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This sage condensed Svetaketu’s love
teachings to a mere one hundred and fifty chapters some time in the fifth
century BC, or earlier, creating the sixty-fourfold division of the lovemaking
techniques in imitation of the structure of Rig Veda.
The title of Babhravya’s great
seven-part work. It survived into the middle ages, for Yashodhara quotes from
A demon who accumulated enough power,
through sacrifice and penance, to turn the gods out of their kingdom. Vishnu
tricked him into losing it again by assuming the form of a dwarf and asking him
for as much ground as he could cover in three strides. Vishnu’s first two
strides covered heaven and earth. Bali was allowed to keep the nether regions.
A province in northern Afghanistan,
lying between the Hindukush mountains the Oxus river. In Vatsyayana’s day the
Kushanas, whom the Aryans regarded as barbarians, ruled it.
Muscular lock or contraction to control the flow of prana
The rich land of modern Bangladesh
which adjoined the Gupta Empire. Samudragupta annexed them.
A Kriya for lower colon irrigation
"Song of the Lord." This scripture consists of eighteen chapters from
the Mahabharata epic. It is chiefly a dialog between the avatar
Lord Krishna and his disciple Arjuna on the eve of the historic battle of
Kurukshetra, about 3000 BC The Gita is allegory as well as history, a spiritual
treatise on the inner battle between man’s good and bad tendencies. Depending
on the context, Krishna symbolizes the guru, the soul or God: Arjuna represents
the aspiring devotee. Of this Holy Scripture Mahatma Gandhi wrote: "Those
who will meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it
every day. There is not a single spiritual tangle which the Gita cannot
An avatar who
lives as a king in India three millenniums before the Christian era. One of the
meanings given for the word Krishna in the Hindu scriptures is
"Omniscient Spirit." Thus, Krishna, like Christ, is a
spiritual title signifying the divine magnitude of the avatar—his
oneness with God. The title Bhagavan means, "Lord." In his
early life, Krishna lived as a cowherd who enchanted his companions with the
music of his flute. In this role Krishna is often considered to represent
allegorically the soul playing the flute of meditation to guide all misled
thoughts back to the fold of omniscience.
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