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Swami Kriyananda Dies at 86 - Direct Disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) (1926 – 2013), one of the foremost proponents of yogic teachings in the world, died on April 21, 2013. In 1948 at the age of twenty-two, he became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramahamsa Yogananda. He was one of a few remaining direct disciples of Yogananda.

Kriyananda, who was born J Donald Walters, breathed his last at 12 noon India time at his home in Asissi, a spokesperson for Ananda Sangha said here.
He was actively associated with Ananda Sangha.
Swami Kriyananda wrote around 140 books and 400 pieces of poetry. He also gave thousands of lectures around the world.
You can find more about Swami Kriyananda here.

Teachings of Swami Kriyananda
Fatigue is a symptom of self centeredness – Swami Kriyananda
To rise above limitations we have only to realize that we are deeper than our personalities – Swami Kriyananda
Swami Kriyananda Musings

Mother of Pandu in Mahabharat

Who is the mother of Pandu in the Mahabharata? Pandu was the father of the Pandavas.  Story of the birth of Pandu is narrated in Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. In the chapter it is mentioned that the Mother of Pandu is Ambalika.
Ambalika was the youngest of the three daughters of Kashi. She was married to Vichitravirya, the king of Hastinapura and son of Shantanu.
Vichitravirya died before he had a child with Ambalika.
To continue the Kuru lineage, Sage Vyasa was asked by Queen Satyavati to beget son. Thus Pandu was born to Ambalika.

Good Time on Thursday as per Astrology in Hindu Religion

There are certain general time on Thursday that is considered good as per astrology in Hindu religion. This time is taken into account after looking into all the inauspicious time on Thursday.
Please note that fixed good time on Thursday is not based on sunrise. It is the most auspicious period when there is no Rahukalam, Yamakandam and Gulikai. It must also be noted that Bhadra or Vishti is not considered in calculating the good time.
Good Time on Thursday are: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Lot of other factors like Chogadia, Dhurmuhurtham, Yoga and Varjyam are generally not considered when looking for general good time.

Quotes on Mind Control from Hindu Scriptures

Charity, discharge of one’s duties, tranquillity of the mind and the senses, study of scriptures, various kinds of rituals and vows—all these have control of the mind as their one object. Subjugation of the mind is samadhi. It is the highest yoga. (Bhagavata, 11.23.46)

Doubtless, O mighty-armed, the mind is intractable and restless; but by practice and detachment, O son of Kunti, it can be controlled. Bhagavadgita, (6.35)
If the intellect, being related to a distracted mind, loses its discrimination and therefore always remains impure, then the embodied soul never attains the goal, but enters into the rounds of births.   (Katha Upanishad, 1.3.7)
If the intellect, being related to a mind that is restrained, posseses discrimination and therefore always remains pure, then the embodied soul attains that goal from which one is not born again.  (Katha Upanishad, 1.3.8)

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 21, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 21, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi orthe eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the light phase of the moon till 5:33 AM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the light phase of the moon.

Note - It is marked Dasami Tithi or the tenth day in calendars followed in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 5:10 PM. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Thrissur Pooram.(Note - Ekadasi fasting is not observed in many regions today as there is Dasami on the day in many regions during early morning hours.)
Kali Yuga Year - 5115

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