Updated: Mar 7, 2020
Manasa is a Cobra Goddess and thus connected to the animal kingdom of snakes, especially to Cobras. She was first mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures, especially in the Rig Veda. She is seen as very generous towards her devotees but also very harsh against those who do not worship her. She is the Goddess of poison and venom, the healer, as well as the killer.
The Sanskrit root from which the Goddess’s name is derived is manas, which means of the mind. It also means spiritual and intention, which gives us a beautiful view of the esoteric traditions in Indian religious mythology. The mind is that which forms energy in such a way that it manifests in physical reality. This is spiritual and physical at once, the ultimate form of empowerment, where nothing is separate and everything is connected on every level. Manasa’s mythological struggle of only being half a Goddess because of her mixed parentage is a personification of our own human multi-dimensional existence. It is the struggle between the needs of the ego and the desires of the soul, the power of the divine within us and the existentialist fears of the flesh.
Manasa teaches us to embrace all that we are, divine spiritual beings who possess a body to experience physical reality in which is shaped by our own minds, rather than denying either the spiritual realm in favour of our rooting and connection to the earthly plane or vice versa. This beautiful Goddess shows us the path to combining spiritual alignment with earthly grounding, joy, pleasure, fertility and prosperity. To learn more about this Goddess and use her energy in your meditation and self-reflection, click here: