I was left baffled at this story by Sister Nivedita, It’s not because it’s exceptionally complex (even though the story is muddled at the beginning the Thou’s and thus kept throwing me off). It’s because I could find anything I wanted to write a story about. These are the stories about the Gods, so really the possibilities are endless, but I have yet to read something that just screams out at me. This is not to say I was left without possibilities, if I just push through my need of having inspiration.
For instance, there is a part in the story that a man by the name of Sturdy who gouges out his eye because the image of Shiva’s eye was bleeding. Basically, a sacrifice that not only showed the Brahman Sturdy’s loyalty to Shiva, but what he was willingly to sacrifice to make the God whole again. Which, I found slightly ridiculous because he’ sacrificing his body for the sake of an image. Even though there is a greater meaning behind this it’s hard for me to grasp the idea of someone doing something for someone that they are not guaranteed is real (maybe it’s a crisis of faith, who knows). Anyways, I see the potential of changing Sturdy’s circumstance, making him a wanderer that spreads the word of Shiva. A person that goes place to place and shares the stories of Shiva’s greatness, to share his story of love, for his wife. In other words, sharing the complete truth. This is the part that I would make up the stories, really go in depth from what I have already read.
Myths of Hindus & Buddhists, Source: Sister Nivedita