In the Aitreya Brahmana of RigVeda 3.44
“The Sun does never set nor rise. When people think the Sun is setting (it is not so). For after having arrived at the end of the day it makes itself produce two opposite effects, making night to what is below and day to what is on the other side…Having reached the end of the night, it makes itself produce two ...
Earth is stage, we all are actors
Earth is like a stage where we all see drama movie. We all are actors and we are performing our roles.
We are the eyes, mouth and hands of existence. If the self does not interfere, the nature sees,,speaks and acts through us.
Life is considered as Yajna for others. We are given body to do some work as per our skills ...
From the book which you have linked in your Question, answer depends upon what Bhagvatam says about the shape of the earth (which seems No).
On page 147, the author writes:
My second question to Srila Prabhupäda would be this: why does Srila Prabhupäda use
the word bhü-gola to describe the Earth as a round planet? For example in this
conversation of ...
I think Wikipedia is using "Vedic scripture" as a metonymy for Hindu scripture in general. It is the Puranas which have statements that seem, at least on the surface, to indicate that the Moon is farther from the Earth than the Sun. Here is what this chapter of the Vishnu Purana says:
The sphere of the earth (or Bhúr-loka), comprehending its oceans, ...
padasparsam kshamasva me
O Goddess, who dwells in the Oceans,
who's life-giving breasts are the mountains.
Salutations to the wife of Lord Vishnu,
Forgive me for the sin of touching you with my feet.
Among traditional South Indian Brahmins, it is customary to recite ...
The Vishnu Purana narrates on this topic. Parasara sage tells:
Maitreya, listen attentively, how this deity, the lord of all, created
the gods and other beings.
Whilst he (Brahmá) formerly, in the beginning of the Kalpas, was.
meditating on creation, there appeared a creation beginning with
ignorance, and consisting of darkness. From that ...
The ruler of the Earth at any given time is known as the Manu, the father of mankind (the Manavas). A Kalpa, or day of Brahma, is divided into 14 periods known as Manvantaras (consisting of about 71 Mahayugas each), and during each Manvantara a separate Manu rules. Here is how the Srimad Bhagavatam describes it:
After the end of Brahmā’s night, the ...
Interesting Facts & Fascinating Story of Hanuman Chalisa!
Hanuman Chalisa has 40 Chaupais (Chalis=40 in Hindi) on Hanuman is a devotional hymn dedicated to Bajrang Bali by the Great Indian poet, philosopher and saint Shri Goswami Tulsidas. Born in the 16th century, Tulsidas authored Hanuman Chalisa in Awadhi language when he was quite young.
In Hinduism Earth is sacred and considered as Mother of all living beings BHUDEVI (भूदेवी). She is also called as Prithivi ,Vasundhara or vasudha (पृथ्वी ,वसुधरा ,वसुधा). Hindus revere the earth as a symbol of tolerance forbearance , patience and steadfastness. Mother earth is respected for all her natural resources especially the forests ,herbs ,minirals ...
A partial answer ...
Skanda Purana says that the distance is 8 crore yojanas.
Quoting from the book "Essence of Skanda Purana":
there was no Place like Bharat which happened to be the ‘Karmabhumi’
or the Place where Noble Deeds were rewarded and there was no Tirtha
like Kasi and no Bhagavan like Viswanath Linga in the Universe.’
Having visited ...
The answer lies in the Vishnu Purana:
Parasara said: The sphere of the earth (or Bhúr-loka), comprehending its oceans, mountains, and rivers, extends as far as it is illuminated by the rays of the sun and moon; and to the same extent, both in diameter and circumference, the sphere of the sky (Bhuvar-loka) spreads above it (as far upwards as to the ...
Adishesha lies on the Garbhodaka Ocean. This universe lies inside Hiranyagarbh which also has 14 planetary systems. Beneath the 14 planetary system is the cosmic ocean known as Garbhodaka ocean.
According to SB 5.23.9, the last planetary system is Patala. Further 30,000 yojanas(ancient distance measurement unit) below, Adishesha lies on Garbhodaka ocean but ...
Does Rig Veda 3.30.4 say the Earth is immovable?
No, unshakable is the right word instead of immovable.
In the beginning the Earth was shaking or swinging and it's Indra (in some texts) or Vishnu (in some texts) who made Earth unshakable by installing mountains or dividing the Earth in Continents. And today Earth is unshakable, only earthquake occurs ...
This excerpt from the Brahma Purana describes how Narakarasura was born to Vishnu's incarnation Varaha and Bhumidevi goddess of the Earth after Varaha rescued the Pitris at Kokamukha:
Chaya, the Earth conceived by lord Boar generated asura Naraka known also by the name Bhauma. Lord Vishnu gave him Pragjyotisha, the capital city of Kamarupa.
