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Walther Eidlitz – Vamana Dasa – Austrian Writer On Vaishnava Philosphy

Walther Eidlitz (1892 – 1976), also known as Vamana Dasa, was an Austrian writer of novels, plays, travelogues and Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy and history. Much can be learnt about Walther Eidlitz by reading his autobiographical work, which was originally published in 1952 with the title, Unknown India: A Pilgrimage into a Forgotten World (London, New York: Rider and Co.). Walther Eidlitz was a prolific writer with over fifteen books in Swedish and German, among which at least nine relate to Vaishnava theology, religious beliefs and practice. They are Den glomda varlden (Stockholm: 1948) Bhakta, Eine Indische Odyssee (1955) Krishnas Leende (1955) Die Indische Gottes Liebe   (1955) Indisk Mystik (1956) Krishna – Caitanya: Sein Leben und Siene Lehre (1968) Livets mening och mal I indiskt tankevvarld (1972) Der Sinn des Lebens: Der indishe Weg zur Liebenden Hingabe (1974) Guds Lek (1976) His book on Krishna Chaitanya is prescribed in various European universities as

J Eggeling – German Indologist

J Eggeling (1842 – 1918 CE) was a German Indologist who assisted Max Muller in latter’s Oriental studies. He was a German by birth but his entire academic life of nearly half a century was spent in England. Born in Hecklingen, Anhalt, he studied Indology in Breslau and Berlin, and in 1867, at twenty five, went to London to work on ancient Hindu manuscripts. For two years (1867 – 69), J Eggeling was assistant to Max Muller at Oxford University, following which he was appointed as secretary and librarian of the Royal Asiatic Society (1869-75). He became professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology at the University of Edinburgh in 1875 CE, a post he held till 1914 CE. When the First World War broke out in 1914 CE, being German, he had to go back to Germany. The help that Eggeling rendered to Max Muller was very substantial and painstaking, being the compilation of an index to Max Muller’s edition of Rig Veda – Pratisakhya and then checking Index verborum of Padapatha of Rig Veda.

Ecology And Jainism – Short Essay On Nature And Jain Religion

A short easy on the study of interrelationships of life-forms in nature and Jain religion. Jainism emphasizes a continuity of life-forms – countless souls that take bodily forms in an eternal cycle of life and death. Although each life is valuable, human life in particular carries the distinction of being able to see the continuity of life processes. This web of life extends from elemental life forms through micro-organisms and plants up to the animal and human realms. Because these life-forms have no beginning and are eternal, each life-form has experienced virtually all possible states. Jainism teaches that violence condemns one to repeated painful, ignorant lives. For the Jainas, the highest human achievement is to purge oneself of all violent behavior, thus extricating oneself from all karma, and enter into a state of kevalya (perfect solitude) that requires no further birth. Jaina philosophy sees the world as suffused with life and consciousness. The Jaina thought in this rega

Trailokya Mohana Form Of Vishnu

The Trailokya Mohana form of Lord Vishnu is similar to that of Vaikuntanatha and the faces are in the order of a man, Narasimha, Varaha and Kapila. Trailokya Mohana Vishnu rides a Garuda. But the number of hands are 16. In six of the right hands are placed respectively, the gada, the chakra, the ankusha, the bana, his shakti and the conch. The seventh right hand is in the varada pose. In the seven hands of the left are placed the mudgara, the pasha, the dhaus, the shankha, the padma, the kamandala, the sharanga and the remaining right and left hands are in the yoga mudra poses. Trailokya Mohana form of Vishnu is worshipped for achieving progress in work and business. It is also worshipped for protection from enemies.

Dakshinayana Punyakalam - Karka Sankramana or Karkataka Sankranti

Dakshinayana Punyakalam is the day when sun enters the Karkata Rashi or Karka Rasi (Cancer Zodiac) as per Hindu Astrology. It is also known as Dakshinayanam or Karka Sankraman or Karkataka Sankranti. It marks the beginning of the night of Devas. In Hinduism, a human year is equal to one day of gods and the next 6 months up to Uttarayana is night time of Gods. As per South Indian Hindu Astrology and Panchang, Dakshinayana Punyakalam begins on July 16, 2023. It must be noted that as per North Indian and Western India panchangs and calendars, Dakshinayana begins on June 21, 2023. In simple terms, Dakshinayana Punyakalam marks the southern transit of the Sun. The Uttarayana period which began on January 14 or 15 ends with Dakshinayana Punyakalam. The Dakshinayanam period will end on Makar Sankranti or Uttarayana day. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu goes into sleep during the period - the Deva Sayana Ekadasi marks this day. The Chatur Masa is also observed during this pe

Vikshepa In Hindu Philosophy – A Projection

Vikshepa is known as a projection in Hindu philosophy. It refers to that aspect of an illusion where the non-real is superimposed on the real. The Advaitins argue that it is avidya which is responsible for avarana (concealment) of the real, and vikshepa (projection) of what is illusory appearing as real. Maya in Advaita Vedanta signifies the illusion of the multiplicity of the empirical universe, when the Brahman is the only Reality. Maya in Rig Veda means supernatural power and in Shvetashvatara Upanishad it signifies cosmic illusion. Adi Shankaracharya has accepted maya, avidya, adhyasa, and vivarta as synonymous terms and makes a distinction between two aspects of maya – avarana and vikshepa. The avarana, veil, being negative, conceals the real nature of the Brahman, while vikshepa, being positive, projects the world of multiplicity over the Brahman. It conceals the real and projects the unreal. When the Brahman is perceived through the veil of maya, it appears a

Boundless Space

It is when you begin to feel in your heart that you are boundless space that something begins to happen. As you feel yourself as boundless space, all your stuff begins to drop away. Yet you do not affirm to yourself that you are boundless space. You merely observe, you watch, you become the witness. You look out at the world and you see that the trees, the mountains, the planets, are all hanging in space. And you begin to consider that your body, what appears to be your body, is like the trees, and the moon, and the sun. It seems to be a thing of itself, and it is also hanging in boundless space. Because you are able to observe this and see this and feel this, the realization will come to you that you must be this boundless space, which your body and your mind and the rest of the things of this world are attached to. As you begin to consider this, the mind becomes quieter and quieter and quieter, until the day comes when it falls away completely. Then you become boundless space. And

28 June 2021 Tithi - Panchang - Hindu Calendar - Good Time - Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Monday, 28 June 2021 – It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 5:21 PM on June 28. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 4:41 PM on June 29. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on June 28, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Shravan or Sravana or Thiruvonam Nakshatra till 4:46 AM on June 28. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 4:37 AM on June 29. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajas