Friday, December 10, 2021

Ananda Tandava Of Nataraja - 35

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Apasmāra Blessed! 

As per the Puranic accounts, even Apasmāra is later on granted a place among the "troops" (gaṇa) of Śiva, thus corroborating the idea above. For, once the evil aspect of Prakṛti is undone, Apasmāra loses his nature of self-forgetfulness, and recollects his original nature – of kinship and kindred spirit with the Lord of the universe; which is why there is a streak of joy in his face even as he is yet under the trampling yet liberating foot of the Lord! : the diabolical  demeanor is displaced by a divine disposition; the lost paradise is now all set to be regained. Sans sins now, he stands purified (though physically prostrate).

Akin are the concluding words of Arjuna when he says that he has 'regained his memory, even as the delusion has been cleared (naṣṭo mohas, smṛtir labdhā)' by the grace of Kṛṣṇa.( Bhagavadgītā 18.73). His "dementia", in other words, is now cured. And likewise in the Chāndogya where it is stated: 'all bonds will be sundered, once memory is restored.' Chāndogya Upaniṣad 7.26.2: smṛti-lambhe sarva-granthīnāṁ vipramokṣaḥ.

We have already cited the statement of Abhinavagupta stating that the "denouement" of music/dance is also this breaking of bondages (hṛdayagranthi-bhañjana referred to earlier on Bharata 6.33); it is interesting to note that the etymological sense of "denouement" is also "un-knotting," though the latter has reference preeminently to the mere plot of a drama, where it is regularly used in a technical sense.