Uma-Maheshvara: the holy inner family

Shakta Manuscript with Uma-Maheshvara, Ganesha and Skanda Watercolor on wood, Nepal- 1810
Shakta Manuscript with Uma-Maheshvara, Ganesha and Skanda Watercolor on wood, Nepal- 1810

In the image above, we see Uma-Maheshvara. Shiva is an image of the Cosmic Self. His wife Parvati is an image of the primordial mother. We also see Ganesha as the child and Skanda as the image of widsom (the Chandogya Upanishad refers to Skanda as the ‘way that leads to wisdom’). Sometimes in the Hindu images you will see the deity stepping on a demon, an image of the shadow.

Carl Jung spoke of the inner holy family. Jung says:

“Among the latter there are human figures that can be arranged under a series of archetypes, the chief of them being, according to my suggestion, the shadow, wise old man, child (including the child hero), the mother (“Primordial Mother” and “Earth Mother”) as a supraordinate personality (“daemonic” because supraordinate), and her counterpart the maiden, lastly the anima man and the animus woman…. The above types are far from exhausting all the statistical regularities in this respect.” (ibid)

Reference:

  1. Carl Jung, Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious – CW 9i  (1934–1954) (1981 2nd ed. Collected Works Vol.9 Part 1)
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