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Mount Meru Shambala And Stargate

In Hinduism on March 3, 2015 at 16:58

One of the axioms of Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma is that what is in Microcosm is in the Macrocosm and Macrocosm is in the Microcosm.

That whatever one finds in the Universe, not just the Earth, is in the Human being.

Knowledge in Hinduism is based on this concept.

Knowledge is not some thing one acquires from outside but within.

Here it would be of interest to recall a Paradox of Zeno.

If you possess Knowledge , you do not need to seek it.

If you do not possess Knowledge and seek for it, you will not be able to identify it as you do not possess knowledge.

Kailash Mountain

Mount Kailash, Himalayas

Hindus Conception of World

The World as described in the Purans,Meru

The Sri Chakra of Devi.The Devi's Sri Chakra.iamge.jpg

Sri Chakra

So in both the cases Knowledge is impossible!

Hinduism states that Knowledge is the removal of Ignorance, Avidya.

Knowledge is Absolute and is an attribute of the Reality, Brahman.

I had touched on this in a few posts and will be discussing in detail later.

Now to what we find in the Universe , in the ultimate analysis, is made of these Five Elements,

Earth, Water, Fire ,Air and Ether.

These Five elements are present in the Human body.

I have posted articles on how the Fire element(Agni) functions in the Human body in various functions like Digestion.

And one can find the mental stages in spiritual developments, like attaining Chandra Stage is also found as the Moon in the Universe.

The examples are many.

One such is the term Meru.

Meru is explained in the Tantra Shastras as a Highly evolved stage of spiritual development.

Lalitha Devi is described as Meru Mandala Madhyastha Sriman Nagara Nayika’

It is also explained in the Hindu texts as being present in the The Universe.

‘Sadaputa presents the Bhuloka or Jambudvipa and Meru as well as other islands and seas as flat. According to Surya Siddhanta it is round like and upside-down bowl.

With Meru on the top it is in the center. One reason mathematically it is so, is that the planets are having degrees north and south and they should not “crash into” Bhuloka. If the planets crash into Bhuloka then we take Bhuloka as a “subtle” land or as “symbolic” of other things. Bhu is this land, bhavah is outer space, sva is upper spaces as in the Gayatri mantra, where we chant, om bhur bhuvah svah tat savitur varenyam. Above the Bhuloka planetary system is Bhuvarloka, and above that is Svargaloka, the heavenly planetary system'(hare krisna.com)

The current location of Mounrt Meru is variously placed at Mount Everest, Kailash, Arctic, Arkaim in Russia and in Peru.

In Japanese Buddhist philosophy, a giant mountain called Mount Sumeru (Shumisen) was believed to stand at the center of the world.”

Meru’s description in the Mahabharata.

“Dhritarashtra said.—“Thou art intelligent, O Sanjaya, and acquainted with the truth (about everything). Thou hast duly given a description of the island in brief. Tell us now of the island in detail. Tell us now of the dimension of the expanse of land that lies in the portion looking like a hare. Thou mayst then speak of the portion resembling peepul tree.”

 

According to Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmako?abh?syam, Sumeru is 80,000 yojanas tall. The exact measure of the yojana is uncertain, but some accounts put it at about 24,000 feet, or approximately 4 1/2 miles. It also descends beneath the surface of the surrounding waters to a depth of 80,000 yojanas, being founded upon the basal layer of Earth. Sumeru is often used as a simile for both size and stability in Buddhist texts.

Please read my posts on this.

Like Meru there is this concept of Shambala, a place 0f Perfection in Tibetan Buddhism.

Shambala.

ON TOP OF THE COSMIC MOUNTAIN...  {A Representation of the Gate}.Image.jpg

The City on the Edge of Forever
by Aaron Ross Spring 1992.ON TOP OF THE COSMIC MOUNTAIN…
{A Representation of the Gate}

 

Tibetan texts appear to show historical facts about Shambhalla. The data recorded in these texts give names, dates and corresponding events occurring in the outside world. The Hindus and Buddhist alike regard Mount Meru, located in the Himalayas, as the location of Shambhalla. It is the center of the cosmos, having its roots in hell and its summit in heaven.

The mountain peak houses a magnificent central palace radiating a powerful, diamond like light, which is the home of Indra, King of Hindu gods.

Legends tell of her slopes being studded with glittering gemstones and thick with trees heavy with delicious fruit. She is circled by seven rings of golden mountains, each separated from the other by one of seven circular oceans. This entire superstructure rises from an outer ocean, and is flanked by four main continents, each with two subcontinents.

The southern continent, Jambudvipa, corresponds to the physical earth. Each of the other continents represents a nearby planet upon which transmigrating souls following the yellow light-path may be reborn.

