Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Our Sister Lakshmi
Today there were several articles about an little girl named Lakshmi Tatma who was born with four arms and four legs. As we speak, she is undergoing surgery in order to remove a "parasitic twin". Medically, she is considered a ischiopagus tetrapus--a term that describes the part of her body where conjoining took place and how many legs she was born with. However, this condition isn't all that makes her story so beautiful to me.
Amazingly, she was born on the holy day devoted to the celebration of Vishnu, a Hindu god who has four arms. Vishnu's consort is the goddess Lakshmi and she also has four arms. The little Lakshmi Tatma is considered a reincarnation of the goddess Lakshmi and the people in her home town have erected a temple for her.
I know some people may see the date of her birth as anything more than coincidence but I do not. Of all the places in the world that the Creator could have allowed a child like Lakshmi Tatma could have been born, she was brought forth in a place where she wouldn't be pitied or warehoused or "euthanized". Instead, she is being venerated.
Imagine what the world would be like if the birth of all people with non-conforming bodies were seen as auspicious and not shameful or disgusting!