While the Gods Play: Shaiva Oracles and Predictions on the Cycles of History and the Destiny of Mankind

While the Gods Play: Shaiva Oracles and Predictions on the Cycles of History and the Destiny of Mankind By Alain Daniélou, According to the early writings of the Shaiva tradition still alive in India and dating back at least 6,000 years the arbitrary ideologies and moralistic religions of modern society signal the last days of humanity heading toward destruction This prediction is only a fragment of the vast knowledge of Shaiva wisdom, author Alain Danielou as assimilated and reviewed essenAccording to the early writings of the Shaiva tradition still alive in India and dating back at least 6,000 years the arbitrary ideologies and moralistic religions of modern society signal the last days of humanity heading toward destruction This prediction is only a fragment of the vast knowledge of Shaiva wisdom, author Alain Danielou as assimilated and reviewed essential concepts of the Shaiva philosophy and its predictions Clearly expressed in the ancient teachings, these concepts are in accord with, yet surpass, the boldest scientific speculations about consciousness, time, the nature of life and matter, and the history and destiny of the human race Inherent in this body of knowledge is an understanding of the cycles of creation and destruction which, in conjunction with astronomical phases, determine the life span of the species Since 1939, humankind has been in the twilight of the Kali Yuga age, or at the end of a cycle The impending cataclysm, Danielou explains, is brought on by our own errors, and its date will be determined by our present and future actions While the Gods Play examines how the visionaries of ancient times defined our rose in creation It explains why and how we have abandoned this role, and reflects on what action can be taken to consciously and creatively influence our own destiny Included are chapters on The Religion of Nature and The Religion of the City, The Transmigrant Body, Sexual Rites, the Castes, Sacrifice, Magical Powers, Monastic Orders, and Forestalling the Final Day.. While the Gods Play Shaiva Oracles and Predictions on the Cycles of History and the Destiny of Mankind According to the early writings of the Shaiva tradition still alive in India and dating back at least years the arbitrary ideologies and moralistic religions of modern society signal the last da

  • Title: While the Gods Play: Shaiva Oracles and Predictions on the Cycles of History and the Destiny of Mankind
  • Author: Alain Daniélou
  • ISBN: 9780892811151
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “While the Gods Play: Shaiva Oracles and Predictions on the Cycles of History and the Destiny of Mankind”

    1. A good general account of Shaivism, particularly in its coverage of cosmogony, marred only by the occasional jarring reference to problems caused by mixing races and other such nonsense hence four stars rather than five.

    2. Danielou was a very interesting scholar who claimed to have been initiated by a Shaivite Guru into the oral traditions There s a lot to this book than predictions on the cycles of history I found it to be an invaluable and fascinating look at the tantric practices and philosophies of ancient Shaivism as well as the origins and evolution of Indian spirituality Not an easy read It s stylistically dense But well worth the effort and an essential resource for any serious student of ancient India.

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