Friday, 10 February 2017

Pūṣpābāṇas – The Lubricious Floral Arrows

The title of this article refers to the five arrows of Kāmadeva, which are fashioned from five different flowers and their ontological properties according to classical Indic textual traditions. 

As a personified deity, Kāmadeva wields a bow and arrows with which he shoots his victims with love and other pleasures; his bow is described as a bow made of sugarcane, with a honey-soaked bowstring covered in bees

The arrows within their multiple levels of ontological context are associated with the five primordial elements i.e. ether, air, fire, water and earth. The five elements have functional integrity with the five sensory organs, which allows us to perceive the external environment. Their presence is the reason for the existence of the senses themselves. The tanmātra form the common ground for the expression of the objective world and the entire world exists on this ground. In terms of desire these arrows produce passions such as sexual ecstasy (unmadana), burning (tāpaṇa), unconsciousness (saṁmohana), bewitching (śoṣaṇa), and paralysing (stambhana). 

The earliest mention of these floral arrows is found in the atharva-veda where Kāma is described as one of the prime universal principle and regarded as the supreme divinity, the impeller of creation. 

Property Table of Pūṣpābāṇas


Nāma
Cittānanda
(Bliss)
Kāmānanda
(Desire)
Sadānanda
(Continuity)
Rāmānanda
(Joy)
Vidyānanda
(Cognisance)
Śoṣaṇa
(Parching)
Mohana
(Enchanting)
Sandīpana
(Kindling)
Tāpaṇa
(Blazing)
Mādana
(Intoxicating)
Puṣpa
Āmra-Mañjarī
Aśoka-Mukula
Mādhavī
Mallikā
Maulsirī
Arvinda
Nīlotpala
Rāga
Saṃmohana
(Fascinate)
Rōdana
(Constraint)
Unmadana
(Intoxicate)
Śoṣaṇa
(Incinerate)
Stambhana
(Paralyse)
Bhāva
Śānta
(Neutral)
Dāsya (Deferential)
Sakhya
(Convivial)
Vātsalya
(Paternal)
Śṛṅgāra
(Conjugal)
Mahābhūta
Pṛthivī
(Earth)
Apā
(Water)
Tejas
(Fire)
Vāyu
(Air)
Ākāśa
(Ether)
Tanmātra
Gandha
(Smell)
Rasa
(Taste)
Rūpa
(Corporeality)
Sparśa
(Touch)
Śabda
(Sound)
Jñānendriya
Nāsikā  
(Nose)
Jihvā
(Tongue)
Cakṣus
(Eyes)
Tvacā
(Skin)
Karṇa
(Ears)
Karmendrīya
Payu
(Excretion)
Upastha
(Sex)
Padas
(Walking)
Pani
(Grasping)
Vāc
(Speaking)
Kleśa
Avidyā
(Ignorance)
Asmitā
(Ego)
Rāga
(Attachment)
Dveṣa
(Aversion)
Abhiniveśa
(Fear)
Bīja
Klāṃ
Klīṁ
Klūṃ
Klaiṁ
Klaūṁ
Sthāṇa
Aṅguṣṭha
(Thumb)
Tarjanī
(Fore)
Madhyamā
(Middle)
Anāmikā
(Ring)
Kaniṣṭha
(Little)
Vāyu
Apāna
(Exhalation)
Udāna
(Inhalation)
Samāna (Assimilation)
Vyāna
(Circulation)
Prāṇa
(Respiration)
Diśa
(West)
(East)
(South)
(North)
(Centre)
Quality
(Cohesion)
(Contraction)
(Expansion)
(Motion)
(Space)
Shape
(Cube)
(Semi-lunar)
(Pyramidal)
(Spherical)
(Oval)






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