The Hellenic Revival: Plato, Pletho and Nietzsche (Gwendolyn Taunton)

Video presentation for a Congress in Greece 25-26th June. http://www.amazon.com/Kratos-Hellenic-Tradition-Gwendolyn-Taunton/dp/098755980X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404300059&sr=8-1&keywords=kratos+the+hellenic+tradition

Ammit – Divine Retribution

  Ammit (/ˈæmɨt/; “devourer” or “soul-eater”; also spelled Ammut or Ahemait) was a female demon in ancient Egyptian religion with a body that was part lion, hippopotamus and crocodile—the three largest “man-eating” animals known to ancient Egyptians. A funerary deity, her titles included “Devourer of the Dead”, “Eater of Hearts”, and “Great of Death”. Ammit lived near the scales of justice in Duat, the Egyptian underworld. In the Hall of Two Truths, Anubis weighed the heart of a person against the feather of Ma’at, the goddess of truth, which was depicted as an ostrich feather (the feather was often pictured in Ma’at’s headdress). If the heart was judged to be not pure, Ammit would devour it, and the person undergoing judgement was not allowed to continue their voyage towards Osiris and immortality. Once Ammit swallowed the heart, the soul was believed to become restless forever; this was called “to die a second time”. Ammit was also sometimes said to stand by a lake of fire. In some traditions, the unworthy hearts were cast into the fiery lake to be destroyed. Some scholars believe Ammit and the lake represent the same concept of destruction. Ammit was not worshipped; instead she embodied … Continue reading

Hymn to Durga – Mahabharata

“The holy one said,–’Cleansing thyself, O mighty-armed one, utter on the eve of the battle thy hymn to Durga for (compassing) the defeat of the foe.” Sanjaya continued.–Thus addressed on the eve of battle by Vasudeva endued with great intelligence, Pritha’s son Arjuna, alighting from his car, said the following hymn with joined hands. “Arjuna said,– I bow to thee, O leader of Yogins, O thou that art identical with Brahman, O thou that dwellest in the forest of Mandara, O thou that art freed from decrepitude and decay, O Kali, O wife of Kapala, O thou that art of a black and tawny hue, I bow to thee. O bringer of benefits to thy devotees, I bow to thee, O Mahakali, O wife of the universal destroyer, I bow to thee. O proud one, O thou that rescuest from dangers, O thou that art endued with every auspicious attribute. O thou that art sprung from the Kata race, O thou that deservest the most regardful worship, O fierce one, O giver of victory, O victory’s self, O thou that bearest a banner of peacock plumes, O thou that art decked with every ornament, O thou that bearest an awful … Continue reading

US House of Representatives to open with Hindu prayer

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Rajan Zed, Hindu statesman, gives a prayer at the Alaska House of Representatives in 2009. United States House of Representatives in Washington DC will open with Hindu prayer on June 19 at 12 noon. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver… Continue reading