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Story of Sage Raikva in Chandogya Upanishad

Story of Sage Raikva occurs in Chandogya Upanishad (IV – 1). His meeting with King Janashruti and the conversation is of great importance. King Janashruti was famous for his generosity and took pride in the fact. Once the king was resting on the terrace of his palace and he overheard the conversation between two flamingos.
One flamingo was admonishing the other for crossing the bright light of fame of King Janashruti.
The other flamingo told that King Janashruti was not the meritorious person on land. There was a poor cart man who had found peace with himself. He is the meritorious person.
The king set out to search for Raikva and found him in a remote village.
The king approached the cart man with numerous gifts of cattle and gold in return of knowledge.
Raikva declined the gifts saying that material wealth could not buy spiritual knowledge.
The king gave up his royal pride and requested Raikva to impart knowledge of the Supreme Reality.
Raikva then imparts knowledge to King Janash…

7200 kg laddu offered during Ganesh Chaturthi 2013 in Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh

7200 kg laddu, named as Guinness Laddu, was offered to the murti of Ganesha installed by the Rajamahendri Ganesh Utsav Committe in Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh for Ganesh Chaturthi 2013.
On the Guinness Laddu there were emblems of Paravati-Parameswara, Telugu Talli, Amarajeevi Potti Sriramulu, Samaikyandhra map and other features with cream. The Hindu reports  Guinness Laddu was prepared by Saladi Venakateswara Rao, mostly known as Srinubabu of Bhakthanjaneya Sweets, Tapeswaram, who entered Guinness Book consecutively for two times (from 2011) for making largest Laddu in the World.

True Guru Is Never Obsessed By False Notions of Distinction – Ramana Maharishi

A disciple should have an intense and incessant longing to get free from miseries of life and to attain supreme spiritual Bliss. He should not have the least desire for anything else.
A Guru is one who at all times abides in the profound depths of the Self. He never sees any difference between himself and others and he is not in the least obsessed by false notions of distinction. His firmness of self-possession can never be shaken under any circumstances, and he is never perturbed.
Mukti or Liberation consists in the utter annihilation of the ego, or Ahamkara, and the entire destruction of my and mine by any possible means.

Jnana is the utter annihilation of the mind by making it realize its absolute identity with the Atman or the Self, by incessant practice of meditation and inquiry in quest of the Self. Ramana Maharishi

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 12, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 12, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Saptamii Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:55 AM on September 12. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 6:06 AM. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishchika Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – 16-day Mahalakshmi Vrat begins in North India.
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi orthe seventh day during the waxing phase of moon  in Bhadrapad month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and …

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