Tibetan religious texts tell us that the technology of Shambhalla is supposed to be highly advanced; the palace contains special skylights made of lenses which serve as high-powered telescopes to study extraterrestrial life, and for hundreds of years Shambhalla’s inhabitants have been using aircraft and cars that shuttle through a network of underground tunnels.

On the way to enlightenment, Shambhallans acquire such powers as clairvoyance, the ability to move at great speeds, and the ability to materialize and disappear at will.

Andrew Tomas, author of ‘Shambhalla, Oasis of Light’, writes,

This remarkable kingdom reputedly exists both above and below ground, with a network of tunnels hundreds of miles long. Cars of strange design flash along their length and they are illumined by a brilliant, artificial light which affords growth to the grains and vegetables and long life without disease to the people.

Hebrew legends speak of a place called Luz which is described as an underground city near a sacred mountain called the ‘abode of immortality’.

Some Tibetans think Shambhalla might be in Tibet, perhaps in the Kunlun mountains; others point toward the region around Mongolia and Sinkiang province of China. Others believe it to in Siberia or some other part of Russia. Some lamas claim that it is hidden in the frozen Artic. Others believe Shambhalla only exists in an parallel universe or higher dimension.

In the years between 1923 and 1928, Nicholas Roerich, led an expedition across the Gobi Desert to the Atlai mountain, a journey which covered 15,500 miles across 35 of the world’s highest mountain passes.

It is rumored that he may have been on a mission to find and return what was said to be part of the sacred ‘Chintamani Stone,’ which was believed to be part of a magical meteorite from the solar system in the constellation of Orion. According to Lamaist legend, a fragment of this stone from what may be the star Sirius, is sent wherever a spiritual mission vital to humanity is set up, and is returned when that mission is completed.

The stone is said possess occult properties, capable of giving telepathic inner guidance and effecting a transformation of consciousness to those in contact with it.

Whether he retrieved the stone or not is not known, but what we do know for certain is that he was sent in search of it by the League of Nations. Just in the fact that he was sent on this expedition lends credibility to the existence of the Shambhalla legends.

Roerich was a man of great creditability.

To his credit, he was a philosopher, author, explorer, member of the Theosophical Society, member of the League of Nations, influential in the FDR administration and was the pivotal force behind placing the Great Seal of the United States on the American dollar. He also produced hundred of paintings capturing the essence of the area and its people.

Roerich strove to link all scientific and creative disciplines to advance true culture and international peace, citing the power of art and beauty to accomplish such a feat. In honor of his efforts, in 1935 The Roerich Peace Pact was established, which obligated nations to respect museums, cathedrals, universities and libraries as they did hospitals, and became part of the United Nations organizational charter.

In his travels through China and Mongolia to the borders of Tibet, Roerich met with a lama that described Shambhalla to him.

According to this famous explorer, Roerich was told,

‘Great Shambhalla is far beyond the ocean. It is the mighty heavenly domain. It has nothing to do with our Earth… Only in some places, in the Far North, can you discern the resplendent rays of Shambhala.’

 

The Star Gate.

 

 

Thousands of miles in height, Meru is located somewhere beyond the physical plane of reality, in a realm of perfection and transcendence. Symbolic representations of Mount Meru are commonly found in Tibetan mandalas, contemplative diagrams designed to aid meditators in focusing.

It is said that Meru has its roots in hell, and its summit in heaven. Meru is surrounded by seven rings of golden mountains, each separated from the other by one of seven circular oceans. It is crowned by a golden palace wherein Indra, king of Hindu gods, resides. This entire superstructure rises from an outer ocean, and is flanked by four main continents, each with two subcontinents.

The southern continent, Jambudvipa, corresponds to the physical earth. Each of the other continents represents a nearby planet upon which transmigrating souls following the yellow light-path may be reborn. However, it is said that all of these worlds are undesirable, for they are non-human worlds inhabited by sheep, cattle, or horses. The teachings of Buddhism clearly state that existence as a human being is the only way to achieve Buddhahood, so rebirth in any other form (including that of a deva or demigod) is a distraction from the path to enlightenment.

According to legend, somewhere in the northwest region of Jambudvipa lies a land called Shambhala. This is a magical land which is shaped like an eight-petalled lotus flower. It has been ruled by priest-kings for many thousands of years; in fact, the legend of Shambhala predates the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet. In the aboriginal Bon religion, Shambhala is known as Olmolungrung, and is based on the square instead of the circle.

Shambhala forms a gateway between the physical and spiritual realms. It is endowed with riches, and is ideally suited for the habitat of enlightened souls. They are not attached to the fruits of karma, and are but one step from Buddhahood. This is the realm to be sought for rebirth if one desires the swiftest path to nirvana.

