By I. K Taimni
Octavo. 132 pp, 1. creation; 2. Devis and Devatas as Powers and features of the only God; three. normal rules of Hindu Symbolism; four. average Symbolism: The Symbology of Siva-Linga; five. man made Symbolism: The Symbology of Mahesa; 6. The Symbology of Trideva; 7. The tales of Hiranyakasipu and Bhasmasura; eight. The Churning of the sea (Samudra-Manthana); nine. The Allegory in Durga-Saptasati. moment version, 1997.Red textile with gilt lettering to entrance board and backbone, and ornamental endpapers.
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Kalpa-vriksha which means “the tree which makes manifest whatever you imagine under it” clearly refers to the power or faculty of imagination which is the basis of all creative work. The wonderful achievement of modern Science in producing such a large number and variety of things by churning the Ocean of physical matter and force are possible because mankind has already evolved the faculties of desire and imagination to a high degree. When higher mental and spiritual faculties have been evolved it will be possible to churn the subtler realms of Nature and make manifest the Divinity which is present potentially in man.
This hymn throws light on the different aspects of Divine Power in its philosophical and religious aspects and raises the heart of the devotee to the highest state of exaltation. The tone of the hymn also shows that the attitude of the Devas had been raised from the personal to the universal level. After the hymn the Devi promised to appear and destroy the forces of evil whenever this was necessary, made a few predictions, and disappeared. Thus ends the story narrated by the great sage Medha before Suratha and Samadhi.
As a result of this wonderful ‘progress’ which humanity has made we have reached the stage when on the uncertain and unreliable discretion of an ordinary mortal depend the lives of half the human race. He has only to utter one word and in an hour or so half the people on our earth will be mercifully transported to the other side of death, leaving the world in such a condition that for the remaining half life would not be worth living. As if to meet this challenge of the enormous concentration of power and the corresponding capacity to inflict suffering on a colossal scale Nature seems to have devised correspondingly more powerful instruments of retribution in the form of the hydrogen bombs and inter-continental missiles.