Thursday, 5 September 2013

Churning of the Ocean of Milk

In Hinduism, Samudra manthan or Ksheera Sagara Mathanam, Churning of the Ocean of Milk is one of the most famous periods in the Puranas. The story appears in the Bhagavata Purana, the Mahabharata and the Vishnu Purana. In literal terms, this tale is an allegorical description of what transpires during a kundalini awakening process. Kundalini is a latent energy that lays dormant in the spine. Upon awakening, it rises in a sensation akin to a slithering snake, up the spinal column (Meru-danda, represented by Mount Meru in the story).[citation needed]

    Samudra manthanam — Manthanam is the Sanskrit equivalent of Manthan meaning 'to churn'.
    Sagar manthan — Sagar is another word for Samudra, both meaning an ocean or large water body.
    Kshirsagar manthan — Kshirsagar means the ocean of milk. Kshirsagar = Kshir (milk) + Sagar (ocean).


The story of Samudra Manthan

Lord Indra, the King of Devatas, while riding on an elephant, came across a sage named Durvasa who offered him a special garland. Lord Indra accepted the garland, placing it on the trunk of the elephant as a test to prove that he was not an egoistic God. The elephant, knowing that Lord Indra had no control over his own ego, threw the garland to the ground. This enraged the sage as the garland was a dwelling of Sri (fortune) and was to be treated as prasada. Durvasa Muni cursed Lord Indra and all devas to be bereft of all strength, energy, and fortune.[1]
Sagar Manthan

In battles that followed this incident, Devas were defeated and Asuras (demons) led by king Bali gained control of the universe. Devas sought help from God Vishnu Who advised them to treat asuras in a diplomatic manner. Devas formed an alliance with asuras to jointly churn the ocean for the nectar of immortality and to share it among them. However, Lord Vishnu told Devas that He would arrange that they alone obtain the nectar.
Samudra manthan

The churning of the Ocean of Milk or the Milky Way was an elaborate process. Mount Mandarachala, also known as Mount Meru, was used as the churning rod, and Vasuki, the king of serpents, became the churning rope. The demons (asuras) demanded to hold the head of the snake, while the demigods (devas), taking advice from Vishnu, agreed to hold its tail. As a result the demons were poisoned by fumes emitted by Vasuki. Despite this, the demigods and demons pulled back and forth on the snake's body alternately, causing the mountain to rotate, which in turn churned the ocean. However, once the mountain was placed on the ocean, it began to sink. Lord Vishnu in His second incarnation, in the form of a turtle Kurma, came to their rescue and supported the mountain on His back.

The Samudra Manthan process released a number of things from the Milk Ocean. One product was the lethal poison known as Halahala. (In some versions of the story, this poison escaped from the mouth of the serpent king as the demons and gods churned.) This terrified the gods and demons because the poison was so powerful that it could contaminate the Milk Ocean and destroy all of creation. On the advice of Lord Vishnu, the gods approached the compassionate Lord Shiva for help and protection. Lord Shiva inhaled the poison in an act to protect the universe that lies inside the Lord Siva, Goddess Parvati pressed her hand in act to save the universe. Some stories suggest that the all powerful goddess pressed his neck to stop the poison from spreading while other stories suggest that Goddess Parvati suckled him in the form of Goddess Tara to stop the poison form spreading. There is another aspect by Dvaitha or dualist philosophies that Lord Vayu collected the poison in a conch and drank the whole except a few drops that spilled from the conch. Lord Shiva took the drops in his skull made bowl and drank in total. It is the power of Parvati's ear rings that he was saved. As a result, The color of Lord Shiva's neck turned blue. For this reason, Lord Shiva is also called Neelakanta (the blue-throated one; "neela" = "blue", "kantha" = "throat" in Sanskrit). When the heat from the poison finally became unbearable for Lord Shiva, he used his trishul to dig for water, thus forming the Gosaikunda lake.


Ratnas

All kinds of herbs were cast into the ocean and fourteen Ratnas (gems or treasures) were produced from the ocean and were divided between asuras and gods. Though usually the Ratnas are enumerated as 14, the list in the scriptures ranges from 9 to 14 Ratnas. Most lists include:[2] According to the quality of the treasures produced, they were accepted by Vishnu, the devas, and the asuras. There were three categories of Goddesses which emerged from the ocean;
  • Lakshmi, the Goddess of Fortune and Wealth - who accepted Vishnu as Her eternal consort.
  • Apsaras, various divine nymphs like Rambha, Menaka, Punjisthala, Urvasi, Thilothamai, etc. - chose the demigods as their companions
  • Varuni or Sura, goddess and creator of alcohol - taken - somewhat reluctantly (she appeared dishevelled and argumentative) - accepted the demons.
Likewise, three types of supernatural animals appeared;
  • Kamadhenu or Surabhi(sanskrit:kāmadhuk), the wish-granting divine cow - taken by Vishnu, and given to sages so ghee from her milk could be used in sacrifices.
  • Airavata, and several other elephants, taken by Indra, leader of the devas.
  • Uchhaishravas, the divine 7-headed horse - given to the demons.
There were three valuables;
  • Kaustubha, the most valuable jewel in the world, worn by lord Vishnu.
  • Parijat, the divine flowering tree with blossoms that never fade or wilt - taken to Indraloka by the devas.
  • A powerful bow - symbolic of the demon's belligerence.
Additionally produced were;
  • Chandra, the moon which adorned Shiva's head
  • Dhanvantari, the doctor of the gods with Amrita the nectar of immortality. (At times, considered as two different Ratnas)
  • Halahala, the poison swallowed by Shiva
This list varies from Purana to Purana and is also slightly different in the epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Lists are completed by adding the following Ratnas:[2]
  • Shankha Vishnu's conch
  • Jyestha - the goddess of misfortune
  • the umbrella taken by Varuna
  • the earrings given to Aditi, by her son Indra
  • Tulasi plant
  • Nidra or sloth

