By J Gonda

Visnu holds a divinity of optimum rank one of the Hindus. within the current paintings, the writer has made an try to caricature the most positive aspects within the personality of Visnu as they seemed in several a while. The e-book is split into 3 chapters. bankruptcy one sketches the beginning of Visnu: his personality, logos, attributes, incarnations, comparative prestige, and so on. bankruptcy offers with Sri, Visnus girl companion. bankruptcy three describes a few of the salient positive factors of Visnus cul

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194 f. 1S) H opkins, JA O S . 36, p. 264, n. 21. , p. 159 f . ; see also p. 127. , p. 39 f. 18) T h is feature in V isnu’s character will be discussed in section V II, etc. 1B) I t would perhaps be well to discuss here also the interesting passages QB. 13, 5, 4, 28; QänkhQS. 16, 9, 25-32; ÄpQS. 20, 23, 11 m entioning the anim al sacrifices of the seasons. g. in the rainy season the victims are sacred to P arjanya, or to the M a ru ts ; it is likewise natural that the weathergod p ar excellence, Indra, is remem bered in three or four o f the six periods o f the year.

1) are very remarkable, the three strides being a characteristic of Visnu. 12) Säyana takes stanayitnu- in the sense of “thunder-cloud”. thunder and lightning see: Hopkins, JA O S. 16, p. ; the same, JA O S. 36, p. ; Oldenberg, Religion des Veda, p. ; H . M. 1935, p. I l l and elsewhere, etc. g. W . Eberhard, Chinese festivals-,- N ew York 1952, p. 88; H. H . Diephuis, Naturkräfte und ihre Verehrung in der altrömischen Religion, Thesis Utrecht 1941, p. cs alsdann gar nicht befremdend, dass der Blitzgott eng mit der Göttin der V ege­ tation verbunden ist”.

37; p. 48 (lightning striking in the corn-field is an event regarded as the acme of fertilization). e. 18) See J. H . H utton, T h e Sema N agas, London 1921, p. 196; 256 f . ; cf. also R. E. Enthoven, T h e folklore of Bombay, O xford 1924, p. 76 f . ; N. E. P arry , T he Lakhers, London 1932, p. ; J. P . Mills, T he L hqta N agas, London 1922, p. 165. g. be found in S. Hum m el, Geheimnisse tibetischer Malereien, Leipsic 1949, p. 3 ff. g. Eliade, Techniques du yoga, P aris 1948, p. 206 f. ®°) I refe r to A .

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