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Avatars Of Lord Shiva

Author : Shanthi Deepti
ISBN : 1980212317
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Many of us know about the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu famously known as Dasavataram. Most of us wonder does Lord Shiva also have Avatars. If so, how many and what are they? Before answering this, let us first understand the meaning of Avatar.Avatar is a sanskrit word for Incarnation or Manifestation. They are the direct descendents of God himself possessing most of his qualities and powers. Few Avatars do not take birth from mother's womb but are direct manifestations based on the needs like Matsya, Kurma, Varaha and Narasimha Avatars from Dasavataram. Whereas few avatars take birth through their mother's womb again based on the need like Vamana, Parashurama, Rama and Krishna Avatars. No matter how various Avatars came into existence they possess the divine qualities of Supreme Soul. It is believed that the Avatars that are direct manifestations have superior powers compared to the Avatars that were manifested a level next to direct manifestation as they were born to Humans who are next to Supreme soul.It is true that Lord Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha also have Avatars like Lord Vishnu. They take these Avatars to uphold Dharma by removing evil forces on Earth as mentioned in Bhagavad Gita. As centuries passed these truths were lost in time. This book is just a small effort to bring back the glory and the reason behind the Avatars of Lord Shiva. Coming to the number of Avatars of Lord Shiva, they vary among various Hindu scriptures like Shivapuranam, Skandapuranam, Mahabharatam, etc. The count varies from 64, 24, 19, etc. Few scriptures also include the famous 11 Rudra Avatars of Lord Shiva. Similarly, if we trace back various Hindu scriptures, the Avatars of Lord Vishnu is not confined to number ten. The number of Vishnu Avatars also vary from 10, 25, 24, etc. However, as time passed by only the ten Avatars became famous among various Avatars of Lord Vishnu which we today know them as Dasavataram.This book mainly concentrates on the famous ten Avatras of Lord Shiva. Anyone who reads the stories related to Avatars of Lord Shiva on Mondays or Shivaratri or Kathika Pournami (Full moon day during Karthika masam) or on any other auspicious day would yield enormous grace of Lord Shiva.
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Dasavatara

Author : V. Ashok
ISBN : STANFORD:36105112802009
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Most of the poems in this collection are taken from several volumes published during the 1930s. The translator, Aurobindo Bose, has divided them into 'Poems of Hope and Defiance' and 'Poem of Wonder'. These poems dispel forever the false idea that Tagore was a poet of the 'Ivory Tower'.
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Vishnu Puran

Author : B. K. Chaturvedi
ISBN : 9789350837498
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The Vishnu Purana is believed to be one of the most important Puranas and most valuable ancient records of the faith called ‘Sanatan Dharma’ which erroneously often called the Hindu Dharma. It has its value enhanced for two reasons; one, it has detailed description of how a man should live in the world. Secondly, since its base is devotion to Vishnu who is held to be the most important deity of this faith it gathers added significance. Its stories reveal about the various exploits of Vishnu in his different incarnations. But surprisingly it omits certain important incarnation of Vishnu viz. Ram incarnation and the earlier incarnations. It chiefly centres around the incarnation of Vishnu as lord Krishna, the most potent one all the incarnations of this deity.
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Dasavatara

Author : J.P. VASWANI
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The Ten Incarnations of Lord Vishnu Isvarah paramah krisnah sachid-ananda-vigrahah Often in this fractured world, we are filled with self-doubt and apprehension. But the brief powerful moments of kindness and compassion are what carry us through. In a constant pursuit of positivity, Dada J.P. Vaswani writes this charming narrative of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the God of Protection and the Supreme Being. Radiating warmth, this exquisitely crafted collection of stories reveals the author’s boundless love for human beings. With endless enthusiasm, Dada’s narrative soothes and pleases the curious reader. He draws you in and captivates you as he introduces each magnificent avatar and reveals its core essence. His words are a breath of fresh air in the tedium of a fast-paced life. They invite you to look within and give you a freshperspective on this unpredictable world. J. P. Vaswani is one of India’s most loved and respected spiritual leaders. He is the living, moving life force at the helm of the renowned Sadhu Vaswani Mission, an international, non-profit, social welfare and service organization with its headquarters in Pune and active centres all over the world. A scientist-turned-philosopher, Vaswani is also a fluent, powerful and witty speaker, an inspired writer and is the youngest 99-year-old you will ever meet.
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Dashavatar

