Showing posts with label Yoganidra. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yoganidra. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is Yoganidra?

 


("yoga slumber") The Goddess's epithet appears in the first episode of the Devi Mahatmya, the oldest and most authoritative document on the Goddess's mythology.

In this episode, the Goddess uses her power of illusion to lull Vishnu into a coma, rendering him unconscious to Brahma's screams for aid when he is threatened by the demons Madhu and Kaitabha.

When Brahma praises the Goddess, she withdraws her yogic slumber from Vishnu, allowing him to restore consciousness and save Brahma by destroying the demons.


~Kiran Atma


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Hinduism - Who Is Madhu?


One of two demons that tries to destroy the deity Brahma in Hindu mythology; the other demon is Kaitabha.

The narrative is told in a variety of legendary texts, with some significant changes between them.

During the moment of cosmic dissolution, Madhu and Kaitabha are born from the deity Vishnu's ear wax, according to all traditions (pralaya).

A lotus blooms from Vishnu's navel as the universe is created all over again.

It begins by revealing Brahma, the creator-god, who is immediately threatened by Madhu and Kaitabha.

In all versions of the narrative, Brahma asks for assistance, and Vishnu fools and kills the demons.

The distinction between the two accounts is the god to whom Brahma pleads for assistance.

The narrative is originally told in the Vishnu mythology, when Brahma summons Vishnu.

The Devimahatmya, the oldest text in which the Mother Goddess emerges as the highest divine force, tells the same narrative.

Brahma's song of adoration in this version is to the Goddess, who, in her shape as Yoganidra ("yoga slumber"), has lulled Vishnu into a cosmic lethargy, making him powerless to assist Brahma.

The Goddess, pleased by Brahma's praise, relinquishes her control over Vishnu, who wakes and slays the demons.


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Hinduism - Who Is Kaitabha In Hindu Mythology?

 

One of two demons that tries to murder the deity Brahma in Hindu mythology (the other is Madhu).

The narrative is told in a variety of legendary texts, with some significant changes between them.

During the age of cosmic dissolution, Madhu and Kaitabha are born from the deity Vishnu's earwax, according to all traditions (pralaya).

A lotus erupts from Vishnu's navel as the universe is being created.

It begins with the revelation of Brahma, the creator-god, who is promptly assailed by Madhu and Kaitabha.

Brahma makes a plea for aid in all versions of the narrative.

Vishnu deceives and kills the demons (who are powerful but not very intelligent).

The distinction is in the god to whom Brahma pleads for assistance.

The narrative initially occurs in Vishnu's mythology, when Brahma summons the god.

The Devimahatmya, the oldest legendary source for the religion of the Mother Goddess as the greatest celestial force, tells a similar scenario.

In this version, Brahma's song of gratitude is to the Goddess, who has lulled Vishnu into a cosmic coma in her guise as Yoganidra ("yoga sleep"), making him unable to assist Brahma.

The Goddess, pleased by Brahma's praise, relinquishes her control over Vishnu, who wakes and slays the demons.

 


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