Question: Why do we see gods and goddesses riding on the backs of tigers?

Sri Chinmoy: It means that they have conquered the animal forces, the destructive forces. The tiger symbolises destruction, and they have conquered the destructive forces. They are telling their devotees to become good and to aspire. They are telling their disciples that their animal qualities either are being destroyed or will be destroyed. That is why the gods and goddesses ride a tiger. Sometimes they ride a lion also. The lion means divine manifestation.

Sri Chinmoy, The soul and the process of reincarnation.First published by Agni Press in 1977.

This is the 315th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.

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