Saturday, September 10, 2016

Desperado (New Poem)

Desperado (New Poem)
by Tim Kavi
dusty trails
vanquished sunsets
uneasy sleeps
across winding
mountain trails

lonely teardrops
cannot atone
for evil deeds
that go unanswered

your regrets
are your sleeping partners
your loneliness
a reward

fugitives from justice
are ever pursued
by righteous fighters
against injustice

you know
your days are numbered
making all your promises
and loves
short lived.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Work: Poem of the Seventh Son--Just Published

MY latest work has just been published. A long poem readable in less than 30 minutes is my encouragement to seekers everywhere to never give up and climb higher. Climb up! Climb up!

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Tim Kavi's latest work!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

More About Goddesses:Mother Shayi Nanzhao (Photos also by Tim Kavi)

More About Goddesses:  Mother Shayi Nanzhao
by Tim Kavi

Mother Shayi Nanzhao, also known as Shayi Mu, is one of the more obscure deities or mythical figures in worldwide lore.  Her group statues can be found on Nanzhao Folk Island, depicting a legend tracing the origin of the Ailao people, who are, in turn, said to be the ancestors of the Bai ethnic group, a supposed cornerstone of the Nanzhao kingdom of 738 to 902 AD.  These statues are among the main attractions on the island, which had since become a popular tourist destination in 1999.

Shayi, Mother of Dragons

Legend tells us that Shayi was a woman who lived in the Ailao Mountain thousands of years ago.  One day, while fishing, she had touched a log that had, for some reason, made her feel strange and eventually become pregnant.  Shayi would go on to give birth to ten sons, and several years later, when the sons had become older, she had taken them to the same river where she had mysteriously become pregnant after touching the log.

Upon seeing the log, it had transformed into a dragon, who had then asked Shayi where his sons are.  This similarly strange incident had scared off the nine older boys, who had run away upon seeing the dragon.  It was only the youngest who wasn’t scared, as he instead leaped on the dragon’s back; this prompted Shayi to name the boy Jiulong, jiu meaning “back” and long meaning “sit” in the Ailao tongue.  

Despite being the youngest son, Jiulong was chosen by his brothers to rule as king, as he had been licked by his father dragon after he jumped on his back.  The ten brothers would marry the ten daughters of a family residing in Ailao Mountain’s foot, and would become the patriarchs of the Ailao people, and eventually the Bai people.

Different Twists on the Legend of Shayi Mu

There are actually several theories pertaining to the Ailao people.  At least eight of China’s minority nationalities, including the Bai, trace their roots to the Ailao people, and have their own versions of the Mother Shayi Nanzhao/Shayi Mu myth, all similar but with their share of differences.  

Literature such as Confucian scholar Liu Xiang’s The Biographies of Women also depicts small twists on the Shayi Mu legend.  According to this tome, Jian Di, mother of Shang ancestor Qi, had also become pregnant in strange circumstances, this time swallowing a multi-colored egg that a bird dropped while she was bathing.

Due to the main similarity of these myths – a woman founding a civilization – modern scholars believe these stories were created as a means to establish patriarchy from a maternal source.

Mother Shayi Nanzhao’s Symbolism in Modern Times

Many years after the legend of Mother Shayi supposedly took place, her influence remains in modern-day culture.  

As the supposed matriarch of Nanzhao rulers and mother of the Bai people, Mother Shayi is a symbol of ancient matriarchy.  Her statue on Nanzhao Folk Island is said to be representative of independence and feminine strength and determination.  And while there has been controversy regarding whether her nude statue is appropriate, her nudity is said to be more redolent of primitive culture, as opposed to being an attempt toward eroticism.  

Overall, Mother Shayi is seen in today’s times as the symbolism of the Bai’s ancient roots and a symbol of their authenticity as a culture.

