4.16.2007

Narasimha - From twilight to enlightenment



Shrimad akalanka paripurna shashikoti |
shridhara manohara satapatakanta ||
palaya kupalaya bhavambudhi nimagnam |
daityavarakala narasimha narasimha ||


Into the sea of black, the dark universe came to light. Brought by the death of Hiranyakashipu, the great demon slain by the Lord Narasimha Himself. Such was his form; fiery are his eyes, so terrific that the demon succumbed to Him in the twilight. There He immerses Himself into the Ocean of Knowledge, the ocean of destruction, the end of all evil.

Protector of the people, killer of the demons of the mind, Brahma reveals the power of Lord Narasimha in his Bija, in His mantra Kavacha. A kavacha that protects the body and the mind from evil. The pearls of wisdom locked in every word that falls in a garland of letters on every part of the body worshipped by the Bhakta.

"O Lord Nrisimha, the consort of Goddess Sri, the goddess of fortune. You are the death of the greatest demon. I am sinking into the ocean of birth and death, O Kripalaya, the treasurer of all mercy, please protect me.

You ripped apart the great demon with your nails. The blood that poured forth wet your heart turning it red like it was smeared with fresh Kumkum. O Lord Nrisimha, You are the shelter for all including Kamala, the goddess of fortune."

Within this wilderness of sound and sacred letters we hear yet another kind of mantra

Devah samastah khalu gopi mukhyaha |
gandharva vidyadhara kinnarash cha ||
yat pada-mulam satatam namanti |
tam narasimham sharanam gato shmi ||


"I have taken shelter of Lord Nrsimha unto whose lotus feet celestials, yogis, gandharvas, vidyadharas and kinnaras, are constantly offering their obeisances."

A part of 5 verses called the Panchamrita, it reflects the adoration of Lord Narasimha by attributing various names to him and by describing the various celestial beings who shower flowers and sing His praise.

This particular verse reflects the celestial beings like Gandharvas, vidhyadharas and kinnaras. The richness of our mythologies is reflected in dance, music, sculpture and literature. The depths of mythology are revealed in various forms of expression, those which will fit anybody's sense of aesthetics.

On the one end it clearly reflects the beauty of human emotion, the reflection of the soul, of Bhakti in the heart of the aspirant who sings in praise of the Lord Narasimha.

On the other hand, it makes me really wonder whether we are missing an entire section of reality purely based on our inadequacy to understand the "real world" around us. With such rich knowledge and explanation, such various forms of expression there was definitely a lot more to this sacred science.

There was a time when a prince waited for the sweet words of love to fall to him, to know his dear lady loved him well. And out of thin air appeared sweet pearls of love, inscribed in beetle leaf and touched his heart as an Apsara flew the skies above.

27 comments:

Dr.Anil said...

Kavitha,Multan in Pakistan has a unique temple of Narasimha.Multan is spposed to have been derived from Mula+sthan that is the original abode of God Narasinha.Till recently it had the"pillar" from which the god appeared.The idol that was there was reportedly shifted to Haridwar.I had read a book in Marathi about the location of this idol in Haridwar.

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha,

"Tamaso-ma jyotirgamaya..." or "Lead the kindly light..." etc.

In very brief, as per the communication in the Gita and other Puranas, ‘read between lines’, the ‘wise ancient Hindus’ gave credit to “Yogiraja Krishna”, literally meaning ‘black’ or ‘dark’), for the believably illusory universe/ earth, as the most evolved 8th Avatar or re-incarnation of Formless ‘Nadbindu’/ Vishnu while Narasimha, half man and half lion, believably being the fourth one in the chain of evolution…

The ancients called the illusion a result of “Yogamaya” or dream-like thought in its super conscious mind’s eye, or ‘Ajna chakra’, as a ‘scientific’ explanation for the apparent perfection in material world reached by teh Creator in order to create a mental effect – as in a recorded film whereby fictitious characters in apparently different stories are projected on the ‘silver screen’ with the help of light (representing sunlight) in the “apparent present” and appear alive – for its own benefit.

