Aspects of Early Visnuism by J Gonda

By J Gonda

Visnu holds a divinity of maximum rank one of the Hindus. within the current paintings, the writer has made an try and caricature the most beneficial properties within the personality of Visnu as they seemed in several a while. The booklet is split into 3 chapters. bankruptcy one sketches the foundation of Visnu: his personality, logos, attributes, incarnations, comparative prestige, and so forth. bankruptcy bargains with Sri, Visnus girl accomplice. bankruptcy three describes many of the salient good points of Visnus cul

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I t m ay be rem em bered th at this too! was used as a weapon and as an instrum ent for clearing forests and reclaim ing land. Som e rem arks on axes and ham m ers in connection w ith deities presiding over fertility are also made by G üntert, W eltkönig, p. 15; 47; and by H . Lommel, D er arische K riegsgott, F ra n k fu rt a. M, 1939, p. 63 ff. , I I , p. 213 ff. 3S) F o r lightning in general see H illebrandt, 'Vedische M ythologie, I, p. ; ancient folklore in connection with i t : J. J. M eyer, D as altindische Buch vom W elt- und Staatsleben, Leipsic 1926, p.

Thunder and lightning see: Hopkins, JA O S. 16, p. ; the same, JA O S. 36, p. ; Oldenberg, Religion des Veda, p. ; H . M. 1935, p. I l l and elsewhere, etc. g. W . Eberhard, Chinese festivals-,- N ew York 1952, p. 88; H. H . Diephuis, Naturkräfte und ihre Verehrung in der altrömischen Religion, Thesis Utrecht 1941, p. cs alsdann gar nicht befremdend, dass der Blitzgott eng mit der Göttin der V ege­ tation verbunden ist”. “Vor allem im Sommer entfaltet der Gott (Donar-Thor), wenn lange Dürre die Menschen gequält hat, seine K raft in Blitzen und W etter­ leuchten; er spendet als segnender Himmelsherr das von Riesen und Drachen, die er im Kampfe besiegt, zurückgehaltene N aß ” (V.

And in Hastings' Encycl. II, p. 540; cf. also Oldenberg, Religion des Veda3, p. 232; Hillebrandt, Vedische M ythologie, II, p. , esp. p. ; E. W . Hopkins, in JA O S. 16, p. C X L V II f. See, further, J. N . Banerjea, The worship of Sämba among the early Päticharätrins, Proc. Ind. H ist. Congress V II (1944), p. 82 ff. 4) See also M. Das Gupta, Ind. H ist. Quart. 7, p. ; Bh. S. Upadhyaya, India in Kälidäsa, Allahabad 1947, p. 308. Visnu-Näräyana should be meditated upon as being in the orb of the sun, in the lotus, etc.

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