sabato 19 novembre 2011

Yama, Yami and invention of the night

Sunset in Cochin - Kerala
Yami was madly in love with her brother Yama. She wanted to lie with him and pined for the refusal of his brother.
According to the Vedas, Yama and Yami were the first two human beings.
Yama, the son of Visvasvat (an aspect of Surya, the Sun God) and Saranyu (the Cloud or Aurora) is the primeval man, the first of mortals, and thus, the first living creature to die and to go to the afterlife whose then he’ll become the undisputed and feared king.
Yami was his twin sister and Yamuna, the twin river of the Ganges (or rather of the Ganga), was born from her.
In short, the two were the only humans in existence and Yami constantly insisted, she wanted his brother, wanted to join him to have offspring and to populate the earth. And who else could she love, being no other person than her brother?
The Rig Veda (X, 10) tells this story by providing an original version of the primal theme of incest.
"The Immortals Gods want an offspring from the only of mortals, my brother - Yami says to his brother - the manifest power of your mind to be united with that of mine, that your body enters mine."
"Will we make what until now has never been make? - Yama responds - We are talking about righteousness and will we act incorrectly?"
"The desire for you is now inside of me, I want to lie in the same bed with you," his sister insists.
"O woman lascivious – Yama responds - the Gods are watching us."
"The twins are already enbraced in the womb like the sky and the earth - Yami says - because we cannot it do once we are born?"
"Go away, desire a husband than myself - says Yama - lie in the same bed with him, join up with him."
"Overwhelmed by the desire, I pray you again: unite your body to mine."
"I’ll never agree to join my body to my sister - Yama concludes - desire the manifest power of the mind of another man, that power will join you."
What happened after, that is how the world is populated despite rejection of the only man to join with the only woman, little of interest here. What I like to remember is that when Yama died, the first man to die, Yami was desperate and her despair did not abate.
To the Gods who were trying to console her, she replied, "As cannot I be desperate if my beloved brother died today?" It was always "today", because it was not yet invented the time or day and night and all was happening in an eternal present.
So the Gods invented the night and succeeding of that to the day and then the passing of time.
Yami thus began to say, "My beloved brother Yama is dead yesterday," and then "My beloved brother Yama died seven days ago," and again "A year ago ...."
"For this - Maitrayani samhita concludes this time - it is said that the passing of time relieves the suffering."

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