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Universe In Temple Designs Hindusim Angkor Vat

In Hinduism on November 11, 2014 at 09:00

What is in the Macrocosm is in the Microcosm.

 

What is seen or perceive in the Universe is with in the us.

 

The Universe and we are not different.

 

Angkor Vat Temple.jpg

Angkor Vat Temple.

 

The principles in the making of the universe are within us and the Hindu temples keep this point in constructing them.

 

The Hindu Temples are built according to Vedic Principles of Cosmology and the physical structural guidelines are from the Vaasu Sasta and Agamas.

 

One would temples, including cave temple of Gavi Gangadhara temple in Bangalore, have the Sun’s Rays falling on the God’s idol on specific days.

 

Vishnu’s Mathsya temple also has these feature.

 

There are temples where the shadow of the idol falls at a specific pre marked space.

 

There are quite a few temples and  please check my posts under Hinduism.

 

We have the Sun temple at Konark where one can find Astronomy being used in the construction of temple.

 

We have the city of Jaipur built based on Vedic principles,

 

I shall be posting on this.

 

What is interesting is that the principles of the Vedas are fully used in a Temple, which is in Cambodia.

 

It is the Angkor vat Temple.

 

The number 108 represents the distance from the earth to the sun and the moon in sun and moon diameters, respectively.
The diameter of the Sun is  18 times the diameter of the earth.

 

The distance between the human body and its inner Sun is also 108.

 

Number 360,taken to represent an year is the number of bones in the Human body at the time of birth and they get fused into 206  when the Body grows (Satapatha Brahmana)

 

The primary Vedic number is three, representing the tripartite division of the physical world into the earth, the atmosphere, and the

sky and that of the person into the physical body, the pranas, and the inner sky.

Hindu Temples represent the Meru Mountain and Bruhat Samhita lists 56 principles on this.
The AngkorVat.
The most impressive aspect of the temple representation is that it occurs both at the level
of the part as well as the whole in a recursive fashion, mirroring the Vedic idea of the
microcosmsymbolizes the macrocosm at variouslevels of expressions.
This is done not only in the domain of numbers and directions, but also
using anppropriate mythological themes and historical incidents.
Speaking just of numbers, the various lengths and circumferences of units
representing the motion of the moon may equal 27, 28, 29
(nakshatras or days of the month), 354
(days of the lunar year), or 360
(tithis of the lunar year). Other lengths represent the solar
year (360, 365, or 366) or larger
time cycles. For example, the west-east axis represents
the periods of the yugas. The width of the moat is 439.78 cubit;
the distance from the first step of the western entrance gateway to balustrade wall
at the end of causeway is 867.03 cubit; the d istance fromthe first step
of the western entrance gateway to the first step of
the central tower is 1,296.07 cubit; and the distance from
the first step of bridge to the geographic center of the temple
 is 1,734.41 cubit. These correspond to the periods of
432,000; 864,000; 1,296,000; 1,728,000 years
for the Kali, Dvapara, Treta, and Kritayuga, respectively.
Citation and for more,

Jesus Is Iswara Prajapathi Christian Misinterpretaion

In Hinduism on November 8, 2014 at 11:46

My Father looks like Me,

 

This is what Christian Neo Missionaries are attempting to do by seemingly researched, though sheer  nonsense ,work about Hinduism and Christianity,in their attempt to legitimize Christianity and lure the unwary into the Christian fold.

 

Vatican a Shiva templejpg

Vatican a Shiva temple

 

This follows their earlier attempts to spread the canard about Jesus having visited Kashmir, learned Yoga and his grave is in Kashmir.

 

Please read my post on this.

 

Now they have gone one step further,

 

That Jesus had studied in Kashmir.

 

He was a follower of Rudra.

 

He,as a carpenter, built a King’s palace in India.

 

Jesus is Shiva and Prajapathi.

 

Jesus is Ishwara and this is mentioned in the Bhavishya Purana.

 

Jesus is mentioned in the Rig Veda.

 

My rebuttal.