It apparently utilized the most evolved animal form, or a variety of human forms as models that reflected the (ever changing) universe, or ‘images of God’, which are apparently changing with time, evolving from a seed, rising to their different peaks of achievement, to eventually, gradually, disappear, as teh basic format of all physical forms!

In view of the above, it is ‘TIME’ that is responsible for the apparent inefficient functioning of man, for the drama believably relates to the period pertaining to the fag-end of Kaliyuga of near zero human efficiency…However, human form being the most evolved working model of Creator itself, a model still can visualize the ‘Truth’ reached in the long lost past in its mind’s eye through 'tapasya', for life believably is only symbolic and Mahesha, in the form of our Earth, ever remains closest to us – one can’t miss Him/ it although one might take it for granted because of lack of overall knowledge!

"Om Namah Shivaya".

JC Joshi said...

Anilji, thanks for the information on Multan city. A glance at the Atlas shows that the Rivers Chenab and Jhelum, after flowing in the J & K state in India, cross over to the present day Pakistan. After their confluence, the river continues to flow as the Chenab, and Multan is a city - as capital of the district of the same name in the Punjab Province of the present day Pakistan - located on the Eastern bank of the River Chenab.

As per information available on the Internet, Multan got the said name as that particular region was adopted as their Base Station, ‘Moolsthan’, by the Sanskrit speaking Aryans, who during the 2nd millennium BCE had crossed over from the Hindukush region and inhabited it. And, from there they continued to move into the Indian Sub Continent and other regions…

Also, it is reported that Multan was ruled by Hindu Rulers (Mauryas and Guptas, perhaps) for more than 1000 years. And, that during the Hindu period, Multan was known as the city of gold for its large and wealthy temples.

In view of theabove, it would be interesting to know from Kavitha if she has any information about selection of the particular location of Prahaladpuri Temple (associated with Narsimhavatar), and also ‘Sooraj Mandir’ that is ‘Sun Temple’ (which is in the west, now in Pakistan, while there exists another one at Konark in the east in India) that was considered one of the largest and wealthiest temples in the entire sub-continent/ ‘Sooraj Kund’, that is, literally ‘Sun’s Pool’…

JC Joshi said...

Kavitha, Thinking deeply of ‘Yogiraja Krishna’, reading between lines, I have earlier indicated the order of colours/ energy – in the ascending order in each human form from ‘Mooladhar’ at tail-bone end to ‘Sahasrara’ in the head as two sets of four each to account for the two sympathetic nervous systems, and one Central one for overall interconnections – [# 1, Orange (a mixture of Red and Yellow, containing Supreme Spiritual Knowledge at the beginning of the evolutionary process), # 2, Red, # 3, Infra Red, # 4 Whilte], [# 5, Ultra Violet, # 6, Blue, # 7, Green, & # 8, Yellow (containing balanced knowledge after attaining perfection by the Formless Creator)], all as essences related with selected eight crocodile-like ‘grahas’ that firmly hold the entire information/ knowledge, (‘Diggajas’ or elephants that control eight directions, needing to be released by Lord Vishnu for achieving realization of the ‘Truths’, or ‘Absolute Truth’, as per the inclination of the individual concerned, perhaps as per a grand design), related with the apparent ‘Creation’ of physical forms in the universe.

JC Joshi said...

As we have seen earlier also, the solar system is the believable essence of the universe, (Mahashiva in the words of the wise ancients), that go into the formation of human structure also as its model - represented symbolically by essences of eight selected planets playing active role (Sun to Jupiter) while the ninth (Saturn) acts as the ‘non-playing Captain’ or ‘a detached judge’, as a representative of ‘Yogeshwar’, that is, Shiva-Shakti, true representatives in physical form & soul, respectively, of the Formless Creator, that is (inert) Earth & Moon!

