Special images of Durga commemorating her victory over the buffalo-headed demon Mahishasura are worshiped daily, and on the 10th day Dussehra they are taken in jubilant processions to nearby rivers or reservoirs for immersion in water.
Whether you are aware of it or not and Hindu reflection you give them the permission or not, numerous people make possible your life and your experiences. Richard Lannoy - author of several books including, The Speaking Tree: During the first eight centuries of our era, so far as religion and art are concerned, central Asia was a sort of Indian colony.
However the best known story of all concerns Ganesh wrapping the snake around his stomach as a belt. It gives a description of the great war, the Battle of Kurukshetra, which Hindu reflection out between the Kauravas and the Pandavas who were cousins and descendants of the lunar race.
Yet for others Vedic principles are there, like Agni and Soma, which are common in Tantras that do not explain specifically their Vedic connections. The Adityas reflect the principles of Dharma and modes of conduct. The heart has, and is, the answer.
He believed that it is "the greatest representation of the pantheistic god created by the hands of man.
They glorify Sakti as the World-Mother. But at what stage will you know that you attained the right knowledge?
Our scriptures recognize two types of knowledge, outer knowledge and inner knowledge. Ritual is way of bringing the sacred or Brahman into action.
The Smritis have given detailed instructions, according to the conditions of the time, to all classes of men regarding their duties in life. It is not even the absence of thought. Great Rishis heard the eternal truths of religion and left a record of them for the benefit of posterity.
They also performed consecration rituals of the superstructure and in the sanctum. Outer knowledge is the knowledge of the world and the inner knowledge is the knowledge of the self. We try to avoid pain by all means.
These records constitute the Vedas. The term Yoga arises in the Rigveda itself and is first explained in more obvious terms in s early Upanishads like the Svetashvatara and Katha, which are said to be Yoga Shastras or Yoga texts. They gave you experiences. The Site[ edit ] The appropriate site for a Mandir, suggest ancient Sanskrit texts, is near water and gardens, where lotus and flowers bloom, where swans, ducks and other birds are heard, where animals rest without fear of injury or harm.
The Rigveda itself speaks of various states of bliss, spiritual intoxication or the flow of Soma. But even here there is considerable overlap.
In ceremonial temple superstructures, this is an 81 sub-square grid. Each system has its Sutrakara, i. This space is sometimes referred to as garbha-griya literally womb house - a small, perfect square, windowless, enclosed space without ornamentation that represents universal essence.
We like to have some weight in society so that we can extend our authority and influence upon people and get things done. This is not uncharacteristic of Yoga as a whole as even the Yoga Sutras emphasizes Pranava or the Divine Word as a prime principle of Yoga practice, implying importance to Mantra Yoga The Vedas are themselves mantras and reciting them is itself a path of Mantra Yoga.
Probably no other nation known to us has ever had so exuberant a variety of arts. It is his drinking of the Soma that energizes Indra and affords him his master power. From the 10th century onwards Ganesh became the principal deity of the traders and merchants who went out of India seeking commercial trade.
The Hindu learns how he has to spend his whole life from these Smritis. The Karma-Kanda or Ritualistic Section deals with various sacrifices and rituals. They complement the master force and insight of Indra, with various powers of knowledge and illumination.
The object of the Matsya Avatara was to save Vaivasvata Manu from destruction by a deluge. They are meant to prepare them for facing more serious difficulties and demons of defilement which they face at a later stage.
Next comes Vishnu Purana. This reflection is useful to remember this fundamental truth and live in a state of gratitude and compassion towards others. He is much like a masculine counterpart of the Goddess Lakshmi, granting not only worldly wealth but spiritual abundance and the richness of devotion.
They are not the composition of any human mind. These are direct intuitional revelations and are held to be Apaurusheya or entirely superhuman, without any author in particular.Christian Reflection on Hinduism Introduction: This paper brings special features on the Christians reflections on Hinduism and reflects between the Hinduism and Christianity in the past or early history of Hinduism.
Hindu Christian Relationship Christianity has a long history of relating to Vedic religion in South Asia, though it is only in the modern period. Lord Ganesha bronze contemporary statue from Indonesia. Photo credit: Kashgar. Ganesh is one of the best known and loved deities in the Hindu pantheon of gods, and indeed is the most recognised outside of India.
But who is this elephant headed fellow, and why is he so popular? This reflection puts you on the center stage of your life and gives you an opportunity to redeem yourself, not egoistically but responsibly.
Hindu and Indian Baby names for girls, including the most popular, unusual, beautiful. Navratri is celebrated differently in India’s various regions. For many people it is a time of religious reflection and fasting; for others it is a time for dancing and feasting.
The term Hindu in the ancient Avesta records is a geographical term and does not refer to a religion and is the aphabramsa (corrupted form) of the word Sindhu. Thapar, Indian historian states that the word Hindu is found as heptahindu in Avesta – equivalent to Rigvedic Sapta- sindhu.Download