Surya: The Sun God by K S Charak

The Sun-god has been described in the scriptures as the Pratyaksha-devataa, the manifest God. Surya has been likened to lord Vishnu, the God Eternal. Surya the Sun God has been prepared with an aim to highlight the various dimensions of the Sun-god. The book has been divided into five sections. The first section emphasises on the eternal nature of the Sun, and a deep link between the cosmic Sun and the Sun-element or the soul within the individual. The second section draws upon information about the Sun in our most popular scriptures, the Puranas. This information can be used in predictive astrology. In the third section which deals with the role of the Sun in astrology, information has been collected from standard astrological texts. The Sun has been of great importance to the practitioner of both the Hatha-yoga and the Raja-yoga. The fourth section deals with the Sun as relevant to yoga. The book concludes with the fifth section containing one of the most effective hymns to propitiate the Sun-god, known as the Aaditya-Hridaya Stotram, taken from the Vaalmiki Raamaayana.

Preface to the Second Edition 3
Preface to the First Edition 4
SECTION I
THE GRAND SCHEME
1. Surya the Eternal Soul. 9
SECTION II
THE SUN IN THE PURANAS
2. The Eternal Time. 24
3. The Beginning of Creation. 28
4. The Sun as the Son of Aditi. 31
5. The Sun’s Wife and Progeny.. 34
6. Surya as the Victim of Rahu.. 38
7. The Sun as the Teacher of Hanuman. 45
8. Surya’s Benevolence Upon Yudhishthira .. 47
9. Karittika, the Nakshatra of the Sun . 52
10. Twelve Aadityas and the Chariot of the Sun. 59
SECTION III
THE SUN IN ASTROLOGY
11. The Sun: Sings and Significations. 65
12. The Sun , the Zodiac and the Kaalachakra. 68
13. The Sun in the Natal Chart. 85
14. The Dasha-Periods of the Sun. 100
15. The Ravi Yogas. 122
16. Simha, the Rashi of the Sun. 130
17. The Surya Kaalaanala Chakra. 136
SECTION IV
THE SUN IN YOGA
18. Yoga and the Chakra of the Sun . 141
19. Surya Namaskaara. 148
SECTION V
PROPITIATION OF THE SUN
20. Aaditya-Haridaya Stotra. 157
Index. 165

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