[Advaita-l] loka-aloka mountain

Srirudra srirudra at gmail.com
Mon Dec 12 01:01:33 CST 2016

The month of Margasirsha  is the end of Dakshinayana.That is the night period of Devas is going to end.This month is also known as the early morning or prabhataha samayam for the Devas.So the mortals use to do bhajans and sing Thiruppavai,Thiruvembhavai and other slokas and sthothras in praise of the deities.This month is fully devoted to pious activities.That is why Lord Krishna has said in the Gita that He is this month among the twelve months of Tamil Calender.

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> On 29-Nov-2016, at 12:53 PM, Shrinivas Gadkari via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Namaste, 
> Some more interesting angles related to the center of our Galaxy and 
> possible references to it in Gita/ purANa-s. 
> - As seen the Earth, the galactic center is located near the dhanu 
>  rASi (the Sagittarius constellation). 
> - Galactic center corresponds to the heart of shishumAra chakra which the 
>  residence of Narayana who upholds the shisumAra chakra (Vishnu Purana 2.9.4). 
>  (sishumAra chakra is our galaxy. Note that the center of the Galaxy 
>  actually holds the Galaxy together. Also note the word chakra which
>  indicates clear knowledge of the actual structure of our Galaxy though
>  it does not look like a chakra from the Earth.)
> - The month of Margashirha corresponds to the period when Sun enters into 
>  dhanu rASi - that is when sun as seen from the Earth is in the region 
>  of the Galactic center. This month is singled out in Gita (10.35). 
>  This is very interesting - I have always wondered what is so special 
>  about the month of Margashirha. 
> - The most interesting: Gita 15.3-6 notes that the parama dhAma of 
>  Adya puruSa is not illumined by the sun (stars), moon (reflected 
>  light of stars) or even fire (not sure how to interpret this here). 
>  If this parama dhAma is actually within the event horizon of the 
>  galactic black hole that seems reasonable. 
> Regards, 
> Shrinivas Gadkari 
> --------------------------------------------
> Namaste, 
> Putting together information collected from different sources, and 
> my own contemplation on 7 dvIpa-s mentioned in puraNa-s. 
> Primary reference source is bhAgavatam Book 5. 
> - Description of jAmbu dvIpa alone can be (somewhat) correlated 
> with the Geography of earth. So let us go ahead and conjecture 
> that jAmbu dvIpa is a term used to denote "all land" on earth. 
> Then it makes sense to say that jAmbu dvIpa is surrounded by 
> salt water ocean. 
> - Regarding other dvIpa-s, we have two options, (a) discard this as 
> fantasy, or (b) be open to the possibility that these are earth-like 
> planets somewhere in the universe. 
> - Let us consider option (b), with further assumption that these are 
> earth-like planets within out own galaxy. 
> - Then the term dvIpa will mean land on that particular planet, and 
> samudra is the ocean on that planet. 
> - In general "meru" mountain represents the axis of a system 
> - in our body "meru" is the central axis corresponding to spinal column. 
> - For earth "meru" is the axis of rotation 
> - For Solar system, "meru" is the axis of revolution of planets around the sun. 
> - For our Galaxy, "meru" is the axis passing through the center of our 
>  Galaxy, around with all stars (along with their planets) revolve. 
> - Now can we assume that the ordering of the dvIpa-s from jAmbu to puSkara 
>  is representative of their location within our galaxy? In my opinion - yes. 
>  The clue for this is the loka-aloka mountain. 
>  The ordering of dvIpa-s is: jAmbu-plakSa-shAmali-kusha-shaka-puSkara-lokAloka 
> - Now what may be loka-aloka mountain? 
> - Bhagavatam 5.20.35 says that : this mountain has mirror like appearance, and 
>  "any object dropped into this cannot be retrieved". 
> - To me this seems like an apt description of the "event horizon" of the      
>  massive block hole at the center of our Galaxy. 
> - So the ordering is: jAmbu dvIpa is farthest from Galactic center and puSkara 
>  dvIpa is the closest. 
> - Brahma loka may either be puSkara dvIpa itself or near it. Bhagavatam 
>  mentions that on puSkara dvIpa, the inhabitants worship god brahmA. We 
>  know that time flows very slowly in brahma loka. This makes perfect sense 
>  if brahma loka is located very close to the event horizon of the galactic 
>  black hole - the lokAloka mountain. 
> Hari Om. 
> Regards, 
> Shrinivas Gadkari
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