In view of the above-said, importance was given to Moon (Indu in Sanskrit) by (wise Hindus) highly advanced Yogis or “Siddhas” the all-rounders, for, it is the Heavenly Body that is closest to our planet, virtually ‘attached to it and yet detached’, and apparently has Mother & Child relationship with earth. They, therefore, logically gave it the highest pedestal with its essence believed to be housed in the head of all humans (‘Yogiraja Krishna’, depicted as the ‘bhagyawan’ or lucky 8th and only living child of Devaki-Vasudeva, communicates the ‘Truth’ realized by the wise ancients and therefore indicated as the goal of other humans who are not that lucky and have energy distributed in different ‘chakras’ to similarly attempt reach the ‘Truth’ by lifting the total energy to ‘Sahasrara Chakra’ - even if they needed to stand on their heads (performing ‘sheerashan’, that is represented by the point of exclamation!)!

The Gita however recommends ‘surrender in Krishna’ (whose 'supreme unending form' is represented by our Earth that is Shiva)!

JC Joshi said...

The ancient ‘wise Egyptians’ (in the ‘west’) believably were worshippers of Sun-god Ra, and apparently believed in reaching ‘heaven’ in physical form, believing it to be out there somewhere in the ‘sky’, which they represented through a number of huge pyramids on earth, perhaps at or close to the ‘root’ of teh 'present day intelligent Homo sapiens’ all over the world...And in the 'present' the USA, the extreme ‘west’, reflects similar thoughts – rushing from moon to mars and so on, like running from “pillar to post”…

The ‘wise Hindus’ (in the east) long before them, however, had apparently realized the ‘Absolute Truth’ of Creator/ Heaven as ‘Nadbindu’ that is Formless, with its component existing at the ‘mooladhar’ in the begining/ ‘sahasrara’ after achieving ‘perfection’ through evolutionary processes over long ‘apparent time’. They, therefore, had adopted worship of the Formless symbolically only. That is, they were conscious of the ‘Nirakar’ that is Formless related with zero time and space, and believed in all physical forms as its own images, although, relatively inferior to it. However, realizing those as representative reflections or ‘Truths’ of the ‘Absolute Truth’, they apparently advised one to utilize any out of those immumerable forms - that pleased him/her - to help in tuning with unseen/ unreailzed God, the believable source of bliss, that resides within everyone. And, do it as soon as possible before it gets too late and ‘doom’s day’ or ‘pralaya’ happens – like an invisilator snatches answer sheets from students at the end of the allotted time! “Guru Brahma/ Guru Vishnu/ Guru Devo Mahesh/ Guru shakshat Parambrahma/ Tasmai shri guruve namah!”

JC Joshi said...

Talking of rituals as observed in the present day India(say, ‘shastang pranam’, that is, lying prostrate on earth in front of an idol that is made from some material obtained from earth itself, but representing some symbolic form of believable God!), perhaps because of design, also understood as ‘slavery of time’, man copies from one another without most of the time apparently going into the depth, or as ‘scientists’ would say, without seeking answers to questions, viz. Why? How? When? etc., before something is adopted.

Also, there is a saying in Hindi, “Kavva chala Hans ki chal/ Apni bhi bhool gaya!” That is to say that if someone attempts to copy something without background knowledge, it would lose even what one originally knew!

A similar thought is communicated in the Gita, in the apparent words of 'Krishna' that all wrong actions result from lack of (overall) knowledge.

JC Joshi said...

Everyone perhaps knows that the Sun rises in the ‘East’ and sets in the ‘West’. And, since time immemorial, a large number of 'Hindus' have been symbolically offering water to the Sun at the sunrise time - obviously facing towards the East. And, in the night, the Pole Star or the fixed star at any time helps determine the North direction…

And, they believed Lord Vishnu the ‘sudershanchakradhari’, literally ‘the holder of the beautiful wheel’, like the trend of the ranges of the Himalayas, to recline in the West-East direction. And, planet Saturn - with its magnificent rings – was believed to control the direction West. Krishna, as the believable re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is also thus depicted - in the stories related to Dwaperyuga of 50% human efficiency - reclining similarly in direction West-East. And, Arjuna (indicating him as the model of our Sun) is depicted to approach Krishna, from the end where His feet were, for receiving His support in the battle of ‘Mahabharat’.

