InGreek mythology,Cassandra was the daughter of KingPriamand QueenHecubaofTroy.
Cassandra was a beautiful girl with red hair kept in curls, blue eyes, and fair skin. She is portrayed as intelligent, charming, desirable, elegant, friendly, and gentle - however, towards the end of her life, she was regarded as mentally unstable. Cassandra was also described as the “second most beautiful woman in the world.” Her beauty was even compared to that ofAphroditeandHelen of Troy.
Her beauty causedApolloto grant her the gift ofprophecy. In an alternative version, she spent a night at Apollo’s temple, at which time the temple snakes licked her ears clean so that she was able to hear the future.
However, when Cassandra refused Apollo’s attemptedseduction, he placed a curse on her so that her predictions and those of all her descendants would not be believed. She is a figure of bothepic traditionand oftragedy.
In Hinduism, Bhakti is a movement emphasizing the mutual intense emotional attachment and love of a devotee toward a personal God and of the God for the devotee.
When we speak of Bhakti, we could be referring to an emotion, a practice, a school of philosophical thought, a popular movement, or a state of consciousness. The common thread that connects all of these uses of the term is its relation to the soul’s dormant love for God that is seen as the very essence of our being.
Bhakti can be done in four ways:
To the Supreme Self (Atma-Bhakti)
To God or the Cosmic Lord as a formless being (Ishvara-Bhakti)
To God in the form of various Gods or Goddesses (Ishta Devata-Bhakti)