“The Aryan invasion of India occurred around 1500 BC.  The Aryans were polytheistic, bringing Vishnu, Brahma and the thousands of gods, with them.  Before this, India was monotheistic. Study and dating of different sections of the Rig Veda show that the early monotheistic Semito-Dravidians called God, Rudradeva. There are 75 references to Rudra in the Rig Veda, and these segments are very early, redacted from material dated around 1800 BCE.  There is also a group of hymns to him in the Yajur Veda, today called the Rudram.”

This spreads the myth of the Aryan Invasion Theory, which stands discredited.

 

Read my posts on this.

 

The reference to Shiva i very limited in the Vedas and the term Rudra is am Amsa of Shiva and not Shiva.

 

“It seems that the Aryans later  took one of Rudra’s epithets, “shiva”, meaning “auspicious”, and over time subsumed him into the polytheistic pantheon under this name as a demi-god called Shiva. A trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma was woven together by the Aryans after 1500 BCE.’

 

Rudra is an aspect of Shiva and not the other way around

 

‘Nama Sivaya cha, Siva Dharaya Cha- Sri Rudram

 

‘The Dravidians worshipped Linga in the temples, the Linga which was the amorphous representation of Shiva. They worshipped Linga by sprinkling it with water or milk, by offering prayers, by meditating on the deity. .. They had an idea of death and judgement after death which was the basis of moral life. But to crown all these, they had a concept of the Triad – An, the Supreme Godhead; Amma, the Goddess; and Anil, the Son. These are the later day Shiva, Shakti and Sharana of the Agamas.”[i]‘

 

Linga worship is /was throughout India and not limited to the South.

 

This suggests a religious structure compatible with the ancient Hebrew structure, and might explain why Kashmir was visited by Moses  around 1500 BCE and Jesus  in the 1st century CE.   The ancient Hebrew structure comprised God the Father, God the Mother, Shekinah, and God the Son.

The Spirit of God appears in the Old and New Testaments as the Hebrew feminine noun, Shekinah. Shekinah is related to the Sanskrit word for God the Mother, Shakti, from which comes the Indo-European root for our English word, “she”.

she pron.   Used to refer to the woman or girl previously mentioned or implied. See Usage Note at “

 

Sanskrit was earlier to English by a few thousand Years.

 

Judaism is later to Hinduism.

 

So who follow whom?

 

n the book The Serpent of Paradise by Miguel Serrano and Frank MacShane, p. 79, it is stated that the Nathanamavali records that Jesus studied with the Natha Yogis from the age of 14, was initiated as one of them, and came to know Shiva as his own Father.  He went to the land of the Hebrews and willingly gave up his body at the age of 49, having mastered yoga.   He then returned to India, and founded the cult of the Lingam and the Yoni in Kashmir.

It is important to note here  that Jesus advocated monogamy or celibacy (Matthew 19: 11, 12).  If he taught and practiced tantra, it was not a recipe for promiscuity. According to records in Kashmir, Jesus married Maryan in Pahalgam, Kashmir.  They had a son called Jehoiakim, who had a son called Raj Bhishtay, according to an inscription in the temple on Shankriyacarya Hill in Srinagar, Kashmir, dated 3154 Laukika Era, or 78 AD. (Hassnain and Levi, The Fifth Gospel, pp. 247-8)”

 

Please read my post on Jesus in Kashmir.

 

Aramaic inscription from Taxila

As well as the Nathanamavali, there is further evidence that Jesus accepted Shiva as a name for the monotheistic God, while teaching that worship of  the demi-gods is false.  An inscription in Aramaic found in Taxila, Pakistan, describes the foreign carpenter who built the palace of King Gondophares (ruled 25 – 60 AD) from cedar and ivory as a “pious devotee of Rudradeva”. (Hassnain and Levi, The Fifth Gospel, p. 231)   According to records such as the Acts of Thomas, it was St Thomas who built the palace for the king.  Rudradeva was the early Semito-Dravidian name for the monotheistic God, Shiva, in the Indus Valley, before the invasion of the polytheistic Aryans in 1500 BC. In other words, it seems that the inscription is stating that St Thomas was a pious devotee of Rudradeva.

