Poems by Akka Mahadevi
Breath for fragrance
He bartered my heart
It was like a stream
Like a silkworm weaving
People, male and female,
Sunlight made visible
Through Thee have I forgotten Thee!
Treasure in the Ground
When I didn't know myself
You are the forest
You can confiscate


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Update Update -- A Fall

Dianne fell yesterday.  Total carelessness on my part  :(   We had to call the fire deparment to get her upright.  No injury; much gratitude expressed.

Today we went to Dianne's cardiologist. who shares an office with mine.  Pretty much a clean bill of health,heartwise.  The trip to the doctor and back was easy and uneventful even though the appointment was at an hour when Dianne is usuallly still asleep and ventures out of  the house are normally fraught with risk at any hour.  Also i was able to lower her oxygen intake from six litres to five through most of the day.  (She is prescribed three litres but for several days  last week she was on 8).  My mood rises with the saturation level of oxygen and falls when it falls.  She remains on  an even keel throughout.

As always, i thank you who care and seek information about our well being.