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Video on Scientific and Spiritual Aspects of Shiva Lingam

In this Video, the speaker (Sharad Pardhiji) talks about the modern day scientific findings and how these findings are present in the Shivling or Shiva Lingam conceived thousands of years ago by the Hindu sages. The speaker finds Big Bang theory, DNA and Atom Model in the Shiva Linga. Please note that there is no evidence to prove the scientific connection of Shiva lingam with modern day findings of science. The speaker is mainly talking about the thoughts of the great sages of Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism present in Shiva Lingam concept. This concept of Shivling is at times quite similar to the modern day findings of science.This video is taken from the Yug Pravah Video Magazine Vol 95 of All World Gayatri Pariwar (www.awgp.org). Sharad Pardhiji is the speaker and is a disciple of Yug Rishi Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya.

Illam Nira – The Harvest Festival in Guruvayur Temple Kerala

Illam Nira ceremony held at the GuruvayurSreeKrishnaTemple in Kerala is associated with agricultural harvest. This unique ceremony extols the fact that majority of the Hindu festivals and ceremonies are a tribute to nature which sustains all animate and inanimate. This ceremony is observed specifically for a prosperous harvest season and is observed in many other temples in the region including Sri Mahadeva Temple Mammiyoor, PerumthattaShivaTemple, ParthasarathyTemple and ChowalloorShivaTemple.
For Illam Nira, newly reaped paddy spikes are brought into the temple and on the next day special pujas are performed on the paddy spikes. ‘Illam Nira’ symbolically represents a very good harvest season in which the house is filled with rice for the next season.
Five days after the Illam Nira ritual is the Niraputhari ritual. In this ritual half of the paddy spikes are used to prepare ‘Puthari Nivedyam’ – the rice offering to Lord Krishna with newly reaped rice. Also prepared is a sweet dish w…

Swaminarayan Temple in Johannesburg, South Africa

One of the first Vedic temples of Swaminarayan order in South Africa is located at Lenasia in Johannesburg. The Swaminarayan Mandir was opened on September 10, 2004. The Mandir is in the Indian traditional mould and is quite similar to the other famous Swaminarayan Temples around the world.

The LenasiaSwaminarayanHinduTemple is flat rectangular in shape and has a small ornately carved central dome, marble carvings, columns, elaborately carved doors, large throne for the deity and idols.Before building this majestic Vedic temple, the Swaminarayan community in South Africa used conduct pujas and other ceremonies in converted churches (churches which were bought by the community) and other halls.Image courtesy

For a Pollution Free Vinayaka Chaturthi 2007 in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) in a directive has asked the public to make the Vinayaka Chaturthi 2007 pollution free by avoiding chemical paints and Plaster of Paris. In 2007, Vinayaka Chaturthi is on September 15.TNPCB has asked the public to use Ganesh idols made of raw clay which is not baked and without chemical paints. Such idols will not create water pollution especially in cities like Chennai which is very much depended on the waterbodies used for immersing the idol. People who are immersing the idol in the seas should take the idol 500 meters into the sea before immersion. The idols which are not properly immersed in the sea create pollution on the beaches.This year, the government and NGOs are working hard to make sure that ‘pollution free Ganesh Chaturthi campaign’ reaches maximum people and has the desired result. The famous Khairatabad Ganesha in Hyderabad will be eco-friendly in 2007.

Quotes of Ramesh Balsekar

The question of free will versus predetermination is really not free will versus, or free will against, predetermination. The free will is part of this predetermination. You consider free will as something you have as a result of a certain thought. But that thought occurring, leading to what you think is your free will is part of the totality of functioning. So it is really a misconception to consider free will as opposed to predetermination.If you have the choice between enlightenment and a million dollars, take the million dollars! Because if you get the million dollars, there will be somebody there to enjoy the million dollars; but if you get enlightenment there's no one there to enjoy the enlightenment.Ramesh Balsekar

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