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Sanskrit Voice introduces Sanskrit Expressions to enable interaction among the language lovers and learners

Sanskrit Voice is a website created by Seshu Karthick to spread the awareness of Sanskrit through the internet. Now Sanskrit Voice is providing an opportunity to students and those interested in Sanskrit to express on the web through Sanskrit Expressions, an online community tool. The main aim of Sanskrit Expressions is to provide a platform for Sanskrit enthusiasts and students to express each other. Sanskrit Expressions has two components - Word-Game and Two-Liners. The Word-game helps the users build their Sanskrit vocabulary steadily, while the Two-liners will encourage them to frame short-sentences and converse in Sanskrit. You can find more details and join Sanskrit Expressions here. Related Sanskrit Voice Digest – a Compilation of Blog Posts by Sanskrit Bloggers

Birth of Ganesha as the Mind Born Son of Lord Shiva

Puranas are filled with numerous stories regarding the origin of Lord Ganesha. The most widely accepted birth of Lord Ganesh is that he was created by Goddess Parvati. But there are also some Puranas that suggest that Ganesha is the Maanasika Putra (mind born) son of Lord Shiva. The reason for the different stories regarding the birth of Ganesha is explained in the Shiva Purana. It states that Ganesha originated in different ways in different Yugas (Hindu era) and each time there was a need for him to appear. Origin of Ganesha as the Mind Born Son of Lord Shiva happened when the Devas (celestial beings) approached Lord Shiva and asked for help to escape from Asuras (Demons). Shiva agreed to help them. And he meditated. Soon from his mind appeared a child with the head of an elephant holding a trident in one hand. This was Ganesha who immediately instilled confidence in all those present. Goddess Parvati took the child in her lap and said to the assembled that no human or divine endeavor…

Swami Vivekananda on Fanaticism and Intolerance

This world is like a dog's curly tail, and people have been striving to straighten it out for hundreds of years; but when they let it go, it has curled up again. How could it be otherwise? One must first know how to work without attachment, and then one will not be a fanatic. When we know that this world is like a dog's curly tail and will never get straightened, we shall not become fanatics. If there were no fanaticism in the world, it would make much more progress than it does now.It is a mistake to think that fanaticism can make for the progress of mankind. On the contrary, it is a retarding element creating hatred and anger, and causing people to fight each other, and making them unsympathetic. We think that whatever we do or possess is the best in the world, and what we do not do or possess is of no value. So, always remember the instance of the curly tail of the dog whenever you have a tendency to become a fanatic. You need not worry or make yourself sleepless about the …

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