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On Hindu American community building by Anju Bhargava

Anju Bhargava is the Founder-convener of Hindu American Seva Charities and a member of US President Obama's Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships writes about Hindu American community and seva or community social service conducted by American Hindus in the faith section of the Washington Post.Here are some excerptsAt over 2.2 million, Hindus in America now form the fifth largest religious group, after Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. However Hindus are often mischaracterized in textbooks and academia and are not well understood by the majority. As New Americans, we do not yet know how to fully engage with the government. This historic appointment, first public inclusion of a Hindu American, became an opportunity to collectively learn, educate and act.Hindus Americans conduct seva (community social service) regularly as part of their sadhana (spiritual practice). Though the diverse Hindu community has no one particular central authoritative governing body;…

Ambaji – Hindu Goddess Amba

Goddess Amba, or Ambaji, is one of the popular names of Goddess Durga and the name is widely used in western parts of India. Amba means mother and she is Goddess Shakti. One of the most popular temples dedicated to Ambaji in Gujarat is also one of the 51 Shaktipeetahs.
Goddess Amba is also known as Mata Ambika, Ma Ambaji, Amba Bhavani and Arasuri.
The most popular shrine of Goddess Amba in Gujarat is believed to be the spot where the heart of Goddess Sati fell here, when her body was cut into pieces by Lord Vishnu to stop the intense tapas of Lord Shiva after Sati’s death. There is no idol in the temple and Goddess Amba is represented by a triangular Vishwa Yantra, inscribed with figures and the syllable ‘Shree’ in the center. The temple is located at AmbajiTown in Banaskantha District in Gujarat.
Most of the legends associated with Ambaji are that of Goddess Durga.
The only difference is in the name. Durga, Indrani, Mahalakshmi, Mahishamardini, Saraswati, Shailputri, Vagheshwari and Va…

Ganga Saptami 2017 Date

Ganga Saptami is a festival dedicated to River Ganga or Ganges. It is believed that Ganga appeared on to earth on the day. Ganga Saptami 2017 date is May 2. The day falls on the seventh day (saptami) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaisakha month as per traditional calendar Hindu calendar.

The celebration of Ganga Saptami is based on the evidence found in the Padma Purana and Narad Purana.

In Haridwar and other regions, Ganga Saptami is believed to be the day when Goddess Ganga descended from heaven onto Lord Shiva’s matted locks and then flowed onto the Himalayas.

Another legend has it that GangaRiver violently entered into the ashram of Saint Jahnu and distributed his meditation. Overwhelmed by the anger Jahnu Rishi drank Ganga and released her through his ear. This day is marked as Ganga Saptami. Thus the day is also known as Jahnu Saptami.

It must be noted here that some Hindu communities believe that River Ganga appeared on earth on Akshaya Tritiya day and some p…

Bhrigu Maharishi Jayanti

Bhrigu Maharishi Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Bhrigu Maharishi the author of the famous Bhrigu Samhita. The Jayanti day in 2018 is April 18. It is observed annually on the third day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaishaka month.
Bhrigu Samhita is one of the earliest works associated with Vedic Astrology.
Sagae Bhrigu is one of the Saptarishis or the seven great sages of the ancient world. Legend has it that he was the mind born son (manasa putra) of Hindu God Brahma.

Adi Shankaracharya – Food for Thought

Realizing everything to be Brahman itself, the wise man should then dwell in eternal bliss with his mind full of the essence of pure consciousness.
Just as it is water alone that appears as waves and tides, so does the self alone appear as many universes.
The self always shines as unconditioned for the wise and always as conditioned for the ignorant.
The distinction between the self and the not-self (body) is unnecessary for the wise.
Samadhi, whose other name is knowledge, is the forgetfulness of all mental activity by first making thought changeless and then identifying the consciousness with Brahman. Adi Shankaracharya

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