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Interesting Similarities

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 15, 2012

In Hindu mythology, puranic texts mention the story of a great flood,wherein the Matsya Avatar of Lord Vishnu warns the first man, Manu, of the impending flood, and also advises him to build a giant boat. In Genesis, Noah is instructed to build an Ark.

                 

The first man in Hindu Mythology is called “Manu”, while the English word for a male is “Man”. In the Bible, the first man was “Adam”, while the Hindi word for a male is “Adami”.

                 

Ancient Persians on account of their language aspirated the “S” sound and pronounced it as an “H”. Keeping this in mind it is interesting to observe that while “Ahura Mazda” is the Avestan name of a divine being in Zoroastrianism, “Asuras” are considered demons in Hindu mythology. The terms “Ahuras” and “Asuras” are linguistically related. With the passage of time, Ahuras began to be considered as higher beings in Avestha, while in Hinduism the Asuras began to be considered lesser beings.

                 

In Genesis, the Lord said, “My spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh:his days shall be 120 years.” The Vimshottari Dasha system of Vedic Astrology considers a human being’s life to be 120 years long.

                 

I love it when I come across instances in one culture that I can relate with similar stories in other cultures. Some of these similarities are due to cultural exchanges and ancient travelers. Others are mere coincidences. Above are the ones that come to my mind. Would love to know of ones that you can think of.

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Ask God for an Enlightened Mind…the Rest is in Your Hands!

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 24, 2012

Om bhūr bhuvah svah

tat savitur varenyam

bhargo devasya dhīmahi

dhiyo yo nah pracodayāt

– Gayatri Mantra, Rigveda (3.62.10)

This is one of the most revered mantras from Vedic Hinduism and is an invocation to the Sun God, Savitr for an enlightened mind and stimulated prayer. So why does one of the most widely quoted Vedic mantras, the prayer that symbolizes the break of dawn, ask the Holy One for only an enlightened mind and glory? There is no mention of food, no plea for peace and happiness, no asking forgiveness for our sins. There is no reference to success or failure nor is there any appeal for the good things in life. Why?

Because only the Mind is absolute. Everything else is relative, and in most cases an emotionally conceived illusion. In addition, Mind is a truly free entity. It is divine. We cannot control the thoughts that emanate from it. Yes, we can train ourselves to control how we react to those thoughts and direct them into actions, but we cannot suppress the birth of a thought or check the nature of those thoughts. And for what we humans feel helpless against, we must turn to God.

Everything else, everything, is subordinated to us. We have been blessed with powers to deal with hunger, sadness, stress, sins and evil. Some of us treat these “Imposters” as just that and do not let them affect our lives. The rest of us have capabilities to change the circumstances around us. However this ability relies heavily on having an aware, intelligent and healthy mind.

Hence, prayer to God should seek divine thoughts and an enlightened mind. The rest is in our hands.

As always, comments welcome!

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