While the Gods Play. Shaiva Oracles and Predictions on the Cycles of History and the Destiny of Mankind. By (author) Alain Daniélou. While the Gods Play. While the Gods Play has 23 ratings and 2 reviews. While the Gods Play: Shaiva Oracles and Predictions on the Cycles of History and the Alain Daniélou. Read “While the Gods Play Shaiva Oracles and Predictions on the Cycles of History and the Destiny of Mankind” by Alain Daniélou with Rakuten Kobo.

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One day Ramprasad decided to play a trick on me and gave me a larger dose than usual. Like a soldier who is about to be discharged, we count the days that are left.

While the Gods Play

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A Brief History of India. She had studied art history in Vienna, then gone to India, first to Dabielou then to Calcutta, where she founded the Indian Society of Oriental Art as well as a journal by the same name. Origins of the Tarot.

Why was the God-child – like Ganesha or Hephaestus, son of Hera – born of a virginsymbol of the first feminine principle? The order of the Dashanami Nagawhich still exists, is the oldest. The magician threw a rope in the air, where it remained suspended, though nothing held it from above, and sent a acolyte shinnying up it; the child disappeared into the sky.

Soon afterward, we became interested in the type of sculpture that is called medieval, which goes from the ninth to the twelfth century, a time when Indian artists achieved a unique balance between stylization and realism and discovered a kind of geometry of life.

Music, the ephemeral harmony of sounds that evokes the harmony of the universe, comes forth from the bamboo. Gyldenraven marked it as to-read Mar 16, For these people I was an intruder who was best ignored; my works were never included in their bibliographies.


The trailer protected us from tiers, wolves, snakes, and mosquitoes. Gods of Love and Ecstasy. Stella was a very interesting woman. Inside and Outside the Gnostic Gospels. The impending cataclysm, Danielou explains, is brought on by our own errors, and its date will be determined by our present and future actions.

Alain Danielou: While the Gods Play

Why did he have twelve companions, like the Sun among the signs of the zodiac? Once, during a dinner party given by Enrico Fulchignoni, the Italian philosopher, I was asked various questions about polytheism and explained how every aspect of the world is a particular projection of God’s mind; so that for a tree, God is a tree, for a bull, he is a bull, for a man, he is man, for a woman, woman, and for a Negro, he is black. For several years we dragged it behind our Ford rumble-seat roadster, later behind our jeep.

In the higher spheres of the Church, the only topics worthy of attention seem to be moral and social behavior, to which one might add a violent antisexual fanaticism, a kind of reverse Kama-sutra, which can only be of interest to psychiatrists.

Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. In Thw, the naked Gymnopedistswho were Jaina missionaries, had a considerable influence. Alain Danielou, Gods of Love and Ecstasy: The ponds and rice paddies turn completely red. The moment seemed favorable to the representatives of the ancient tradition to openly reestablish its precepts and react against all the foreign cults, including Vedism, and the new religions, Buddhism and Jainism.

Sakhare The History and Philosophy of Lingayat Religionthe infiuence of Lakulisha was immense and spread like wildfire, first in the north and then in the south of Whil.

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In the Himalayas, the sacrificial victims are buffaloes and bulls. Only those who succeed in freeing themselves from various forms of monotheism, dogmatism, blind faith, Christianity, Islam, and Marxism can ever hope to approach the multiple aspects of the divine, understand the proper place of man within the scheme of Creation, and discover the true path of tolerance and love as well as the good will of beasts, men, and gods.


I did not pretend to be a philosopher or a historian, but I knew the subtleties of dwnielou language, the meaning of the rites and symbols as well as any Brahman formed in the Hindu tradition. The beautifully sober, stylized erotic and symbolic tradition of the Middle Ages was considered decadent and unworthy of attention. The review must be at least 50 whilr long.

Unfortunately, I have seen many people fall victim to these practices. Before Swami Karpatri created the Jana Sangh political movement for the defense of traditional values, he ordered the preparation of one of those astonishing rituals called yajnason which kings have sometimes spent their entire fortunes. Some of these feasts take place once a year, others every four years or twice a century.

In the time of Lakulisha, the Akhada s regimentswhich were religious military ordersreassumed a great importance. Having satisfied their vendetta, Hindus immediately revert to their wonderfully gentle selves, always kind towards animals and their fellowmen. The fact that I spoke Hindi without an accent and dressed like a northern Hindu made it easier for me to enter the sanctuaries and worship the danidlou of the gods.

Certain aspects of life have grown disproportionately in relation to others, creating a serious disequilibrium. We politely saluted each other, and the tiger continued on his way. All beings alsin according to the plan niyatito their nature svabhava and chance sangati. I heard her say: Stella owned a large collection of sculptures and paintings which she later donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The purpose of the sacrifices is to make the gods bear witness to the terrible cruelty of a world where living creatures cannot survive without killing and devouring one another.