Information request

Bob Peck rpeck at NECA.COM
Tue Feb 15 15:20:36 UTC 2000

Dear Vidya Kamat,
I translate the ParAtriMshikA as stating that the ideal of Yoga is to obtain
androgyny as exemplifed by Rudra. The yogi becomes a yogini because of
releasing the lower feminine power. The Hathayoga pradipika describes the
kanda as the source of feminine power that does feminize.  Breasts may then
become the outer manifesting of this higher power.
Bob Peck
-----Original Message-----
From: Vidya Kamat <davinci at VSNL.COM>
Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2000 5:04 AM
Subject: Information request

>Dear List Members,
>I am currently involved in a project and searching for material on
>'breast' motif in Indian myths and folktales. I am looking at some of
>the concepts regarding male breasts as in the case of SarasvAN, who is
>described as having breasts.
>Once during a conversation, Dr.S.A.Dange (who passed away in October
>1999), mentioned that Siva is said to have breasts according to a myth.
>However I have not been able to trace the source of his information. I
>would like to know if any of the list members have any idea of this
>I had also seen a miniature painting showing Siva holding two jars in
>place of his breasts. I do not know if this image is in any way a
>reference to the same myth.
>I will appreaciate and be thankful for any information/
>comments/observations on male/female breasts in context to
>classical/tribal myths originating from the Indian subcontinent.
>Thanks in advance

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