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Book – Eternal Wisdom of India by Swami Lokeswarananda

Eternal Wisdom of India by Swami Lokeswarananda critically looks into the teachings of the religions that originated in India. The book is a collection of writings and talks by Swami Lokeshwarananda who is associated with the Ramakrishna orderThe book explores the role of religion in daily lives of people and how during certain period the power of the religion was abused. The book analyses religion and social tensions and also tells us how harmony should be maintained.The book depicts the way religion has been seen through the ages and how it affects the psyche of people. It also analyses the religious beliefs of people and shows ways to maintain harmony.Echoes of the teachings of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda can be seen throughout the book. Eternal Wisdom of India
By Swami Lokeswarananda
Published by Rupa Books
Price Rs 500/-

Dhumavati Jayanti – Dhumavati Mahavidya Jayanthi

Dhumavati Jayanti is believed to be the day when Goddess Dhumavati, a fearsome aspect of Goddess Shakti appeared on Earth. Dhumavati Jayanti 2017 date is June 2. It is observed on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in the month of Jyestha. Dhumavati is the seventh Mahavidya among the 10 Mahavidyas.

Dhumavati is associated with all things that are inauspicious. She is believed to appear during cosmic dissolution. Some scholars are of the view that she is the void that is there before creation and after destruction.

Dhumavati is depicted as an ugly old lady who rides a horseless chariot. She is sometimes depicted as riding a crow. Symbolically, she asks the human beings to look beyond the superficial and understand the Supreme Truth from which all beauty and ugliness arise.

Dhumavati is propitiated by Tantric practitioners to overcome troubles in life and to fulfill their desires. There are very few temples dedicated to Goddess Dhumavati.

In some regions she is…

Bhim Ekadasi 2016 Date – Bhima Ekadashi

Bhim Ekadasi, also known as Nirjala Ekadashi, is associated with Bhima, the second of the five Pandava brothers. Bhim Ekadasi 2016 date is on June 16. It is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Jyeshta month. Ekadashi fasting is observed on the 11th day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

There is a popular story associated with Bhim Ekadasi. Bhima was always hungry and he could not fast during Ekadasi. Therefore he wanted to find a solution to fast on Ekadasi by consuming food and he went to Sage Vyasa to find a solution

The popular belief is that observing Bhim Ekadasi is equal to observing all the 24 Ekadasis in a year. Veda Vyasa advised Bhima to observe Nirjala Ekadasi falling in the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta Month. It has the benefits of observing all the 24 Ekadasis in a year.

Bhim Ekadasi fasting is very tough and different from the usual Ekadasi fasting method. Devotees do not drink water on the day. Neither …

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Thoughts on the Bhagwad Gita

What is the significance of the Gita? It is what you find by repeating the word ten times. It is then reversed into ‘tagi’, which means a person who has renounced everything for God. And the lesson of the Gita is: ‘O man, renounce everything and seek God alone.’ Whether a man is a monk or a householder, he has to shake off all attachment from his mind.An aspirant entitled to the Knowledge of God is very rare. It is said in the Gita that one in thousands desires to know God, and again, that among thousands who have such a desire, only one is able to know Him.One truly realizes God if one performs one’s worldly duties in a detached spirit. Ramakrishna ParamahamsaSource:The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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