Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Counting 1 to 10 and more

I just happened to think about this one day while travelling by bus. So I just thought of blogging. I am sure there are many things that I might have missed.Just wrote down the first few things that came to my mind. :-)

ONE

Parabrahma - the supreme lord

TWO

Shiva and Shakti - two sources of energy in the cosmos, essentially the same.

THREE

Satva, Tamas, Rajas - the three gunas
Brahma (creator) , Vishnu (sustainer) , Shiva ( constructive destroyer) - the trimurthi's
Advaita (Shankaracharya) ,Dwaita (Madhvacharya) and Vishishta Advaita (Ramanujacharya) - the three philosophy's

FOUR

Rig, Yajur, Sama, Atharvana - the chatur vedas

FIVE

Annamaya (food sheath) , Pranamaya ( energy sheath), manomaya ( mental or emotional sheath) , Vignanamaya ( intellectual sheath) , Anandamaya (bliss sheath) - Pancha Koshas according to Patanjali

Prithvi (earth) , Apas (water) Agni/Tejas (fire) , Vayu (Air) , Aakasha (Ether) - Panchabhootas

Also not to forget the five karmendriyas and five jnanendriyas

SIX

Mada(Ego) Matsara(jealouy) Kama(lust) Krodha(anger) Moha(attachement) Lobha(greed) - Arishadvarga (stay away from them!)

SEVEN

Sapta rishis - Vasistha,, Bharadvaja, Jamadagni, Goutama, Atri ,Vishwamitra and Agasthya
Some people say the seven rishis are - Vasistha, Marichi, Pulastya, Pulaha, Atri, Angeerasa and Kratu
The Saptha Rishi’s are the seven major stars of Ursa Major.

Sapta Swaras - Shadja (Sa), Rishabha (Ri) , Gandhara (Ga), Madhyama ( Ma), Panchama ( Pa), Dhaivatha( Dha) , Nishadha ( Ni)

EIGHT

Ashta siddhis - Siddhi means acheivement/accomplishment/success depending on context.
Anima (conscious awareness to size of an atom; anu means atom),
Mahima (increasing awarenes of consciousness to infinity)
Garima ( heaviness)
Laghima (weightlessness ; laghu meaning light)
Prapti (following and achieveing one's true will)
Prakamya ( fulfilling desires )
Ishatva ( absoulte ownership)
Vashitva ( power to control all)

Patanjali's Ashtanga yoga -
Yama
Niyama
Asana
Pranayama
Dharana
Dhyana
Pratyahara
Samadhi

NINE -
Navarasas - the nine emotions

Sringara (amour) , hasya ( comic) , karuna (compassion) , raudra ( furious) , vira ( heroic ) , bhaya (fear) , bhibatsa ( disgust), adbutha (wonder) , santa (tranquility)

Also, the Navavaranas of srividya upasana ( too complex to explain here) Muthuswamy dikshitar's navavarana kritis explain each avarana in detail and singing them is equivalent of srividya puja.

TEN
Dashavatara's - the ten incarnations of lord Vishnu for the welfare of the world.
- Matsya , Koorma , Varaha , Narasimha , Vamana , Rama , Parashurama, Krishna ,Buddha, Kalki.

I guess there will be something associated with each number :-) The rest I will leave it to you for research if you are interested.

Also, there is one hindu festival for every day(thithi) of a fortnight. A month in a hindu calender consists of two fortnights (paksha)
one with full moon ( shukla paksha) - 15th day is poornima
one with new moon (krishna paksha) - 15th day is amavasya

Padya - Balipadyami / Ugadi
Bidhige - Bhanu bidige
Thadhige - Akshaya Tadhige
Chaturthi - Ganesh Chaturthi
Panchami - Nagarpanchami
Shasti - Subrahmanya Shasti
Sapthami - RathaSapthami
Ashtami - Durgashtami / Krishna Janmashtami
Navami - Ramanavami / Mahanavami
Dashami -Vijayadashami
Ekadashi - Vaikunta Ekadashi
Dwadashi - Uttana Dwadashi
Trayodashi - Maha Shivaratri (sometimes falls on chaturdashi)
Chaturdashi -Narakachaturdashi
Poornima - Guru Poornima / Holi
Amavasya - Mahalaya Amavasya / Bheemanaamavasya

Not sure of the significance of this order. If anybody knows please let me know :-)
There are other festivals which have to celebrated on specific days of the lunar calender.All hindu festivals follow lunar calender except Sankranti which follows solar calender.