Sacred Hindu Symbols

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Abhinav Publications, 2001 - Hindu symbolism - 118 pages
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Hinduism Is Not Merely A Religion But A Way Of Life. Hinduism, In Its Traverse Of Four Thousand Years, Has Accumulated Many A Belief And Practice, Which Encompass The Whole Socio-Religio-Cultural Life Of A Devout. Since The Mythological Past, Hinduism Is Studded With Varied Signs And Symptoms, Which Are Mystic In Character And Symbolic In Nature, And Are Also Sacred Symbols Of Spiritualism As Well. These Symbols Are The Sacred Rivers; Mystic Mantras Like Om And Gayatri; The Auspicious Symbol Of Swastika; The Shivalinga, Salagram Shila Or Sacred Stone Objects; Tripundra Tilaks Or Urdhapundra Tilaks- The Process Of Besmearing The Body With Different Marks Of Sandal Pastes; The Sacred Conch Or Sankha And Venerated Trees Which Have Medicinal Value And Spiritual Ethos Like Tulsi, Vata, Rudraksha, Etc. All These Are Part Of Modern Hinduism But To Many Devouts And Observers These Symbols Stand Enigmatic! Thus This Book Attempts To Explore And Unearth The Hidden Philosophy Of These Signs And Gauge The Socio-Scientific Base And Tries To Find Out The Real Meaning Of Ritualistic Methodologies Of These Symbols, Which Are The Great Objects Of Veneration Of The Hindus Down The Ages.
 

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The book explains the important facts of Hinduism and its cults, traditions etc. Hinduism is a religion which has under gone many changes unlike other religions of the world. The steps of Hinduism is remarkable and its journey through the period of time is worth readable. Thanks to the writer and publisher.
I would like to translate this book to Kannada language.
Lingaraju D S
Bangalore.
 

Contents

Preface
7
List of Photographs
11
Signs and Symptoms of Hinduism
13
An Overview
15
The Hindu Pantheism
19
Sacred Animal Symbols
27
The Mysticism of Mantra
30
The Mystic Mantra OM
33
Sankha The Sacred Conch
77
The Symbolism of Sacred Trees
81
The Tears of Shiva
84
The Sacred Tulsi
93
The Sacred Bilva Tree
98
The Sacred Vata Vriksha
100
The Sacred Peepal Tree
102
The Sacred Kadali Tree
104

The Sacred Gayatri Mantra
36
The Sacred Swastika
38
Symbol of Temple Worship
41
The Symbolic Water and Sacred Rivers
44
The Sacred Posture of Hindu Salutation
47
The Sacred Sikha
49
TheSivalinga
50
The Shaivite Tilaks
58
Salagram Shila
63
The Vaishnavite Tilaks
70
Mango Tree
106
Betel Leaf or Pan
107
Durba Grass
109
Soma Plant
110
Sacred Karpura
111
Sacred Flowers
112
Select Bibliography
113
Index
116
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