What you have written in the body of the question isn't making much sense to me :). Probably you may want to add some more stuffs to the body so as to make it more clear.
For the question in the title though the following is an answer:
From Maya everything is created. Even Bhumi or Earth is the product of Maya. So, Bhumi being a product of Maya can not be ...
Well, there is another interesting parallel that can be drawn here.
Instead of saying Patala is located downwards below the earth, we could say it is located at subatomic scales.
Think, all those arguments still hold true and even more.
there is no sunlight available in Pataala
We know that atoms are mostly empty space and shrouded in darkness.
The Bhagavata Purana also gives the same timescale as the Vishnu Purana. Michael Cremo of ISKCON has calculated according to the Bhagavatam and got the result of approximately 2 billion years old.
You can read about it here.
As to why the age difference is about half the estimate of modern science, this could be for any reason.
Simply put, science is ...
Considering the geography relevant to Lord Parshu-Raam's time, the 18 islands referred to in the above verse may refer to the following:
9 Divisions of Jambudweep out of which BHARAT is one:
"Jambudweep is a very large island. It is sub-divided into nine parts. Ilavritvarsh is situated in its central part while Bhadraashvavarsh is situated towards its ...
There are two type of yoni(body)
Human Being are Karma Yoni, rest all living being (insect, tree, animal, devta etc) are Bhog Yoni.
We humans came here to do Karma so that we will be rewarded according to our karma.
So what is the reward? The reward is (Heaven, Moksha, Bhakti and there are many other rewards)
For the same reason we worship God every morning, and for the same reason people do Surya Namaskar etc.
In Hinduism, the mother Earth is considered a goddess. This is just a kind of worship, similar to how you worship any other God/Goddess.
As for why we do that first, with hindsight, we can argue that mother Earth is what we encounter the first at the ...
What does Hinduism say about nature protection?
One of the panchamahayajna's (the Five Great Sacrifices) of a householder is Bhuta Runa.
From Pandit Sri Rama Ramanuja Achari's The Hindu Sacrament of Marriage:
Bhūta Runa — debts to the elements
Bhūta yajña — And lastly we are part of an
environment which is made up of the five elements and
Sanathana Dharma teaches us to worship mother earth as bhudevi, in fact entire creation is seen as cosmic body of God where creator is purusha and creation is prakriti. Everyone/everything is seen as a form of god.
Hindus(sanathana dharma followers) worship flora and fauna equally, dharma is our way of life and this is daily practice for us! Our culture ...
Not all hindus touch the Earth before starting thier day but few do that. This is related to the belief that Earth is Prithvi (Hindu Goddess). And touching the Earth means touching feet of goddess. Earth is also considered as mother Earth in Hinduism. This touching at the start of the day symbolizes thanking Earth for giving us everything for survival.
It is wrongly translated. Traditional translators are often not scientific and rigorous.
Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary, 1899 lists only earth-related senses.
Note that it even cites BhP = Bhagavata Purana as one of the texts with this occurrence!
bhūgola: m. ‘earth-ball’, the terrestrial globe, earth, Kāv. ; Pañcar. ; BhP.
Your question is how to explain that earth is made up of PanchaMahabhutas . Earth itself is one the Panchamahabhutas . This is very interesting question. So first of all let's understand that there are two earth elements one is subtle and one (on which we live) is gross element.
As suggested by user Rickross , the answer is present in Panchikarana ...
Lord Shiva can not create alone without the help of Adi Shakti. This is the essence of various scriptures.
Adi Shankaracharya's Soundarya Lahiri mentions this at the very beginning:
Shivah shakthya yukto yadi bhavati shaktah prabhavitum Na chedevam
devo na khalu kusalah spanditumapi; Atas tvam aradhyam
Hari-Hara-Virinchadibhir api Pranantum stotum ...
Purusha Suktham and Sri Vishnu Sahasra namas say the earth His feet. That is why we bow to the earth, as it amounts to touching the Lord. Another reason is Bhoomi or Bhoomadevi is the consort Sri Mahavishnu - Both the Bhagavatha Purana and Sshasranama tells about this. Mahavishnu is called Madhini pathi (husband of Bhooma devi). It is like touching the feet ...
It is because Hinduism teaches us to respect every thing. This planet earth is also like our mother. She gives us food, she gives us shelter, she gives us different varieties of things for our existence. So karmically it is important to express gratitude to her. That is the reson behind that ritual.
The Vedas are not clear on this point.
Swami Nikhilananda in his introduction to his translation of the Upanishads says:
The Brahmanda, or Egg of Brahma, described by the Hindu seers, may be likened, without pressing the comparison to far, to the solar system. The name is derived from it's shape which is oval, like an egg, or, more precisely, elliptical. ...