Dashavatara

DASHAVATARA Vishnu has had many incarnations with time, however, the Dashavatara refer to his ten primary (i.e. full or complete) avatars. He took these forms on earth to restore the cosmic order. This has been described in the following shloka- यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत| अभ्युत्थानंधर्मस्य तदात्मानं स्रुजाम्यहम्| परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम्| धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय सम्भवामिContinue reading “Dashavatara”

Vessantara Jataka

VESSANTARA JATAKA King Sanjaya and his queen Phusati of Sivi loved each other dearly. When the queen became aware that she was carrying a child, she had six alms halls built, from which she distributed silver daily. As the birth of her child grew imminent, she expressed the wish to visit every part of herContinue reading “Vessantara Jataka”

Sibi Jataka

SIBI JATAKA  The kingdom of Sibi produced many virtuous kings of whom was the son and successor of King Ushinara. This new Sibi king was known for his philanthrophy among his other virtues.   One day, Indra and Agni came to test this. The two deities disguised themselves as a hawk and a pigeon. The hawkContinue reading “Sibi Jataka”

Mahakapi Jataka

MAHAKAPI JATAKA On the bank of the Ganges there was an enormous mango tree, its sweet fruit was of exquisite fragrance and flavor. One of its branches spread over the bank of the river, while another extended over the water.  One day, while the monkey king was eating the succulent fruit, he thought, “If anyContinue reading “Mahakapi Jataka”

Mahajanaka Jataka

MAHAJANAKA JATAKA There was a king, Mahajanaka, of Mithila in the kingdom of Videha. He had two sons, Aritthajanaka and Polajanaka. When the old king died, the elder brother, Aritthajanaka, became king, and the younger brother his viceroy.  In time the new king became suspicious of his brother’s popularity with the people and, fearful forContinue reading “Mahajanaka Jataka”

Chaddanta Jataka

CHADDANTA JATAKA Once the Bodhisatta was born as the king of Chaddanta elephants (chaddanta literally means “six tusks” and chaddanta elephants are the highest class of elephants often referred to in the Pali sources).  The body of the elephant king was pure white with red face and feet. He lived in a golden cave onContinue reading “Chaddanta Jataka”

Saptarishis

SAPTARISHI  Saptarishi are the seven greatest sages of the Vedic realm and are the seven mind-born sons of Brahma who serve as his representatives. It is believed that they  have attained a semi-immortal status i.e. an exceedingly long lifespan  due to their yogic power and their penance. They are to be present through the fourContinue reading “Saptarishis”

Jatakas

JATAKAS The Jatakas are an important part of Buddhist art and literature. They describe the previous existences or births of the Buddha (the Enlightened One) when he appeared as Bodhisattvas (beings who are yet to attain enlightenment or moksha), in both human and non-human forms. These stories tell us how practicing different perfections or transcendental virtuesContinue reading “Jatakas”