The ‘present day Scientists’ tell us that it is because of the rotation of Earth around its own North-South axis, from West to East, that the sun as the sole supplier of energy to all planets - to us terrestrials - appears to rise and set everyday in two opposite directions, although in reality it is relatively stationary (one of the examples of ‘Maya’?)!

Thus, with Hindu belief in mind, one could perhaps visualise any particular location on earth during each day, within every twelve hours, symbolically, alternately facing the dark space when it’s night (represented physically by cold and slow moving planet Saturn), and hot Sun when it’s a day - since time immemorial. Perhaps thus one could imagine any location on earth to be swinging like a pendulum between Saturn and Sun.

[Saturn that is ‘Shani’ in the mythological stories is referred as ‘Suryaputra’ or ‘Son of Sun’. And we have already learnt how the believable ‘light of thousand suns’, that is, ‘Krishna’ or ‘Black Hole’ - believably housed at the centre of our galaxy - is apparently born as a result of transformation of a massive star, and was perhaps realized by the ancients to be represented among planets by Jupiter that too has rings similar to those of planet Saturn, but are comparatively smaller in size. However, Krishna (alluding perhaps to the Formless Creator whose model every human believably is) in the Gita claims Himself to be unborn, stating, “He who knows Me in reality as birthless and without beginning, and as the supreme Lord of the Universe, he, undeluded among men, is purged of all sins.” – X.8]

JC said...

Coming back to ‘Narasimhavatar of Lord Vishnu’, as per the mythological stories, it is the believable fourth one in the series of His ‘avataras’ in the evolutionary process that eventually, believably, led to appearance of Shiva that is Earth as ‘perfect’, or the immortal one as His true representative in physical form.

In view of the above-mentioned, Krishna, being the 8th one, believably reflects the time Dwaperyuga when maximum possible human efficiency believably is only 50% of the 100% possible potential in Satyuga. Thus ‘Krishna’ could perhaps be visualised to represent an average human being to reflect Shiva/ Earth, indicated as his supreme form in the Gita, during that era…

And, ‘Narasimha’, being the 4th one, thus reflects the form that has possible maximum capacity 25% of the actual potential, which is also believed as the maximum possible human efficiency during Kaliyuga! And, therefore, the ancients perhaps communicated the ‘Truth’ of Kaliyuga, or the ‘present’, through the temple dedicated to half-man and half-lion physical form of the Formless, together with the Sun Temple to represent Brahma, who believably had originally evolved from Vishnu’s navel. This thought perhaps also gets reflected (as His mirror image) in Sphinx in Egypt that has lion’s body and human head and is located close to the pyramid (meaning ‘fire within’ that is solar energy)! And we know that Africa is the root of the Homo sapiens in the 'present'...

In view of the above, perhaps the basic idea of the ‘wise’ ancients was to accept the presence of Formless Creator “yatra, tatra and sarvatra”, that is everywhere and in everything – even in the dust, which we generally treat with disrespect while, on the other hand, we 'believe' Shiva to have ‘ash applied on His body’, and similarly perhaps sprinkling talcum powder on our body/ applying ‘tilak’, or some paste on forehead, and so on (of course ritually only, without any in-depth thought possible due to lack of time, which believably, in fact, is because of Creator/ ‘Mahakal’ that is Yogeshwar Shiva’s ‘Yogamaya’)!

The ancients said that without His will even a leaf can't flutter!

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Aswin Kini said...

Wonderfull post! It also had some Sanskrit slokas that i have not read till now(in fact i have read very very few). Thanks for the info.

JC Joshi said...

The Hindu Philosophy of the existence of the one and only Formless Creator and all other physical forms in the universe as its own reflections, with Ardhanarishwar Shiva as its most evolved human form having His original abode at Kashi that is Varanasi, indicates the original root of ‘Creation’ in India that is Bharat, although the apparent root in the ‘present’ is believed to exist in Africa...

[Yogis call the spinal chord in humans “Merudanda” and it is well known that Meru Town is located on the slopes of Mount Kenya in Africa…also in the mythological stories, Vasuki, a huge poisonous serpent as a rope and ‘Mandara mountain’ (‘Mandara Hills’ are located in Africa) as a churner are indicated used when ‘Kshirsagar’, or ‘milky ocean’, was churned under the supervision of Brihaspati that is Jupiter while, in order to prevent the mountain from sinking, Lord Vishnu believably assumed the form of a turtle ('Kurmavatar') and supported it!]

