Monday 24 May 2010
The Divine Bird!
Learned scholars and pundits are aware of the fact that Lord Krishna had never cohabitated with any of His 16,000 wives. It is blasphemous to view Lord Krishna as a mere human being in whatever sphere of His 'Avathaara'.. His Divine presence and "saanghathyam" (company) gave Ultimate contentment and joy to all His 16,000 wives. His divinity was overpowering, throwing open flood gates of overflowing love residing in the center of the hearts of all His wives.
This pure and divine love is termed as "Bhakthi Yoga", which is sublime and not in the least related to physical desire or chemistry. The peacock feather adorning Lord Krishna's forehead depicts the purity of the Lord. Hindu mytholgy claims that peacocks are pure and chaste. It is also largely believed that a peahen conceives by consuming the teardrops of a peacock in order to maintain the pristine purity of the peacock.
Peacock is also the 'vaahana' (vehicle) of Lord Subrahmanya Swami. The Lord was seated on a peacock when He fought Surapadma.
A certain section of tribals firmly believe that Goddess Saraswathi changed Her "vaahana" from the Swan to a Peacock!
In Ramayana, Sage Valmiki has stated that Bharatha was assisted by peacock breeders called Mayoorakaas when he went in search of Lord Rama during His exile in forest. Separated from Sita, Lord Rama expresses His grief to His brother, Lakshmana. In His conversation, Lord Rama makes a special mention of the affinity between a peacock and peahen lamenting that He was not as fortunate as the peacock which is inseparable from the ever-loving peahen! During their separation, Lord Rama recalled how Sita clapped her hands daintily to the dancing steps of a majestic peacock on the branch of a "Kadambaa Tree". That particular peacock became as dear as a son to Lord Rama.
Peacock represents the spring season. The joyous dance of peacock is associated with this most romantic and aesthetic season. The ragas Vasantha and Brindavani are strongly associated with this bird and are said to invoke the beautiful peacock dance, as it spreads its enchanting feathers!
The note "C" in the western music and the shadjamam of Indian classical music are described as the voice of the peacock by renowned musical treatises. Even veenas are made with peacock heads in the place of lion heads.