Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Hindu > Ramayana > Valmiki > The Legend of The Descent of The Ganges (From the Ramayana of Valmiki)
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
The Legend of The Descent of The Ganges (From the Ramayana of Valmiki)
Pages from the book
The Legend of The Descent of The Ganges (From the Ramayana of Valmiki)
Look Inside the Book
Description

About the Book

The sense of the infinite, said Sri Aurobindo, is "native" to the Indian mind. The ancient legends of India illustrate this point in a beautiful way. We invite the reader to abandon for a while his sense of symmetry and measure, and enter a strange and immense world, where all dimensions of space and time are on a huge scale – a world in which "the invisible always surrounds the visible". He will read the story of man who has the tremendous audacity to "grapple with the infinite" and sets out to conquer powers that are normally out of the human reach. The reader will marvel at the spirit of ancient Indian culture which, without "fear or littleness", knew how to set for itself such ambitious goals. To highlight the different aspects of the genius of India is one of the aims of this series, and a "boundless courage" as exemplified in the story of King Bhagiratha, is certainly a characteristic feature of thus genius.

Foreword

To reconcile heaven and earth and inundate with light the most sombre recesses of our earth, cleanse our wounded humanity in the soothing and regenerating waters of redemption, is perhaps one of the oldest dreams of humanity.

This "rugged" reality that Rimnaud speaks of, this hard matter, this earth that resists, groans and cries out, to dig deep down therein a path for the bright, limpid, purifying waters to pour into, is a story that finds a deep echo response in all us. This old human dream of purity and sartling white ness – central to so many mythological tales – does it still not make our heart beat, perhaps today more than ever, in this age when man has managed to turn the waters of his rivers into foetid poison? To call down onto our poisoned and polluted earth, and us human and the little pile of ashes which is finally all that our lives amount to, a divine torrent that could cleanse all our stains – to echo Rimband agin – and deliver us from the obsessive shadows of the past and bring in a new Life, is this not what we sometimes dream of when we scrape and tea ourselves on life's "thorny reality"? Maybe this is why the ancient Indian legend of the Descent of the Ganges creates such a strange resonance in us.

One doesn't explain a myth, one can't dissect a story that is symbolical by using the tools of the intellect, except to impoverish it and make it lose precisely that which given the symbols it contains their strength and sacred resonance. This does not mean that they contain no meaning; on the contrary they are as laden with meaning as the clouds that herald the monsoon. But one cannot flatten out a storm cloud. Great and powerful truths hide behind these symbols, but they are truths that are round, plentiful, truths of the soul that only the poet sees and can communicate. The poet's words have the power to life a corner of the veil and show us a fleeting glimpse of the great forces at work behind our lives – forces that we can only guess at but which we would like to befriends, yet do not know how to approach. In this sense, the effect that a legend like has on us is similar to that of a powerful dream, from which we wake up with the impression of having touched a very deep secret of life.

The story of the Ganges is also the story of Bhagiratha, a hero of extraordinary will-power and courage. We are reminded of what Sri Aurobindo said about the ancient spirit of India: one of its constant tendencies was the impulse to follow each motive "to its extreme point and to sound its utmost possibility." The Indian spirit, he adds, knew that "without 'fine excess' one cannot break down the limits which the dull temper of the normal mind opposes to knowledge and thought and experience; and it had in seeking this point a boundless courage and yet a sure tread." Bhagiratha, the Seer-King, is a symbol of the bold and noble endeavour of that culture, and in its own vivid way the legend shows us what formidable powers the ancient Indians sought to harness.

Sample Pages




The Legend of The Descent of The Ganges (From the Ramayana of Valmiki)

Item Code:
NAN184
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2004
ISBN:
8187373016
Language:
English
Size:
7.5 inch X 5.0 inch
Pages:
62
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 170 gms
Price:
$19.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Be the first to rate this product
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
The Legend of The Descent of The Ganges (From the Ramayana of Valmiki)
From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 3502 times since 21st Jun, 2018

About the Book

The sense of the infinite, said Sri Aurobindo, is "native" to the Indian mind. The ancient legends of India illustrate this point in a beautiful way. We invite the reader to abandon for a while his sense of symmetry and measure, and enter a strange and immense world, where all dimensions of space and time are on a huge scale – a world in which "the invisible always surrounds the visible". He will read the story of man who has the tremendous audacity to "grapple with the infinite" and sets out to conquer powers that are normally out of the human reach. The reader will marvel at the spirit of ancient Indian culture which, without "fear or littleness", knew how to set for itself such ambitious goals. To highlight the different aspects of the genius of India is one of the aims of this series, and a "boundless courage" as exemplified in the story of King Bhagiratha, is certainly a characteristic feature of thus genius.

Foreword

To reconcile heaven and earth and inundate with light the most sombre recesses of our earth, cleanse our wounded humanity in the soothing and regenerating waters of redemption, is perhaps one of the oldest dreams of humanity.

