03 Aug '16
Posted in Articles, Blog by Eric Shaw
by Eric Shaw
Indian artists made careful choices about how to position Indian gods and goddesses in painting and sculpture.
They meditated to find what deities looked like, and found familiar bodily positions in their visions.
These body positions became stock “power poses,” and were called pratimas in the tradition. Many of these poses are also yoga asanas.
What we call Warrior Pose is found throughout Indian art. It usually symbolizes aggressive activity or anger.
Because stories of gods and goddesses are meant to guide our growth and transformation, anger and aggressive activity symbolizes the inner ferocity needed to destroy our false understanding of the world.
Though many gods are found in these positions of aggression, it is Shiva, the lord of the yogis, who is probably the best-known symbol of the fierce work of self-transformation called sadhana—and who is often pictured in a ferocious attitude.
Indian gods take the form of all kinds of personalities besides their main one (Vishnu is also Krishna, for example), and we see Shiva as the fierce warrior named Virabhadra (for whom the pose is named) in figure 1.READ MORE AT BAHIRANGA.COM