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Vajra: A Ritual Object in Hinduism and Buddhism

By |2020-06-28T16:21:16+03:00June 28th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A vajra is a weapon used as a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force). The vajra is essentially a type of club with a ribbed spherical head. The ribs may meet in a ball-shaped top, [...]

Yeshe Tsogyal: The Mother of Tibetan Buddhism

By |2020-06-27T01:29:01+03:00June 27th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |

Yeshe Tsogyal attained enlightenment in her lifetime and is considered the Mother of Tibetan Buddhism. Yeshe Tsogyal is the highest female in the NyingmaVajrayana lineage. Some sources say she was a wife of Trisong Detsen, Emperor of Tibet when she began studying Buddhism with Padmasambhava, [...]

Kamadhenu – The Mother of all Cows in Hinduism

By |2020-06-12T11:57:29+03:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kamadhenu, also known as Surabhi, is a divine bovine-goddess described in Hinduism as Gou Mata, the mother of all cows. Kamadhenu is a miraculous "cow of plenty" who provides her owner whatever he desires and is often portrayed as the mother of other cattle. In [...]

The Eight Immortals in Chinese Mythology

By |2020-02-27T04:27:05+03:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Culture|Tags: , , , |

The Eight Immortals are a group of legendary xian ("immortals") in Chinese mythology. Each immortal's power can be transferred to a vessel that can bestow life or destroy evil. Together, these eight vessels are called the "Covert Eight Immortals". Most of them are said to [...]

Deity Yoga – A Practice of Vajrayana Buddhism

By |2020-02-23T02:25:16+03:00February 23rd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Deity yoga is a practice of Vajrayana Buddhism involving identification with a chosen deity through visualizations and rituals and the realization of emptiness. According to the Tibetan scholar Tsongkhapa, Deity yoga is what separates Buddhist Tantra practice from the practice of other Buddhist schools. Deity [...]

Hathor: Goddess of Joy and Beauty

By |2020-02-19T03:29:03+03:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Hathor was a major goddess in ancient Egyptian religion who played a wide variety of roles. As a sky deity, Hathor was the mother or consort of the sky god Horus and the sun god Ra, both of whom were connected with kingship, and thus [...]

Chaldean Oracles: The Bible of the Neoplatonists

By |2020-02-11T03:11:27+03:00February 11th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Chaldean Oracles are a set of spiritual and philosophical texts widely used by Neoplatonist philosophers from the 3rd to the 6th century CE. While the original texts have been lost, they have survived in the form of fragments consisting mainly of quotes and commentary [...]

Yahweh – The Creator of the Cosmos

By |2020-02-05T03:58:45+03:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Yahweh was the national god of the kingdoms of Israel (Samaria) and Judah. His origins reach at least to the early Iron Age and apparently to the Late Bronze, and in the oldest biblical literature, he is a storm-and-warrior deity who leads the heavenly army [...]

Helios: The Greek God of Life and Creation

By |2020-01-23T23:37:28+03:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Helios in ancient Greek religion and myth is the god and personification of the Sun. Though Helios was a relatively minor deity in Classical Greece, his worship grew more prominent in late antiquity thanks to his identification with several major solar divinities of the Roman [...]