This "rugged" reality that Rimnaud speaks of, this hard matter, this earth that resists, groans and cries out, to dig deep down therein a path for the bright, limpid, purifying waters to pour into, is a story that finds a deep echo response in all us. This old human dream of purity and sartling white ness – central to so many mythological tales – does it still not make our heart beat, perhaps today more than ever, in this age when man has managed to turn the waters of his rivers into foetid poison? To call down onto our poisoned and polluted earth, and us human and the little pile of ashes which is finally all that our lives amount to, a divine torrent that could cleanse all our stains – to echo Rimband agin – and deliver us from the obsessive shadows of the past and bring in a new Life, is this not what we sometimes dream of when we scrape and tea ourselves on life's "thorny reality"? Maybe this is why the ancient Indian legend of the Descent of the Ganges creates such a strange resonance in us.

One doesn't explain a myth, one can't dissect a story that is symbolical by using the tools of the intellect, except to impoverish it and make it lose precisely that which given the symbols it contains their strength and sacred resonance. This does not mean that they contain no meaning; on the contrary they are as laden with meaning as the clouds that herald the monsoon. But one cannot flatten out a storm cloud. Great and powerful truths hide behind these symbols, but they are truths that are round, plentiful, truths of the soul that only the poet sees and can communicate. The poet's words have the power to life a corner of the veil and show us a fleeting glimpse of the great forces at work behind our lives – forces that we can only guess at but which we would like to befriends, yet do not know how to approach. In this sense, the effect that a legend like has on us is similar to that of a powerful dream, from which we wake up with the impression of having touched a very deep secret of life.

The story of the Ganges is also the story of Bhagiratha, a hero of extraordinary will-power and courage. We are reminded of what Sri Aurobindo said about the ancient spirit of India: one of its constant tendencies was the impulse to follow each motive "to its extreme point and to sound its utmost possibility." The Indian spirit, he adds, knew that "without 'fine excess' one cannot break down the limits which the dull temper of the normal mind opposes to knowledge and thought and experience; and it had in seeking this point a boundless courage and yet a sure tread." Bhagiratha, the Seer-King, is a symbol of the bold and noble endeavour of that culture, and in its own vivid way the legend shows us what formidable powers the ancient Indians sought to harness.

Sample Pages




Post a Comment
 
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to The Legend of The Descent of The Ganges (From the Ramayana of Valmiki) (Hindu | Books)

The Flow of the Ganges Ganga Lahari
Item Code: IDI836
$16.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Tales of Banaras The Flowing Ganges (The life and lore of India's Sacred City on the Ganges)
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: IDI138
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Holy Ganga
Item Code: NAF848
$21.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ganga and Yamuna (River Goddesses and Their Symbolism in Indian Temples)
by Heinrich Von Stietencron
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
Permanent Black
Item Code: NAG054
$36.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ganga Observed (Foreign Accounts of the River)
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: IDD697
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ramayana from Ganga to Brahmaputra
by Indira Goswami
Hardcover (Edition: 1996)
B.R. Publishing Corporation
Item Code: NAL313
$95.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A Picturesque Tour Along The Rivers Ganges and Jumna in India
by Prof. Lokesh Chandra
Hardcover (Edition: 2015)
Niyogi Books
Item Code: NAK660
$77.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
An Anthology of Writings on the Ganga (Goddess and River in History, Culture, and Society)
Deal 20% Off
by Assa Doron
Hardcover (Edition: 2015)
Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Item Code: NAK648
$43.00$34.40
You save: $8.60 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Mother Ganga
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Paperback (Edition: 2011)
The Divine Life Society
Item Code: IDF817
$8.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Mekong-Ganga Axis
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: NAK738
$67.00$53.60
You save: $13.40 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Ganga Trail (Foreign Accounts and Sketches of the River Scene)
by JAGMOHAN MAHAJAN
Hardcover (Edition: 2004)
Indica Books, Varanasi
Item Code: IDD696
$43.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Ganges in Myth and History
Item Code: IDC935
$29.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ganga
by Anant Pai
Paperback Comic Book (Edition: 2000)
Amar Chitra Katha
Item Code: ACK31
$6.50
SOLD
Testimonials
Thank you so much. Your service is amazing. 
Kiran, USA
I received the two books today from my order. The package was intact, and the books arrived in excellent condition. Thank you very much and hope you have a great day. Stay safe, stay healthy,
Smitha, USA
Over the years, I have purchased several statues, wooden, bronze and brass, from Exotic India. The artists have shown exquisite attention to details. These deities are truly awe-inspiring. I have been very pleased with the purchases.
Heramba, USA
The Green Tara that I ordered on 10/12 arrived today.  I am very pleased with it.
William USA
Excellent!!! Excellent!!!
Fotis, Greece
Amazing how fast your order arrived, beautifully packed, just as described.  Thank you very much !
Verena, UK
I just received my package. It was just on time. I truly appreciate all your work Exotic India. The packaging is excellent. I love all my 3 orders. Admire the craftsmanship in all 3 orders. Thanks so much.
Rajalakshmi, USA
Your books arrived in good order and I am very pleased.
Christine, the Netherlands
Thank you very much for the Shri Yantra with Navaratna which has arrived here safely. I noticed that you seem to have had some difficulty in posting it so thank you...Posting anything these days is difficult because the ordinary postal services are either closed or functioning weakly.   I wish the best to Exotic India which is an excellent company...
Mary, Australia
Love your website and the emails
John, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2020 © Exotic India