The Mahābhārata and the Yugas

India's Great Epic Poem and the Hindu System of World Ages

The Mahābhārata and the Yugas

This book questions the conventional wisdom that a fully matured theory of the yugas - Hinduism's ages of the world - is integral to the Mahābhārata, and it illustrates how traditional commentators and modern scholars have read the later Purāṇic yuga theory into the Mahābhārata, in particular when it comes to placing the action at the beginning of the current terrible Kali Yuga. Luis González-Reiman discusses the meaning of key terms in the epic by examining the text and early Buddhist sources. This book also traces the sectarian appropriation of the yuga system in later literature and documents how modern religious movements have used the system to proclaim the arrival of a new, prosperous Kṛta Yuga, a phenomenon that coincides with New Age expectations.

The Yugas

Keys to Understanding Man's Hidden Past, Emerging Present and Future Enlightenment : from the Teachings of Sri Yukteswar and Paramhansa Yogananda

The Yugas

An introduction to the 24,000-year yuga cycle and its relevance in the modern world and humanity's ancient past explains how a 19th-century Indian sage offered key explanations to gaps in our current understanding of ancient anomalies from the pyramids to the advanced knowledge of India's Vedas. Original.

Four Yugas

Hindu Astronomy, Anuradha, Bharani, Kali Yuga, Hindu Calendar, Indian Astronomy, Kerala School of Astronomy and Mathematics, Hindu Astrolo

Four Yugas

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 79. Chapters: Hindu astronomy, Anuradha, Bharani, Kali Yuga, Hindu calendar, Indian astronomy, Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics, Hindu astrology, Makar Sankranti, Nakshatra, Navagraha, Tantrasamgraha, Hindu units of measurement, Yuktibh, Panchangam, Karanapaddhati, Manvantara, Surya Siddhanta, Saptarshi, Lal Kitab, Navaratna, Govinda Bhattathiri, Kriyakramakari, Bh va, Satya Yuga, Candravakyas, P rva Bh drapad, Uttarayana, a karan r ya a, Archaeoastronomy and Vedic chronology, Jy, koti-jy and utkrama-jy, Shatabhisha, Ganita-yukti-bhasa, Dvapara Yuga, Dhanishta, Haridatta, Lagna, Mrigash rsha, Sadratnamala, Swati the Star, Venvaroha, Jyotirmimamsa, Magha, Rahukaalam, Utpala, C. M. Whish, Bhrigu Samhita, Sankara Varman, Treta Yuga, Tithi, Yojana, Rohini, Asalesha Nakshatram, Punarvasu, Uttara Bh drapad, Ashvini, A Passage to Infinity, Revati, Paulisa Siddhanta, Pushya, Ardra, Amavasya, K ttik, Choghadiya, Mula, Jyeshtha, Romaka Siddhanta, Atmakaraka, Hasta, Gandanta, Paksa, Kaal Sarp, Phalguni, Vasishtha Siddhanta, Vish kh . Excerpt: The Hindu calendar used in ancient times has undergone many changes in the process of regionalization, and today there are several regional Indian calendars, as well as an Indian national calendar. Most of these calendars are inherited from a system first enunciated in Vedanga Jyotisha of Lagadha, a late BCE adjunct to the Vedas, standardized in the Surya Siddhanta (3rd century CE) and subsequently reformed by astronomers such as Aryabhata (499 CE), Varahamihira (6th c. CE), and Bhaskara (12th c. CE). There are differences and regional variations abound in these computations, but the following is a general overview of Hindu lunisolar calendar. In the Hindu calendar, the day starts with local sunrise. It is allotted five "properties," called angas. They are: ...

Kali-Yuga and the Kalki-Avatara

Kali-Yuga is the age of darkness, misery, and sorrow we live in. When the Kalki-Avatara ap-pears, our sufferings in this world will come to an end.

Kali-Yuga and the Kalki-Avatara

If Vishnu is represented in his forthcoming and last appearance as the Tenth Avatara, it is only because every unit held as an androgyne manifests itself doubly. Messiah is the fifth emanation, or potency. The Kalki-Avatara will come forth from Shambhala, the City of Gods. The heaven will open and He will appear on a white horse. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. He is the beginning and the end of life (i.e., selflessness). He will appear as Maitreya-Buddha in the Seventh Race. The first teacher of this Round on this planet was a Dhyani-Chohan. The one who will appear at the close of the Seventh Race will again be a Dhyani-Chohan. He will incarnate into the whole humanity collectively, not in a single individual. Then justice, order, and true brotherly love will be finally restored on earth. With Appendices on the “Designations of Kalki-Avatara in major religions, and “Calendar of the Race that never dies.”