more read on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samudra_manthan

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

SANATAN DHARMA

Sanatan Dharma – The Religion Established by God in each Cycle in every Universe


God is eternal, meaning he has always existed.
The laws created by God for man to follow (religion) must be eternal.
God’s teachings (scriptures) must have eternally existed.
If God has eternally existed then Man must have known him eternally.
That eternal religion which was created by the eternal God is called Sanatan Dharma (the eternal religion). Which is also known as the Vedic religion or Hinduism. The eternal teachings of God or scriptures are known as the Vedic scriptures.
That person who has eternally been known by man to be God is Lord Krishna.
The Vedic religion has been proven to be the oldest in the world and the oldest scriptures on the Planet are the Vedic scriptures. Which are written in the oldest language known to man, Sanskrit. The most systematic language in the world.
Don’t follow a cheap God or one that was recently created by man. Don’t follow an invisible God because the real God is a visible person who has been seen and proven.
The scientists estimate the age of the Universe to be at least 15 Billion years. So why did it take God 15 Billion years to create his religion and send just one Prophet?
The truth is that God already created his religion at the beginning of creation and not just a few thousand years ago and that religion is the Vedic religion.
The Simple Way to Determine the Truth
The truth is that which has always existed.
2+2=4 is true today, it was true 5000 years ago, it was true 5 trillion years ago, and it will be true in 5 trillion years time. Thus that which is existing today but did not exist 5000 years ago cannot be the truth. Sanatan Dharma is existing today, it existed 5000 years ago, it existed 5 trillion years ago and it will exist in 5 trillion years time. Sanatan Dharma is the truth.

VEDIC PAST OF THE WORLD

Vedic culture originates in the spiritual world and in prehistory it was spread practically all over this planet (and others). Later these locations were gradually cut off and developed, or rather degraded, independently. Thus in the present world there are many differences on the basis religion. This leads to divisions, conversions, fanaticism, suppression and even terrorism. Many people wonder how to stop and reverse this trend. Some say that by completely eliminating the religion Those attempts failed because human beings are by nature spiritual beings. Replacing religion with secularism as was done in the West is also no solution in a long run because such society without higher rules (dharma) quickly degrades and is opposed by hardline religions like Islam. We suggest that it can be done only by the knowledge of origin of all spirituality - the One and Only God who revealed His laws to various people in various places, times and circumstances. This accounts for some differences but the ultimate goal of life in all religious traditions is the same - to reconnect to God by following His laws.

When we search through various archeological, literary, astronomical and other ancient records with knowledge of Vedic culture, we find that ancient world looked a lot different than present history books suggest. Great civilizations and spiritual traditions around the world had more in common than generally known and the common denominator was the Vedic influence.
If one looks at various spiritual traditions, practically all have an external and an internal, devotional form. When one compares those devotional forms, esp. by looking at the lives of saints following them, it becomes clear that they are identical. The differences then remain on the outside for ignorant people to fight about...

"Whatever is read as declared in the Vedas and in other scriptures is regarded as authority. The authority of the Vedas and other scriptures not inconsistent with the Vedas is eternal.
"That person who bears in his understanding merely the texts of the Vedas and other scriptures without being conversant with the true sense or meaning of those texts, bears them fruitlessly. Indeed, one who holds the contents of a work in memory without comprehending their meaning is said to bear an useless burden."
(King Janaka, Mahabharata, Santi Parva 306)
"Vaisnavism, Catholic Christianity, Pure Land Buddhism and sattvic theistic Saivism are not four different salvific devotional traditions with four different competing savior-gods invented by different races or cultures. They are four different regional developments of the same tradition with one trinitarian Godhead, and one savior, Lord Baladeva, worshiped in a variety of Visnu (Baal-Yahu, Lokesvara) and Siva forms. They are four forms of worship of the first person of the Godhead, through, with, in, and by the same second person. They are four traditions which are all inspired by the same Holy Spirit." (Bhakti Ananda Goswami, February 26, 2002)
Majority of spiritual and cultural connections presented in this section was discovered by HH Bhakti Ananda Goswami. This table shows connections considered for the last 3000+ years as different and divergent. It is based on 30 years of multidisciplinary research.

 More read on http://www.veda.harekrsna.cz/connections/


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