Nov. 24th, 2012 08:14 pm
sivaroobini: (Dream)

It's been such an exhausting couple of weeks. I should really be continuing my cleaning right now but I just can't bring myself to get up. I've had exams (Greco-Roman history, English Lit, German and Latin) and terrible insomnia this week, and the week before I was depressed about missing Deepavali (Hindu Festival of Lights, the biggest Hindu festival of the year) and then my grandfather died so the Deepavali party at home was cancelled anyway and I had to miss the funeral instead.

I should get some cheese to go with all this whine )

  And I've successfully procrastinated thus far but it's 9.55pm and my sister's flight is landing around 1am, so I really need to eat something and finish cleaning my room and move stuff around and move the spare mattress in so she'll have a place to sleep. I'm gonna show her around Perth and then we'll fly home together on the 30th of November. :D


Jan. 5th, 2011 04:52 pm
sivaroobini: (Armageddon)

So I've decided that whenever possible from now on I'm uploading a picture, with some relevance to whatever I think I'm going to talk about, before the actual wall of text post. I have so many cute or funny pictures and I might as well share them. ;)

I just want to bury myself like that fox and hibernate right now. @_@ There's this strange sort of lethargy or sluggishness in my bones.

Last night I was trying to catalogue some of my books at my LibraryThing account and now I just want to curl up with snacks and a hot drink and reread most of them, starting with Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants. It may be just a really thin kids' book, but the storyline is awwww-worthy and the characters and the use of Norse myths are amazing and if I had kids I would so read it to them. That also goes for Sheila Banfield's Leif the Lucky. According to LibraryThing, only one other person on that website besides me owns it. Which is sad because for a simple-looking thin little kids' book, it combines an engaging plot and historical characters with lovely details of Viking history and art and culture and everday life, and shows how Christianity is just beginning to make itself felt alongside the old worship of Odin and Thor and so on. These books, to me, are amazing children's books, and I don't get how stuff like Captain Underpants is more popular. Sigh.

cut for ramblings about crystals, religion and cleaning )

Help wanted! Help me clean my room and move stuff, and I will cook for you and give you something from Dubai or Egypt. Even if it's just sand from Giza or Saqqara in a tiny bottle. :D

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Look, alliteration! XD

Most of my writing recently has been almost wholly for role-play. Besides RP itself, there's incidents in the history of my characters, future what-ifs, dabblings in darker AUs, detailed nightmares etc. And this morning I was planning something focusing on Gabriel during the Ten Plagues of Egypt.

One of the things about my Gabriel that's both a strength and a flaw - in my own opinion, at least - is his dedication to his duty. He does whatever God asks of him, no matter what; I turned that into a drabble here. There are a lot of times when his love for the humans and his mercy clashes with what he has to do in the name of God, and it really hurts him, but his love for God is such that he does it anyway. He carries out his duty, no matter how much it may hurt him.

So as I typed the first line of today's story, I suddenly realised how much that particular aspect of him has got in common with my own religion, Hinduism. The Bhagavad Gita came about because Prince Arjuna faltered on the Kurukshetra battlefield in the Mahabharata, seeing his cousins and teachers and the elders he respected at the head of the opposing army. He wanted to throw down his weapons and simply not fight them, and said so to Lord Krishna, who was his charioteer.

Sri Krishna then revealed Himself in His true form to Arjuna, and taught him of his duties as a warrior and a prince, and of dharma or duty in accordance to divine law. He refers to the upcoming battle as Dharma Yuddha, or a righteous war fought in the name of justice, to fight evil, and He says that as a warrior, Arjuna has a duty to uphold dharma through warfare. 

I'm going to end the religious discourse here. In a nutshell, Hinduism teaches that you have to overcome these ties to material things, to people and things that you love, and uphold dharma or your duty to God and His law. And my Archangel Gabriel, too, has often had to deny his own more merciful urges to simply carry out whatever duties God asks of him. There's a common legend that he was exiled to Earth for twenty-one days, but a gazillion different versions regarding the reason, so I chose the Islamic version that while reciting the Quran to Muhammad, one of the last suras involving horrific calamities or something of the sort made him pause and question God. Ever since that experience, he's been even more unquestioning.

