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À VENIR ...
THE WISE UDDALAKA
At the top of Gandaladana mountain lived Uddalaka. From an early age, he aspired to supreme wisdom.
What is Liberation? When will I be free from thoughts like "what I did" and "what I should do"? When will the mental restlessness caused by desires and cravings stop? When could I watch the various activities of people with the candid side of a child? .... etc
Jai Mâ Annapurna
I come in front of you and prostern myself to your feet,
Without your Divine Grace, the world is not exist,
You are the power of the Creation,
Pray, manifest your power,
Your children need food today,
We need your help,
Ô Devi, Queen of Kashi,
I beg you, manifest your power
Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were playing the dice game. While they were playing, the game became very interesting. They started to bet. Parvati kept her jewelry and Shiva kept her trident. Shiva lost the match and his trident. At the next match, he bet his snake to retrieve the trident. He also lost. The more he played and bet the more he lost. Finally, he lost everything, including his begging bowl.
Shiva felt very humiliated and went to the forest of Deodar to meet Lord Vishnu to whom he told everything about what had happened. Lord Vishnu tells Shiva to restart the game. He tells him that he will regain everything he lost in the next game. Shiva followed Lord Vishnu's advice and started playing again.
The goddess Parvati was wary of Shiva's sudden change of fortune which regained everything. She called him a cheater. Which led to an argument between them. Finally, Lord Vishnu appeared. He tells them that the game dice have been rigged according to his wishes and that this whole game was just an illusion.
To this, Shiva added that all that was materialized was only an illusion or Maya. Everything we owned was an illusion. Even the food we eat was Maya. This angered the goddess Parvati. She did not agree that food was an illusion. She said that calling food an illusion was like calling it an illusion itself. So, in order to show Lord Shiva and the world its importance, she disappeared saying that she wanted to see how the world would survive without food.
His disappearance meant that Nature was at a standstill. There has been no change of season. Everything has become sterile. The land has become sterile. Nothing grows anymore. This resulted in severe drought and a huge food shortage.
The gods, humans and demons all began to pray for food. The goddess Parvati heard the prayers and she couldn't see her children starving. So she reappeared in Kashi (Varanasi) and started distributing food.
Shiva realized his mistake and the fact that he was incomplete without Shakti. So he appeared before the goddess Parvati in Kashi with a beggar bowl in his hands. He told her that he realized his mistake and that food could not be considered an illusion and that it was necessary to nourish the body as well as the inner soul. Since then, the goddess Parvati has been revered as the goddess of food - Annapurna Devi. It is believed that if food is cooked with a spirit of holiness, it becomes sacred because Ma Annapurna blessed it.