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By David Frawley

This publication experiences the astronomical references within the Vedas and describes the geography of Sapta Saindhava, the unique domestic of the Indo- Aryans. This sector lay approximately among the Indus and the Ganga rivers, even if the outer edge of the Aryan global stretched the entire approach to the steppes of valuable Asia, to the Caspian sea and the Oxus river. The Rigvedic hymns have been composed totally on the banks of Sarasvati and its tributary Drishadvati within the Aryan heartland known as Brahmavarta. Frawley has now written a chain of books on diversified features of Vedic civilization. he's consistently equipoised and rational; his books are very worthy courses to appreciate the variegated complexity and but the basic cohesion of Indian civilization. In view of the truth that the Vedic or Indo-European background lies on the foundation of up to date ecu and American in addition to a ways japanese civilizations, those books are of common relevance. Frawleyís deep wisdom of many of the facets of Vedic society offers him the power to stroll that slender direction of constancy to the unique the place one isn't really utilizing later different types to interpose imagined meanings. Frawley has made the Rig Veda obtainable to the trained layman. unquestionably, those books will function torchlights to people who desire to chart their very own methods within the dawning new age. The Rig Veda may be the oldest e-book on the planet, courting again the sunrise of historical past. it's the fountainhead of the religious traditions of India and the oldest textual content in any Indo-European language. it's a compendium of knowledge, poetry, mythology, riddles, and particularly yogic and meditational insights that are suitable for all who desire to comprehend the deeper religious impulses at the back of human civilization. this can be the 1st translation of the Rig Veda on hand within the West through an writer knowledgeable within the Vedic non secular and yogic traditions. As such the e-book unlocks the various mystical and esoteric keys to the Vedas now not formerly famous.

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The Vishva-sara Tantra says that tha Para-brahman, as Shabda-brahman, whose substance is all mantra, exists in the body of the jivatma. It is either unlettered (dhvani) or lettered (varna). The former, which produces the latter, is the subtle aspect of the jiva’s vital shakti. As the Prapancha-sara states, the brahmanda is pervaded by shakti, consisting of dhvani, also called nada, prana, and the like. The manifestation of the gross form (sthula) of shabda is not possible unless shabda exists in a subtle (sukshma) form.

It is indifferent what the Kaula’s apparent sect may be. The form is nothing and everything. It is nothing in the sense that it has no power to narrow the Kaula’s own inner life; it is everything in the sense that knowledge may infuse its apparent limitations with an universal meaning. So understood, form is never a bond. The Vishva-sara Tantra, says of the Kaula that "for him there is neither rule of time; nor place. His actions are unaffected either by the phases of the moon or the position of the stars.

In other cases the vrata is performed through a Brahmana. The Tantra makes no caste distinctions as regards worship. All may read the Tantras, perform the Tantrik worship, such as the sandhya (v. post), and recite the Tantrik mantra, such as the Tantrik Gayatri. All castes, and even the lowest chandala, may be a member of a chakra, or Tantrik circle of worship. In the chakra all its members partake of food and drink together, and are deemed to be greater than Brahmanas; though upon the breakup of the chakras the ordinary caste and social relations are re-established.

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