4. Bhavishya Maha Purana

In the Bhavishya Maha Purana, internally dated 115 AD, Jesus gives his name as Ishwara Putram, which translates as The Son of the Lord.   Ishwara has now become in Inda  a name of Shiva.

5. Prajapati as Jesus-figure in Rig Veda.

There is a prophecy about a Jesus-figure  in the Purusha Hymn, the 90th hymn of the 10th book of the Rig Veda, which  may date from around 1800 BC.  Prajapati is the name given, which translates from the Sanskrit as Lord of Created Beings[ii], and in Hinduism represents the God of gods, the God of all creation. “

 

Iswara in Sanskrit means personal God.

 

There is no mention of Iswara Kumara as Christ in the Bhavishya Purana.

 

And where it appears it refers to Kaarthikeya, Subrahmanya.

 

Pathetic attempt to legitimize a Religion which was framed, not founded  three hundred years after the death of Jesus, whose name is not known.

 

At best Christians can say, we follow Vedas in part, period.

 

Citation.

http://ishanathayoga.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/jesus-in-the-rig-veda/

Abhishekam Hinduism Bathing Of Gods Origin

In Hinduism on October 21, 2014 at 08:51

In Hinduism Gods are bathed in a special Ritual called Abhishekam.

 

In general,Water, Milk are the  materials used.

 

In the case of Shiva, Subramanya and Ganesha Vibhuthi are also used.

Bathing  Shiva Linga with Milk.jpg.

Bathing of Shiiva Linga,Thanjavur

 

For female Goddesses Kumkum is also used.

 

In Vaishanava Sampradaya, Turmeric powder Abhisheka is performed.

 

Tender Coconut water, Panchamruth, Flowers are used in many temples for the Deities.

 

The Deities are bathed in the morning around 5 am and are also bathed  five or six times a day depending on the number of Kaala Poojas, that is the time when the Deity is decked up for the Day.

 

Origins.

 

The seems to be no mention of Abhisheka in the Vedas, though the Veda Mantras are used now for this Ritual.

 

Nor is there any reference to this practice in the Ramayana or Mahabharata.

 

There is no information as to when this practice was started.

 

Vedas, in essence, advocate the worship of the nameless, Formless Brahman, Reality.

 

The worship of personal God is also encouraged to prepare the Mind o concentrate on the Abstract.

 

Even here there is no mention of the Abhisheka in the Vedas.

 

However Hinduism treats God as one close to the individual and does not keep God in a remote portal to be feared.

 

Gods are taken to be a part of our family.

 

One loves to do things for the loved ones.

 

For a child, we bathe it, dress it up and enjoy.

 

Hinduism attributes the qualities of man to God, though these attributes are perfect in Him.

 

So when we bathe God we do so as we would for ourselves.

 

In personal worship of Gods, the Smritis , The Bhagavad Gita, Vedas and the Puranas insist on cleanliness.

 

For the Hindus, cleanliness begins with taking bath.

 

There are three purifiers of Nature.

 

Water, Air and Fire.

 

Water purifies while air does purify the odor.

 

What these two elements could not do, Fire does and it does it perfectly.

 

So in purification ceremony water is used and air is used in the form of Dhoopa and Deepa.

 

Fire if used shall destroy.

 

It is used in the Homa.

 

In temples water is used  for Abhisheka.

 

There is also this concept.

 

The idols used in the making of them have special properties.

 

The stones used for the making of an Idol is selected carefully.

 

The Agama Sastras are specific on this.

 

The stones to be selected  must have resonance.

 

In a temple Veda mantras are recited.

 

The Idol absorbs the sound waves from the mantras and are charged .

 

Depending on the Nature of the stone used the Abhisheka Theertha, Milk gains medicinal properties as well.

 

Abhisheka is a Ritual to bring God closer to us mentally by treating Him as one of us.

 

And to purify the Idol , charge it,

 

No Pitru Paksha for Sri Vaishnavas?

In Hinduism on September 22, 2014 at 12:04

A close friend of mine, a Sri Vaishnava told me that he does not perform the Mahalaya Paksha Tharpana.

