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Yoga Poses Drawing – 19th Century – Yoga Postures Practised By Hatha Yogis 84 Asanas And 24 Mudras

Early 19th century Yoga poses drawing book with and illustrations and explanations is currently on public domain in the website of British Public Library. The drawing shows the secrets of 84 asanas and 24 mudras practiced by the Hatha Yogis. The explanatory notes in Braja-bhasha verse. The manuscript has 118 pages and was written at the beginning of the 19th century. You can view the book in complete here at the British PublicLibrary.

Sunrays on Shivling at Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple on Makar Sankranti Day

On Makar Sankranti day a unique phenomenon takes place at the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple located near Bangalore . The sunlight passes in between the horns of Nandi and then falls on the Shivling in the sanctum sanctorum of Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple . This unique phenomenon takes place only on Makar Sankranti day. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is believed to have been established in the Treta Yuga by Rishi Gautam and Rishi Bharadwaj. The belief is that Surya Bhagvan (Sun God) takes the permission of Shiva before entering the Uttarayan period or his Northern Journey. On Uttarayana Punyakalam, the rays of the sun pass between the horns of Nandi and falls on the Shivling, to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is also known as the Gavipuram Cave Temple . The temple is cut out of a monolithic rock and is more than 1000 years old. The temple is also noted for its mysterious stone discs in the forecourt and the exact planning

Swami Vivekananda on Om Symbolism in Hinduism

Swami Vivekananda on the symbolism of Om in Hinduism - Source complete works of Swami Vivekananda. Every idea in mind has a counterpart in a word; the word and the thought are inseparable. So long as man has existed, there have been words and languages. What is the connection between an idea and word? The thought may be the same in several languages of the world, yet the language is different. We must have a word to express each thought, but these words need not necessarily have the same sound. The sounds vary, yet the relation between the sounds and the thoughts is a natural one. The connection between thoughts and sounds is good only if there is really a real connection between the thing signified and the symbol; until then, that symbol will never come into general use. A symbol is the manifester of the thing signified, and if the thing signified has already an existence, and if, by experience, we know that the symbol has expressed that thing many times, then we are sure that