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AMRTA chief executive officer Simon Ambrose was pleased to receive the award.
Purification, rejuvenation and longevity, eradication of all disease (HYP 2:16, 20; KV 1:1,15; 3:10, 45; SS 5:65), recognition of the human body as homologous to the cosmos, and the acquisition of a transfigured body beyond the grasp of death (amrta, see HYP 1:29; 3:6-7; 30, 40, 44; 4:13, 27, 70, 74; see, also, KV 1:15; 3:10, 45, 55) are among the many possible siddhis (perfections) declared attainable through tantra and hathayoga sadhana, augmented in some cases by the ingestion and alchemical transmutation of base metals into gold.
Apparently identified with the hawk of the RV, Visnu's mount Garuda is in the epics credited with the theft from heaven of the Soma or amrta (MBh 1.14-30; Ram.
This practice is called khecarimudra, and involves the freeing and lengthening of the tongue of the yogin in order that it might be turned back and inserted above the soft palate to break through the brahmadvara, the door of Brahma, so that the yogin can drink the amrta, the nectar of immortality, which is stored behind it.
The only other change I suggest, and I do so tentatively, is to replace the abstract amrtatva with the older amrta. (22)
VIII.48.3ab apama somam amrta abhuma / aganma jyotir avidama devan We have drunk soma; we have become immortal; we have gone to the light; we have found the heavenly ones.
The passage is a story of how Indra stole the amrta from the demon Susna.
Or should we take it that what the bereft poet has his beloved drink is not the fleeting joys of the world, but amrta, a life-giving nectar of a spiritual kind, one that makes immortal, one that might make reunion possible?
The term amrta in its vedic and upanisadic usages has a complex set of meanings and references.
The phrase occurs in a description of the battle between the Gods and the Asuras for the amrta at the churning of the ocean: h[bar{a}]h[bar{a}]k[bar{a}]rah samabhavat tatra tatra sahasra[bar{s}]ah \ anyonyam chindat[bar{a}]m [aucte{s}]astrair [bar{a}]ditye lohit[bar{a}]yati [parallel to] parighai[acute{s}] c[bar{a}]yasaih p[bar{i}]taih samnikarse ca mustibhih \ nighnat[bar{a}]m samare 'nyonyam [acute{s}]abdo divam iv[bar{a}]spr[acute{s}]at (1.17.15-16).
Line 2a mimics the negations of asat and sat in the negations of mrtyu "death" and amrta "deathlessness."(16) In line b, where vs.