 

He informed me that , as an Iyengar belonging to Thengalai Sampradya, he does not do it as it is prohibited by Ramanucharya.

 

He told me that the other sect of Iyengars in Tamil Nadu, Vadagalai Iyengars perform the Pitru Paksha Tharpana.

 

 

As I am unable to find any authentic source on this, I am posting my views.

 

Those who know the subject well may quote with source.

 

In Hinduism there are two paths in terms of Lifestyle.

 

One is called Pravritti Marga and another Nivrutti Marga.

 

Pravrutti Marga is the leading of our daily lives , as normally do, by going after the sense objects.

 

Nivrutti Marga is renunciation of the sense objects.

 

Hinduism teaches how to live,taking into account the limitations and the frailties of Human Life including the desire to go after sensory objects for pleasure.

 

So Hinduism has devised the four stages of Life.

 

Brahmacharya, the young Celibate.

 

Gruhastha when one gets married begets children and goes about Life.

 

Vanaprastha,when one, after the son becomes capable managing the Family leaving the Family, either with or without wife to seek Reality either in the Forest or staying at Home in a detached way.

 

My friend quoted Visishtadvaita to support his view that one need not perform the Karmas,excepting Sandhyavanadan and Amavasya Tharpana as Sri Vaishnavism gives priority to surrender to Lord Visnu and once one surrenders himself to God, one need not, should not perform Karma , including Pitru Paksha Tharpana.

 

He quoted the Sloka form the Bhagavad Gita, this is also called the Karna Mantra,,

 

Sarva Dharma Parijyasya Maameka Charanam Vraja,

 

Aham Thva Sarva Paapepyp0Mokshayisyami Maa sucha. Chapter 18

 

Leave all actions, and surrender only to Me.

 

I shall absolve you of all your sins and grant you Moksha’

 

I think my friend does not seem to have understood Krishna and this sloka is often misunderstood.

 

What Krishna says is that he shall grant Moksha and one need not perform any action(Karma)  id one surrenders to Krishna.

 

The surrender , Krishna means a surrender  is not a lip service but one of total Surrender,mind ,words and deeds.

 

By merely saying one has surrendered to Krishna does not mean total surrender.

 

Draupadi who is a cousin of Krishna and an ardent devotee had to throw her arms up and pray Lord Krishna when Dhuchashana was stripping her.

 

Krishna did not pay heed to her earlier entreaties to save her when she held her hands to her saree: only when she devoid of Ego , called out, did Krishna rescue her modesty.

 

Such a devotion is very difficult to come by.

 

It needs years of practice ,Abhyasa and determination(vairagya)

 

This, I think we posses at least I do not.

 

So the statement , presumably said by Ramanucharya, that one need not perform Karmas if one surrenders to Vishnu, is meant for evolved souls;such loved souls like Ramadasas,Ramakrishna Paramahamsa may and can follow this as they had lost Dehatma Buddhi, the attachment to Body.

 

We can not compare ourselves to these souls.

 

Again, wile talking about Renunciation, Krishna says  in the Bhagavad Gita, those who call the,selves Sanyasis , while their Minds are after sense objects, may appear so outwardly. are only Aashaadaboothis(hypocrisy)

 

The determination to relinquish the fruits of action even at the mental level while performing the action is called renunciation.

 

With such a mindset one can even be in family Life, like Janaka, father of Sita.

 

Therefore the non-performance of Pitru Pksha , quoting some Acharya is contrary to Vedas and as such is incorrect as Pitru Yagnya is one of the most important and mandatory Yagnya for every one.

 

Parents Of Shiva Vishnu and Brahma

In Hinduism on August 24, 2014 at 07:54

There has been a spate of emails to me on this question.

 

And there was the question in Yahoo answers.

 

Between Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, why is Brahma (the creator) worshipped the least ? I am told that it is because Brahma was cursed by somebody. If that is true, this means that our God performed deeds bad enough to be cursed. It also means that there was somebody who also possessed more power that our Creator. Please explain.”

 

Hence this post.

 

Who are the parents of the Trimurtis, Brahma Vishnu and Shiva?