Through Many Lives: A Tale of Time Travel Through the Yugas

Through Many Lives: A Tale of Time Travel Through the Yugas

A captivating time-travel adventure, based on the revolutionary "cycles of time" or "yuga" theory propounded by Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the bestselling classic Autobiography of a Yogi) and Yogananda's guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar. Through Many Lives provides insights into how time travel might actually take place in the future, by experiencing one's own past and future lives. A mood of gentle excitement permeates the book, while profound spiritual teachings are presented through the medium of a compelling story. Through Many Lives is the first novel in the "Treta Yuga Trilogy."

Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is a system of physical and mental discipline towards attainment of Yoga as defined in the Yoga Shastras. The system taught by Yogiraj Shyama Charan Lahiri and down through his illustrious disciples is commonly termed Kriya. The technique and discipline taught are in conformity with the basic conceptions laid down in the Gita, Patanjal, Yoga and Tantra Shastras and the Manu Smriti; and designed in the pattern of movements of heavenly bodies that cause appearance of the Yugas and their virtues. The book also discusses similarities that can be traced in the teachings of Jesus Christ contained in selected expressions in the Holy Bible and the basic conceptions of the Hindu spiritual practices and scriptures. Essentially Kriya Yoga is a universally applicable spiritual system without any inhibition with regard to faiths and nationalities, and directed towards development of the complete man-in body, mind and in the unfoldment of the inner Spirit.

The Myths of Narasimha and Vamana

Two Avatars in Cosmological Perspective

The Myths of Narasimha and Vamana

The Sanskrit Puranas and epics are replete with stories of the avatars, incarnations of the god Visnu in various forms to rid the universe of malevolent forces and to restore the proper cosmic balance. As Narasimha, half-man half-lion, Visnu finds a loophole in the pact of invulnerability the demon Hiranaipu has received from god Brahma, and rends the demon apart with his claws. As the brahmin dwarf, Vamana, Visnu deceives the demon Bali with his diminutive appearance and thwarts Bali's attempt to gain universal sovereignty. After carefully analyzing the myths of Vamana and Narasimha, Deborah Soifer grounds her study in the textual history of each avatar and its myth, in their religious contexts, and in the intricate cosmology of the classical period of Hinduism. Contrasting the bestial persona of Narasimha with Vamana's priestly appearance and his associations with early cosmologic themes, she finds complementarity and significance in this pair as they are viewed in the larger context of periodic cosmic destructions and recreations. While focusing primarily on these two mythological figures, Soifer's work explores the relationship between dharma and the 'devious' acts of gods; the interplay between cosmic and 'sociocosmic' levels of reality; and the relationship between cosmology, theology, and soteriology in a religious worldview.

A Survey of Hinduism

Third Edition

A Survey of Hinduism

The third edition of this well-regarded introduction to Hinduism adds new material on the religion’s origins, on its relations with rival traditions, and on Hindu science.

The Big Fish

Consciousness as Structure, Body and Space

The Big Fish

While debate continues in the fields of the sciences and humanities as to the nature of consciousness and the location of consciousness in the brain or as a field phenomenon, in the Vedic tradition, consciousness has been understood and continues to be articulated as an infinite field of intelligence at the basis of all forms of existence. This infinite field of intelligence is accessible to human awareness, being the very nature of the mind and the structuring dynamics of the physiology—from the DNA, to the cell, tissues, organs, and to the whole body and its sophisticated functioning.This two-part volume,The Big Fish: Consciousness as Structure, Body and Space, considers in Part One the Vedic approach to consciousness, specifically referencing Maharishi Vedic Science, and discusses themes pertinent to the arts, including perception and cognition, memory as awareness, history and culture, artistic performance and social responsibility, observatory instruments as spaces and structures to enhance consciousness, and, beyond metaphor, architectural sites as multi-layered enclosures of the brain detailed in theShrimad Devi Bhagavatam and, as cosmic habitat or Vastu aligned to the celestial bodies.Presenting some more general consciousness-based readings, Part Two includes essays by various authors on Agnes Martin and her views on art, perfection and the “Classic”, unified field based education and freedom of expression versus censorship in art, prints from the Renaissance to the contemporary era as allegories of consciousness, the work of Australian artist Michael Kane Taylor as beyond a modern / postmodern dichotomy, the photographic series The Ocean of Beauty by Mark Paul Petrick referencing the Vedic text theSaundarya-Lahari, a Deleuzian analysis of the dual-screen multi-arts work Reverie I, and an account of the making of Reverie II, a single-screen video projection inspired by the idea of dynamics of awareness.This book, therefore, presents a broad range of interests and reading while offering a unique, yet profoundly transformative perspective on consciousness.