The story of Mayavati and Pradyumna begins when Kama shoots his arrow of love at Shiva in order to make him love Parvati. Shiva had withdrawn into samadhi (a deep meditative trance) after the death of his first wife Sati, but it was necessary that he marry again in order to have a son who would one day save the world from the demon Tarakasura. Shiva was so angry at this attempt to subvert his mind and virtue that he burnt Kama with the fire of his ajna chakra or third eye. In order to regain his divine form Kama, now Ananga or “limbless”, was born on the earth as Pradyumna. His wife Rati had been born a few years before this as Mayavati. She adopts Pradyumna as her son but one day tells him that she is not really his mother. The two love each other and are married. In this way Kama is restored to Rati as her husband.
In analyzing this story to see what it really means I first noticed that the mother/son relationship of Aphrodite and Eros or Venus and Cupid finds a parallel in the apparent mother/son relationship of Mayavati and Pradyumna. I mention this because the iconography of Kama Deva so resembles that of Cupid that we must consider the possibility that he is the same god. In particular Kama carries a bow made up of flowers with which he shoots arrows that engender love in everyone who is struck by them. In other words, Kama and Cupid are both gods of love and they inspire love in their “victims” in the same manner. Cupid or Eros marries Psyche, but Rati is much more than Psyche. She is a real goddess of love like Venus or Aphrodite. One of her forms, that of a pregnant woman, hints at her ancient origin as a fertility goddess. The fact that the pundits of India cannot explain this form except as a sign of promiscuity could mean that she is older than the devas---so old that she assumes a form similar to that of the Paleolithic “Venus” figurines that have been found in European caves. If we trace the history of Aphrodite back through the middle-eastern Astarte we also end with a goddess of fertility. The emphasis upon the vulva in one of Astarte’s most common forms hints at this.
As I explained in an earlier blog article, Shiva killed Kama when the god of love was a powerful ruler and sorcerer in the ancient civilization of Mohenjo-daro, and Shiva was a prominent and powerful spiritual master. Kama was the proponent of a religion of sexual magic which Shiva adamantly opposed. As a punishment for an attempt to corrupt his mind with sexual desire Shiva thrust the dead Kama into the lowest depths of the astral plane and forbade him to be reborn again. It is for this reason that Kama is “limbless”. He can reemerge from the astral plane and regain his form if his wife Rati will consent to be born on the earth as his mother. But one day they will engage in an incestuous love. This will be an “inversion” of the sacrament of marriage comparable (but much more serious) than the black mass. Through this ritual Kama will regain his powers of sorcery and will recreate the ancient sex religion that was prominent in Mohenjo-daro, Babylonia, Egypt, and Canaan. My occult investigation shows that the story of Mayavati and Pradyumna is actually a prophesy of events that may be fulfilled in the 21st or 22nd century---but (and this is important) they will not occur if Rati does not consent to engage in the incest.
Below: Rati as a pregnant woman and fertility goddess.