Author : KAMALA CHANDRAKANT
ISBN : 9788184820324
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In Puranic lore, Vishnu is the preserver of the universe and the cosmic order. The Dasha Avatar is the Puranic story of the ten incarnations of Vishnu who descends to the terrestrial world to establish stability and order, time and again. The avatars occur in a sequence – the first was matsya or fish representing life in water, followed by kurma or turtle signifying life in water and on land, then varaha or boar alluding to terrestrial life and so on. The sequence of the avatars could be taken to symbolise various stages in the evolution of life culminating in the advent of the perfect being.
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New Age Purohit Darpan Annapurna

Author : Kanai Mukherjee
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This book is compiled with the goal of explaining the hidden history, significance, and meaning of the mantras used in common Hindu puja rituals performed by the Bengalis to the Bengali immigrants.
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New Age Purohit Darpan Grihapravesh

Author : Kanai Mukherjee
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This book is compiled with the goal of explaining the hidden history, significance, and meaning of the mantras used in common Hindu puja rituals performed by the Bengalis to the Bengali immigrants.
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New Age Purohit Darpan Farewell To Soul

Author : Kanai Mukherjee
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This book is compiled with the goal of explaining the hidden history, significance, and meaning of the mantras used in common Hindu puja rituals performed by the Bengalis to the Bengali immigrants.
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New Age Purohit Darpan Jagaddhatri Puja

Author : Kanai Mukherjee
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This book is compiled with the goal of explaining the hidden history, significance, and meaning of the mantras used in common Hindu puja rituals performed by the Bengalis to the Bengali immigrants.
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Vishnu Sahasranama

Author : V. Ravi
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Vishnu means all pervading. Vishnu is the administrator of the universe. He puts in place, the laws of the universe and administers the universe strictly according to the law. He is a strict disciplinarian, yet highly compassionate in nature. He presides over all the seven planes of the universe. The abode of Vishnu is supposed to be the Supreme one. He has prescribed various paths through which one has to travel to reach His abode, the point of no return for a soul, known as liberation. He has been referred to in Vedas. Without Vishnu, no fire ritual is complete. He is quite often referred to as Purusha, the Supreme Soul. His famous sleeping posture on Ananta, the snake, who floats on the ocean of milk, is very well known. This posture is not merely a gross description, but has got subtle meaning. Ananta means infinite and the milk of ocean refers to the eternal bliss. He lies in the ocean of eternal bliss. Those who seek Him also enter the state of bliss at some point of time. He incarnates in different forms to destroy evil doers. His avatars occur whenever there is imbalance between morality and immorality. When immorality begins to dominate over morality He incarnates. His notable incarnations are Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. The scene of unfolding this great Sahasranama happened in the great epic Mahabharata authored by sage, Veda Vyasa. Bhisma was lying on a bed made of arrows awaiting his death. At that time, he was meditating on Krishna. Knowing this, Krishna asked Yudhishthira (eldest among Pandava brothers and known for his righteousness) to seek spiritual initiation from Bhisma and also told Bhisma to initiate Yudhishthira. Yudhishthira asks Bhisma kimekam daivatam loke meaning who is the Supreme Lord of the world. Bhisma replies by saying, that the purest, the most auspicious, the chief among the gods and the father of all the beings is the One who is Supreme, referring to Lord Vishnu. This conversation appears in the prrvabhag of this Sahasranama. The spiritual initiation of Yudhishthira by Bhisma is Vishnu Sahasranama. Krishna was also present when this happened and this Sahasranama was blessed by the Lord Himself. Vishnu is also known as Narayana. Garuda Purana (III.24.54, 55) explains the etymological meaning of Narayana. “As He is the resort of merits and demerits and as He abides in the waters of ocean, He is called Narayana. Water is also called nara (probably meaning cosmic water); as His Abode is water, He is called Narayana.” Vishnu is the most auspicious form of the Brahman. He is not only invoked during auspicious occasions, but also while performing funeral rites. At the time of conclusion of all rituals, the effect of the rituals are surrendered to Vishnu. Vishnu Sahasranama consists of three parts – purvabhag or the first part; stotrabhag or the main part from which one thousand names or nama-s are composed; and uttarabhag or the concluding part. The main part consists of 108 couplets from which all the 1000 nama-s are derived. Apart from these three parts, this Sahasranama has seven dhyana verses by which one can meditate upon His auspicious form. All the one thousand nama-s have been interpreted based on ancient Scriptures like Upanishad-s. Wherever possible, quantitation from Upanishad-s and other Scriptures have been used. Many of the nama-s are interpreted from the point of view of attaining Him to get liberation. Wherever needed, Sanskrit verses have been used along with IAST, for the sake of proper pronunciation.
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Lord Vishnu S Love Handles