In the Tibetan Buddhist version of the apocalypse, barbarians will overtake the earth at the end of the Kali Yuga, the present age. It will be necessary for the king of Shambhala to join forces with the gods to wage war on the barbarians.At this time, armies will be sent forth from the city, the location of which has been kept secret for millenia. Order will be restored on earth, and the wisdom which Shambhala has been holding will be dispensed to the peoples of the world(Tibetan Buddhism)

 

Citation and References/

http://www.thelivingmoon.com/42stargate/03files/Mount_Meru.html

 

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_shambahla06.htm#Chapter Two

 

 

 

 

Krishna Balarama Lakhmi Greek Coins 200 BC

In Hinduism on February 11, 2015 at 07:43

There are records that show that the Northwest of India was once ruled by Greeks.

However the relations between the Greeks and India,especially the Tamils date back to centuries earlier.

These Greek Kings later ,some of them, converted to Buddhism.

They held both Hinduism and Buddhism that they minted Coins in honor of the Deities of these religions.though Buddhism does not endorse the view of God.

These coins date back to 185 BC.

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Indian coinage of Agathocles, with Buddhist lion and Lakshmi. “AgathoklesCoinage”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AgathoklesCoinage.jpg#mediaviewer/File:AgathoklesCoinage.jpg

  • Arunad Yavanah Sāketam” (“The Yavanas (Greeks) were besieging Saketa”)
  • Arunad Yavano Madhyamikām” (“The Yavanas were besieging Madhyamika” (the “Middle country”)).-Patanjali in Mahabhasya.
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Coin of Agathocles,Krishna and Balarama. “Agathokles” by Classical Numismatic Group;[1] – Classical Numismatic Group. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Agathokles.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Agathokles.jpg

“Sudras will also be utterers of bho (a form of address used towards an equal or inferior), and Brahmins will be utterers of arya (a form of address used towards a superior), and the elders, most fearful of dharma, will fearlessly exploit the people. And in the city the Yavanas, the princes, will make this people acquainted with them: but the Yavanas, infatuated by war, will not remain in Madhyadesa.”

Yuga Purana, Paragraph 55–56, 2002 edition.
There is also significant archaeological evidence, including some epigraphic evidence, for the Indo-Greek kings, such as the mention of the “Yavana” embassy of king Antialcidason the Heliodorus pillar in Vidisha.
Agathocles Dikaios (Greek: Ἀγαθοκλῆς ὁ Δίκαιος; epithet meaning: “the Just”) was a Buddhist Indo-Greek king, who reigned between around 190 and 180 BC. He might have been a son of Demetrius and one of his sub-kings in charge of the Paropamisadebetween Bactria and India. In that case, he was a grandson of Euthydemus whom he qualified on his coins as Βασιλεὺς Θεός,Basileus Theos (Greek for “God-King”).
At the same time, Agathocles issued an intriguing range of bilingual coinage, displaying what seems to be Buddhist as well as Hinduist symbolism. The coins, manufactured according to the Indian standard, using either Brahmi, Greek orKharoshthi (a first in the Greek world), and displaying symbols of the various faiths in India, tend to indicate a considerable willingness to accommodate local languages and beliefs, to an extent unseen in subsequent Indo-Greek kings. They may be indicative of the considerable efforts of the first Indo-Greek kings to secure support from Indian populations and avoid being perceived as invaders, efforts which may have subsided once the Indo-Greek kingdoms were more securely in place.’
Citation.

Dead Mongolian Mummy 200 Years Monk Alive

In Interesting and funny on February 9, 2015 at 18:39

A Monk, whose Mummified body of over 200 Years, was found in Mongolia, was found alive.

He is reported to have been under a rare Meditation called ‘Tukdam”

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Tukdam.

Tukdam (Wyl. thugs dam) is an honorific term for meditative practice and experience that is frequently used to refer to the period following the death of a great master, during which time they are absorbed in luminosity. As Sogyal Rinpoche describes it in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying[1]:

A realized practitioner continues to abide by the recognition of the nature of mind at the moment of death, and awakens into the Ground Luminosity when it manifests. He or she may even remain in that state for a number of days. Some practitioners and masters die sitting upright in that state for a number of days. Some practitioners and masters die sitting upright in meditation posture, and others in the “posture of the sleeping lion.” Besides their perfect poise, there will be other signs that show they are resting in the state of the Ground Luminosity: There is still a certain color and glow in their face, the nose does not sink inward, the skin remains soft and flexible, the body does not become stiff, the eyes are said to keep a soft and compassionate glow, and there is still a warmth at the heart. Great care is taken that the master’s body is not touched, and silence is maintained until he or she has arisen from this state of meditation.
(Tukdam)

Scientists in Mongolia are examining a 200-year mummified monk who some Buddhists believe is still alive because he is in a deep meditative trance.

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200 Years Old Mummy,AMonk alive?

The preserved body of the monk, sitting in the cross-legged lotus position, was discovered last week, covered in cattle skin, in the Songino Khairkhan district of the capital, Ulan Bator.

