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Idols of Hindu Gods to be auctioned by Christie’s in March 2009

Christie’s, one of world’s leading art business and a fine arts auction house, is auctioning several idols of Hindu gods on March 20, 2009. The auction titled ‘Indian and Southasian Art’ also includes paintings, sculptures, stone works and miniatures associated with Hinduism The most important idol going to be auctioned is a rare idol of Lord Shiva and Goddess Uma as Somaskanda – Tamilnadu, Chola Period, 13th century. The idol is estimated at $600,000 - $800,000.Other idols important idols that are to be auctioned include a bronze figure of Goddess Parvati ($200,000 - $300,000), bronze figure of Lord Vishnu ($200,000 - $300,000) and green stone figure of Surya ($180,000 - $250,000) . The idols and paintings that are going to auctioned are from 1st millennium AD to 18th Century. Most of these idols and paintings were stolen or usurped from India during the British rule and some after independence. RelatedLord Shiva Idol auctioned for record $4.07 million

Vivekachudamani Teachings on the fall of a Man of Wisdom

No great danger is there for the man of wisdom than carelessness about his own real nature. From this comes delusion, thence egoism. This is followed by bondage and then by misery. (Verse 322)Finding even a wise man hankering after sense objects, forgetfulness torments him through the evil propensities of the intellect, as a woman torments her doting paramour. (Verse 323)If the mind ever so slightly strays from the ideal and becomes outgoing, then it goes down and down, just as a ball, inadvertently dropped on a flight of stairs, bounces down from one step to another. (Verse 325)Vivekachudamani