Gods of Love and Ecstasy: The Traditions of Shiva and by Alain Daniélou

By Alain Daniélou

Shiva and Dionysus are the Hindu and Greek gods of magical energy, intoxication, ecstatic sexuality, and transcendence who start up us into communion with the inventive forces of existence. Revealing the earliest resources of the traditions of Shiva and Dionysus, Alain Danielou reconstructs the cloth of our old courting with construction, vividly touching on practices that have been saw from the Indus Valley to the coasts of Portugal not less than six thousand years ago. 

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The maiden breaketh not the law of Order, day by day coming to the place appointed. 13. Obedient to the rein [mV] of Law Eternal give us each thought that more and more shall bless us.. . 4 (Oldenberg) 7. I catch hold of the two divine Hotrs first1. The seven strong ones rejoice according to their wont. Teaching the right, they proclaim the right, the guardians of law, contemplating the law. 28 (Griffith) 4. He made them flow, the Aditya, the Sustainer: the rivers run by V aruna’s commandment.

2. May the auspicious favour of the gods be ours, on us descend the bounty of the righteous gods. The friendship of the gods have we devoutly sought; so may the gods extend our life that we may live. 3. We call them higher with a hymn of olden time, Bhaga, the friendly Daksa, Mitra, Aditi, Aryaman, Varuna, Soma, the Aivins. May Sarasvati,1 aus­ picious, grant felicity. 4. May the Wind waft to us that pleasant medicine, may Earth our Mother give it, and our Father Heaven, And the joy-giving stones that press the soma’s juice.

5. He who is not to be kept back like the roar of the Maruts,2 like an army that is sent forward, like the thunderbolt of heaven— Agni eats with his sharp jaws, he chews, he throws down the forests as a warrior throws down his foes. 6. Would Agni eagerly come to our hymn? Would He the Vasu together with the Vasus fulfil our desire? Will He, the driver, stir our prayers that they may be successful? (Thus thinking) I praise Him whose face is bright, with this my prayer. 7. He who has kindled him strives towards Agni as towards M itra (or, towards a friend)— (to Agni) whose face shines with ghee, the charioteer of Rta.

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