O: Owl’s wisdom
For years in history and through many cultures, people have regarded Owls alluringly and in awe. There are hardly any creatures that would be a part of various contradictory beliefs. For long many years we have seen and heard various emotions with regards to the Owl. Some feared, some venerated, at times despised, many times admired, sometimes considered foolish and at times wise. After the few myths that surrounded it in early centuries, over the few years now it is considered a silent bird full of wisdom.
The very reason that many of us use the slang ‘ullu banaya’ [made you a fool] needs a thorough research. Most of the times I have seen logo of owl wearing spectacles that associate it with learning.
Most of Aesop’s fables and even in the classic “Winnie the Pooh” owl is considered wise. In these stories however the owl’s wisdom may not be up to the mark yet he feels happy to share his wisdom happily.
In the Greek mythology, Athene, the goddess of wisdom regarded the owl as a symbol of protection and gave more importance to it by honouring it as her favourite nocturnal bird. The owl used to accompany her to battlefields and indicate victory for them by flying over the Greek soldiers before a battle.
In Hindu mythology, if you observe most of the God or Goddess have a bird or animal as their vehicle or ‘vahan’.
The owl is therefore regarded as a vehicle of Goddess Lakshmi. [the goddess of wealth]. There is also a belief that she rides the elephant which seems to be perfect regarding the energy she has associated with wealth and power. The owl just follows her probably because wealth could be gained by corrupt methods too. As the owl follows her; there is a significance to keep our eyes open to the light of wisdom while dealing with money.
There is also a connection in the Bhagwad Geeta that relates the owl as enlightened one “Sthitha pragnya” means one who remains unmoved in any situation be it happiness or sadness.
The owl is also regarded as a symbol of intuitive learning and wisdom.
Once the owls find a mate for themselves they remain loyal for the rest of their lives. So we too learn to build strong family ties that last for long and stay connected to the roots.
Certain owls have follow a pattern of hooting at night. There is a possibility of them in the middle of mating so their hoots scare the others around.
Just like there is light and dark, the owl also represents the dark and light side within us. To find a balance between both is what it teaches us. As humans we do not have the strength or power of vision to see in the dark though the owl does. Just the same we find it difficult to see the truth in daylight too and at times find it difficult to accept what we do not want to. We fear the unknown and fear the dark. The owl sits alone in the dark amidst the silence.
Although the owl is considered wise and is happy to render advice there is a possibility of it being incorrect at times. Having a discussion with trusted ones does give a different outlook many a times to solve an issue. To offer advice could be easy but to know about a problem that someone is going through we need to be a good listener.
To sum it up there was this old nursery rhyme that went like this:
A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?
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