Avatāra and Planets

This is from BPHS (Bṛhat Parāśara Hora Śāstra)’s chapter, “Narration of Avataras,” ślokas 5-10 The basic idea is given at the end of śloka 8: सूर्यादिभ्यो ग्रहेभ्यश्च परमात्मांशनिः सृताः (sūryādibhyo grahebhyaś ca paramātmāṁśaniḥ sṛtāḥ). Incarnations appear in the world through the Paramātmā, which is also in the planets like the Sun and so on. That’s…

Who Are We?

Point to your nose. Point to your mouth. Point to your chest. Now, point to your self. What is your self? Is your hand your self? If you cut it off will your identity cease? Is any part of your body, in and of it self, truly you? Is the body taken as a whole…