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VYUHA

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Strategic Formations: the Vyuha

    1. Krauncha vyuha (heron formation)
    2. Makara vyuha (crocodile formation)
    3. Kurma vyuha (tortoise or turtle formation)
    4. Trishula vyuha (the trident formation)
    5. Chakra vyuha (wheel or discus formation)
    6. Kamala vyuha or Padma vyuha (lotus formation)
    7. Garud vyuha (Eagle formation)
    8. Oormi vyuha (Ocean formation)
    9. Mandala vyuha (Galactic formation)
    10. Vajra vyuha (diamond/ thunderbolt formation)
    11. Shakata vyuha (Box/Cart formation)
    12. Asura vyuha (Demon formation)
    13. Deva vyuha (Divine formation)
    14. Soochi vyuha (Needle formation)
    15. Sringataka vyuha (Horned formation)
    16. Chandrakala vyuha (Crescent/ Curved Blade formation)

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    The Padmavyuha or Chakravyuha is an army formation mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

    It is a seven-tier defensive spiral formation, used by Dronacharya, commander-in-chief of the Kaurava army.The formation is likened to a chariot wheel.

    The various vyuhas (army formations) had been studied by the Kauravas and Pandavas alike, with most of the vyuhas having their counter formations to break the enemy formation. It is important to observe that in the form of battle described in the Mahabharata, it was important to position the powerful fighters in positions where they would inflict the maximum damage on the opposing force or defend against the attacks of key warriors of the opposition.

    This particular vyuha was special in being the only vyuha that none of the Pandava warriors except Abhimanyu, Arjuna, Krishna and Pradyumna knew how to lead an offensive against it. Arjuna’s son Abhimanyu had the knowledge of penetrating into the Padmavyuha but not how to exit from it. He learned it when he was still inside the womb of his mother, Subhadra. Ironically, Subhadra fell asleep while Krishna was explaining the formation to her, and so Abhimanyu could not learn how to escape from it. He died in the Kurukshetra War trying to break free from the Chakravyuha. Mahabharata also has references wherein the rules of Chakravyuha were broken by Kauravas to kill Abhimanyu. After Abhimanyu penetrated the sixth tier of spiral formation, All the Kaurava warriors attacked him in unison.

    It was against the rules of Dharmayuddha, which stated that multiple warriors should not attack a single warrior.

    Drawing the Classical Seven-Circuit Labyrinth

    Start by drawing an equal armed cross, and put small arcs, or angles in each quadrant. Then insert dots in each quadrant, just beyond the arc. The arc should be between the cross and the dot. Ideally they should be equally spaced. This is the “seed” for the seven-circuit labyrinth.

    Draw an arc joining the top arm of the cross to the tip of the adjacent arc in the right upper quadrant.

    Next, draw an arc from the top arm of the left quadrant arc to the dot in the right upper quadrant.

    Connect an arc from the dot in the upper left quadrant to the horizontal line of the corner arc in the upper right quadrant.

    Now, join the horizontal arm of the corner arc in the top left quadrant with the tip of the right arm of the cross

    Now draw an arc from the left arm of the cross up and over the other arcs, enclosing them, to the tip of the horizontal arm of the corner arc in the right lower quadrant.

    Starting at the tip of the horizontal arm of the corner arc in the left lower quadrant, draw an arc going up and around to the dot in the right lower quadrant.

    Now draw an arc from the dot in the left lower quadrant around to the vertical arm of the corner arc in the right lower quadrant.

    To complete the labyrinth, draw the final line from the vertical arm of the corner arc in the left lower quadrant to the tip of the lower arm of the cross. It will seem like you�re drawing a circle around the entire drawing.

    ___Ther is one more called CHAKRAVYUHA____

    And the victim is ABHIMANYU

    Abhimanyu_trapped_in_the_Chakravyuha

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    AVATAR

    In Hinduism, an avatar is the incarnation (bodily manifestation) of an Immortal Being, or of the Ultimate Supreme Being. It derives from the Sanskrit word Avatar which means “descent” and usually implies a deliberate descent into mortal realms for special purposes. The term is used primarily in Hinduism, for incarnations of Vishnu the preserver, whom many Hindus worship as God. The Dashavatar are ten particular “Great” incarnations of Vishnu.

    Unlike Christianity, and Shaivism, Vaishnavism believes that God takes a special human form whenever there is a decline of righteousness and rise of evil (from the Bhagavad Gita). Lord Krishna, according to Vaishnavism, an avatar of Vishnu, famously said in the Gita: “For the protection of the good, for destruction of evil, and for the establishment of righteousness, I come into being from age to age.”

    The word has also been used by extension by non-Hindus to refer to the incarnations of God in other religions, notably Christianity, for example Jesus.

