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New Book – This IS No Secret – Explores the Wisdom of Mystics and Saints of India

The book ‘This is No Secret’- Path to Abundance and Heart Awakening by Joy Kapur claims that contains the essence of the wisdom of India’s ancient seers. It will give you insights and show you how to create abundance from anywhere, anytime and at any age. ‘This Is No Secret’ is an E-book in a downloadable PDF format. So, is it yet another book on the long list of books dealing with self-improvement, goal setting, positive thinking and wealth generating? Here is what the author says about the bookThe ancient Vedic seers believed that heart is the seat of consciousness and how it holds the key to manifesting your destiny. Heart is the most powerful antenna that receives and emits powerful vibrations known to the modern day scientist as the electro-magnetic field of the heart and how it is interconnected to world around us and its role in the interconnectedness to non-physical realm of mind, psyche and consciousness.This is not my knowledge. I became a conduit in the hands of an unseen p…

Use Nature Friendly Cloth, Garlands and Shawls to Decorate Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

We spend hours decorating Lord Ganesha and his temporary temple with thermocole and plastic during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. But after the festival these non biodegradable wastes are thrown in a water body, sea or river along with Ganesh idol. This plastic and thermocol waste cause environmental problems and pose health hazards. The valuable hours you spend in decorating Lord Ganesh can also be done with ecofriendly clothes, garlands and shawls. All traditional Hindu festivals are deeply rooted in nature. Traditionally only natural products are used in Hindu rituals. Why? Hinduism is rooted in Nature and the best example to this is Lord Ganesha. Plastic, Plaster of Paris, thermocole and other cosmetic items might be attractive to the eyes and may be less expensive and easy to use and easily available. But they are not traditional puja items and their use reflects cosmetic spirituality. eCoexist, a Pune based NGO, is setting an example by introducing disposable temples, garlands and sh…

Rishi Panchami

Rishi Panchami is observed on the fifth day after the new moon in the Bhadrapada month (August – September). In 2017, Rishi Panchami is on August 26. Rishi Panchami is of great significance in Nepal and in the hill districts in India. In Nepal, it is the third and final day of Teej, which begins with Hartalika Teej. It is also the day to show respect to the Sapta Rishis – the seven sages. The day is also observed as Rushi Panchami. 
In Nepal, women observe a strict fast on the Rishi Panchami day. The fasting is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also undertaken by men in some regions. The fast is broken in some places after the Rishi Panchami Pooja. Women have a special bath on the day using Datiwan herb. Special Kalash is prepared on the day and prayed to. Women in large numbers visit Lord Shiva temples.
In India, on the Rishi Panchami day homage is paid to the Sapta Rishis – the seven sages – Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta.
Rishi Panchami is…

Sudharma – The Sanskrit Newspaper Goes Online

Sudharma, the only Sanskrit daily newspaper in India, began its online version in June 2008. Started in 1970, Sudharma daily sells around 3000 copies through subscription. The internet version of Sudharma is aimed at reaching a wider audience. Published from Mysore, the only income generated by Sudharma is from the 250 rupees of annual subscription. By going online Sudharma is planning to attract advertisers, which is essential for the survival of the only Sanskrit daily.Like any other newspaper, Sudharma publishes daily news and happenings in Sanskrit. But importance is given to Sanskrit language and news related to the latest developments in Sanskrit. You can find the online version of Sudharma – the Sanskrit Daily here.

Tips for a Happy Life – Swami Sivananda

Speak a little. Speak sweetly. Always utter encouraging words.
Lead a happy, contented life. Avoid unnecessary worry.
Be mentally detached.
Have plain living and high thinking.
Reduce your wants. If you have four shirts, reduce the number to three or two.
Think of those who do not possess even one-tenth of what you have. Share with others.
Do not depend upon servants. Self-reliance is the highest of all virtues.
Never hurt anybody. Control anger by love, forgiveness and compassion.
Do not brood over past mistakes.
Never fail to fulfill your duties.Swami Sivananda (1887 – 1963)Source: Excerpts from the teachings of Swami Sivananda.

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