I certainly didn't intend the similarity, but I'm quite amused at the fact that apparently somehow it subconsciously influenced my writing. :D

In other news: I'm signing up to translate this video into Tamil. :D

And now I should get back to writing. XD
sivaroobini: (User Photo)

I tried posting this earlier this week but LJ ATE MY POST! After I spent ages uploading three quarters of the photos! >_< I tried again last night, something went wrong and for the THIRD TIME THIS WEEK I am attempting to share these photos.

Deepavali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, was on October 17th. The photos in this post are of the preparations - shopping, cleaning, baking, henna etc. It will be HTML-heavy, so I sincerely hope that LJ will not screw with me. Crowley, I'm talking to you too.


Deepavali Photos, Part One )


Part One over, Part Two, with the celbrations on the day itself and all the FOOD, coming soon!

Cool date

Sep. 9th, 2009 04:22 pm
sivaroobini: (Armageddon)

It's 09/09/09! :D

Nine was considered a sacred number by many ancient mythologies/cultures. Most of them held both three and nine in high regard. The Egyptians had their Ennead, the nine powerful gods of Heliopolis. The Greeks and Romans considered nine a powerful and sacred number and some prayers were recited three or nine times. The Hindus have our three powerful gods, Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Siva the Destroyer (my namesake), and we often recite prayers three times, or nine. We have a festival, Navaratri, coming up, which literally means nine nights, since that's how long it is. The Christians have their Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And in Norse mythology, Odin the Allfather hung from Yggdrasil, the World Ash Tree, for nine days and nights, to learn the runes of power.

And if I started on the significance of a triad of women in nearly every single culture I'd go on for pages and pages. ;) The three Hindu goddesses Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvati, the Greek Fates, the Greek Furies, the Greek triadic-witch or Hecubae, the Norse Norns Urd, Verthandi and Skuld, the archetypal three witches, the maiden, mother and crone... Okay, I'll shut up now. xD

But come on, it's a cool date! :D


Aug. 15th, 2009 10:37 pm
sivaroobini: (Isis)

Found this at mythtickle.com.

LOL. Thoth, Buddha, Lord Shiva, and... Mithras? Native American spirit god? Hard to figure out, that last one, although the first god I thought of was Mithras.

Anyway, it amused me, so I thought I'd share. xD

sivaroobini: (Tartan is stylish)

As I mentioned in my ealier post, I was taking some personality tests for my role-play character, the Archangel Gabriel. This result SHOCKED me.

So Gabriel, an archangel from Judaeo-Christian mythology, gets this:


And I, a practising Hindu, get this:


Well. Anyway. I clicked on some others for myself, after being amused by my RP character's results. Apparently, my dear archangel's name's Secret Meaning was that he was a pirate. XDDD I didn't post that result at [livejournal.com profile] cattygabriel , because I felt rather sorry for him. I checked mine...

your name's Secret Meaning is...
"A Movie Trivia Master"

LOL. In a way, it does fit me. I also checked out the Secret Fear.

QuizGalaxy.comYour greatest fear is that you will become a vampire.

So I fear becoming a vampire, while Gabriel apparently fears being stepped on by Bigfoot. XP I didn't post that one at [livejournal.com profile] cattygabriel  either, the poor angel does need to retain some shred of dignity. I've already turned him into an absent-minded cat-lover who's not very good with technology despite being fascinated by it. He does get better with practice though.
But in a way, I do fear becoming a vampire. Not only would I have to survive on blood, not only would I have to take other innocent lives to prolong mine, but I wouldn't be able to be around my loved ones for their own safety. Also, I actually want to die (in my own time, of course!). I'm really curious about the afterlife, and anyway I do believe in God, so death doesn't really hold fear for me. As a Hindu, I also believe that I'll most probably be reincarnated, seeing as how I doubt I'll achieve enlightenment in this life, but eventually I (hopefully) will be able to be free of the wheel of reincarnation, and my soul will attain a higher level of consciousness. 

