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By I. K Taimni

Octavo. 132 pp, 1. creation; 2. Devis and Devatas as Powers and features of the single God; three. basic ideas of Hindu Symbolism; four. traditional Symbolism: The Symbology of Siva-Linga; five. synthetic 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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When the Daityas came to their senses and realized that they had been deprived of the amrita by a stratagem, they became furious and attacked the Devas immediately. A fierce battle ensued but as the Devas had already become immortal they could not be defeated. When the Daityas felt that they were losing the battle they began to utilize their power of creating illusions of various kinds to confuse and overpower the Devas. In their extremity the Devas again remembered the Lord and appealed to Him for help.

These forces are symbolized in the story by the Devas and the Daityas. In Hindu mythology, the Devas and the Daityas are not identified necessarily with good and evil. The Devas and the Daityas represent respectively forces which are in harmony with the Divine Will and thus help evolution directly and those which are against the Divine Will for the time being and thus help evolution indirectly. We may conceive of their respective functions as analogous to the propelling force and the force of resistance both of which are needed for motion.

Another army was sent under the two Daityas, Chanda and Munda, but it met the same fate. Chanda was killed by the Devi by merely uttering the syllable ham. Then Shumbha ordered Rakta-bija to go with another large army. But before the battle began the Devi sent Shiva as a messenger to Shumbha and Nishumbha with the following offer: “If you want to live, return the kingdom of Heaven to the Devatas and return with all the Daityas to Patala. ” The Daityas ignored this warning and immediately started fighting.

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