ABOUT THE PHOTOS: The photo above is an original photo taken by Tim Kavi at Nanzhao Folk Island which is near modern day Dali City in Yunnan Province, China. The photo was taken by Tim Kavi during the Summer of 2012. The island also includes the statue of another female figure from the Buddhist tradition, Kwan Yin; actual photo below. All Photos Copyright 2012 by Tim Kavi.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Imagined Lines (poem)

Imagined Lines
by Tim Kavi

If One Were to Imagine
how beautiful Nature is
within and without
one would if not 
for the trappings 
of science, imagine
they are seeing
magic and beauty
at the same time.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rain Country (new poem)

Rain Country by Tim Kavi 

wet drops
so consuming that
they threaten
to flood you
with waves
of self deprecation

for ever
braving the elements
that you are convinced
of monsoon

until dancing in
the dirt
You realize
You are like the lush
green plants

yet in this case
not knowing it
YOU are found
to be alive

dancing in vibrant
leafy expressions
of love
and life

until not one
moment is lost.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

More About Goddesses: The Hindu Goddess--Radharani (New Essay)

More About Goddesses: The Hindu Goddess--Radharani
by Tim Kavi

Radharani, also known as Radha, Radhika, or Radhikarani, is considered the original Shakti (goddess) in the Hindu religion, featuring mainly in the Vallabha and Gaudiya Vaihsnava sects.  She is also the primary goddess worshipped in the Nimbarka Samparadaya, a school of thought whose founder Nimbarka stated that Radharani and Krishna combine to form the absolute truth.  Radharani and Krishna are both connected deeply to each other, with the name “Radha Krishna” pertaining to the female and male aspects of God respectively.

Radharani is thought to be so powerful by Gaudiya Vaishnavas that she is the source of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity.

Two Gods Become One

As Radharani had such deep feelings of love toward Krishna, they cannot be separated into two.  Hindu teachings believe that Krishna, while capable of enchanting the entire world, is himself enchanted by Radharani, thus validating the maxim that Radha Krishna is the “supreme goddess” of the world.  Both deities give meaning to each other’s names, and in Vaishnava tradition, Krishna takes the form of Radharani when he wants to find pleasure outside his own being.  The two deities’ spiritual love for each other is a widely-held theme across India.

Even when the two gods are separated from each other, both Radharani and Krishna share the same thoughts, an example of parakiya-rasa, or a relationship based on undying mental love for each other. This is especially held true in the Gaudiya school of Vaishnavism.

25 Principal Transcendental Qualities

All in all, Radharani has unlimited transcendental qualities, but it is only 25 of these qualities that are considered to be principal. This makes her, once again, the same as Lord Krishna in the sense that her transcendental qualities are unlimited.

Some of the more notable principal qualities are that Radharani always maintains a fresh, youthful appearance; has a bright smile; is capable of making Krishna happy with the aroma of her body; is a good singer and speaker; has a good sense of humor; exudes humility; shows mercy; always shows respect; shows calmness; enjoys life; is located at the top level of ecstatic love; shows kindness to the elderly; keeps Krishna under her control.

Radharani and Krishna

Though it has been emphasized throughout the centuries that Radharani and Krishna are inseparable and, for many, considered one deity, the two have never actually married. There is a sense of duty for a man to a woman and vice versa, but the love of Radharani and Krishna for one another goes far beyond that.  There is no duty required in their union, and everything is meant to happen naturally, putting them in paramananda, or the highest and purest form of bliss.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring Garden (new poem)








"Spring Garden"

by Tim Kavi

wondering about the Earth

there are only the glorious

colors, wings, of the seasoned

pushing forth

of Spring's new birth

gentle footsteps

down all of the paths

brings only the Mother

to her young

who is gathering eggs

that contain treasures


and dreaming of tea

with her tea set

until the sun greets

the raindrops on the

little plants

both she and her beholden ones

planted in the garden

by Gaia's loving hands

until all is revealed

in the gardens

of Spring.