Author : Will Clarke
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Lord Vishnu's Love Handles is the story of a man who is teetering on the edge of financial ruin and insanity until a couple of secret agents teach him what it really means to lose his mind. Travis Anderson has a psychic gift. Or so he thinks. So far he's milked his premonitions only to acquire an upper-middle-class lifestyle -- pretty wife, big house, and a shiny Range Rover -- without having to make any real effort. But recent visions threaten his yuppie contentment. Haunted by omens of impending cancers, stillborn babies, and personal train wrecks, he is compelled to make a series of inaccurate and horrifying prophecies that humiliate him in front of his fellow country club members. The IRS gets Travis's number, too, demanding an audit of his sloppy bookkeeping. Drowning in mounting financial problems and apparent mental illness, Travis tries booze, pills, even golf to stay afloat, but nothing works. His wife and friends are forced to stage an intervention. Travis is in danger of losing his family, his career, and ultimately, his sanity. That is, until he meets a Hindu holy man in rehab who claims to be the final incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Suddenly, the tragically shallow Travis is saddled with the responsibility of bettering mankind and saving the world.
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Srimad Bhagwat Puran

Author : B. K. Chaturvedi
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The ‘Srimad Bhagwal’ itself is believed to be the gem among all the sacred Puranas as it emphasises on the devotion to Lord. Vishnu’s incarnation, Lord Krishna. It is believed to have been authored by the great sage Vedavyasa when he felt a great unrest troubling his soul after authoring the Mahabharat. Although this Purana itself is believed to be a part of Skanda Purana, it is its lyrical beauty and devotion to Krishna that made it most popular. It enlists 22 incarnations of Lord Vishnu, while other sacred accounts of the Sanatana Dharma believe that there were nine incarnations and one is yet to come. Normally in the Purana, the tales or stories frequently overlap with each other giving emphasis on a different point. Owing to paucity of space, many of the stories have been given a brief mention in this work with the footnote guiding to the sources, to get the full story in the other Puranas. There are also certain variations in the details of the stories which have been also marked within parenthesis. Also, many details mentioned in this Puran which may appear uninteresting, have been deliberately left out. Some of the stories which are well- known have been skipped. For example, the Ramakatha or the details about other incarnations popularised by other sacred sources. The main emphasis in culling out the stories has been on those stories that reveal the basic moral fiber of our ethos. These stories have been recreated keeping in mind the comprehension of our young learners and hence making these stories more logical. This work is only an attempt to make our society recapture its roots. That is why the language and style have been used with great care so as to make the stories readable and comprehensive. It is hoped that our discerning readership will accord it a warm welcome. Lastly, the author wishes to record his gratitude to Narenderji of Diamond Pocket Books whose crusade to publish the gems of our cultural and religious ethos has few parallels in the field of publishing.
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The Power Of The Dharma

