What are you noticing in this picture; a beautiful woman dancing with a peacock? Yes, that’s what it is for the open eyes and conscious mind.
But now, let’s look at it though my eyes; a painter’s eyes.
When you talk of Mithila, you talk about ancient Sanatan philosophy and practices. Mithila being the birth place of Goddess Sita, reincarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, has many things which connect it to her presence to this region. It is said that peacock was created by Lord Vishnu from one of the feather of his powerful vehicle bird Garuda, for Goddess Lakshmi. That’s why it possesses the strength like Garuda. Once Lord Indra was engaged in fierce battle with Ravana and was under immense pressure of attack from him, he took the shelter of peacock feather to avoid the attack and regain his composer and lost ground. Here, Indra symbolizes our psychic self and Ravana symbolizes worldly desires, which stops our mind from moving to Satwa from Tamas and peacock comes to our rescue. Snake is the food of peacock and in many pictures related to Sanatan Dharma, a peacock may be seen killing snake. Again, it means if your want to grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually, you will have to contain your worldly desires.
If we come out of the stories and try to look for a meaning into it, then we see that a peacock feather has prominently four colours and they are brown, blue, turquoise and green. Brown is friendly but serious, down to earth colour and relates to security, protection, comfort and material wealth. Blue is the colour of trust and peace. It can suggest awareness, knowledge, loyalty and integrity. Turquoise is colour of clarity of thought and open communication. It radiates peace, calm and tranquility. And colour green symbolizes balance, growth and self reliance. If we club all of it and make the picture complete, then we find that a peacock feather is all what it takes for knowledge, awareness, protection, peace, calm, balance and growth in every aspect of life. That’s why we see people keeping peacock feather in their home. Gurus often keep peacock feather in their hands while imparting secret knowledge to their disciples.
So, tell me, are you seeing a different picture now? When you have all these things with you, won’t you dance in complete joy and happiness?