    The ten Avatars or Dashavatar of Shri VISHNU

    The Maha Avatar (Great Avatars) of Vishnu are usually said to be ten and this is popularly known as the Dashavatar (dasa (dasha) in Sanskrit means ten):

    Matsya, the fish

    Kurma, the tortoise

    Varaha, the boar

    Narasimha, the Man-Lion (Nara = man, simha = lion)

    Vamana, the Intelligent Dwarf Brahmin

    Parashurama, Rama with the axe

    Rama, Sri Ramachandra, the prince and king of Ayodhya

    Krishna (meaning dark or black; see also other meanings in the article about him.)

    Balarama (meaning one who holds a plough) or Buddha

    Kalki (“Eternity”, or “time”, or “The Destroyer of foulness”), who is expected to appear at the end of Kali Yuga, the time period in which we currently exist, which will end in the year AD 428899.

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    Astrologers claim that Grahas influence the auras (energy bodies) and minds of beings connected to the Earth. Each Graha carries a specific energy quality, which is described in an allegorical form through its scriptural and astrological references. The energies of the Grahas are getting connected in a specific way to the individual auras of humans at the time they take their first breath in a given nativity. These energy connections remain with the natives of Earth as long as their current body lives

    Each of the graha has associations with various characters, such as colors, metals, etc

    Character Surya Dev (sun) Chandra (Moon) Mangala (Mars) Budha (Mercury)
    Consort Sharanya & Chaaya Rohini Shaktidevi Ila
    Color Copper White Red Green
    Gender Associated Male Male Male Neutral
    Element Fire Water Fire Earth
    God Agni Varuna Subramanya Vishnu
    Pratyadi Devataa rudra gowri Murugan Vishnu
    Metal Gold/Brass Silver Brass Brass
    Gemstone Ruby Pearl/Moonstone Red Coral Emerald
    Body Part Bone Blood Marrow Skin
    Taste Pungent Salt Acid Mixed
    Food Wheat Rice Pigeon pea Mung bean
    Season Summer Winter Summer Autumn
    Direction East North West South North
    Day Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday

     

    Character Guru (Jupiter) Shukra (Venus) Shani (Saturn) Rahu (north node) Ketu (south node)
    Consort Tara Sukirthi & Urjaswathi Neeladevi Simhi Chitralekha
    Color Gold White/Yellow Black/Blue Smoky Smoky
    Gender Associated Male Female Neutral
    Element Ether Water Air Air Earth
    God Indra Indrani Brahma Nirriti Ganesha
    Pratyadi Devataa brahma indra yama mrutyu chitragupta
    Metal Gold Silver Iron Lead Lead
    Gemstone Yellow Sapphire Diamond Blue Sapphire Hessonite Cat’s Eye
    Body Part Brain Semen Muscles
    Taste Sweet Sour Astringent
    Food Chickpea kidney beans Sesame Urad (bean) Horse gram
    Season Winter Spring All Seasons
    Direction North East South East West South West
    Day Thursday Friday Saturday

     

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    Interpretation of omens

    Here are some items & persons signifying auspicious / favourable & inauspicious / unfavourable omens. The list in no means is exhaustive, but provides adequate information. Omens differ from place to place, country to country & religion to religion.

    Items signifying omens

    Auspicious items: Following fifty items are auspicious items & seeing them is auspicious at all the times. Curd, milk, rice, pot filled with water, ripe food, mustard, sandal, mirror, fresh green grass (Durva– a kind of grass), conch shell, meat, fish, soil (wet), a bright yellow pigment prepared from urine of cow (Gorochan), cow dung, cow, honey, idol of god, Veena (a musical instrument), fruit, seat of king, flower, black items used to decorate eyes (Anjan / Kajal / Surma), ornaments, hand weapon, beetle leaves, conveyance, palanquin (Palki – man carried conveyance), a covered pot or box to keep medicine or wine (Sharavsanput) , flag, parasol (Chhatra), hand fan, clothes, lotus, Kakash (pot), glowing fire, elephant, goats, drums, device to control elephant (Ankush), tail of animal used to whisk flies (Chaamar), gems, gold, silver, copper, herd of tied animals or an animal whose legs are tied, medicine, drink, tree with fruit, fresh vegetables.

    Inauspicious items: A sparkle without smoke, ash, fuel-wood-cow dug cake (Upla), rope, mud, device used to make powder by hammering action (Tilkuta), cotton, husk (Tush), bones, opened hair (untied hair), black item, iron, bark of a tree (Valkal), skin of a tree, black sesame (Til) or black pulse, stone, stool, snake, medicine, oil, raw sugar, boneless meat, empty or broken utensil, salt, dry grass, butter milk, wood, iron chain, rain & wind.

    Omens related to persons

    Auspicious persons: Sight of the following persons is auspicious: a king, happy Brahmin, prostitute, virgin girl, gentle person, well dressed person sitting on a horse or ox, a fair complexion lady in white dress & wearing white garland on her fore head; a pious Brahmin wearing white clothes-sandal & flowers-having properly fed & having received donations, reciting Mantras; a lady with a man or either of them having fruit in his or her hands- seen in front; a child saying something on his own; a beautiful person, person dressed in white clothes-wearing white garland, speaking sweetly if is found coming from front or right side during journey or at the time of entrance- it is an auspicious omen.