That's why I don't want to be immortal. One day, I may find the answers to all those big questions I wonder about, but that day will most probably be only after I die (and not after this life either; it'll probably take a few reincarnations). Also, as an immortal I'd have to watch the people and places and things I care about pass away while I endure.  So maybe I'm really weird, but the fact remains that I wouldn't want to be an immortal. 

Anyway, vampires don't even exist, so I don't need to worry! ^_^
And I think that's enough for now. I was planning to keep my LJ light and family-friendly and now I've spent a couple of paragraphs going on about religion and death. XP So I shall sign off for now.

sivaroobini: (Ineffable)

If you're a Good Omens fan and a Lower Tadfield Air Base ([livejournal.com profile] lower_tadfield ) regular, you might be familiar with that absolutely awesome role-play, [livejournal.com profile] neutral_omens . Well, a similar one is starting! It's called[livejournal.com profile] lt_safe_house , and the premise is similar to that of [livejournal.com profile] neutral_omens (NO).

The NO role-play (RP) not only featured characters from Good Omens such as Crowley, Aziraphale, Adam, Brian, Wensleydale, Pepper, Newt, Anathema, and the Horsepersons, but also people from other Neil Gaiman books, like Mr Wednesday and the Marquis de Carabas,  people from mythology (and American Gods) like Horus or Loki, and of course Judaeo-Christian angels - we had Uriel, Michael, Raphael and Gabriel there as well. We also had other demons, like Belial, officially my favourite demon after Crowley. And we had people from other fandoms, like Harry Potter - Harry, Draco, Luna, Remus and Sirius joined the above cast at Tadfield Manor. And John Constantine came there too; he started out as a relatively minor character and friend of Crowley's, but he became one of the major players.

Anyway. As I was saying, we're starting a similar role-play at [livejournal.com profile] lt_safe_house . And I have joined it, and I will be role-playing... *drum roll* the Archangel Gabriel!

When I first got there I couldn't believe who was available, I was tempted to play Crowley or Aziraphale themselves, but I didn't know how well I could play them, seeing as how I didn't RP much before this. And if I changed them too much, the other GO fans mightn't like it. And I thought about playing one of the old gods, like Mr Wednesday aka Odin, or Isis, or my favourite Egyptian goddess Seshat. But Wednesday, again, is a canon Gaiman character and if I didn't play him properly I didn't know how the fans would react.

So I thought I'd use an established fanon character, but one who wasn't in much canon, so I could do my own take on the character. So I made a quick, heart-thumping decision to play the Divine Messenger himself, Gabriel.

I filled out the application at [livejournal.com profile] mad_prophecies , and created an RP account, [livejournal.com profile] cattygabriel .  And the whole point of this post was supposed to be to let you know this:

Due to the fact that 1) school will be piling on the assignments, 2) I will be playing Gabriel himself in a Good Omens role-play and 3) due to the aforementioned RP, I will have to research Gabriel, do some character posts at his LJ, and of course be active in the actual RP itself, I won't be able to update my own LiveJournal as often as I would prefer. Of course, I'll still pop by with photos or stories of school, or fanfiction or original fiction, but not nearly as regularly. Not that I update my LJ regularly in the first place, but it'll be even more infrequent now. :(

And any help with researching Gabriel would also be much appreciated, along with nice pictures of him. (:

Also, I recently read the Author's Preferred Text editions of Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Neverwhere. They're SO FREAKING GOOD! The Marquis de Carabas, from Neverwhere, reminded me so much of Crowley from Good Omens and Spider from Anansi Boys. And American Gods, with its cast of old and new gods and the occasional human XP was so fantastic! Absolutely wonderful! I've even had a number of dreams, featuring some of the gods in American Gods (alas, none featuring the Hindu gods whom I pray to). I shall talk more about those dreams in another post.

~ Sivaroobini


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