By I. K Taimni
Octavo. 132 pp, 1. creation; 2. Devis and Devatas as Powers and capabilities of the only God; three. common ideas of Hindu Symbolism; four. common Symbolism: The Symbology of Siva-Linga; five. synthetic Symbolism: The Symbology of Mahesa; 6. The Symbology of Trideva; 7. The tales of Hiranyakasipu and Bhasmasura; eight. The Churning of the sea (Samudra-Manthana); nine. The Allegory in Durga-Saptasati. moment version, 1997.Red textile with gilt lettering to entrance board and backbone, and ornamental endpapers.
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These sublime facts of spiritual life have been so much debased, by those who profess to be spiritual without having any real spirituality, into mere religious slogans and pious platitudes that one feels hesitation in talking about these things. But there is a tremendous reality hidden behind this doctrine of Divine guidance and Divine intervention. 5. The last point we may note in the story of the Churning of the Ocean is the question of the qualifications which entitle an aspirant to gain Enlightenment or Immortality.
Vishnu, being the Preserver, His power is constantly restoring equilibrium wherever it is disturbed and the Law of Karma may, therefore, be considered as an automatic or natural expression of this power in the evolution of humanity. Naturally, the power which enables Vishnu to exercise His over-all functions and which is symbolically represented by the Goddess Lakshmi should be associated with objects 32 which are indicative of those functions. Let us take for instance, the power of preservation of human life.
These also became very powerful, drove out the Devas from Heaven and started misusing their power more and more. The Devas remembered the promise that the Devi had given on the previous occasion and prayed to Her to come and put an end to their misery. The Devi appeared in the form of Parvati and on learning why she had been invoked, a part of Her was projected outside in the form of a beautiful Devi called Ambika whereby Parvati was transformed into another Devi called Kalika who was black and ugly.