• THE ASTRAS [ARROWS] used in the wars of earlier time and their significance:

    Astra is a general term that refers to celestial weapons. They are not weapons that are wielded by the hand, but rather weapons that are invoked by chanting a mantra and then directed through a medium such as an arrow. Astras require no physical effort, but intense mental concentration is required to invoke, direct, and withdraw them. Improper use of an astra, such as not knowing all the words in the mantra or attempting to use ...  more

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