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How Elephants Were Tamed and Made Vehicle of Humans? – Story from Hindu Tradition

A story in Hindu tradition states that elephants were tamed and made vehicle by humans as a result of a curse by Rishi Deerkhatapas. Legend has it that earlier elephants were blessed with supernatural powers and could fly and take any form. These powers made some of them arrogant.
Once a group of elephants assembled on a banyan tree in the Himalayas. This was a very huge Banyan tree which was spread over 1000 miles. Its branches were so large that elephants used to dance on it.
During the assembly, few elephants climbed on to a branch and started to play on it. Rishi Deerkhatapas was performing Tapas under the particular branch. The dance movements of the elephants became vigorous and the branch broke and fell on to the ground. The Tapas of Rishi Deerkhatapas was disturbed and in a fit of anger he cursed the elephants to lose all their powers and to become vehicles of human beings.
This is how elephants became the vehicle of human beings.

Book Review - The Holy CEO: An Autobiography - Swami Pranavananda Brahmendra Avadhuta – Christian Fabre

The book ‘The Holy CEO: An Autobiography’ is the amazing and inspirational journey of Christian Fabre – who is now Swami Pranavananda Brahmendra Avadhuta – a Naked Monk. Christian Fabre arrived in India in the 1970s – had settled life, wife, son… but everything turned upside down one fine morning. In the early 1980s, his marriage broke and soon his business collapsed. Devastated and all paths blocked he came across a man with crippling leprosy but with full of joy. This was the turning point – the true path was opened – the path to self realization.
And so began an ascetic decade of study at a swami's feet, the renunciation of worldly possessions and a permanent search for enlightenment.
He reached a state where successfulness and unsuccessfulness was the same.
But suddenly his business which was in loss began to prosper.
His Guru asked to make his business as a Sadhana. And the Avadhuta continues to be the CEO of a successful business empire – by bringing Dharma into the materialis…

Patanjali Teachings

The heart and mind can find peace and harmony by contemplating that transcendental nature of the true self as supreme effulgent light.
Undisturbed peace of mind is attained by the cultivation of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the happy, delight in the virtuous and indifference in the evil.
Practice is the repeated effort to follow the disciplines which give permanent control of the thought waves of the mind. Practice becomes firmly grounded when it has been cultivated for a long time, uninterruptedly, with earnest devotion. Patanjali

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 22, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 22, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Saptami or seventh day of the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami till 7:25 PM on July 22. After 7:25 PM it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day of the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Revathi Nakshatra till 9:38 PM. Afterwards it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rasi till 9:38 PM. Afterwards it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Panchak till 9:38 PM.
Ashada Krishna Paksha Saptami or seventh day of the dark phase of moon in Ashad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
Shravan Krishna Paksha Saptami or seventh day of the dark phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu…

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