• Agrajhya

    One among the thousand names of Viṣṇu (Vishnu). It is not possible for ordinary people to comprehend or realise within themselves the true nature of God, be it through their physical being or rigorous meditation and penance. God is not perceptible (grāhya) by means of sensual experiences. Thus He is agrāhya or imperceptible —karmendriyairna gṛhyate iti […]

  • Akasanirvirupa

    One of the names of Śiva-Mahādeva (Shiva-Mahadeva). Ākāśa ( Akasa; the ether) or byoma is one of the Pañcamahābhūta (Panchamahabhuta, five great elements) : kṣiti (kshiti), ap (ap), teja, marut and byoma or ākāśa– the whole universe has been made by these pañcabhūtas. It is stated in the Taittirīya-upaniṣad (Taittiriya Upanisad) that in the very beginning […]

  • Atithi – 1

    Since the Ṛgvedic (Rigvedic) period, Indian culture has conceived of the guest (atithi) as one who must be treated with respectful and humble hospitality and offered food and shelter. The host should do everything within his power to please the guest. Any yajña (yajna) would require fire (agni; imagined as the Fire-god), therefore fire has been […]