Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Hindu Temples of Angkor Wat part.II

                Jayavarman declared himself; a god king- a link between mankind and the spirits. He began a grand tradition of temple building that was to be kept alive by future Khmer rulers. The god kings, most of who were Hindus, marked their link with the divine by adorning their temples with statues of the principal gods made in their own likenesses. The duty of the god king was to win the favor of the other gods for the benefit of his subjects. While the temples paid tribute to the generosity of these gods, who helped to swell the city’s rice harvests, the scared states remained worshippers of the power of their supreme ruler.

                Each Khmer king, as well as adding to the irrigation network, tried to outshine his predecessor with the splendor of his temple. The brilliant of all is Angkor Wat, built by Suryavarman II. Like most of the Khmers’ temples, Angkor Wat is a symbol of Mount Meru – in Hindu legend, the home of the gods.

                 Shortly after Angkor Wat’s construction, the Khmer capital was sacked by the Chams from lower Annam (present day Vietnam). Its people endured four years of submission, until the future Jayavarman VII led a rebellion which drove out the hated invaders. Then embarked on an ambitious program of construction and rebuilt the royal capital.

              Jayavarman VII‘s city is known as Angkor Thom. The square moat which surrounds it was once stocked with fierce crocodiles. Each side is more than 3 Km long and is reinforced by defensive walls of 7 meter high. The main through fares align with the points of the compass, entering the city across the moat and through gateways large enough to allow the access of royal elephants. They meet in the centre of the capital, at the massive temple of the Bayon.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Hindu Temples of Angkor Wat part.I

               The fabulous city of the Khmers, whose empire covered most of modern Cambodia and Thailand, was only rediscovered in 1860. While its temples still pay tribute to the gods and god kings, they also tell of the daily life of the peasants whose labor created it.

                Today’s Kampucheans trace their origins back to a Hindu people, the Khmers. The Khmers ruled a large area of south East Asia for some 500 years, until the early 15th century Ad when the neighboring Thais drove them from their home in what was then Cambodia. More than 400 years later, in January 1860, a French naturalist making his way along a vine entangled track in the Kampuchean jungle caught sight of five conical towers rising above a canopy of trees. Henri Mouhot had stumbled upon a vast monument of this vanished civilization – the ruined city of Angkor, ancient capital of the Khmers.

                THE Khmer empire flourished between the 9th and 14th centuries across the whole of modern Kampuchea and parts of South Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. Its founder, king Jayavarman II, chose a site for his capital near the Angkor plain a vast tract of fertile land watered by tributaries of the Mekong River.

                The city’s people fed well all year round. Making the most of the brief monsoonal wet season, they used a complex system of reservoirs and canals to supply water to their rice paddies during periods of drought.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nostradamus and His Prophecies Part.I

                                        I have already written about Michel Nostradamus, seer of France, an extraordinary man who born in 1503 who possessed some inner knowledge than an ordinary man.Let us view more about his Prophecies.

                                        Nostradamus was a general medical practitioner, a man of exceptional medical accomplishments. Less details of his life are available, from his manuscripts, his epistles to the King of France, and his letters to his own son; it is evident that he too belonged to the Order of the Pursuit.

                                        The first edition of the Prophecies of Nostradamus was published in 1660. At that time the Americas were still the happy hunting ground of Spanish adventures. There was no indication that it will be a super power in the western hemisphere, but Nostradamus wrote at length of the future of America which indicates his extraordinary knowledge.

                                         Throughout his prophecy he mentions America with several names like- Hisparides, America, the Blessed Isles of the West and The land which keeps the Thursday. This last one name is really an astonishing one, because it refers to t the unique American holiday, Thanks giving. It always falls upon a Thursday. This is the only American holiday which depends upon the Thursday alone for its celebration.

To review the opinions of Nostradamus concerning the future fate of Western civilization is not easy.

                                        He foresaw and a great evolution would rise in the western world. That revolution would liberate itself from the bonds of its parent country will assume a free place among the temporal powers. It will flourish and extend its domain across the entire continent. It will grow prosperous and powerful and will live harmony will with its sister (Canada). He wrote that America would have to wage several wars including with the Orient. This clash he describes as an eagle flying against the rising sun. But during his days neither the eagle nor the rising sun had the slightest importance in the symbolism of nations.  In short he foretold the story of the Blessed Isles it accurately according to the spiritual tradition. Really it is amazing mystery.

                                        In ancient days, astrology was one the science of the Kingdoms. Many astrological books clearly show that terrestrial signs were sued to represent the elements of the political system, and the astrologers were the part of the Order of the Quest. Nostradamus was consulted by three kings and Queen; Catherine de Medici consulted him on many occasions. His prophesies of Nostradamus have been translated into most of the languages in the world.

Tamil Treatise on Architecture Part .I

Ancient Indian people followed certain thumb rule for constructing their houses. Let us see few of them. Measure the length and breadth of the house.  Multiply length and the breath and multiply that resulting number by eight and divide the result by 12 the remainder will be the Profit or Ayam.
 Again multiply the length and breadth of the house and multiply that resulting number by nine and divide the product by ten the remainder will be the Loss or Selavu.
Multiply the length and breadth of the house and then multiply the result by twenty seven and divide it by hundred the remainder will be the durability or the age of the house. 

Let us view this with example.
Let the length of the house be eleven feet and the width be 5 feet, let us calculate the age of the building. By the thumb rule 11×5=55 again 55×27=1485 divide it by 100 the remainder will be 85 therefore the age of the building will be 85 years.
Let us calculate the Ayam and Selavu of the building. By the Rule 11×5=55, 55×8=440, divide 440 by 12 the result 8 is Ayam.
Let us calculate the Selavu, by rule 11×5=55, 55×9=495, divide 495 by 10 the remainder 5 is the Selavu or loss.
If the Ayam be 0 to 2 it denotes Happiness and Pleasure
If the Ayam be 3to 4 it denotes the Fame
If the Ayam be 5 to 6 it denotes abundant Wealth
If the Ayam be 7 to 8 it denotes more benefits and true wisdom.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Did Jesus ever visit India?

           There are so many mysteries in Bible.  One of its mysteries is about Jesus where about in early twenties. In New Testament there is a huge gap from his puberty till three years before his crucifixion. The general inference is that he was assisting his father in his carpentry work and nothing had happened remarkable. There are so many rumors about him in that period and we could not validate them. Let us see one of them. 

         One rumor was that Jesus went to  India during that time. By that time there were well established trade routes, so it may be possible. Remember Alexander came here several centuries before, then why can’t Jesus? 

In 19th century; Nicolas Notovitch a Russian traveler mentioned in his travel book about this. According to him this story was revealed by a senior Lama in Ladakh. Let us go through that.
      According to him a manuscript was read to him. In that mentioned, Jesus was respected as Bodhisattva in the name of Issa and he came to India to learn more about Buddhism and Vedas.  In Ladakh he had healed and made a dead child alive.  As Jesus stirred up the caste war against Brahmins he was forced to leave India and Jesus returned back to Persia.

            To verify the authenticity of Notovitch claim, Max Muller sent one letter to the monastery, but they disavowed such knowledge of things and manuscript. There are so many controversies in his book. According to him Jesus was called as Issa, but Issa an Islamic name was not in use by that time of Jesus.

            But the Ahmadiyya Muslims believe that Jesus survived after the crucifixion and then fled to India, and lived and died of his old age. Similar story was incorporated by Elizabeth Clare prophet. 

                It may not happened  as exactly as Notovitch claimed but there are so many similarities  between the religious movements of India and Near East in the early millennium  which is to be explored  to know more about the facts.

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