Iksvakave – Where does the name come from?



Gita Chapter 4 (Text 1)

śrībhagavān uvāca

proktavān aham avyayam

vivasvān manave prāha

manur ikṣvākave ‘bravīt

Translation/Meaningby Prabhupada

The Personality of Godhead, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa,said: I instructed this imperishable science of yoga tothe sun-god Vivasvān,and Vivasvāninstructed it to Manu,the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Ikṣvāku

Vivasvan is the “Sun God” and is the Clan founder. He is supposed to have lived or having the same age with the origin of the world. Vivasvan literally means — master of the rays or Sun God.

The knowledge was passed from Visvasvan (Sun God) to Manu (first of Man — akin to biblical term adam. Manu then wrote the “Laws of Manu” — authoritative scriptures on Dharma — rules of right conduct/social law.

Manu then instructed it to Ikshvaku.

Ikshavaku is the ruler of the first Indian dynasty. In the Ramayana, Ikshvaku was the first king of the Solardynasty. He was an ancestor of Ram.

The Sun Dynasty or Solar Dynasty or Suryavansha is one ofthe most prominent dynasties in the history of Hinduism, along with the”Chandravansha” or Lunar Dynasty. The word “Survanshi” means a person belongingto this solar dynasty. The city of Ayodhya was founded by Vaivasvata Manu.


The very first Manu of our kalpa or eon was called svayambhuva Manu who the Indian tradition says composed the Laws of Manu, thefamous Hindu text on Dharma — The social law. Each Manu or Manvantaras at each period has a differentnames. There have already been seven Manus in the current eon or Kalpa. Therewill be seven more Manus in the remaining ages untill our eon or Kalpa is ended.    

That is where my Blog ID Iksvakavecomes from.

About Iksvakave

I am on a quest to understand my religion --- Hinduism. I have decided to keep a log of my discoveries, and experiences and what I have come to learn in the process. I like to travel through people vicariously. To observe the working of the mind, body and spirit. And heart. The soul infact is what our bodies have and what we are ultimately or in the end! The pricelessness of the soul is a soul is only potentially divine. Our journey here is therefore to understand that divinity in our lives. The ideals of societies, language, culture religion, and spirituality, is what interests me. what we know and don't know and outside of our four walls, maybe the priceless truth of that journey here on earth also, our yoga to be learned and equally perfected in life. What this blog is about is the values of the mother tongue India. And the values and culture of India and my nationality America. Pricelessness of it one will come to know you see. The forehead, is the center of the Hindu conscious. veena kodali

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