By I. K Taimni
Octavo. 132 pp, 1. advent; 2. Devis and Devatas as Powers and services of the only God; three. common ideas of Hindu Symbolism; four. typical Symbolism: The Symbology of Siva-Linga; five. man made 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 variation, 1997.Red fabric with gilt lettering to entrance board and backbone, and ornamental endpapers.
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Anyone who knows the relation of the function of Divine life symbolized by Vishnu with Buddhi, his instrument, will see at once how apt the allegory is. If we do not have the necessary qualifications, we leave the path which leads to Enlightenment not by the intervention of any external agency but owing to the infatuations and illusory ambitions which arise in our own mind as a result of the weaknesses and unhealthy conditions prevailing therein. The infatuation need not necessarily take the form of sexual attraction.
Have exercised on the Hindu mind. Those who feel any kind of revulsion towards this kind of literature must learn to read these things not with the eyes of the flesh but with those of the Spirit. These things were not really meant for those who had lost faith and the spirit of reverence and looked at everything through the lower mind completely devoid of intuition. It is not possible to trace here in detail the allegorical significance of the story of Samudra-Manthana, firstly, because the subject of the evolution of life and consciousness is very vast; and secondly, because those who are not familiar both with Hindu mythology and modern scientific developments will find such discussion confusing.
This is the most significant aspect of the story and we should consider it carefully to grasp its importance. Broadly it symbolizes the fact that the real purpose of the evolutionary process is to enable each individual to unfold the powers which are latent in him and to attain Self-realization. But the significance of the story is not only in the fact that the process of churning the Ocean culminates in bringing out amrita. It also lies in the fact that although both the Devas and the Daityas seek Immortality only the Devas are able to achieve it.