Asia - India / Rajasthan (by RURO photography)
India, Rajasthan, Bundi
Krishna and Rukmini as Groom and Bride in a Celestial Chariot Driven by Ganesha, 1675-1700
Brothers Ganesha and Murugan worship.
I’m doing great, thank you, and hope you are as well! I am indeed a Hare Krishna, an initiated member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which has a disciplic succession that goes all the way back to Lord Brahma. I am a Vishnu/Krishna devotee, but I have deep respect for other deities. They are highly empowered personalities who perform many vital functions within the material plane. I recognize Krishna as a purely transcendental being, whereas gods such as Shiva and Kali, while they are in essence expansions of Krishna (as all living things are), exist within the material world, and are subject to its laws. They operate on a MUCH higher level than we on this planet, however, and are very powerful and privileged to have the opportunity to engage in pastimes in this sphere. I propitiate several deities (including Kali, Shiva, Durga, Ganesha, and others) in a spirit of serving a servant of the Lord; they are highly enlightened devotees, and I offer my obeisances to them as such. On a more personal level, I find them easy to approach according to my nature, lifestyle, and proclivities. I perform Kali Puja every night, deep into the dark, and I have a close relationship with Her. I offer my library books to Ganesha, and see the twinkle of pleasure in his eye at having a few new novels to read. They are my dear friends, but friends to whom I offer a whole lot of respect.
Holy Family (artist unknown)