This paper discusses the nature of power as projected in the Indian philosophical notion of Dasamahavidya (ten facets of cosmic wisdom) ― a technical term symbolizing the different faces of the Cosmic Energy that gradually elevates to the culminating point of realizing true essence of life. The metaphor is utilized for human unconscious, bottomless psyche, where self-power, though resides as the core of subjective element, yet later sublimates as craving for reformation by surrendering to the pious and the beautiful. How the so-called subjective power designated as the egoistic-self, transforms itself into the pure and sanctified objectivity, is the question to be discussed in this paper. Thus, the exaggerated sense of self-importance, which generally reflects human craving for power, gets consecrated and functions as the moral guidance, and changes our world view too. Finally, this paper proposes to take into account the concept of self-centeredness as the discordant cord of human life. One needs to channelize the flow of self-energy from the domain of subjective power to the cosmic field of objective power, where there is, in a sense, decentralization of power. To bring back the vibration in life one has to take recourse to harmony or the musical melody of life through the successful balancing of all the facets of cosmic wisdom. The tussle between the harmony and conflict of power, in both individual and cosmic sphere, is shown through another concept of Indian myth ― Sura and Asura, represented as divine and demonic aspects of power respectively.
Kakali Ghoshal, Budge Budge College, India
Stream: Philosophy - Philosophy and Religion
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