The ash-coloured mummy has reportedly been sent to the National Centre of Forensic Expertise in Ulan Bator for further study.

Gankhüügiin Pürevbat, the founder of the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art at Ulan Bator Buddhist University, told the Siberian Times, a news website: “The lama is sitting in the lotus position vajra, the left hand is opened, and the right hand symbolises of the preaching Sutra.

 

‘This is a sign that the lama is not dead, but is in a very deep meditation according to the ancient tradition of Buddhist lamas”

Some experts on Buddhism said the monk could be in “tukdam”, a kind of deep meditative state that crosses over between life and death.

Dr Barry Kerzin, a monk and a physician to the Dalai Lama, told the website: “If the person is able to remain in this state for more than three weeks – which rarely happens – his body gradually shrinks, and in the end all that remains from the person is his hair, nails, and clothes.”

Local media said a 45-old-man had been arrested because the monk’s body had been stolen from a cave with the intention of selling it off. It was unclear in what circumstances it was originally found.

 

The mummified monk is generally thought to have died in the 19th century. His identity is unknown.

In a similar case, the body of Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, a lama in Russia’s Buryatia region, showed few signs of decay when it was exhumed in 2002. Monks say Itigilov is “not completely dead” and the temperature of his body rises during ceremonies at the monastery where it is kept near Ulan Ude.

Itigilov died in 1927 while meditating, having asked fellow monks to bury him in the lotus position after he passed away. His body was packed in salt.

News Source.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/mongolia/11387391/Mongolian-scientists-study-200-year-old-mummified-monk-who-is-still-alive.html

Borobudur Buddhist Temple Designed As Sri Chakra Meru

In Hinduism on January 29, 2015 at 08:19

The Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia, is a venerated Buddhist Shrine.

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Borobudur Buddha Shrine, aerial View.Resembles The Sri Chakra

 

Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.[1] A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues each of which is seated inside a perforated stupa. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple,[2][3] as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.[4]

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Sri Meru Yantra.

Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty, the temple was designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture, which blends the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana.[4] The temple also demonstrates the influences of Gupta art that reflects India’s influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian.[5][6] The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path around the monument and ascends to the top through three levels symbolic of Buddhist cosmology: Kāmadhātu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). The monument guides pilgrims through an extensive system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the walls and the balustrades. Borobudur has the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world’.

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Ganesha Statue in Borobudur.

In Indonesian, ancient temples are referred to as candi; thus locals refer to “Borobudur Temple” as Candi Borobudur. The term candi also loosely describes ancient structures, for example gates and baths. The origins of the name Borobudur, however, are unclear.

The Temple has 1460 relief panels and 504 effigies of Buddha in its complex.

If seen from the air and from the small reproduction of it in the museum and it was made in the form of a Hindu Meru which is a vertical representation of the Sri Yantra. Apparently this was the shape of a Buddhist mandala. The height of the whole edifice before renovation was 42 meters. Now it is only 34.5 meters  since the lowest level has been used as a supporting base.

Two ancient Ganesha statues are  at the entrance but there was a pool in front of the hotel in which you found a statue of Lakshmi which had a striking resemblance to the Chinese goddess of prosperity called Kuan.

Borobudur Buddhist Temple.

Buddha’s Ashes In Andhra Bavikonda

In India on January 6, 2015 at 06:40

History , I no longer use the term legend for Indian references, as the information provided by them have proved to be authentic, of India never ceases to amaze me.

 

 

Buddha's remains in Bhavikonda

Buddha’s remains in Bhavikonda Buddhist Monastery Complex in Andhra Pradesh, Archeology,

 

 

Buddha who was born in North India has his ashes in an Urn in Bavikonda , 15 km from Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

“The location of one of the known Buddhist complex is named as Bavikonda that is situated 130 metres above the mean sea level on the top of a hill at a distance of 16 km from the city of Visakhapatnam. The literal meaning of word Bavikonda that is a Telugu word is ‘hill of wells’. The name ‘hill of wells’ is given because Bavikonda is surrounded by wells that are majorly used for collecting rain water. The monastery of Bavikonda belongs to the period of 3rd century BC.

This site also has a huge complex of Buddhist that has been exhumed and the remains of these can be still seen there and the list of remains includes:-

  1. There is a pot that contains a bone that is believed to be the remnant of Buddha.
  2. There are many inscribed words all around the place.
  3. Remains of various old potteries can also be located here.
  4. Historical caskets are also part of this complex.
  5. Wall tiles.
  6. Fewer bricks.
  7. Older coins and many more other remains.”

Image credit.

http://vspinfo.blogspot.in/2014/10/buddist-sites-bavikondapavuralakondasan.html

Citation.

http://www.indiamapped.com/archeological-sites-in-india/bavikonda/

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