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By Alanna Zabel

Via an lovable story-rhyme, Mahini Yogini teaches little Nicky tips to deal with his wild, inventive power via perform of yoga. Nicky learns the elemental Hatha yoga postures, in addition to the energy to make an apology to his mother for breaking her vase.

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Somehow Agni is responsible for the proper maintenance of the cosmos that, incidentally, he has done with truthful mantras. Mantras not only capture the truth with their insight, well formed and from the heart, they are the truth, Page 21 they have actually participated in the primordial revelation of truth, and they therefore become essential to truth's preservation. Because of this participatory role played by mantra in the original events of creation, the implication is that if the priest were to pronounce the right mantra he would repeat the same primordial, life-preserving acts originally and continually performed by Agni with mantras: 3-4.

Inspire us to that rich thought (mánman), most noble, which you with all the gods would most graciously accept, brilliant one! 3. From you, Agni, come poetic gifts, from you insights (manisa*), from you choice hymns. From you comes richness, ornamented by sons, to the properly devout and pious mortal. 4. From you comes the battle horse of special power, who wins the prize, who bestows superiority and has the courage of truth. From you the god-sent, joy bringing prize, from you the swift, quick steed, Agni!

History Jan Gonda has long championed the view that certain continuities in Indian culture undergird and facilitate the admittedly real discontinuities. Thus, it can be no surprise when he quotes a long passage discussing mantra from the twentieth century neo-Hindu mystic Sri * Aurobindo and comments, "The survey of the Vedic uses of the term [mantra] will show that the essence of [Aurobindo's interpretation] is indeed already characteristic of the mantras of the Vedic period,one of the numerous indicia of the agelong continuity of Indian religious thought" ([1963b] 1975, IV:253).

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