A cobra is something to be feared by most people, but to many yogis it is a friend. Shiva is adorned with cobras around his neck, signifying his familiarity with the fear of death, abhinivesha. Shiva’s son, Ganesh, wears a cobra around his waist to pay homage to his father, showing his commitment to mastering his own fears. By grabbing hold of the cobra, the gods and demigods not only relinquished fears, but were able to find a route to immortality. The cobra signifies our ability to relinquish fear as we move along the spiritual path.
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Buddha was once meditating under a bodhi tree when a group of cobras approached, lured by his stillness and peace. He sensed their presence but had no fear. Witnesses gathered around Buddha, but did not come too close because of the snakes. It began to rain and the people were concerned for…
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