The concept of Yoga as the basic format of Creation/ Maya, that is ‘activation of kundalini’, which is realized by the ‘wise’ ancients, with the background realization of “Satyameva Jayate”, could perhaps also be seen reflected in the physical form of Banyan Tree - identification of whose original root is difficult for an average man in the present…and ‘Yogiraja Krishna’ in the Gita indicated man to be an inverted tree whose roots were in the ‘sky’ (hinting it to be housed in Moon, whose ‘essence’, with the background belief of “Satyam Shivam Sunderam”, was believed by Yogis to lie within human head at ‘sahasrara’!)…

JC Joshi said...

It’s well known that ‘water is life’, and therefore all advanced civilizations have some perennial river valley(s) associated with them, viz. Ganga-Yamuna valley with ‘Hindus’.

Once upon a time advanced Egyptian civilization apparently reached their peak because of River Nile, which continues to sustain them since time immemorial. It is therefore interesting to point out that ‘nile’ in Sanskrit means ‘blue’. And, the Hindu Mythological stories relate the colour with Shiva-Parvati’s elder son Kartikeya by indicating ‘peacock’ as his vehicle. Similarly, blue is also associated with Yogiraj Krishna the flute player (who is also associated with relatively more polluted River Yamuna) by calling him ‘Neelamber’ or the one who wore blue coloured garments and a peacock feather in his crown. However, being a “Siddha” or an all rounder, Krishna was also associated with yellow colour, by being called ‘Peetamber’ too.

Also, now the scientists have recently through Cassini probe learnt that the planet Saturn (which the Voyager II a few decades ago had found to be emitting sound) is two-toned, blue and copper coloured while earth is also called the Blue planet (perhaps because of pollution or the ‘halahal’ Shiva believably held in His throat, which in terms of Mahashiva is related with “Shukra graha” (related with Shukracharya the Guru of the demons) that is the poisonous Planet Venus, and it is interesting that the ancient Egyptians worked out long term cycles of inundation in River Nile based on Venus’s cycle, whereas ‘wise’ ancient ‘Hindus’ based all important events on lunar cycle)…

Shakespeare, inspired by similar thoughts perhaps, imagined earth as a stage and each human being on it as an actor appeared on this stage to play one’s assigned short or lengthy role. However, those who are familiar with puppet-shows could perhaps extend the thought further by imagining moon as the puppeteer who is manipulating the puppets through remote controls, which is easier to visualize today as apparently man-made remote controls find use in many gadgets, such as the ones that are commonly used for operation of TVs…

JC Joshi said...

Once someone is ever conscious of Krishna, one automatically finds His reflection, say, in all writings even. A reaction to newspaper is given below as an example.

Myth of Caste Division by Shri PV Indresan (April 20) brings to mind the logic apparently put forth by the lamb when he was drinking water from a stream at a location downstream of the place where the wolf was located, that is, he told him that it was the wolf who was dirtying his water and not vice versa, for water always flows downwards! However, the wolf ate him saying that if it were not him it must have been his father who had dirtied his water the day before!

‘Natkhat Nandlal’ that is sudershan-chakra-dhari Krishna or the ‘Black Hole’ housed at the centre of our galaxy and acting as ‘charioteer of Arjuna’, that is, our Sun the source of energy on the planet earth, that is, Yudhister the one who remains unmoved during a battle, is mischievous!

Although, as cited by Guru Indresan too, the Kauravas towards the fag-end of Dwaperyuga rejected the demand for only five villages for ‘Pandava brothers’ (‘images’ of Formless Creator, or ‘Panchabhootas’), the ‘Battle of Mahabharat’ apparently was the only ultimate solution left – and perhaps the similarity observed by him is an indication of the Kaliyuga approaching its end!

