cosmic cycle

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a team skull aesthetic playlist ft. electronic/rap music from video games and anime

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Team Skull Appears! - Pokemon Sun and Moon // Humming the Baseline - Jet Set Radio Future // Twister (Gang Mix) - The World Ends With You // Be Cool At the Club - Steven Universe // Guzma’s Theme - Pokemon Sun and Moon // Backside of the TV - Persona 4 // Game Over - The World Ends With You // The Cyborg Fights - One Punch Man // Like it Like This Like That - Jet Set Radio Future // Cosmic Cycle - Durarara!! // Synchronize - Steven Universe // MLG Dynamo - Alex S. // Crystals - M.O.O.N. // Pepper Steak - OFF // Death Chamber - Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

The dancing Shiva is known as Nataraj.

The term ‘Nataraj’ means ‘King of Dancers’. This cosmic dance of Shiva is called Anandatandava, meaning the Dance of Bliss, and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy:
•Shrishti - Creation.
•Sthiti - State, or preservation.
•Samhara - Destruction.
•Tirobhava - Illusion.
•Anugraha - Release, Emancipation.

In the form of Nataraja, Shiva depicts all of these elements.

Shiva has four arms:
•He holds a Damaru or a drum in his upper right hand. It symbolizes sound originating creation or the beat of the drum is the passage of time.
•He holds fire in his upper left hand, which characterizes destruction. Mostly accepted as destruction of all that is bad. Both these hands are on the same level or, on the same line. This shows that creation and destruction are both equal.
•The lower right hand shows Shiva’s protection from both evil and ignorance to those who follow the righteousness of dharma. This gesture is known as the Abhaya Mudra.
•The lower left hand is pointing towards His feet. It signifies upliftment and liberation. It also points to the left foot with the sign of the elephant which leads the way through the jungle of ignorance. Here, the attention is drawn towards the fact that life is graceful.

His right foot is pressed downward, expressing Tirobhava, or illusions in life; whereas, the left foot is drawn upwards, depicting Anugraha, or release from the illusions of the world towards enlightenment. The right leg is at the middle of the figure, which shows the preservation of a state, or Sthiti. It also holds down a demon, which can be perceived as the demon in all of us that shall be suppressed.

As in Hindu scriptures, “It is a continual dance of creation and destruction involving the whole cosmos; the basis of all existence and of all natural phenomena.”

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“Myth celebrates cyclical time; against which annual celebrations of recurrence, suspended in the dreamtime of the eternal present, preserve indelibly the relationship between man, his environment, and the Universe. It is important to assert here the distinction between the cycle of the year and that of time itself. The repetitive progression of the seasons of the year simply provides an appropriate vehicle by which the genus of the myth unfolds. Cain rises, fecunds the earth, the harvest is reaped, Cain dies. But the myth is not the story of the sowing and harvesting of the grain associated with this or any other agricultural deity, but that of the concept of Cain as the original and eternal progenitor. It relates the concept of palingenesis – the cosmic cycle of deification in which the old god perceived as the father dies, and the new god, his son or younger version of himself, is reborn. It is one of sacrifice, dispersal and re-union within itself.”

– Shani Oates, Maid of the Clan of Tubal Cain

“He stands tall, sturdy. Handsome. An aspen tree in a golden woods. His hands run over her body, like a river running wild. Overflowing, unleashing something she has never felt before. Then, he is gone. A phantom. A ghost in the night. Leaving her wanting more, and hating him for coming back. The cycle. The cosmic cycle he brings with him. Because his lips are magnetic, fire and ice, there is no resistance. It’s bittersweet, this relationship. My thoughts are locked on these moments. What can I do? Your spirit has danced with mine, and now we share that forever…”

“Can I ever break free? Will you let me go? I cannot keep circling around, on hold. It’s breaking my heart…I need to find something tangible. Something new. Someone real. Not this phantom, who comes and goes…”

—  Brennan, Thoughts of Love and Life