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Bhudevi and Finding Divinity within Nature.

By Yogi Baba Prem

 

Sitting deep in the forest, I am surrounded by a tapestry of varying shades of green.  As green permeates my being, my mind slowly drifts toward thoughts of Bhudevi; her color is green.  Listening, I hear an orchestra of birds and other animals, visually I see some of them, and others are just a faint sound in the distance.  While listening and contemplating Bhudevi, I am reminded of life’s dependency upon the earth.  In essence, our physical body relies extensively upon the earth, as it is the matter which forms the body, provides the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, and much of the beauty we see.  Few seem to recognize the sacred relationship with the earth.  And even fewer consider the relationship between Bhudevi and the other devas.

Often, modern society is obsessed with the discovery of or alignment with the ‘best or highest God’.  One can hardly blame them, as our world is obsessed with a need to align with what we feel is the best. After all, we seek the best car, the best computer, the best food, the best vitamin.  It is little wonder that humanity would devolve to an obsession seeking the best God, though this is somewhat problematic and creates significant conflict globally regarding religion.  Through this process (seeking the best), we limit our understanding of divinity, its multitude of forms and expressions, and more importantly, the interaction and relationship of these forms. 

It is likely that as segments of society focus on a single form of divinity, not as a bold evolutionary step forward, as it can indicate that we are devolving spiritually.  A difficult concept to embrace within both liberal and conservative elements of society.  As we often believe that we are the crowning achievement of spiritual realization compared to previous generations.  Yet, if we are to cultivate a comprehensive and deeper understanding of divinity, one must be willing to acknowledge the multitude of forms and expressions manifest from Divinity; additionally, one must cultivate a deeper understanding of their interaction with these forms and expressions.  While it is a bold step for many to embrace the concept of the Goddess of the earth, one must remember that humanity has invested more time acknowledging the divinity of earth than it has not. 

Initially, examining the earth as a physical form, one can easily recognize that the earth has an important relationship with the Sun, Moon, water, fire, air, and space.  Within the Vedic tradition, these would be known as the final manifestations of Divine expressions known as Surya, Chandra, Soma, Agni, Vayu, and Akasha.  The relationship between Bhudevi (Earth) and Surya (Sun) should be obvious, as the sun provides nourishment to plants in the form of light. The light of the sun controls some forms of bacteria. And the sun provides energy to earth.  It is not only plants that digest light, as our skin digests light and produces vitamin D.  Light has a profound effect on the mental health of numerous individuals.  We, in turn, digest the digested and transformed light that manifests in the form of plant materials and essential oils; chlorophyll feeds our blood system providing support to red blood cells and our ability to carry oxygen efficiently. These essential oils and watery material from plants are in essence a Soma (nectar) for the plant and all animal life.  Fiber from the plant aids the body and works to cleanse the colon. We not only benefit from the interaction of Bhudevi and Surya, but our bodily system is also designed to function based on this relationship. 

This relationship expands as one approaches winter, as Soma (in colder climates) blankets portions of the earth with a form of Soma known as snow.  This cycle (winter) protects portions of the Earth moving it into a state of rest and provides the resources for the awakening of life (spring).    As the Earth and Sun shift in their relationship.  For the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice marks a period where the Sun begins to feed energy back to the northern hemisphere of the earth. Giving way to the approaching spring, as the Soma melts and provides nourishment to support life via water. Interestingly, while there can be a proliferation of Soma in the winter, it is not always easily accessible.  For anyone that has skied can attest to the drying nature of some areas, chapped lips and dry skin can reveal that while the eye perceives Soma, it is Vayu (the lord of air/wind) that is predominate.  While Soma is present, it is in a locked state and not as easily accessed despite its abundance until temperatures begin to moderate. The warming temperatures release the Soma into the earth, in the form of water. 

The rainy season arrives shortly after, which provides a deeper concentration of Soma for the earth.  This process of giving to the earth takes several months. Of course, these relationships are dynamic and vary depending on the specific location of the earth being discussed.  It is during the rainy season in semi-tropical, tropical and temperate climates that the relationship between Soma and Bhudevi is most profound.  Having said this, areas such as deserts come alive in an explosion of color and life with the sudden appearance of rain or Soma for the Earth. 

During the windy season, or during periods of strong wind, the relationship between Bhudevi and Vayu (lord of the air) is more easily observed.  During these periods, the earth can experience a drying, as the wind often has a drying quality to it.  This phenomenon is most easily observed in the high desert. 

Agni (fire) has a profound relationship with the earth, as it would be appropriate to say that fire is a dominant quality within the Sun, the relationship between Agni and Vayu (movement of air) propel the solar fire toward the earth (Bhudevi).  This fire (radiation) is channeled into the poles and brought into the earth which feeds the Agni (fire) of the inner earth.  This is the mechanism that is responsible for life on Earth as we know it.  The inner Agni of the earth provides heat and is an important turbine that fuels, feeds and sustains life on the earth.  Here we see an important relationship between Earth (Bhudevi), Sun (Surya) and Fire (Agni) that on the level of the solar system supports and nurtures life. 

These subtle and physical manifestations of the devas were understood by the ancient Rishi’s and became codified in an Upaveda (supplementary Vedas) known as Ayurveda, which is the study of life; and brings the relationship between the Bhudevi, Surya, and Agni into the maintenance of health and wellness.  The qualities of devas were also recognized in the solar system and are associated with the heavenly bodies or planets.  This field of study was known as Jyotish, which is the study of light.  Think of form or matter as Divine consciousness frozen into form, with the Devas representing different aspects of this Divine consciousness. 

The study of the relationships between Bhudevi and Devas is not only fascinating; it provides profound insight into the internal forces, or expressions, of the Devas or forms of Divine consciousness.  Through understanding these forces, one can follow them back to their more subtle forms and eventually arrive at the realization of our true essence.  This is not only a profound tool; it brings a dynamic spiritual richness into one’s life; allowing one to see a rich diversity within divinity and to cultivate a deeper and closer relationship with consciousness.  How does one cultivate a deeper spiritual relationship with the Earth? My book “From Earth to Heaven: Secrets of Yoga, Goddess and Spirituality” will provide deeper insight into Bhudevi and will teach meditations that one can use to explore this important aspect of spirituality.  Learn more about this ebook.

 

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Yogi Baba Prem

  • Yogi Baba Prem has two books published in India, and has written numerous other books published by Universal Yoga. 

 

  • His articles have appeared in several traditional magazines and a variety of e-magazines.