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Lord Shiva as Dakshinamurti

Shiva as Dakshinamurti is the teacher of yoga, music, all arts and sciences and holds the key to the knowledge of spiritual truths. As Dakshinamurthy, Lord Shiva is portrayed as the omniscient young master conveying supreme knowledge, with his right hand raised in the gesture of teaching in silence. Dakshinamurthi means ‘the south facing’ and is the ultimate Guru.
Ramana Maharshi has interpreted the name ‘Dakshina Murthy’ as one who is capable but without form.
Dakshinamurti is usually depicted as the four-armed deity seated in virasana on a pedestal – the Lord is seated in the 'heroic' posture, his left foot resting on the knee of the pendant right leg, his body straight as the stem of the tree. The right foot rests on a demon symbolically representing ignorance. His uppermost hand holds the flame and cobra or damaru (hour-glass drum). He is clad in a short dhoti and adorned with jewelry. His face is always with a benign expression with his hair framing his face.
A tree ris…

Malayalam Nakshatram 2009 – Astrological Predictions

Janma Nakshatram, or Nakshatra, is the birth star of a person as per Malayalam astrology calendar followed in Kerala. It is also known as Janma Naal and there are 27 Nakshatrams in Malayalam Jyothisam or astrology. Astrological predictions known as Nakshatrabalam or Nakshatra Bhalam is made based on the stars. The 27 Janma Nakshatrams are Ashwathi, Bharani, Karthika, Rohini, Makeeyram, Thiruvathira, Punartham, Pooyam, Aayilyam, Makam, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakham, Anizham, Thrikketta, Moolam, Pooraadam, Uthradam, Thiruvonam, Avittam, Chathayam, Pooruruttathi, Uthrattathi and Revathi. Here is the Nakshatram Bhalam 2009 for various stars. This has been specifically prepared for this blog by an astrologer from Kerala. (This after several people wanted to know why the blog was ignoring astrology an important aspect in Hindu culture. This blog will try to publish astrology from all the different states.)
Please note that Astrological predictions should not be your gui…

Thoughts on Hinduism - Klaus Klostermaier

Much of what we find in Hinduism has no counterpart in the west. Hindu thinkers have anticipated ideas and developed theories in many areas that have only recently begun to be explored in the West. In the analysis of language, in the technicalities of hermeneutics, in the methods of psychosomatic activation, and in philosophical and religious speculation and spiritual training – in all these areas Hindu India is centuries ahead of the West.Hinduism is what is it is today because it has developed that way through its own history. It is not necessarily what we would like or wish it to be.Despite its openness to many influences and the considerable changes that it has undergone throughout the ages, there is a distinct character, an unbroken tradition, and a unifying principle that allows Hinduism to be faithful to itself while inviting others to share whatever treasures they may possess. In all the historic encounters between Hinduism and other religions, Hinduism has always emerged stro…