Sunday, August 18, 2019

Character of the Day: SHIVA


SHIVA is one of the Trimurti, together with Vishnu and Brahma. He is the god of destruction and also the god of yoga and of dance, Nataraja. He lives on Mount Kailash in the Himalayas together with his consort, Parvati.

Wikipedia: Shiva, Nataraja, Ishvara, Lingam, Rudra

Wikiquote: Shiva

Holiday: Maha Shivaratri

Ramayana: Ravana is a follower of Shiva. Sita's marriage-test involves Shiva's bow.

Mahabharata: Arjuna receives weapons from Shiva. Amba seeks Shiva's help to destroy Bhishma.

Freebookapalooza: Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists by Sister Nivedita

Devdutt.com: The Third Eye

Kindle: 7 Secrets of Shiva by Devdutt Pattanaik ($2.99); Shiva Stories and Teachings by Vanamali ($16)

Bizzell: Tales of Shiva: The Mighty Lord of KailasaSati and Shiva: Perfection RewardedShiva Parvati: A Story of Divine Love


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Character of the Day: LAKSHMI


LAKSHMI is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Together with Parvati and Saraswati, she is one of the three great manifestations, Tridevi, of the goddess, Devi. She is one of the treasures that emerged during the Churning of the Ocean. Her consort is Vishnu.

Wikipedia: Lakshmi, Tridevi, Shri, Samudra Manthan

Wikiquote: Lakshmi

Holiday: Navratri and Diwali

Ramayana: Sita is an avatar of the goddess Lakshmi.

Mahabharata: Krishna's wife Rukmini is an avatar of the goddess Lakshmi.

Devdutt.com: When Lakshmi Flows

Kindle: Invoking Lakshmi by Constantina Rhodes ($15)

Videos:

Lakshmi's Secret, plus Part II - III - IV

Friday, August 16, 2019

Character of the Day: VISHNU


VISHNU is one of the main gods of India. He is part of the Trimurti triad of gods, together with Brahma and Shiva. Vishnu is the hero of many stories, and he is also famous for his avatars, when he takes on an earthly form to save the world. Vishnu has many avatars; the ten most famous are called the Dashavatara. His cosmic manifestation is called the "All-Form," or Vishvarupa.

Wikipedia: Vishnu, Vaishnavism, Trimurti, DashavataraVishvarupa

Wikiquote: Vishnu

Ramayana: The main hero of the Ramayana, Rama, is an avatar of Vishnu.

Mahabharata: Krishna, one of the main heroes of the Mahabharata, is an avatar of Vishnu.

Freebookapalooza: Bhaktivedanta. Bhagavata Purana

Devdutt.com: Shhh… Vishnu Is Asleep

Kindle: 7 Secrets of Vishnu by Devdutt Pattanaik ($2.99)

Bizzell: Tales of Vishnu: The Gentle God

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