Mature Arjuna, an ‘expert archer’ and a student of Guru Dronacharya, was also initially reluctant to fight his cousins. But, after being ‘educated’ by Yogiraja Krishna in the ‘battle field of Kurukshetra’ and thus realization dawning upon him, he ‘surrendered in Krishna’ and thereafter fought with the knowledge that he was a ‘mere instrument’, a machine or a robot only! He apparently even lost his son, the immature Abhimanyu, in the hands of the ‘Maharathis’ of Kaurava Army because he lacked the necessary overall knowledge of the Formless Creator and His grand design, the believable purpose of every human being in the words of the wise ancients, or superior Krishna-like image of God that Arjuna was lucky (‘bhagyawan’) to have as his companion not only in that life but even from the very beginning, a fact that was known only to Krishna, which Arjuna now accepted!

Dr.Anil said...

Kavitha,Dialogue without words is the ulmimate form of communication, but still I find your silence a little unusual. Hope all is well!

kavitha said...

Hi Anilji,

All is fine here, and well. Just a little too tanked up with work and managing to keep my posts going periodically. I have yet to find answers to a few queries posted by people and am just not getting the time for it.

Will try and reply to comments :)

Thanks again for your concern

Regds
Kavitha

JC Joshi said...

Hi Anilji, I can perhaps visualize Kavitha’s concern in finding some new and interesting items on Hindu Mythology for presentation week after week after week.

Generally speaking, man finds the day-to-day human life tiring and monotonously boring. Such that at a certain stage some people who believe in God’s existence wonder how God doesn’t get tired and is untiringly keeping His infinite Creation busy eternally while allowing rest to each and every physical form periodically, just as in the Gita Arjuna also believably enquired from Krishna why He was working when he had nothing remaining to be achieved!

The ‘wise’ Hindus explained it to His being related with zero time and space and the physical universe to be illusory! It is perhaps His helplessness in not arriving at His Own origin that makes physical forms to repeat the cycles!

JC Joshi said...

To visualize the ‘Truth’ in very brief, for a ‘present day’ mathematician also, ‘yoga’ that is addition of one number with another number generally is believed to result in a bigger or smaller number depending on their nature, i.e., signs either plus or minus. For example, 4 + 2 = 6, and 4 + (- 2) = 2. It seems reflected in the popular saying in HIndi, “Chaube-ji Chhabbe ban-ne chale/ Dube rah gaye!”

However, in ‘Yoga’, an exercise which believably takes care of the reality in ‘Nature' and as understood by ancient mathematicians, only one of the eight numbers, 1 to 8, is assigned to each of the all rounder ‘chakras’ within human body that together hold the entire information pertaining to the physical universe!

And it is simply its address, or its house number allotted (as in digital computers also, but to bits of information in innumerable addresses) to the essence of some planet in a defined order of hierarchy from tail-bone end to the head. And, it is the content of the top most house (‘Uperi mala’) that is more important. For it could naturally vary between zero (at the end of Kaliyuga) and infinity (at the beginning of Satyuga)! At any other time, it is the will of the house owner that matters, that is, it would part only with the surplus - the whole or part of it, and that too only if it finds the individual concerned worthy of it.

Perhaps the above finds reflection of the ‘Truth’ of human life in a beggar getting from a resident of a particular house what he/ she deserves in the eyes of the resident…And, therefore a ‘Brahmin’ was trained to be humble in nature…and patient too, having been given to understand, “Bhagwan ke raj mein der hai - Andher nahin!” That is, in the kingdom of God, justice is delayed but definitely not denied!

JC Joshi said...

Kavitha, Talking of the the 'fiery eyes of Narasimha', as I said earlier, having realized logically that our galaxy has Black Hole, that is, ‘Krishna’ the re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu of Hindu Mythology at its centre, it becomes easy to see Him symbolically represented at the centre of human eye, called pupil, within the circular diaphragm that forms the coloured portion of the eye that is called iris! Thus iris as a relatively bigger circle could be related with earth or Shiva the supreme form of Krishna!

Now, with this background, it is easy to realize how man as an image or reflection of Krishna was believed to be the witness of the drama in human life.

