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Definition of Hindu

Is there a proper definition for the term Hindu? The meaning of the term Hindu has always been controversial for many reasons. Today it is limited to denote the practitioners of Hinduism or Hindu religion. But while searching for a definition of the term I came across a beautiful meaning and explanation of the term Hindu by Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, Ph. D., D.litt. Indian institute of scientific heritage, Thiruvananthapuram. The definition of Hindu as per Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan reads like this – Aa sindho: sinduparyantham yasya bhaaratha bhoomikaa maathru bhoo: pithru bhoo (punya) schaiva sa vai Hindu iti smruthaa: Meaning - Whomsoever, is considering the land between the sapta sindu ( Indus valley river) upto Indian ocean as the motherland/ fatherland and holy land, is known as Hindu. This land is known as Hindustan which is defined as follows: Himaalayam samaarabhya yaavath hindu sarovaram tham deva nirmitham desam hindustaanam prachakshate. The land created by god himself and which is …

Read Sanskrit Magazine Online – Sampratam from Eklavya Sanskrit Academy

Sampratam is a monthly magazine in Sanskrit published by the EklavyaSanskritAcademy, Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India. The magazine is available for free reading online. You can also download and save a copy.The March 2010 edition of the Magazine contains details of the courses and programs conducted by EklavyaSanskritAcademy.You can read Sampratam Online here at the official website – the website has links to the latest and the issues of the past.You may also like to readVishvavani – Online Sanskrit Magazine Sudharma – the Sanskrit Newspaper OnlineA collection of Sanskrit Blogs

Ashok Ashtami 2017 date – Ashokashtami

Ashok Ashtami, or Ashokashtami, is a unique ritual associated with Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva and is observed on the eighth day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Chaitra month. Ashok Ashtami 2017 date is April 4. The day is of great significance in Orissa and in some Southern states of India. It is also held during Navratri in Ashwin month, in 2017 it is on Sept 28.
It is believed that Lord Ram performed Ashoka Ashtami rituals before beginning the final assault on Ravana. 
Ashokashtami is an important observance at the famous LingarajTemple in Bhubaneswar in Orissa.
The ritual is dedicated to propitiate Goddess Shakti to win her favor.
You can find more details of Ashok Ashtami in this article.

Thoughts from Garuda Purana on Yoga

Yoga is the union of the atman with the Brahman. Before the union can be achieved, the intelligence, the mind and the senses have to be controlled and concentrated on meditating on the Brahman. There are six techniques of yoga. These are known as pranayama, japa, pratyahara, dhyana, dharana and Samadhi. Pranayama is the control over breath.Japa is the repeated chanting of a mantra or any of the names of God. Pratyahara is control over one’s senses. Dhyana is meditation on an object. The object of meditation can be the image of a god. When dhyana is continuous and focused, it becomes dharana. Samadhi is the final stage. This happens when the object of meditation is seen everywhere. There is a complete sense of union between the atman and the Brahman.There is a tremendous sense of freedom when this knowledge is attained. One feels as if one had been asleep earlier. It is realized that the atman has nothing to do with the happiness or unhappiness in a worldly life.

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