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The Eight Types of Marriage

July 30, 2010

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Mahabharata classifies marriage into eight types. They are Bráhma, Daiva, Ársha, Prájápatya, Asura, Gándharva, Rákshasa and Paisácha...

How Arjuna acquired the Gandiva

June 11, 2010

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Once there lived a King by the name Swetaki who was known for conducting extremely long yagnas. His priests assisted him for a long time until their bodies became weak and eyes were afflicted by prolonged exposure to the smoke. One time Swetaki desired to conduct a one hundred years long yagna. But his priests, […]

Brighu’s curse on Agni

June 7, 2010

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Maharishi Brighu, one of the seven great sages (the Saptarishis), had a wife by the name Puloma. Once when she was pregnant, Brighu went out of his Ashrama to take his bath. At that time, a rákshasha , also by the name Puloma, stopped by the áshrama. Upon seeing the rishi’s wife, the rákshasha  was […]

How Asuras & Devas came to be born on earth

June 4, 2010

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All was well in the Krta Yuga – people were virtuous, Kings just, and traders honest. Animals were well taken care of. Around this time, the Asuras, having been repeatedly defeated by the descendants of Aditi (Devas), with a desire to attain divinity began to be born in earth among men and animals. The Asuras, […]

Time: Part 3 – The Manvantara, Para and Paraardha

April 22, 2010

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The concept of Manvantara, while not mentioned in Mahabharata, is discussed by all 18 Puranas. Each daytime of Brahma (1 Kalpa) is divided into 14 Manvantaras. Each Manvantara has it’s own Manu, whose life spans the duration of the Manvantara. Thus 1 Kalpa = 14 Manvantaras = 1000 Chatur Yugas So, 1 MANVANTARA = ~71.4  […]

Time: Part 2 – The Kalpa

April 20, 2010

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One thousand Chatur Yugas constitute a daytime for Brahma, and this duration is also called a KALPA. (Mbh 12.302) 1 KALPA = 1 Daytime for Brahma = 1000 Chatur Yugas = 4,320,000,000 human years When the Kalpa ends and Brahma’s night sets in, dissolution or pralaya happens. This dissolution spans the entire nighttime of Brahma […]