Also, as one could be made to realize that there are three sides of a coin (although generally one fails to consider the ‘Truth” or the existence of blank side is taken for granted, like we do in case of earth!), Yogeshwar Shiva and, so also man as His model, as ‘trinetradhari’ or the one who has three eyes could be visualized to include ‘Ajna Chakra’ - that believably lies dormant at the meeting point of the nose and the forehead in animals and therefore needs to be energised - as the blank side!

JC said...

Hi Kavitha, although, I have referred it many times, maybe in this particular reference also I should have given the background information that our mature galaxy is called ‘Milky Way Galaxy’ (perhaps inspired by the milky whiteness of the eye around the iris). And, it is thick in the middle and thin towards the periphery (as human eye also symbolically appears to be).

Also, one learns that a galaxy in the beginning is narrow, which could perhaps be seen reflected in the profile of a fish seen from its side, and the Hindu Mythology considers fish (‘Matsyavatar’) as the first reincarnation of Vishnu referred in the mythological story of King Satyavrat when Brahma at the end of His day felt sleepy and desired to lie down! In that sleepy state the Vedas believably were emanating from his mouth, and the great demon named Hayagriva stole the Vedic knowledge!

It is, therefore, interesting to learn that according to a recent presentation at the Royal Astronomical Society’s National Astronomy Meeting in Lancashire, astronomers have reported that they have been able to record sounds emanating from the Sun’s atmosphere - in a similar manner to musical instruments such as guitars or pipe organs - that are carried in the looping magnetic fields along the Sun’s outer regions, called corona!

JC Joshi said...

Maybe, the above would help visualize Hindu belief of Saraswati (solar energy)as the consort of Brahma and the musical instrument, Veena, she believably played.

The other day I heard a nice lecture demonsration on Doordarshan on Satvik Veena from its designer Shri Salil Bhatt, son of Shri Vishva Mohan Bhat who had some years ago shot into fame for winning a Grammy Award for his Mohan Veena.

Kavitha, perhaps you can write about Meenakshi Temple next, if you haven’t done it already!

Dr.Anil said...

Joshi uncle,An interesting series of comments from you! firstly I would like to know what "chhabe" means?Your reflections on the human eye are very interesting!It is through this hole called iris that the rays of knowledge of the surrounding pass through to make an impact{?} on the brain through the optic nerve.Are you in any way trained in anatomy? If the answer is in the negative salute to your Versatile reading!

JC Joshi said...

Hi Anilji,

The numeral ‘4’ is called ‘char’ in Hindi, from which ‘Chaube’, a ‘’brahmin surname’ perhaps evolved – indicating a person that has read all the four Vedas. Similarly, 6 (six) in Hindi is called ‘chhai’. Thus ‘chhabbe’ indicates an imaginary title indicating a person who believably attempts thereafter to realize the ‘Truth’/ attain ‘moksha’, but unluckily ends up as ‘Dube’, another title that exists, and is related with number 2, called ‘dow’!

As I had earlier also commented elsewhere, I have tried to collect ‘essence’ on different subjects to understand why the ancients laid stress on all round knowledge in order to reach Supreme Knowledge - and thus the importance given to ‘Yoga’. In this respect, the Internet today is found very useful.

Coming to the ‘i’ as well as Eye! I have a relative who suffers from ‘Myopic chorioretinal and macular degeneration’, in the words Opthalmologists, I have therefore tried to gather some information about the human eye.

I was very young when the incident had reportedly happened. It was told to me later by my elder siblings that early in the morning one day our mother picked up - from the floor of a poorly lit room - a piece of rope, and dropped it immediately as the clammy touch communicated to her that it was a ‘live’ snake and not a ‘dead’ rope!

Innumerable examples need to be cited to convince and make conscious an average man today of the shortcomings in the naturally made available physical senses: of vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste, and that one needs to intelligently use the Super computer naturally provided within one’s head. Being a ‘perfect’ analogous computer, it is, therefore, different from the digital computer or the PC (P for poor!) that an average man uses today, which is yet to reach perfection. Rather, as everyone perhaps also already knows, it is in a relatively rudimentary stage. Still, despite knowing the fact, man remains unconscious of the ‘Truth’ and therefore needs to be reminded from time to time!