Author : Stephen Knapp
ISBN : 9780595837489
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The Power of the Dharma: An Introduction to Hinduism and Vedic Culture offers a concise and easy-to-understand overview of the essential principles and customs of the Hindu tradition. It also provides many insights into the depth and value of the timeless wisdom of Vedic spirituality and reveals why the Dharmic path has survived for thousands of years. Author Stephen Knapp reveals why the Dharma is presently enjoying a renaissance among an increasing number of people who want to explore its teachings and see what its many techniques of self-discovery have to offer. In The Power of the Dharma, you will find: quotes by noteworthy people on the unique qualities of Hinduism; essential principles of the Vedic spiritual path; particular traits, customs, and explanations of Hindu worship; descriptions of the main yoga systems; significance and legends of the colorful Hindu festivals; benefits of Ayurveda, Vastu, Vedic astrology, and gemology; important insights of Dharmic life and how to begin. The Dharmic path can provide you the means for attaining your own spiritual realizations and experiences. This is the power of Dharma's universal teachings which have something to offer everyone!
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Flipside Of Hindu Symbolism

Author : M. K. V. Narayan
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The book is a review of Hindu mythology, religious practices, iconography, marriage customs and music exploring possible linkages with Indian societal evolution and modern science.
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On Its Own

Author : Swa Raj
ISBN : 9781482835564
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You arent really going to destroy the 216 religious sites, are you? Lacene asked in disbelief the instant they were out of others earshot. Of course I am, was his terse reply. Her worst fears were confirmed. She voiced question after question as they popped into her head. Where are we? Who are you working with? Do you realize that the repercussions would be catastrophic? There will be a world war, a religious world war where mercy and compromise are sins. There must be other ways to get your point across. He kept his cool as he answered. I wouldnt have to do this if all religions co-existed peacefully. They have only spread intolerance and hatred. If we dont hear from the UN by Monday, this is how we get the world to listen. Lacene checked her watch. Five days to Monday.
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The Scientific Basis Of Hinduism Volume I

Author : T Muralidharan
ISBN : 9781945400254
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The doctrine of Sanatana Dharma acquired a tag, Hinduism during the passage of time, when or why, no one seems to be sure. The word Hinduism is a misnomer – the word Hindu is mentioned nowhere in the scriptures as is the term “Hindu mythology.” When comprehension became difficult, all that is inexplicable found refuge under the term mythology. Were the ascetics who lived in forests and mountains foolish enough to portray the picture of a God, who finds His perch on top of a serpent in an ocean of milk? Or a creator finding His work place atop a lotus that springs from the navel of Vishnu? Or that Lord Shiva should be polymorphic with the visage in one form, sporting all sorts of weird articles as ornaments, half feminine in another and a phallus in yet another form? If such descriptions defy comprehension, it only means the inability to understand allegory. The author has tried to unravel all these in layman’s logic and is not trying to masquerade in mysticism when confronted with the inexplicable. The book begins with the Pranava mantra and then it cruises through the Trimurthis, their significance, the mahavakyas and ends in the soul and the advaitha philosophy with an insight on how Science sees all these.
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Incarnations Of Holy Mother Different Incarnations Of R Dev

Author : Ramamurthy Natarajan
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When we hear the word avataaram (incarnation), we will immediately think of Dashaavataaram of Lord Vishnu. But Sri Devi also has taken lots of avataarams. The origin (birth) of most of the Gods we hear about are found in Puranas. Sometimes the end is also seen - for instance, Rama, Krishna, etc. However, the origin of lords Vishnu, Shiva and Devi have not been mentioned anywhere in puranas and all - in that sense they are unique.Sri Devi has also taken many an avataaram. In Sahasranaamaa, Trishatee, Ashtotram and all we have different names for Sri Devi. But an avataaram is different - it should have a particular form and purpose. In that perspective various avataarams of Sri Devi have been described in this book. Definitely this is not an exhaustive list, but some indicative. Let Sri Devi bless all the readers. Om Tat Sat.
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Six World Faiths

Author : W. Owen Cole
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Examines six major world religions - Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism. Each chapter is written by a member of the faith concerned and the book offers an introduction for all those seeking an understanding of a multi-faith society.
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