Lord Shiva as Nataraj
I read about the Nataraj pose of Lord Shiva in the book Cosmos.
Like most other Indians I had learn the meaning from a foreigner ..too bad 🙁
Here goes the symbolism :
“O my Lord, Thy hand holding the sacred drum has made and ordered the heavens and earth and other worlds and innumerable souls. Thy lifted hand protects both the conscious and unconscious order of thy creation. All these worlds are transformed by Thy hand bearing fire. Thy sacred foot, planted on the ground, gives an abode to the tired soul struggling in the toils of causality. It is Thy lifted foot that grants eternal bliss to those that approach Thee. These Five-Actions are indeed Thy Handiwork..”
– Chidambara Mummani Kovai
Explanation: On Wednesday, September 29, the Earth came within one million miles of the asteroid Toutatis — the closest predicted aproach of our fair planet to a sizable asteroid or comet in this century. Coming within one million miles or about 4 times the Earth-Moon distance, Earth would appear to be nearly the size of the full moon in the asteroid’s sky, as suggested in this illustration. In Earth’s sky, Toutatis appeared only as a faint object rapidly moving against a background of stars. Also known as Earth-crossing asteroid 4179 , Toutatis is in an eccentric 4 year orbit which moves it from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter to just inside Earth’s orbit. When the Earth passed near it in 1992 Toutatis was imaged by radar and seen to be two irregularly shaped lumps, perhaps joined by a narrow neck. This bizarre object is up to 1.5 miles wide, 3 miles long, and is tumbling through space. Studies of Toutatis and other Earth-crossing asteroids help reveal connections between the Solar System’s meteorites, main-belt asteroids and comets. These asteroids also offer tantalizing targets for robotic exploration and, over time, represent potential collision hazards for planet Earth!
Astro pic of the day
My belief on astrology:
I used to see free hosroscopes in web sites and have not paid for personalized horoscopes.
I don’t fully believe it and at the same time I do not discount it completely. We might have to read
a lot more about this field to comment on this?
Today there was a discussion in office mailing list on this topic.
I found a link which defends astrology in scienfic way.
Some snippets from it:
THINGS MOST SKEPTICS DON’T KNOW ABOUT ASTROLOGY:
# 1. Astrology probably gave birth to Astronomy. There is nothing supernatural about casting a horoscope, most of it is done according to precise astronomical and mathematical principles.
# 2. Many famous scientists have been into Astrology: Tyco Brahe, Karl Jung, Kepler, Huxley, and Copernicus.. Many others remain anonymous.
# 3. Astrologers do not necessarily believe in fate. They believe the stars impel not compel.
# 4. There are 10,000 practicing paid Astrologers and millions of horoscope followers. There are hundreds of books on the topic. Only 10% of Americans believe there can’t be anything to it.
# 5. Astrology doesn’t have to involve pphacthic phenomenon or even direct causation. Many Astrologers believe in a natural synchronicity between the stars and events. Other countries place even more value in it.
# 6. It is a undisputed scientific fact that the planets have a measurable magnetic, gravitational and electromagnetic influence on the earth. Most people agree that bizarre behavior tends to peak on full moons.
# 7. Astrology is not limited to natal. There is also electional, horary, mundane, medical, meteorological, Chinese 12 year and millennial.
# 8. The vast majority of those who look at their own chart (not just a newspaper column) find uncanny accurate hits.
# 9. There are scores of natural phenomenon with regular periodicity’s
THINGS THAT DON’T DISPROVE ASTROLOGY
* anecdotes of misses
* condemnation by most scientists
* lack of a good causal theory
* Newtonian explanation of planet
* inconsistent rules for astrology
THINGS THAT DON’T PROVE ASTROLOGY
* amazing anecdotal hits
* scientists who believe in it
* known lunar effects that act evenly
* heliocentric planetary sunspot matches
* users believe it works
* The only universally accepted means of establishing validity of a theory
* or Gestalt is through objective repeatable double blind experiments. For
* Astrology, this work has been rather isolated or of low statistical quality.
Read more @
Astrology-a look at the evidence
Two separate teams of astronomers find Neptune-size planets beyond our solar system. Earth-like planets are just around the corner, they say. By Amit Asaravala.
Telescopes spy the closest asteroid flyby ever recorded.