Perhaps similar observations related to illusion (such as in dreams too) in many aspects in ‘Nature’ and proper analysis of the data thus collected, had convinced the ancients at a certain stage in the ‘golden past’ that God loves fooling us humans - not only on the 1st of April, but also at all times, through ‘Maya’ that is illusion!

The ancients, however, had also realized that man is a model of the universe, or ‘an image of God’, and thus either He is fooling Himself, or He has some other purpose that He is perhaps unable to share with His images, for He knows that even the ‘most intelligent man’ today is just as dust/ ash is to Earth, apparently similarly useless from that view-point, but definitely useful to Him, at least as dust is for sustenance of Earth’s physical form and for recycling!

JC Joshi said...

Hi Anilji,

The numeral ‘4’ is called ‘char’ in Hindi, from which ‘Chaube’, a ‘’brahmin surname’ perhaps evolved – indicating a person that has read all the four Vedas. Similarly, 6 (six) in Hindi is called ‘chhai’. Thus ‘chhabbe’ indicates an imaginary title indicating a person who believably attempts thereafter to realize the ‘Truth’/ attain ‘moksha’, but unluckily ends up as ‘Dube’, another title that exists, and is related with number 2, called ‘dow’!

As I had earlier also commented elsewhere, I have tried to collect ‘essence’ on different subjects to understand why the ancients laid stress on all round knowledge in order to reach Supreme Knowledge - and thus the importance given to ‘Yoga’. In this respect, the Internet today is found very useful.

Coming to the ‘i’ as well as Eye! I have a relative who suffers from ‘Myopic chorioretinal and macular degeneration’, in the words Opthalmologists, I have therefore tried to gather some information about the human eye.

I was very young when the incident had reportedly happened. It was told to me later by my elder siblings that early in the morning one day our mother picked up - from the floor of a poorly lit room - a piece of rope, and dropped it immediately as the clammy touch communicated to her that it was a ‘live’ snake and not a ‘dead’ rope!

Innumerable examples need to be cited to convince and make conscious an average man today of the shortcomings in the naturally made available physical senses: of vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste, and that one needs to intelligently use the Super computer naturally provided within one’s head. Being a ‘perfect’ analogous computer, it is, therefore, different from the digital computer or the PC (P for poor!) that an average man uses today, which is yet to reach perfection. Rather, as everyone perhaps also already knows, it is in a relatively rudimentary stage. Still, despite knowing the fact, man remains unconscious of the ‘Truth’ and therefore needs to be reminded from time to time!

Perhaps similar observations related to illusion (such as in dreams too) in many aspects in ‘Nature’ and proper analysis of the data thus collected, had convinced the ancients at a certain stage in the ‘golden past’ that God loves fooling us humans - not only on the 1st of April, but also at all times, through ‘Maya’ that is illusion!

The ancients, however, had also realized that man is a model of the universe, or ‘an image of God’, and thus either He is fooling Himself, or He has some other purpose that He is perhaps unable to share with His images, for He knows that even the ‘most intelligent man’ today is just as dust/ ash is to Earth, apparently similarly useless from that view-point, but definitely useful to Him, at least as dust is for sustenance of Earth’s physical form and for recycling!

RAJU said...

Hi,
I am Raju Puntambekar,Thane

On 23 th May 2007,I visited place near Dhom Dam Vai(MS),there is old NARASINHA temple,(since Mahabharat days)two idols of k Narasiinha Ugra & Shant Narasinha,back to back.
MUST SEE.

kavi - id said...

Dear all

I am in the process of collecting information about temples of Narasimha all over the world. I shall appreciate if you can share any possible information available with you. Thank you in advance. Mail me at subushika@yahoo.com. - SG Shankar

mahesh k said...

The Narsinmh avatar is not concerned with Darvin's evolutionism.
Instead of trying to analyse by a little brain with us, its better to really salute from heart to Him , which will satisfy both !
Thanks for mindblowing video !!


regards,
mahesh