Hindu Gods and Goddesses:300 Illustrations from The Hindu Pantheon Dover Publications Edward Moor
This audiobook contains an easily accessible overview of the Hindu religion, with a focus on those coming from the Western religions and cultures. While quite a few of us in the west are familiar with at least some aspects of the religion (karma, for instance), most of us lack any real depth of understanding of the complexities and nuances of one of the world´s oldest and most diverse religions. I hope that by listening to this book you can at least begin to scratch the surface of this rich and intricate religion. We will cover the basics of the belief system, including the concepts of karma, reincarnation, ahimsa, and the one Supreme Being. These concepts unite all the various sects of the Hindu religion, as well as all of the regional and familial variations in what is a rich and complex religion. The pantheon of the gods is described, with an emphasis on each god´s function. The rich symbolism present in their depictions is also explored, for a small sampling of the main deities. A full treatment of the symbolism is a subject worthy of a full semester college course. Not only is Hinduism rich in its diversity of gods and goddesses, it is also filled with many different rituals and festivals. Some of the most important rituals that punctuate the life of a Hindu are described. Rituals that are performed for pregnancy, birth, and death are common. Like we are accustomed to in the west, the Hindu religion also celebrates many holidays. I describe some of the most popular. Finally, I give a brief overview of what can only be considered one of the largest collections of religious scriptures in the world. They number over 100, though not all are accorded the same significance. This work is intended to serve as a jumping off point for you to begin your self-exploration of the world´s oldest and third largest religion. Listen to the audiobook today to learn more about this fascinating religion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Schell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/054808/bk_acx0_054808_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The great Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune. She is renowned across all of India as the most beneficent goddess of the Hindu pantheon. She not only bestows wealth and fortune in the material world, but also the spiritual. That is the beauty of Lakshmi. When you call upon her, she prepares you for wealth and fortune from the inside out. Often it happens very quickly, and in some cases, it can take some time. In either case, she is very responsive. In this book, we will tap into the eight manifestations of this great Goddess. These eight emanations will help you achieve wealth and prosperity in more than one area of life. Unlike some of her fellow goddesses, she is gentile. She is not a Kali or a Druga - she will approach you gently. We will discuss the idea of the divine feminine, then we will discuss Lakshmi in a bit more detail, and get right to business. Let us begin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Baal Kadmon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/093475/bk_acx0_093475_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Shiva is one of the most mysterious gods of the Hindu pantheon. His energy can be found in all things, yet his tranquil and fierce energy can seem out of reach for some. His images often depict him in a meditative state or in his most common form, the Nataraja, or the one who dances within the circular fires that represent creation and dissolution. He is by far one of the most ancient of the Hindu gods, there are hints of him in the Vedas, and this form is often called ´´proto-Shiva´´. In his current incarnation he is part of the Hindu Trinity that is comprised of the gods Brahma and Vishnu. Shiva´s name means ´´the auspicious one´´. Shiva is the god of creation, destruction, and regeneration. It is for this reason his mantras are so powerful; they are multipurpose and can serve the magician in any way he or she sees fit. Although most deities that I work with are female, Shiva is the only exception. He has been my patron for decades. I even have a tattoo of his image on my back. He is very close to me. Often Shiva is associated with unbridled sexuality, eccentricity, and nirvanic states. He has all these within himself. He is no doubt a figure that would be interpreted in the west as the embodiment of all that is evil, sinful, and dark. This reputation is not helped by the fact many of his followers are known to perform actions that are often shocking and even downright lewd. They do this not because they are degenerates, but because they are trying to prove a point. In many ways, Shiva is the god of the outcasts. Shiva will challenge you in ways other gods will not. He will force you to go deep into your nature. If you are not introspective, Shiva will and can be a nightmare for you. He will force you to break open. His mantras are often recited when people need help. All problems you may have, be they physical, mental or spiritual he can help you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Baal Kadmon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/073925/bk_acx0_073925_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
WARNING: Please listen to this warning before you proceed to call upon Kali. Kali is fierce. Meaning, when you use her mantra you are invoking a fierce energy. Her energy is not subtle. The results can be rather dramatic. Kali, the dark mother of the Hindu pantheon is oft the most misunderstood Goddess in all human spiritual endeavor. Her images often depict her as being an evil and demonic force that few should ever dare call upon whilst others worship her as benign Goddess whom bestows blessings upon her supplicants. She is, in fact, both of these. Kali will challenge the stuffiness and properness you have acquired in this life. She will challenge who you think you are. She will spit in your face, she will push your buttons and will humble you. She will make you face your demons. Cut away your pride. She would be the one to push you into the deep end of the pool so you can learn to swim. She will show you the futility of your overly valued words and notions of yourself to which we all idolatrously worship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Resheph. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037485/bk_acx0_037485_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Some of you who know me know that I have a very powerful relationship with Goddess energy. I find personally that the magick that employs the Goddess is simply more powerful for me. I don´t know exactly why. Perhaps it is just my personal experience or my karma that the divine Feminine speaks through and to me. I don´t know. But I do know that almost all rituals I perform include the Goddess energy. Not that I don´t use male energy at all, I do, but for my personal every day practice, it is rare. A few exceptions do exist such as my work with Shiva the God of the Hindu Pantheon, St. Expedite, and occasionally Ganesh. One Goddess that I resonate very strongly with is Circe, not many know of her in the mainstream occult. I know of her through the many years of study and experimentation. She is quite powerful. There is almost a kind of irritability in her nature which makes her slightly unpredictable, but I find, despite that, she is incredibly powerful. She is known as a Goddess of Witches, a divine sorceress herself. She is born of a sun God and a water nymph, and therefore she has the full range of magickal force behind her. She is most known, in the literature of old, as the Goddess who turned Odysseus´s entourage into swine. She is a true witch and sorceress, and it is for this reason I will teach you various ways to tap into her power. I must warn you, she is very powerful and does not ´´suffer fools lightly´´ as they say. In this book, we will discuss briefly who Circe is, rituals employing her energy and how to make an essential tool for her magick, a wand. In this book, we will perform the following rituals with Circe: Protection ritual using a talisman pouch Divination using an obsidian mirror For personal empowerment To become seductive to anyone Enchant someone to do your bidding Calling on Circe for physical healing Calling on Circe for pros 1. Language: English. Narrator: Baal Kadmon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/077993/bk_acx0_077993_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.