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Sacred Designs: the Yantra

Sacred Designs: the Yantra

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Sacred Objects | 0 comments

The general meaning of the word yantra is “a machine,” or an “apparatus” and so in this sense a washing machine, a television or even a computer is a yantra. In a religious context a yantra is a symbolic diagram that represents a Deity and is used primarily for puja and meditation. Yantras are generally inscribed onto thin copper or silver...

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The Importance of Sanskrit to Hinduism

The Importance of Sanskrit to Hinduism

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in The Origins | 0 comments

Hinduism and Sanskrit are inseparably related. The roots of Hinduism can be traced to the dawn of Vedic civilization. From its inception, Vedic thought has been expressed through the medium of the Sanskrit language. Sanskrit, therefore, forms the basis for much of Hindu civilization. As language changes, so religion changes. In the case of Hinduism,...

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The Shathari: God’s Feet

The Shathari: God’s Feet

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Sacred Objects | 0 comments

The shathari is an altar implement used primarily in many South Indian style temples. There is a famous temple in South India, just north of Chennai (Madras), that is dedicated to a particular form of Vishnu known as Shri Venkateshwara or Balaji for short. Modeled after this original Balaji temple, many cities in the West now have a Balaji Temple....

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Hymn of Creation Rig Veda 10/129

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Translations | 0 comments

Translation by Shukavak N Dasa and Igor Kokhan Copyright© 2015 S.R.I. Publications   1. At that time there was neither Being nor non-Beinga)The words are sat and asat, which Sayana, an 11th century commentator,  renders as bhava and abhava, being and non being.. There was neither atmosphere nor sky beyond. What did this universe contain? Where did it...

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Brihad Aranayaka Upanishad

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Translations | 0 comments

  Translation by Shukavak N Dasa Copyright ©2015 S.R.I. Publications The World as the Sacrificial Horse 1. Verily, the dawn is the head of the sacrificial horse, the sun is its eye, the wind its breath, its wide open mouth is the universal fire. The year is the body of this sacrificial horse. The upper sky is its back, the lower sky is its stomach....

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