 

Brahma is portrayed as the son of Vishnu in all the Puranas, having come out of Lord Vishnu’s Nabhi(Belly Button)

 

Vishnu Purana says that Rudra was born of Kashyapa so are the Twelve Adhiyas, including Vishnu.

 

Vishnu Purana maintains that Vishnu is the Supreme Lord and the othertwo murthis are from Him.

 

Brahma Purana says that Rudra is the son of Braham(please read y post)

 

Shiva Purana declares that Vishnu and the other Devatas originated from Shiva.

 

There is direct reference to Shiva in the Vedas(read my post)

 

We find that Devi Bhagavatha stating that Devi is the Creator of all the devas including the Trimurthis.

 

The Bhagavad Gita states that Krishna is the Supreme Deity.

 

In the same breath it declares that in whatever form one worships,Krishna grants one’s wishes as That Form.

 

Why such seeming contradictions?

 

Added to this the core philosophy of the Vedas.

 

Para Vidya (beyond this world Knowledge) and Apara Vidya (worldly Vidya.

 

Of Reality without Attributes ,Nirguna Brahman and Relity with Attributes,Saguna Brahman.

 

There is also the interpretation, that Shiva is the Potential energy, Vishnu the Kinetic energy which moves and Brahma, an aspect of Kinetic energy.

 

Let us see what all this means.

 

As ordained by the Vedas, the Para Vidya is Real, that is of realizing the Ultimate Reality.

 

Vedas are uniform in the assertion that the Brahman , Reality is with out Attributes and can , at bes,t be described by the process of exclusion of Attributes, the neti Nyaya,.

 

That is ,trying to determine and explain Reality by excluding the attributes known to Man, like Long, Tall, Short,big,small….

 

That which remains after excluding all these attributes, what does remain?

 

To our limited mind which is conditioned by the twins of Space and Time,it appears to be Zero.

 

This is what the Sunyavadins of Buddhism arrive at.

 

Is that so?

 

Let us look at this with the help of a simple example.

 

A Flower has many attributes, properties,

 

It has colors of various shades, size, shape,smell and more properties which can be perceived by our senses through our mind.

 

When you remove all these what does remain?

 

We can not comprehend that all one can say.

 

There has to be something to hold down integrate all these attributes to present a Flower.

 

It need not mean that there is nothing because we are not aware of it for my mind tells me that the are many  things which I can not KNOW but FEEL.

 

Like Hunger, Thirst, Sex to cite a few examples.

 

Knowing is different from feeling.

 

God can be felt not known.

 

The mind tries to give a description of feelings but never a definition.

 

You can describe Hunger but never define it except by various symptoms.

 

Similarly Reality can be described but never defined for it is beyond us.

 

Tamil Language has two beautiful words for God.

 

Kadavul, One who is beyond Mind.

 

Iraivan, One who permanently resides in the Heart.

 

Heart feels which can not be deciphered by them Mind.

 

Reality comes under this category.

 

So God/Reality can only be felt.

 

Now have N number of individuals with varying dispositions.

 

Depending on one’s disposition one realizes , understands, feels Realty or God.

 

Those who want to see God as a male, Female, a Friend, A child, a Lover …

 

All can realize through any of these approaches.

 

Hinduism looks for God in Man.

 

As such the limitations of Man has to be understood.

 

With the available tools Man has, one has to realize God,Reality.

 

This Hinduism does.

 

So worship of Gods in many forms and many Devatas.

 

This is a step to understanding realizing the Reality.

 

So the Gods described, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are the expressions of this.

 

It is equally essential that, to reinforce Faith in the Mind, to believe that what one follows , is the Best nd Superior to others.

 

This process is called Henotheism.

 

So each Purana declares the deity it is named after as the Best and superior to the others.

 

Hence , Brahman with out attributes is the Reality and the Gods explained in Puranas and their explanations are bit a step to realize Brahman.

 

The question of the parentage of any of these deities do not arise at the Highest level of Knowledge.

 

This also has a logical limitation.

 

The cause for any thing must end at one place,be it Science or Religion.

 

Please read my post  Many Gods in Hinduism, Yes and No.

 

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