Tala Kasyapa

Tala Kasyapa

The definition of the Tala Kasyapa indicates that it is a composition of eight guru matras. The second part of the definition consists of the symbolic representation of these matras. Some pieces in the paramalu are repeated. Like Tala Candra the numerals 3, 6 and 9 are inserted.

Kasyapathe great preceptor and his very young disciple. The sage, seated on a vyaghrajina looking with approval on the yogic practices of his pupil. The latter stands on one leg in front of his teacher, holding a kamandalu and a morchel in his hands. The morchel is a rather uncommon piece for a Hindu ascetic and is more common to Muslim fakirs.
In spite of these austerities the disciple appears quite well-fed, so is his teacher. Even their facial expressions betray a worldly character, expressions of persons engaged in the pursuit of worldly pleasures. Quite typically the small residence, a uni-celler hut, is luxuriously built and furnished. A patterned carpet, bulging bolsters, brocaded cloth-hangings, the floral spray in front, all create the effect of a life given to pleasure, nay, of luxury.
A few details like the number of utensils, one like a spouted vase another hanging from the nearby tree, and the rosary bag (gomukhi) in hand may be noted in passing. Kasyapa appears in Hindu legend and tradition quite often, once as one of the seven sages then as the author of works on Silpa. The relevance of the name in this context is hardly convincing.

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