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Why Copper Vessels are used in Hindu Pujas?

Copper vessels are widely used in Hindu pujas and rituals. The reason why copper vessels are used is that it is made from a single pure metal – copper. The vessels are not an alloy or made using a combination of several metals. Drinking water from copper vessel is considered healthy and is believed to improve immunity and blood circulation.
The ancient belief is that vessels made from a combination of several metals are impure. They transfer these impurities into water and puja materials.
Other metals that are used for making puja vessels are gold and silver. As these are costly, vessels made of these are very rare. Silver vessels are used in rich homes and in temples.
Metals that are avoided for making puja vessels are steel, aluminium and iron.
An exception to the above rule is use of Bronze in puja items in South and Eastern parts of India. Puja vessels and lamps are widely made using bronze in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The material used to make these puja vessels are known as bell meta…

How Hinduism Inspired Steve Jobs? Did It?

Steve Jobs (1955-2011), the man who changed the way we communicate, did visit India in search of enlightenment – to the ashram of Neem Karoli Baba. Did Jobs understand the true teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism)? This question might go unanswered. But he did believe in Karma. He was a vegetarian, liked yoga and was known for his strong love and compassion for animals.
Did Steve Jobs actually speak about Hindu influence – an instance that is widely quoted regarding this is StanfordUniversity commencement address in 2005.
Steve said – “I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna Temple. O loved it.” In the same speech he mentioned Karma. You have to trust in something – your destiny, life, Karma…
Gandhiji was a great influence on Steve Jobs.  Mahatma Gandhi was one of his personal heroes.
When asked by Time magazine about his choice for the person of the century in the year, 1999, Jobs replied, "Mohandas Gandhi is my cho…

He who hears the music of the soul plays his part well in life – Swami Sivananda

He who hears the music of the soul plays his part well in life.
Common sense is the fundamental factor in all spiritual disciplines. No rule is an eternal rule. Rules change from place to place, time to time and from one condition to another condition.
The mind is like a strolling street dog. You are eating out of garbage cans. You who are heir to immortal glory, divine blessedness – why are you picking up these little droppings and trying to fill yourself?
Sow love, reap peace... Sow meditation, reap wisdom. Swami Sivananda
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 7, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 7, 2011 – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi from 12:07 AM on October 7, 2011 up to 12:28 AM on October 8. Before 12:07 AM on Oct 7, it is Shukla Paksha Dasami or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra– Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatra till 9:00 AM on October 7, 2011. Afterwards it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rasi till 9:34 PM. Then it is Kumbha Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting.
Ashwin Shukla Paksha Ekadasi or eleventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Ashwin Shukla Paksha Ekadasi or eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashvin month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar P…

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